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Les Dawson's Joke Book

Publication Date: 03/11/2012

Price: £4.99

ISBN: 9781843179887


About the Book

The first-ever joke book from one of the UK's best-loved comedians, Les Dawson's Joke Book is a must for any fan of this perennially popular comedian. Collecting together the highlights of his 26-year career across radio and television, from his early days on Opportunity Knocks to Cissie and Ada. A lover of language, Les was a secret poet and was fond of high culture, often undercutting his own admiration of the art forms for comic effect. The book includes examples of all his most famous sketches, comic come-backs and stand-up routines. From working class roots to a comedian beloved by millions, Les Dawson's Joke Book is a celebration of Les's humour at its very best, compiled from his personal archive by his wife and daughter, it is the must-have for any fan.

About the Author

Les Dawson (1931-1993) was a popular English comedian who had a fantastically successful career across radio and television. His shows included the eponymous The Dawson Watch, The Les Dawson Show and Dawson's Weekly, as well as – of course – the quiz show Blankety Blank. He was included in The Comedian's Comedian, a 2005 Channel 4 documentary, which listed the top 50 comedians of all time, as voted for by fellow comedians and showbiz insiders.


  • 'A timely reminder of the Blankety Blank host's gift for the absurd one-liner', The Guardian
  • 'A compilation of the greatest jokes, collected by his wife Tracy and daughter Charlotte, reveals both sides of this comedy personality, the broad stand-up comedian and the sharp-tongued wit.', Daily Mail
  • 'Every classic is here from the 'take my mother-in-law' jokes to cheeky limericks and sketches along with exclusive extracts from his personal journals', Yours magazine
  • 'Dawson's wife and daughter collect the best of the late comedian's jokes', The Bookseller
  • 'A veritable treasury of Les's unique reflections on mothers-in-law, old age, doctors and chiropodists', Daily Mail
  • 'Full of warmth, fun and laughter, this book is a must-have for any fan of Les Dawson and the perfect gift for joke lovers young and old', Lancashire Evening Post
  • 'Features a selection of Les's classic gags, one liners and limericks, along with extracts from personal journals', The Gazette (Blackpool)