Comedian Ken Dodd has undergone successful hernia surgery in Liverpool, which has forced two of his shows to be postponed.
The BBC reports that the star, the son of a coal merchant who turned 80 in November, said he was doing “fine” and would be back on stage next month.
“The surgeon found my chuckle muscle and said it’s in very good condition,” the veteran comedian joked.
Scheduled appearances at Birkenhead’s Pacific Road Arts Centre on New Year’s Day and the Theatre Royal in St Helens next Sunday will offer refunds and plan to reschedule.
Dodd suffered severe stomach pains just hours after performing before a sell-out crowd at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, according to the BBC.
“It’s what you call a strangulated hernia. They brought me to the Royal Liverpool Hospital and did the operation right away.”
Despite his pain, his humor was turned on for the hospital staff.
“As I was being wheeled down to surgery I was telling jokes. I was given an anaesthetic needle, I started off telling a joke and for the first time in my life I don’t remember the end of it.”
Dodd spins his act around the neighborhood of Knottyash, the Liverpool suburb where he was born, and talks about the “Diddymen”, residents of the area.
“The Diddymen of Knottyash Work the Broken Biscuit Repair Works, the Jam Butty Mines, The Moggy Ranch and the Treacle Wells. A very industrious town indeed,” according to Dodd’s website.
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