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by | 27th, February 2006

‘KEN Dodd should get the nod to present next year’s Brit Awards.

One thing you can always say about the septuagenarian comic is that if hours spent on stage equates to entertainment, Dodd’s shows offer real and lasting value.

This year’s Brits were on TV for hours. Long? Not long enough. As any one who has been privileged to attend one of Dodd’s shows knows, this is a mere preamble. It takes Dodd a couple of hours to warm up and there’s no guarantee that he ever will glow hot.

Dodd’s audiences may be aged, but when you’re faced with an endurance test, wise is the pensioner who takes long their own colostomy bag and urine bottle.

The only danger is that the aged rock stars waiting in the wings to shamble on stage and collect those lifetime achievement awards may become permanently unplugged and die during Dodd’s tales of tax avoidance and tickling sticks.

If not the Brits, then what about Dodd presenting the Grammys? This awards do surely represents the old stager’s chance to crack America.

This year’s Grammy awards show featured – a roll on the drums please (with award for Best Drum Roll In An Anorak Article to follow) – 108 awards! That’s a number that demands stamina. American TV only broadcast 11 of the prize givings, but that’s because America doesn’t have a Dodd, not since George Burns died.

Oddly, Dodd has been overlooked for this year’s Academy Awards. The Oscars are to be introduced by Jon Stewart, a comic whose satirical

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