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You Must Be Joking tour: Watch the finale song

Jimmy Cricket has posted on social media a video of the finale song at the end of the popular You Must Be Joking tour 2018.

The three-week series of shows featuring Jimmy and three fellow Northern Ireland comedians ended at the Island Arts Centre on Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn.

Other team members were: John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield.

Afer the final night, Jimmy,  72, tweeted: Been a blast the, “You Must Be Joking Tour”, for and here alongside, singing for the last time our finale song, my partners in crime, John Linehan and and 😂

The eight-show tour had opened on 20 January at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, Jimmy’s birth place though he has lived in Rochdale for many years with his wife May Mulgrew.

You can see the clip of the You Must Be Joking team singing their finale song on Jimmy’s Twitter feed here.

Chatting with Pamela on UTV Life’s famous sofa

Jimmy Cricket appeared on UTV Life

Jimmy Cricket was a guest on Northern Irish television programme UTV Life recently.

The famous Belfast-born entertainer, described in the preview material as a “comedy legend”, talked to chat show host Pamela Ballentine.

UTV is a commercial television broadcaster in Northern Ireland owned and operated by ITV plc as part of the ITV Network.

The show featuring Jimmy can be viewed here.

Pamela is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known presenters, renowned for her friendly hosting skills on some of television’s most popular shows, including Friday evening’s UTV Life which draws a weekly plethora of A List stars who join her for a chat on her famous sofa.

Lisburn hosts last night of You Must Be Joking 2018

The You Must Be Joking tour 2018 involving Jimmy Cricket and three fellow Northern Ireland comedians has finished after eight shows in just three weeks.

It ended on Saturday night at the Island Arts Centre on Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn.

Jimmy, 72, performed along with John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield.

The tour had opened on 20 January at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, Jimmy’s birth place though he has lived in Rochdale for many years with his wife May Mulgrew.

William Caulfield posted a picture (above) of the whole You Must Be Joking team on Twitter.

 

Jimmy Cricket & company help the Legendary Ladies

 

Jimmy Cricket performed with fellow Ulster comics, John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield at the City Hotel Derry

Jimmy Cricket joined up with his comedian colleagues and friends to help support the Legendary Ladies Lunch for Cancer Research.

He performed with fellow Ulster comics, John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield at the City Hotel Derry.

The four funnymen have been starring on the popular You Must Be Joking tour of Northern Ireland.

After the lunch, Jimmy, 72, tweeted: What a lovely afternoon gathering for a great cause, “The Legendary Ladies Lunch for Cancer Research”, here with John Linehan and and via organiser Sharon Arbuckle 🎭

‘Belfast’s Grand Opera House was place to be’

Jimmy Cricket performed as usual with fellow Ulster comedians, John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield

Jimmy Cricket returned to his home town of Belfast to take part in another successful show with some old friends and comedy colleagues.

The famous entertainer, who has now lived in Rochdale for many years, performed with fellow Ulster comedians, John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield as part of the You Must Be Joking tour of Ireland.

And Jimmy later thanks writer Sean Hillen for his glowing review of the show.

He posted on Twitter: “Thank you to for the lovely write up of the show last Saturday night with John, Gene, William and myself!”

Sean began his article by saying: “If you were in the mood for a dose of old-fashioned, clean-as-a-whistle, stand-up comedy – not the ‘modern’ version laden with swear words – then Belfast’s historic Grand Opera House was the place to be this week.

“Aptly entitled ‘You Must Be Joking,’ four of Northern Ireland’s most experienced comedians took to the stage and offered up a non-stop series of gags, impersonations and light-hearted songs that easily curried the audience’s favor.”

And he finished the piece with: “My favorite act of the evening was the last one, James Mulgrew, best known as Jimmy Cricket. Appearing in his trademark outfit of cut-off evening trousers, dinner jacket, hat and Wellington boots marked ‘L’ and ‘R’ for left and right, but worn on the wrong feet, his routine was a fast-moving, gag-a-minute, focusing on his unique interpretation of Irish logic.”

Banjo duo, dancers and the three-tenner sketch at Stockport’s The Plaza

Stockport's Plaza Theatre

Jimmy Cricket returned to The Plaza variety theatre in Stockport at the weekend to do his fourth show there.

