Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayson

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Ken Dodd
7
21%
Frankie Howerd
9
27%
Les Dawson
16
48%
Larry Grayson
1
3%
 
Total votes: 33

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Re: Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayso

Postby Seymore Porn » 22 Jan 2012, 21:36

Beebsy wrote:I voted for Les but it's a pretty poor bunch all round. They're all so ENGLISH in their humour.*


Strangely enough, after my initial post, I thought of Dave Alan (sp?).
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Re: Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayso

Postby Hugh » 22 Jan 2012, 21:45

Joe Baxter wrote:
Beebsy wrote:I voted for Les but it's a pretty poor bunch all round. They're all so ENGLISH in their humour.*


Strangely enough, after my initial post, I thought of Dave Alan (sp?).


Different class.

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Re: Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayso

Postby John Mc » 22 Jan 2012, 22:02

The Prof wrote:
Sir John Coan wrote:Les Dawson was old hat even in the 70s - mother-in-law jokes and bad piano playing do not make great comedy.


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Ken Dodd was an architect? :?
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Re: Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayso

Postby The Slider » 23 Jan 2012, 08:08

Hugh wrote:
Joe Baxter wrote:
Beebsy wrote:I voted for Les but it's a pretty poor bunch all round. They're all so ENGLISH in their humour.*


Strangely enough, after my initial post, I thought of Dave Alan (sp?).


Different class.



Dave Allen's observational and anecdotal style was indeed in a totally different class.
But he ruined his TV shows with his truly abysmal sketches.
Very poorly written and mugged through.
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Re: Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayso

Postby Hugh » 23 Jan 2012, 08:12

I wouldn't disagree with that but "ruined" is a bit strong.

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Postby The Slider » 23 Jan 2012, 08:26

'Seriously tainted' then.
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Re: Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayso

Postby Hugh » 23 Jan 2012, 09:23

I think the mugging was just part of them having a good time and not taking themselves very seriously. i mean we are not talking Emery levels of awfulness.
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Re: Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayso

Postby The Prof » 23 Jan 2012, 09:25

Try not to laugh


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Postby sensi » 23 Jan 2012, 10:55

I absolutely LOVE Lee Mack...he's very heavily based on Eric Morecambe but he has me crying laughing...plus he reminds me of Prof...when Prof is at his best that is...which isn't very often sadly :cry:


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Postby Belle Lettre » 23 Jan 2012, 19:02

One more for Les. :)
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How the fuck is Les Dawson winning this poll?

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Postby Bungo the Mungo » 23 Jan 2012, 19:50

Not Beebsy wrote:How the fuck is Les Dawson winning this poll?

:lol:

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Postby Belle Lettre » 23 Jan 2012, 20:08

He had a lovely kitchen.
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HollY HAI! xx wrote:
Not Beebsy wrote:How the fuck is Les Dawson winning this poll?

:lol:

I despair


He had intellectual aspirations. Appeals to the Guardian-reading pseuds around here.


Or he's the least less funny of a relatively unfunny bunch and we were told to vote for someone. By you. Possibly. Can't be bothered checking.

And I love Lee Mack too.

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Postby yomptepi » 23 Jan 2012, 20:35

HollY HAI! xx wrote:
Not Beebsy wrote:How the fuck is Les Dawson winning this poll?

:lol:

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Re: Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayson

Postby Michael Andrew Lownsdale » 29 Dec 2017, 09:47

Lots of Les Dawson this Christmas.

Rubbish, really.

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Re: Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayson

Postby Rayge » 29 Dec 2017, 12:41

Michael Andrew Lownsdale wrote:Lots of Les Dawson this Christmas.

Rubbish, really.


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Although I would rate several of those not in the poll – Connolly and Allen spring to mind – as at least his equals, neither Dodd nor Grayson ever struck me as anything more than embarrassing, even as a kid (Dodd, anyway - can barely remember ever seeing Grayson), while Frankie Howerd was essentially a one-schtick pony, although it was admittedly a rather good stick.
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Re: Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayson

Postby The Modernist » 29 Dec 2017, 14:15

Meh..Kept hearing about the supposed 'cleverness' of Dawson's comedy, but never saw much evidence of it myself.

Howerd should be walking this poll.

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Re: Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayson

Postby Darkness_Fish » 29 Dec 2017, 14:45

I never could stand Frankie Howerd. I don't count Les Dawson as a titan of comedy, but in this company I'd say he's the best of a bad bunch.
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Re: Ken Dodd vs Frankie Howerd vs Les Dawson vs Larry Grayson

Postby fange » 29 Dec 2017, 14:50

I don't know a single one of the names in the OP.

For the benefit of us non-UKers, would anyone like to post any YT clips of the comedians named, showcasing some of their work perhaps? Thank you.

EDIT: Wait, I remember Howerd, he was in some of the Carry On films I think. But don't know anything else he has done.
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