Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

The late show

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 04 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2445
  1. James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
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Comedians are living longer these days. In the past century few reached their 70s, and one or two famously died onstage aged around 60. Comedy, like medicine, benefits from the authority that comes with age, but it is a hard life and these days its practitioners tend to ease up as they get older. Even Dame Edna Everage, now 78, is hanging up her frock.

All the more remarkable, then, is that Britain’s most successful comic, Ken Dodd, is still touring at the …

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