Central: Comedy Carpet

Central: Comedy Carpet

Have a look at the Comedy Carpet, it’s right against the seafront at Blackpool Tower Festival Headland.

A huge piece of art installation, the Comedy Carpet features the names, jokes, songs and comedy catchphrases from more than 1,000 of Britain’s best loved comedians.

This video clip pans across Tower Festival Headland, looking from Central to North Pier, looking over the Comedy Carpet.

Blackpool seafront, Pier to Pier - Blackpool Seafront in March 2015

Opening of the Comedy Carpet

Ken Dodd had the honour of performing the grand opening ceremony at 12.30pm on a damp and drizzly 10 October in 2011.

Ken Dodd opening the Comedy Carpet. Photo: David Hewitt
Ken Dodd opening the Comedy Carpet. Photo: David Hewitt

A firm Blackpool favourite and long time performer in the seaside resort, Doddy’s jokes feature in one of the five sections in the centre of the carpet, along with the great Les Dawson, Morecambe and Wise, Frankie Howerd and Tommy Cooper.

Enjoying the Comedy Carpet on a summer day...
Enjoying the Comedy Carpet on a summer day…

Comic performers and writers from the past entertainment of music halls and variety are included around the edges, along with their modern counterparts and contemporary performers.

A Labour of Love

The project took five years from concept to completion, with a whopping 160,000 individually cut letters set into concrete and used to spell out the phrases.

Each letter is 30mm solid granite and they vary from a few centimetres tall to almost a metre, which means that a lot of it can even be read from the top of the Tower.

Blackpool Tower and Comedy Carpet
Blackpool Tower and the Comedy Carpet

The Comedy Carpet is laid out in a cross shape, to link the beach and road, north and south promenades, and it’s laid out in a grid of 10 slabs.

A large carpet indeed, the whole area that it covers is 2,200 sq metres, at a cost of £2.6m to create and was funded by CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) as part of the Sea Change programme.

Gordon Young designed the Carpet, and during his research he decided that Blackpool was the nation’s ‘magnetic chuckle point’, with a huge number and breadth of comedians having performed at the resort over the years.

Comedy Carpet on Central Promenade

The Comedy Carpet forms the centre of the Tower Festival Headland. That’s the open public open space which hosts events like the Illuminations Switch On Festival and the Air Show. Every day it’s worth visiting just for a look around.

Around the edge of the carpet are concrete benches, huge seating pebbles and lighting columns that even incorporate windbreaks, making a versatile and practical space.

You can find out more about the Comedy Carpet from its own website.

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