SIR KEN Dodd's affinity and rapport with his fans can be explained by the comedian's assertion that his was the "best job in the world because I can only see people smiling and laughing".
The zany stand-up, who died on Sunday just days after leaving hospital, was famous for his epic stand-up shows and his tickling stick, and had a legion of loyal followers whom he continued to entertain even through his later years.
Sir Ken had performed at the Hall for Cornwall several times, including The Happiness Show back in 2001.
The veteran entertainer was hailed as a "legend and an inspiration" and "one of the all-time greats", with tributes from stars including Sir Paul McCartney, David Walliams, Carol Vorderman and Dawn French.
His death came two days after he married his girlfriend of 40 years, Anne Jones in his house in Liverpool, England. They got the registrar and were married in the house on Friday.
"He was a comedy legend and a genius". Anne is obviously very upset. His song Tears was the third highest-selling single of the 1960s in Britain; beaten only by two Beatles classics (She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand).
The late comic was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for his services to entertainment and charity.
As soon as Dodd was rushed to hospital, following his illness, rumors began spreading of his death.
A Shanklin Theatre spokesperson said: "We are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Ken Dodd today".
He added: "He was an education to watch and, afterwards, at 1.30am, he had beers with me in the dressing room and talked showbiz. I met him once and I've never forgotten it. Gawd bless 'im", Actor John Challis wrote.