Crooner Lee Michaels (pictured below) will appear as part of Jimmy’s stand-up comedy show in April (right).
Jimmy, who is famed for his attire, footwear and always having a special letter from his Mammy, has not visited the Wigan area for several years.
He said: “I am really looking forward to visiting a town which holds many memories for me as during the heyday of clubland in the 1970s, I was a frequent visitor to the Wigan area as I developed my career.”
Lee has been singing and performing as a tribute to Robbie Williams for around 18 years. He has appeared at many distinguished venues across the country and has just finished a four-week stint over the Christmas season on board a cruise ship with a big band which toured around the Baltic region.
He said: “It will be a real thrill to appear on the same stage with such a wonderful comedian like Jimmy Cricket. He has had a hugely successful career out of making people laugh over so many decades and he still continues to be a very funny man.
“We touched base last year and explored whether we could work together in one of my local venues in Wigan. When I suggested the Rose Club, everything seemed to click into place nicely and it’s been great to be able to make this show happen featuring the both of us!”
Kim Dixon from Rose Leisure said: “We at the Rose Club are delighted to be hosting such a well-known and much-loved comedian as Jimmy Cricket.
“It is also great we have a local connection on the show with such a talented singer as Lee and this will offer a great evening of entertainment at our venue.”
Jimmy, 71, added: “When Lee approached me about doing a show together in his local area, I thought this was a great opportunity as it is about time I returned to Wigan!
“I am also delighted the show is to be so affordable at a tenner per ticket. This is because I know how increasingly expensive it can be to go out anywhere, so hopefully this will appeal to anyone who wants to come along for an evening full of giggles and to get away from the telly!”
The Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show is at the Rose Club, Wigan on Saturday 22 April. Performance time is 7.30pm. The show will feature Jimmy, alongside his special guest Lee Michaels and the female vocalist May Marion. Tickets are priced at £10 and can be purchased from the Rose Club on 01942 256903 or via the club’s website at http://www.roseleisure.com/w/event/the-jimmy-cricket-laughter-show/