Other acts included Shep’s Banjo Duo and dancers from the Stockport-based Debut Arts academy.

The famous comedian, 72, had last performed there in January 2016 and was clearly delighted to be back.

Afterwards he tweeted: “Wonderful Sunday afternoon performing alongside Howard and Steve, Shep’s Banjo Duo, Debut Arts Academy, with Ted Doan Manager and actor who took the lead in the, “The 3 Tenner Sketch”, my thanks goes to Stage, Sound and Lighting, Lawerence, Ben and Pam.”

Katie Mulgrew features on BBC Radio 4 Extra

 

 

The best in contemporary comedy. Tom Wrigglesworth chats to Katie Mulgrew on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Jimmy Cricket’s comedian daughter Katie Mulgrew featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s The Comedy Club Interviews series recently.

Katie (pictured below right), who has performed three solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, was interviewed by BBC presenter Tom Wrigglesworth.

The interview can be heard here.

Her famous dad posted on Twitter saying it was a “lovely funny interview”.Katie Mulgrew

She won the inaugural 2015 Liverpool Hope play-writing prize with her play Omnibus.

It was staged at the Unity Theatre in June 2017 in a co-production with the Liverpool Royal Court to rave reviews.

Find out more about Katie here.

 

Jimmy Cricket: Laughter keeps me motivated

Jimmy Cricket is appearing again at Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts CentreJimmy Cricket’s appearance in Lancashire at the weekend has been previewed by a regional newspaper.

The famous entertainer appears at Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre on Saturday 27 January.

An article in the Lancashire Telegraph, which the comedian shared on social media channel Twitter, begins: “Complacency is a word which you suspect doesn’t figure in Jimmy Cricket’s vocabulary.

“The veteran comedian could be forgiven for taking things easy after a lifetime making people laugh.

“But at 72, his diary is as busy as ever and, as he prepares to come to Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre on Saturday. the genial Irishman revealed it’s the gift of laughter which keeps him going.

“‘I do believe I have been given a gift in a way,” he said. “That’s what motivates me and keeps the enthusiasm going. When you strike up a rapport with an audience and it feels as though you are all in the room together, there is no feeling like it.’

“Jimmy will be bringing his Great Value for a Tenner show back to Oswaldtwistle which, as the name implies, has a fixed ticket price.

“‘This will be our third time at Oswaldtwistle and it will be a lovely intimate show,” he said. “My wife will be coming along with me and she’ll be getting involved singing a few songs.’”

‘Excited’ to see Guys and Dolls in Manchester!

Jimmy Cricket attended Guys and Dolls at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester

Famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket went to see one of his favourite musicals in Manchester recently.

The 72-year-old comedian watched Guys and Dolls at the Royal Exchange Theatre earlier this month.

Guys and Dolls started at the Exchange on 2 December last year and finishes on 3 February.

Jimmy posted on social media channel Twitter that he was “excited” to be at the Royal Exchange to enjoy one of his all-time favourite musicals.

You Must Be Joking show at the Millennium Forum

You Must Be Joking takes place at the Millennium ForumFamous funnyman Jimmy Cricket is again appearing alongside several fellow comedians in the popular You Must Be Joking show.

He will perform as usual with fellow Ulster comedians, John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield.

The quartet played to sellout shows across Northern Ireland in 2016.

They will appear together at Derry’s Millennium Forum theatre at 8pm on Sunday 4 February.

Jimmy, 72, with his funny hat and his wellies on the wrong feet, will be reading his letter from his Mammy and getting up to his usual shenanigans.

The first lady of Irish comedy, May McFettridge, also fresh from panto, will abuse all and sundry.

William Caulfield, who has cruised the world with his stand-up show, will regale the audience with stories of everyday life from home and abroad in his hilarious homegrown style.

Gene Fitzpatrick, with his wonderfully warm personality making him a master storyteller and king of the one-liners, will tell tales of ‘The Vision’, his lovely long suffering wife and many other stories!

Compere for the evening is May McFettridge’s long-suffering driver, John Linehan.

More details can be obtained by visiting the theatre’s website here.