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“Laughter is the greatest music in the world and audiences come to my shows to escape the cares of life. They don't want to be embarrassed or insulted. They want to laugh and so do I - which is probably why it works.”
Sir Ken Dodd

The Happiness Show

Prepare your chuckle muscles for the tickling of a lifetime at the first annual Doddy Day Happiness Show!

The Squire Of Knotty Ash liked nothing more than making people laugh and, on his birthday weekend, we are bringing together comedians and singers to reduce an audience to helpless laughter once again.

This family-friendly show is a celebration of all things that make you happy. Les Dennis is already confirmed and more names are being added to the line-up every day.

The audience will be strictly socially distanced and there are a wide range of safety plans in place, including new cleaning procedures, enhanced table service and one way systems. There will be paperless tickets on your phone, loads of hand sanitizer plenty of staff on hand to talk you through the new way of doing things.

The staff will all be wearing masks and we ask that you do the same while in the building. If you have medical exemption from wearing a mask, just let our staff know when you arrive.

Tickets are available to groups of six or fewer and are just £10 each so book soon to get more than your share of Happiness!
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About Doddy Day

Sir Ken was a great believer in the health benefits of laughter and that good comedy is medicinal.  The late Eric Sykes used to say that “One show of Ken Dodd’s is worth six months on the National Health”. The Comedy Trust have been using comedy as a tool to aid health and wellbeing since it was founded in Liverpool in 2002 and they will be running a series of workshops on the day [link to].

The centrepiece of Doddy Day will be The Happiness Show which will take place in the afternoon at Liverpool’s Royal Court. This most chucklesome event will be packed with family-friendly comedy, tickling sticks and jam butties!

National Museums Liverpool will be joining the celebrations and there will be plenty more mirth and merriment on the day, including an online joke competition in the build up to the day and a hotly contested Jam Butty Cake Bake Off between David Assall, Head Chef at Liverpool’s Royal Court, and James Behan, Head Chef at National Museums Liverpool.

Joke Competition

You can join in the fun on Doddy Day wherever you are by sending us a video of your favourite joke! These should be inspired by the Squire Of Knotty Ash himself as we are looking for silly, playful and most tittersome gags. Everyone from age 3 to 103 is welcome to enter and the winner will be invited to perform their joke at The Happiness Show on the big day.

To enter, simply send your videos to with the subject DODDY, tweet them to @thecomedytrust or upload them here with your name and email address in the title of the video.

The deadline for entries is Sunday 11th  October so send us your jokes now!

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about Doddy Day or you would like to take part then get in touch with us using the form below.
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