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LEP column: Bruges trip and play goes on the road

Hi everyone! With the New Year comes my January 2019 @leponline column for you to have a little read at!

Jimmy Cricket has been telling Lancashire Evening Post readers about his eventful festive trip to Bruges and giving them an update on his new play, No More Fiffing and Faffing.

The popular Northern Irish comedian’s first LEP newspaper column of 2019 was published on 7 January.

He wrote: “I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and you didn’t lose any sleep over Brexit.

Speaking of which, I went to one Christmas party and we did the Brexit Hokey Cokey – it was in, out… and we didn’t know what to do after that.

And there’s more. I did hear one story about Christmas morning that a friend told me – his seven-year-old was opening his presents when suddenly he shouts across the living room floor: “Dad, I think Santa Claus has moved house.”

My somewhat surprised pal says: “What makes you think that son?”

“Because,” says the boy, “It says on this toy. Made in China.”

As I didn’t have a panto, I was able to have a more restful festive season.

Christmas in Bruges is delightful. The fairy lights and decorations that surround the market have a unique style, especially when lit up at night. You have to make sure you have your thermals on because it can be a bit nippy. Of course, there’s always a nice restaurant nearby ready to fortify you with a hot chocolate.

In the daytime you can stroll over bridges with flowing rivers for company and drink in the gorgeous Belgian architecture.

Local inhabitants love their bicycles, and you can see folk of all ages cycling along their merry way.

All right, here’s a clue.

The name begins and ends with R. Of course, it was cheap. But that was the only positive thing it had going for it. Although we were lured into going Priority, it didn’t stop the security guys rifling relentlessly through our cabin luggage. Saying a tearful goodbye to your shaving foam at 4.30am in the morning at Manchester Airport isn’t the most pleasant of starts to a holiday.

Although I did get to keep the aftershave lotion, but it was a close shave.

We didn’t really strike it lucky with the hotel, either. Two lights weren’t working in the bedroom. A wheel was missing from the bottom of the bed. The kettle in the room wasn’t working.

Just when you think it can’t get any worse it did. The toilet was blocked.

The next morning, armed with an extensive list of repairs, we headed downstairs.”

Read the full column here.

Find out more about Jimmy’s play, which will be performed at The Met in Bury (23 February), Chorley Theatre (19 May), the Bridlington Spa (18 July) and the Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

Watch Jimmy Cricket at Bristol’s slapstick festival

Jimmy Cricket is without doubt a 1980s comedy icon

Jimmy Cricket is taking part in the 15th Slapstick Festival in Bristol at the weekend.

The famous comedian will be performing from 5pm on Sunday (20 January) at The Weston Studio Bristol Old Vic on King Street.

Other performers at the 33 events over six days include Bill OddieGraeme Garden, Tim Brooke-TaylorBarry CryerLittle & LargeSally Phillips and Dad’s Army’s Frank Williams.

The promotional write-up for the festival says: “Jimmy Cricket is without doubt a 1980s comedy icon. With his trademark wellington boots (on the wrong feet), his famous letters from his Mammy and his catchphrases of ‘come closer’ and ‘there’s more’, he holds the hearts of all those that were fans of his TV and radio shows.

“As hilarious as ever, and winning new fans wherever he performs, Jimmy will excite and delight audiences with his special brand of family friendly stand up comedy. A real nostalgic family treat.”

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Read more about Slapstick 2019 here

 

Sellout performances at Tenerife’s popular Skybar

Jimmy Cricket caught up with showbiz friend, former Emmerdale star Frazer Hines, when he and wife May flew out to Tenerife recently.

The famous Northern Irish comedian performed at two sellout shows at the Skybar on the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, off the coast of West Africa.

Skybar has a programme of entertainment all year round and is one of the most popular night-time destinations for British tourists who holiday in this part of the Spanish island.

My big thanks goes to @BazButcher and all the staff @SkybarTenerife alongside Didi the Compère and Justin @OasisFmTenerife for two sell out shows!

Jimmy posted the photo above on social media, saying: “My big thanks goes to and all the staff alongside Didi the Compère and Justin for two sell out shows!”

Lovely catching up with showbiz friends @WhoFrazer and colleagues in the business, Matthew, John, and Jill, and meeting @Crissy_Rock and husband Julian along with some of their friends tonight @SkybarTenerife

The all-round entertainer also posted the photo above and said: “Lovely catching up with showbiz friend  and colleagues in the business, Matthew, John, and Jill, and meeting and husband Julian along with some of their friends tonight

Frazer Hines () is an English actor best known for his roles as Jamie McCrimmon in Doctor Who and Joe Sugden in Emmerdale. Hines appeared in 117 episodes of the original series of Doctor Who.

Scripts ready for more of No More Fiffing & Faffing

Well getting excited as the scripts are ready for the revisit to the play which will be staged at the Bury Met this coming 23rd February 2019, after it‘s premier last Sept 2018 @EmpireTheatreBB

The stage is set for more performances of Jimmy Cricket’s first play.

No more Fiffing and Faffing got a great reception from the audience on its debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire.

