BE HONEST, there could only be one person for the job and yes it is Ken Dodd!
Back in January 1972, while appearing at the Capitol, he was made a member and chief tickler of the Cardiff Language Society.
Then again Ken has been a regular visitor to Wales. As we can see from the photographs here.
In July 1974 he arrived in Cardiff for his appearance at Butlin’s holiday camp, Barry.
He paid a visit to Cardiff Castle with his “tickling stick” and met 13-year-old Yvonne James.
He was back in Cardiff to launch his Merry Christmas Laughter Show, at St David’s Hall, in September 1991.
We must not forget his appearance in Doctor Who in 1987, when he was The Tollmaster in the episode Delta and the Bannermen.
It was filmed on location at Butlins Holiday Camp at Barry Island, which subsituted for the cheerful Shangri-La holiday camp. The Professor of Titterology and Gigglology at Knotty Ash University, Mr Dodd was also a guest and speaker at the UWIST International Conference on Humour held in Cardiff. The four-day conference, organised by the Department of Applied Psychology at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology looked at all aspects of humour. Dr Antony Chapman, one of the organisers of the conference said that Ken’s contribution would be of immense value to the other participants. “We need the view of a professional because none of the others earn a living making people laugh,” he said. “We are hoping for a fairly serious analysis from a professional comedian.”