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Sellout for comedy tour’s opening night

Jimmy Cricket, John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), William Caulfield and Gene Fitzpatrick

The You Must Be Joking tour that reunited Jimmy Cricket with three fellow well-known Northern Ireland comedians had a first-night sellout.

Jimmy Cricket and fellow entertainers

Jimmy headlined the series of comedy shows, which also featured John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), William Caulfield and Gene Fitzpatrick.

It was a recreation of a successful format that was part of the 2013 Cookstown Comedy Festival.

The tour was hosted by four major theatres across Northern Ireland, with the opening night playing to a full house at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

It then visited Newtonabbey and Derry before ending with a trip to the Market Place Arts Centre in Armagh.

The quartet of entertainers also appeared on the Gerry Kelly radio show at the BBC Radio Ulster studio in Belfast.

The tour was organised by Northern Ireland’s premier promotions company, David Hull Promotions, who are based in Belfast.

Jimmy Cricket and fellow entertainers

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Jimmy Cricket's shows in the first part of 2015

The first venue that famous comedian Jimmy Cricket will be visiting for his 2015 shows around the UK is the Plaza Theatre in Stockport on Sunday (25 January).

With the show scheduled for a 3pm start, there is the chance to have Sunday lunch with all the family, then go along to see him and laugh away the calories! Tickets are priced at £10 (£5 for under 16s).

Jimmy embarks on a tour of Northern Ireland with the You Must Be Joking show next week.

When the veteran entertainer visits the charming Lamproom Theatre in South Yorkshire during February, he will feature in a format that will afford the audience an opportunity to ask him a question, as he brings his Audience with show to the Barnsley region.

Jimmy’s trip to the Victoria Theatre in Halifax on 25 March will be part of a Music Hall show that his good friend, Neil Hurst, is organising.

And he is also looking forward to visiting Bexhill-on-Sea, where the team behind the Bexhill Festival of Music are organising the show he will headline in April.

All the other venues on the list shown above right will also present Jimmy’s Value for a Tenner show.

So if you live in one of the regions Jimmy will be visiting during the first half of 2015, do go along and see him in action.

Comedy show to return? You Must Be Joking!

Jimmy is being reunited with fellow Northern Ireland comedians John Linehan (aka May McFetteridge), William Caulfield and Gene Fitzpatrick to create the You Must be Joking show that will tour Northern Ireland in early 2015

Jimmy Cricket is to be reunited with fellow Northern Ireland comedians John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), William Caulfield and Gene Fitzpatrick to produce the You Must Be Joking tour of the province in early 2015.

The event will see the recreation of a successful show that was part of the 2013 Cookstown Comedy Festival (above).

It featured all four comedians in one unique evening of comedy.

Famous entertainer Jimmy said: “As expected, the show was a complete sellout and it was always the plan to tour it around the province at some point in the future.

“With the tour dates now set, it is time to get those chuckle muscles flexed!”

The You Must Be Joking tour schedule:

Wed 28 January Grand Opera House, Belfast
Thu 29 January – Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey
Sat 31 January – Millennium Theatre, Derry (Londonderry)
Sun 1 February – Market Place Theatre, Armagh

Jimmy is also squeezing in an additional date with his own stand-up show, which is scheduled for Friday 30 January at the Ranfurly Arts Centre in Dungannon.

This extra date will see Jimmy visit the county from where he hails, as he was born down the road from Dungannon in the town of Cookstown in County Tyrone.

Another Redcoats reunion for Jimmy

Jimmy with some other former Butlins Redcoats

Jimmy Cricket had his latest Butlins Redcoat reunion when he was appearing at a Pontins holiday village earlier this summer.

Jimmy Cricket with Paul Ogden, another former Butlins Redcoat

The well-known comedian worked as a Redcoat at the Butlins sites in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, and Mosney near Dublin in Ireland during the late 1960s before becoming a household name on television.

He has met up with some of his old colleagues during the decades since then and this was actually the second time he had encountered this particular group of fellow former Redcoats – he also bumped into them the last time he was at Sand Bay Holiday Park in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, a couple of years ago!

The photos are courtesy of Paul Ogden, with whom Jimmy can be seen right.

Above, Jimmy has actually managed to borrow a red coat from one of the group and is pictured alongside them all sharing some comedy banter.

Redcoat is the name given to front-line staff at Butlins holiday camps in the UK. A Redcoat has duties ranging from adult entertainer or children’s entertainer to stewarding. Read more about them here.

Butlin’s reunion from the 1960s

Frankie Whittle and Ernie Shrimp and his wife all went to watch Jimmy’s showJimmy Cricket caught up with some old friends during his summer season in Norfolk.

