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Saturday, 27 November, 1999, 03:04 GMT
Comic brain works just like that
Tommy Cooper Tommy Cooper: "Master of stand-up comedy and the rapid-fire gag"

Visitors to the Millennium Dome will be able to get inside the mind of comedy legend Tommy Cooper.

A three-dimensional "brain" complete with the comic's trademark fez, microphone and glass of water will deliver classic Cooper gags.

The structure will be on a stage and under a spotlight playing to an audience of other "brains" which will laugh and heckle the comedian.

body zone The Brain Room is part of the dome's Body Zone
The comic brain is just one of many brains on display in the Body Zone to demonstrate various emotions.

Creative team leader John Hackney said Cooper, who died in 1984 after collapsing during a television broadcast, was "master of stand-up comedy and the rapid-fire gag".

He said: "This made him the ideal choice for the voice of the Comedian Brain inside the Body Zone.

"We also get to introduce his unique brand of humour to a whole new generation of youngsters."

Gigantic skull

Visitors will stand behind massive teeth to hear the comedian's jokes, assembled from routines he performed during his career.

About 4,000 visitors are expected to travel through the Body Zone each hour.

In the zone, families will be taken on what organisers call an "emotional rollercoaster" journey where they will feel fear, apprehension, peace, humour and sadness and learn how their physiology affects them.

Afterwards, they will come out onto a huge open plaza called the Explore Area where they will be encouraged to learn about the perception of beauty and body decoration, the importance of feeling good and the healthcare of the future.

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