RETIREMENT is a dirty word to veteran comedian Ken Dodd.
Three months before his 84th birthday, the madcap pensioner is showing no let-up in the pace of his notoriously long shows.
Coach drivers get time and a half, waiting for people to come out of theatres.
“By jove, missus”, he says. “I’ve been coming back to Scarborough and this beautiful part of the country for as long as there has been candyfloss and fish and chips. And let’s face it, there isn’t a better coastline than this for fish and chips - which I love with mushy peas, bread and butter and a pot of tea. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
“Over the years I’ve learned that Scarborough is the laughter capital of the east coast, and the lovely folk here love nothing better than a good laugh - and that’s what I’m going to give them!”
Some 1,600 people are expected at Saturday’s show at the Futurist.
It is due to start at 7pm and, if previous shows are anything to go by, won’t finish until well past midnight.