The well-known comedian was headlining the Great British Seaside Special at the Princess Theatre when he visited by some of his former Redcoat colleagues from the Butlin’s holiday site in Clacton-on-Sea.

Frankie Whittle and Ernie Shrimp and his wife all went to watch Jimmy’s show in Hunstanton and chat about the old times afterwards (picture above).

Jimmy said: “Frankie, Ernie and I were all at Butlin’s together in the late 1960s, so this was a wonderful reunion and a really nice way to catch up with these long-time friends.”

Keeping variety alive

Jimmy Cricket with Carl Lawrence in the foyer of the Embassy Theatre in SkegnessThis picture featuring well-known entertainer Jimmy Cricket has been published on a Facebook group page.  

Seen with Jimmy in the foyer of the Embassy Theatre in Skegness is Carl Lawrence who posted the photo in his own Facebook section and also on the group one at Keep Variety Alive (you need to be logged into Facebook to view this page).

Carl had come to see the 2013 Music Hall Tour, which Jimmy has headlined over the course of the summer at various venues around the UK.

The show was well received during its July visit to the Embassy Theatre; in fact, about 600 people came to watch the show and Jimmy said he was thrilled with the attendance.

The Music Hall Tour, which is produced by Mark Andrews Productions and features all the typical hallmarks of a ‘Good Old Days’ format, resumes in September for the autumn leg which includes visits to Redhill, Crewe, New Brighton, Nottingham, Dudley, Cardiff, Harlow and Soham.

* More details for each date can be found in the tour dates section of this website.

From King’s Lynn to Harlow to Dudley

Jimmy Cricket takes part in the finale to the Music Hall Show in King's Lynn
The finale to the Music Hall Show in King’s Lynn

Jimmy Cricket visited the Corn Exchange Theatre in King’s Lynn as part of the 2013 Music Hall Show tour around the UK.

Jimmy Cricket meets some of the audience at the Music Hall Show in King's Lynn
Jimmy meets some of the audience in King’s Lynn

The Irish comedian is headlining the national tour, which is produced by Mark Andrews Productions and features all the typical hallmarks of a ‘Good Old Days’ format.

It continues at Skegness on Wednesday, 24 July and then, in the autumn, the show visits Cardiff, Nottingham, Harlow, Soham, Redhill, Crewe, New Brighton and Dudley.

More details for each date can be found in the tour dates section of this website.

A big thank-you to Gloria Whitbread for sending in these photographs.

Jimmy Cricket on Sky in 2013

Jimmy Cricket already has an exciting 2013 lined up.

And you can see him live on stage at a nearby venue – or on television.

Highlights of the coming year include:

– Appearing in Sky1’s new comedy series called John Bishop’s Only Joking, scheduled for January and February

– A  return to the open seas as he is making an appearance on P&O’s Aurora cruise ship where he will feature in a leg of the ship’s world cruise during February between Honolulu, the southern-most major US city, and Papeete, capital of French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean

Jimmy Cricket and the Good Old Days

– Featuring in a tour of Northern Ireland with the legendary comic showband, Clubsound – this show has proved so popular that the tour’s promoter has had to arrange a second leg!

– Headlining a national Music Hall Tour, which will visit places such as Nottingham, Cardiff, Ipswich and Tunbridge Wells to name just a few

– Appearing at Dave’s Comedy Festival in Leicester during February

–  Headlining the summer season show at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton, Norfolk, over the main six-week holiday period

– Continuing to tour with his Value for a Tenner show, with dates at Bathgate, New Brighton, Whitley Bay and Bungay already lined up for next year

The good old days of Music Hall & Variety

Jimmy CricketJimmy Cricket is leading a return to the good old days in 2013.

The famous Irish comedian will  headline a national tour of a Music Hall Show which is being produced by Mark Andrews Productions.

It will feature all the typical hallmarks of a ‘Good Old Days’ format, complete with a chairman who will throw out to the audience some linguistic challenges!

The show, called The good old days of Music Hall and Variety, will visit the following UK towns and cities during next year: Shrewsbury, Billingham, Stockport, Derby, Cheltenham, Cleethorpes, Tunbridge Wells, Swansea, Ipswich, Kings Lynn, Skegness, Cardiff, Redhill, New Brighton, Nottingham, Dudley and Harlow.

More details for each date can be found within the tour dates section of this website.

Please note that most performance times are scheduled for the afternoon, but there is the odd occasion when an evening show has been arranged in addition to the matinee performance.