Comedy Carpet

The Comedy Carpet is Blackpool’s most famous work of public art and one of the largest in the UK.

Sitting in the shadow of Blackpool Tower, the giant engraving features the jokes, catchphrases, and songs of the country’s most cherished comedians and entertainers.

Comedy Carpet and Blackpool Tower
Comedy Carpet and Blackpool Tower

The work incorporates more than 160,000 individual granite letters, set in over 300 concrete slabs. The phrases vary in size, with some legible from the top of the tower.

Stars immortalised include legends such as Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd, Morecambe and Wise, Les Dawson, Spike Milligan, Laurel and Hardy, Monty Python, and The Two Ronnies.

Slab at the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool featuring the phrases of Morecambe and Wise
Slab featuring the phrases of Morecambe and Wise

The Comedy Carpet was created by artist Gordon Young and design studio Why Not Associates. Young’s other works in North West England include various sculptures on Morecambe Promenade.

The Comedy Carpet is part of the Tower Festival Headland, a large event space on Blackpool’s seafront. The sculpture was unveiled by Ken Dodd in 2011.

Slab at the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool with the phrases of Ken Dodd
Slab featuring the phrases of Ken Dodd

Other works of public art in Blackpool include those at the Great Promenade Show, near Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

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Map showing location of Comedy Carpet.

Map showing location of Comedy Carpet

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Comedy Carpet

Address
Promenade
Blackpool
Lancashire
United Kingdom

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