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‘Amazing audience’ for Royal Hippodrome show

The British Music Hall Society organised the showThe Royal Hippodrome Theatre in EastbourneJimmy Jimmy Cricket starred in the morning showCricket appeared with a host of fellow entertainers in a show called Day By The Sea at the weekend.

The famous Irish funnyman appeared at the one-day event of comedy, music and song at the Royal Hippodrome theatre in Eastbourne.

Also on the bill was Jimmy’s big pal Don Maclean, an English actor and comedian who appeared on the BBC television series Crackerjack with Michael Aspel, Peter Glaze and Jan Hunt in the 1970s.

Sue Devaney, known for television roles in Coronation Street, Jonny Briggs, Casualty and Dinnerladies as well as being a regular stage performer, and English pop singer, jazz singer and actress Helen Shapiro were also among the entertainers.

The event, which took place last Saturday, was organised by the British Music Hall Society.

Jimmy, 71, said: “Great morning spent with old friends! I was on at 10.50am and the audience was amazing, really ready for a variety show at that time of the morning!”

From seaside show to Irish festival

Jimmy Cricket with a family who had come to see the show. They are: Ali O’ Grady, her husband and mother-in-law

Jimmy Cricket recently returned to perform in Eastbourne – where he spent much of the 2012 summer season.

The famous Irish entertainer was back at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre doing his popular stand-up comedy show.

May Cricket, whose showbusiness name is May MarionJimmy (below) and his wife, May, (right) – who performed as the female vocalist May Marion – can both be seen in their dressing rooms getting ready for the show.

May is often Jimmy’s main supporting artist when he is touring the length and breadth of the UK.

Top, Jimmy is pictured with some members of the audience – Ali O’ Grady, and her husband and mother-in-law – in the theatre foyer after the evening’s performance.

All photos are courtesy of Jimmy’s great friend, Gerry Molumby, who had come to see Jimmy at Eastbourne and also arranged for him to appear at this year’s Crawley Irish Festival the following day.

Both Jimmy and Gerry stayed at the Marine Parade Hotel after the show, which is owned by Jimmy’s close friends, Jerome and Carol, and is just around the corner from the theatre.

Jimmy Cricket

Returning to 2012 summer season venue

Eastbourne Herald article featuring Jimmy Cricket's return to the Royal Hippodrome TheatreJimmy Cricket is returning to the scene of his 2012 summer season to do his stand-up comedy show at the weekend.

The famous Irish entertainer will perform at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne on Saturday (20 September), two years after his last appearance there.

He was featured earlier this month in the Eastbourne Herald (article clipping above), which read: “This entertainer never stops updating and creating new material.”

The newspaper mentions that Jimmy has just released a song, I was bit by Luis Suarez, which is based on the former Liverpool striker who was banned for four months during this summer’s World Cup for biting an opponent.

Jimmy said: “I am looking forward to seeing the many friends I made during that summer season.

“In fact, these friends have gone on to form a community interest company to manage the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, as the local council were looking for someone to take on this role for them.”

They include Jerome and Carole who own and run the Marine Parade Hotel and Darren Weir who owns the Mowbray Hotel.

Another friend Jimmy will be seeing again is Mike Lee, who is also a partner in the management consortium.

Jimmy said: “Mike is a superb singer who performs a tribute to the great Matt Munroe. I have invited him to appear on my show and am delighted he has agreed!”

To watch the video of I was bit by Luis Suarez, go to the homepage of this website or visit Jimmy’s video channel at YouTube.

And you can pre-order I was bit by Luis Suarez at iTunes.

For all the latest updates on the song and on Jimmy’s schedule and thoughts, go to his Twitter page.

‘Clean fun – that’s Cricket’s pitch’


The feature in the TV Times was written to advertise and promote Jimmy Cricket’s series And There’s More on Central Television
The TV Times feature was written to promote Jimmy Cricket’s series, And There’s More, which was broadcast on ITV

This magazine feature provides a nostalgic glimpse into Jimmy Cricket’s past.

Jimmy Cricket in the TV TimesOne of Jimmy’s ‘Friends’ on Facebook called Tom Stamp posted the attached picture of an article – entitled Clean fun – that’s Cricket’s pitch – which was published in the TV Times in the 1980s.

It was written to advertise and promote Jimmy’s series, And There’s More, which was produced by Central Television and broadcast on ITV between 1985 and 1989.

Jimmy says: “This is a real bit of nostalgia for me – where have all the years gone?!”

2012 – we look back at the highlights

Jimmy Cricket played Baron Hardup in panto with Dancing on Ice star Ray Quinn as Prince Charming
Jimmy was Baron Hardup in panto with Dancing on Ice’s Ray Quinn Prince Charming

Jimmy has had another busy year and as usual he has travelled the length and breadth of the country to meet his touring commitments throughout 2012.

Some of the highlights of the past 12 months include:

– At the start of the year appearing as Baron Hardup in a pantomime version of Cinderella at the Civic Theatre in Darlington

– Headlining the summer show at the Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne, which ran for five months and was presented every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from the first week of May through to the end of September

– Featuring in a northern comedy tour alongside the inimitable Mick Miller

– Appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Sheffield Comedy festival and the new Belly Laughs Belfast comedy festival

– Travelling to venues in Guernsey, Cromer, Torquay, Bridlington, Carlisle, Towyn and Glasgow – to name just a few of the different places visited

– Appearing in BBC 3’s Comedy Marathon which was recorded at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival

– Participating in a recording of the new Sky TV comedy series called John Bishop’s Only Joking

Jimmy said: “I would like to thank all those who came to one of my shows this year or who have bought one of my merchandise items.

“Also thanks to anyone who has followed me on Twitter, decided to be a friend on Facebook or who has viewed one of my clips on YouTube.