Appearing with funnyman Jimmy is Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

The play will be performed at The Met in Bury (23 February), Chorley Theatre (19 May), the Bridlington Spa (18 July) and the Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

Jimmy, 73, posted on social media: “Well getting excited as the scripts are ready for the revisit to the play which will be staged at the #BuryMet on the 23rd February 2019, after its premiere last Sept 2018 at the #BlackburnEmpireTheatre why not come and join us for an afternoon or evening full of Variety nostalgia! 🎭”

 

Bobby Davro hosts variety shows at Leicester theatre

The Sunday Variety Show will be staged in the Studio Theatre at the @Leicester_HT on Sunday 27th January 2019 at 5.00pm and 8.00pm. Both performances will raise funds for @LOROSHospice

Impressionist and comedian Bobby Davro is hosting a Sunday Variety Show double bill later this month when Jimmy Cricket is also among the performers.

The two performances take place in the Studio Theatre at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre on Sunday 27 January at 5pm and 8pm.

The Sunday Variety Show is being staged by Paul Burton Productions to raise funds for LOROS Hospice.

The hospice looks after more than 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland very year, providing free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family and carers.

Book tickets for one of the shows here

Early 2019 return to the Lyndene Hotel on Blackpool’s Promenade

2019 and back @LyndeneHotel in one of my favourite resorts BlackpoolJimmy Cricket was back at one of his favourite entertainment venues only two days into the new year.

The popular Northern Irish entertainer posted on social media: “2019 and back in one of my favourite resorts Blackpool.”

Jimmy, 73, has done shows regularly over the past few years at the busy hotel on the Promenade in Blackpool – see below for his 2019 schedule there.

Jimmy Cricket at the Lyndene Hotel

The Lyndene, which is perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing all his tour dates on this website.

Visit the hotel’s website here.

Jimmy Cricket's Lyndene Hotel dates in 2019

A Merry Christmas from Jimmy and Mrs Cricket!

My Christmas card 2018, wishing all my social media friends a Merry Christmas 🎄 with Love and Best Wishes from me and Mrs C.

Jimmy Cricket has sent seasonal greetings from himself and his wife May to all his social media followers.

The famous entertainer posted a goodwill message on both his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

His Twitter posting read: “My Christmas card 2018, wishing all my Twitter friends a Merry Christmas 🎄 with Love and Best Wishes from me and Mrs C. x”

No More Fiffing & Faffing to go on UK tour in 2019

 

Jimmy Cricket tweeted: My thanks to Jonathan Young and @ColinMeredith52 for tonight’s performance of, “No More Fiffing and Faffing” and to the great reception we got from the audience @ThwaitesEmpire!

Jimmy Cricket’s first play, which got a great reception from the audience on its debut performance, is touring northern England in 2019.

No more Fiffing and Faffing was staged for the first time in September this year at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.

Appearing with funnyman Jimmy was Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

The play will now be performed at The Met in Bury (23 February), Chorley Theatre (19 May), the Bridlington Spa (18 July) and the Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

No more Fiffing and Faffing was reviewed in the latest edition of the Rochdale-based Style magazine (see image below).

Jimmy tweeted: “My thanks to Ruth and Colin for the review in the recently released Style Magazine, we will be bringing the Comedy Play to 23rd February, 19th May, 18th July, and at the Gladstone Theatre in the in 2019!”

The show, co-written by Jimmy, is an hilarious look at the end of an era of British comedy.

It is about comedy double act Joe Fiffen and Jerry Faffen on their last night in showbusiness. As well as looking as some of their classic sketches, they’ll be settling some old scores in the dressing room.

Go here to book tickets for the show in Bury in February

Style Magazine

Christmas jam night in Rochdale with Maureen’s Tappers & ‘Elvis Presley’

Great Festive Fun this evening at the, “St Vincent’s Jam Night”, with my fellow act Jim Nicholas and Maureen’s Tappers raising funds for #FrancisHouseCH 

Maureen’s Tappers and an Elvis Presley impersonator were among the acts at Jimmy’s Cricket’s Christmas jam night in Rochdale.

The event, hosted by the famous Northern Irish entertainer and his wife May Marion every couple of months,  takes place in the lounge area of St Vincent’s RC parish centre in his home town of Rochdale.

It started about a decade ago as an opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new routines and is still going strong.

The famous entertainer has nicknamed those who regularly support these evenings as ‘Jimmy’s Jammers’.

At every event,  there is a raffle and the selling of refreshments, with all proceeds donated to a chosen charity.

Francis House Children’s Hospice, which is based in Didsburywas the beneficiary of the December jam night.

Famous funnyman Jimmy, 73, posted on social media: “Great Festive Fun this evening at the “St Vincent’s Jam Night”, with my fellow act Jim Nicholas [aka Elvis Presley] and Maureen’s Tappers raising funds for #FrancisHouseCH 🎭”

 

Merry Christmas to staff & fellow acts at Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

My last performance here tonight at the #LyndeneHotel for 2018. Merry Christmas 🎄 to all the Staff and fellow performers! See you all in January next year 2019!

Jimmy Cricket finished his 2018 season at a popular hotel in Lancashire – but will be back there early in the New Year.

Much-loved Northern Irish comedian Jimmy, 73, has done shows regularly over the past few years at the hotel on the Promenade in Blackpool and has a host of performances lined up there during 2019 – see all the dates below.

Jimmy Cricket at the Lyndene Hotel

Tweeted Jimmy: “My last performance here tonight at the#LyndeneHotel for 2018. Merry Christmas 🎄 to all the Staff and fellow performers! See you all in January next year 2019! 🎭”

The Lyndene, which is perched on the seafront, is one of Blackpool’s unique locations as it welcomes tourists and visitors all year round.

Find out where Jimmy is performing and his other forthcoming shows by viewing his tour dates on this website.

Visit the hotel’s website here.

Jimmy Cricket's Lyndene Hotel dates in 2019