“Thanks you all for your continuing support and I hope to see you in 2013!”

Events calendar fixed – and improved!

Jimmy Cricket events calendar

The feature on this website showing all Jimmy Cricket’s forthcoming appearances is working again!

And there’s more! The old calendar, which stopped functioning properly a while ago for unknown reasons, has been replaced by something bigger and better.

An enhanced feature allows fans to subscribe to the calendar if they wish through Google, meaning they can now receive phone texts and email reminders.

There is also the facility for Google maps to show everyone exactly where events are taking place.

Famous Irish comedian Jimmy says: “I’m really excited that the calendar is working again and even more so that it has been improved and will provide more information about my forthcoming shows.

“This will respond to feedback we have been receiving from fans enquiring why the calendar function was not working properly. It just took a bit longer than we expected to be put right – but it is has clearly been well worth the wait!”

Go straight to the new-style calendar here.

Headlining St Patrick’s Day show

Jimmy Cricket is featured in the Mill Rythe Holiday Village internal newspaper called The Guest
Jimmy Cricket is featured in the Mill Rythe Holiday Village internal newspaper called The Guest

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket already knows where he will be on St Patrick’s Day next year.

The famous funnyman appeared at the Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island near Portsmouth in Hampshire recently – and was immediately invited back.

He will perform over the weekend marking the 2013 St Pat’s celebrations at the holiday village, having been asked to headline the main show on 17 March itself!

Jimmy had a great reception for his recent show and was full of praise for Jack – the centre’s entertainments manager who provided great assistance to the comedian during his visit.

Mill Rythe used to be part of the Warner classic holiday villages network, but is now owned by the Away Resorts Company. They also own two other holiday centres  – at Whitecliff Bay on the Isle of Wight and Tattershall Lakes in Lincolnshire.

Christmas comes early with special offer

Jimmy Cricket's Pull Your Seats Forward DVD
Jimmy Cricket’s Pull Your Seats Forward DVD which was filmed in Bacup, Lancashire

There are (only) 65 days to Christmas and here is a special offer to start the countdown to the great occasion.

Buy Jimmy Cricket’s DVD Pull Your Seats Forward and you will also receive a free CD of your choice – all for £12 with postage and package included.

The DVD was filmed by Jimmy’s small company, Wellie Boot Productions, a couple of years ago at the Royal Court Theatre in Bacup, Lancashire, near his adopted home of Rochdale in Greater Manchester.

Belfast-born Jimmy produced it in response to the overwhelming public clamour that suggested there was a real demand for a recording of his stand-up.

It is an hour and 10 minutes long and includes Jimmy’s favourite routines, a phone call and letter from his mammy, his famous Leaving Home poem, his sentimental ballad called I’m Dreaming of a Far off Land and 20 minutes of extras.

The DVD is the best in family entertainment and a masterclass in comedy – more than 3,000 copies have already been sold.

Ideal present

This “DVCD” Christmas bundle is great value for money and not available in usual retail outlets.

The only way you can grab this fabulous deal is via this website – click onto Go Shopping page where you will find a purchasing option through Paypal. All orders are processed within 24 hours and we hope to ship out the product to be with you within one week.

When ordering just opt for a DVD purchase in the usual way, but please state during the ordering process which CD you would like to receive free of charge as part of this Christmas bundle.

You can choose from the following CDs: Best of Jimmy Cricket, Jimmy Cricket – I’m Dreaming Of A Far Off Land, Jimmy Cricket – A Bee in His Bonnet.

This DVD will make an ideal Christmas present and if you want a special message signed personally by Jimmy and inserted into the sleeve of the DVD, please send in this request when you order and this will be done at no extra charge.

Get ordering now folks!

Thanks – and have a meal on me!


The technical crew used Jimmy's money to go to an Italian restaurant
The technical crew used Jimmy’s money to go to an Italian restaurant

Jimmy Cricket recently completed a five-month summer season in Eastbourne – and thanked the technical crew by treating them to an Italian meal.

On the last night of the show, Sentimental Journey, at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, the famous Irish comedian gave each of the technical staff a tenner as a small token of his appreciation for all their help.

The four, Megan, James, Tim and Jo, went out and spent Jimmy’s financial contribution at an Italian restaurant.

And they sent Jimmy a message of appreciation and said they had all enjoyed working with Jimmy over the summer season.

It read:


With a hearty thanks from the Royal Hippodrome Crew who enjoyed a splendid post season three-course meal thanks to your generosity.

It’s been a pleasure working with you.

Best regards,

Megan, James, Tim & Jo xx

The crew sent Jimmy photos of them having the meal and he immediately recognised the Italian restaurant as he used to frequent it often over the summer when he was in the resort.

Rocking around the clock (on the beach)

Famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket met professional organist Chris Mannion in Eastbourne
Jimmy Cricket met professional organist Chris Mannion in Eastbourne

Jimmy Cricket had them rocking around the clock on the beach this summer!

The famous Irish comedian has recalled the occasion he met professional organist Chris Mannion.

It was on the day that Jimmy appeared live on ITV’s breakfast show, Daybreak, in Eastbourne on the south coast.

“Chris was playing his keyboard as part of the outside broadcast when I arrived on the scene and got the assembled crowd to sing Rock Around The Clock,” laughs Jimmy.

“Chris is a professional organist and is very accomplished. He not only plays at various concerts in Eastbourne, where he lives, but he is much in demand across the country and this extends to playing engagements on cruise ships.

“He is not just a talented person, but a really lovely guy as well.”

Find out more about Chris at http://www.chris-mannion.co.uk.

Jimmy was in Eastbourne two days a week during the summer, starring in Sentimental Journey, which ran at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in the East Sussex town until 26 September.