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Fiffen and Faffen: Listen now to the first two podcasts! 150 150 mhamer

Fiffen and Faffen: Listen now to the first two podcasts!

The second podcast based on Jimmy Cricket's variety comedy double act called Fiffen and Faffen is now available.

The second podcast based on Jimmy Cricket’s variety comedy double act called Fiffen and Faffen is now available.

It is about two men who gave up the world of showbusiness because of all the changes in the work place and in their lives.

They hope to rekindle their dream of going back on stage, to do what they know and love best of all, entertaining people.

The first podcast, published in April, was The Comeback Kids.

And the second is called Don’t let the lockdown get you down!

In the latest podcast, the guys find themselves in lockdown and facing Covid restrictions like everybody else.

We find out in this episode how they make the best of their situation.

Listen to both podcasts here.

No more Fiffing and Faffing was staged for the first time in September 2018 at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.

Jimmy’s first play got a great reception from the audience on its debut.

It also toured northern England in 2019 and early 2020.

Appearing with funnyman Jimmy is Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith.

Colin has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

In the play, Joe Fiffen and Jerry Faffen are performing on their last night in showbusiness in an end of-of-pier show.

Set in the dressing room, (where they settle old scores) and on stage, it is a mixture of drama and variety!

Read more about Fiffen and Faffen on Jimmy’s website here.

Also read: An interview with Jimmy about his stage play (external link).

Lyndene Hotel: Jimmy set for a seventh season 150 150 mhamer

Lyndene Hotel: Jimmy set for a seventh season

Jimmy Cricket is appearing again at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool in 2022

Jimmy Cricket makes his eagerly awaited return to Blackpool’s popular Lyndene early in July.
The evergreen Northern Irish comic is back on 6 July for his SEVENTH season at the hotel.
And there’s more… he appears there on the first Wednesday of every month until December!
Find out here how to book a hotel stay.

The hotel’s website says: “Located on Blackpool’s glorious seafront, the Lyndene Hotel is the No 1 choice for hotels with entertainment in Britain’s favourite holiday destination.Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

“Situated amongst family attractions, glittering show venues, great shopping and Blackpool’s jewel, the Blackpool Tower, our hotel is in the prime position for your holiday base.

“With sweeping views across the Irish Sea, with incomparable sunsets and people-watching, the Lyndene Hotel has all the amenities to make your stay perfect.”

Open 365 days a year

“Our entertainment keeps our guests returning to us again and again.

“We host up to four top cabaret and tributes acts each and every night of the year!”

The Lyndene appeared as Le Ponderosa in the second series of Peter Kay’s TV hit comedy Phoenix Nights.

See all Jimmy’s booked shows here.

Also read: ‘Electric atmosphere’ for Lyndene shows

 

Charlie Williams – one of the funniest men to grace a stage 150 150 mhamer

Charlie Williams – one of the funniest men to grace a stage

Hi folks! Paying tribute here to one of the funniest men that ever graced a stage, my friend the great Charlie Williams! #keepvarietyalive

Jimmy Cricket fondly remembered multi-talented trailblazer Charlie Williams in his latest newspaper column.

Writing in the Blackpool Gazette on Tuesday 24 May, Jimmy said Charlie had broken down racial barriers and had successful careers as both a comedian and a professional footballer.

Charlie was born in Yorkshire of Jamaican descent and was the first black comedian to make the big time on British TV.

He found fame on hit 1970s TV show The Comedians and developed the comedy catchphrase “me old flower”.

Others he appeared with on Granada’s The Comedians included Frank Carson, Tom O’Connor and Jim Bowen.

He went on to host the Golden Shot game show.

Previously, he had played professional football for Doncaster Rovers.

Charlie was awarded an MBE in 1966 for his charity work.

He died in 2006 at the age of 78, having been ill for some time with Parkinson’s and dementia.

Jimmy introduced his latest newspaper column on social media by describing his friend Charlie as “one of the funniest men that ever graced a stage”.

His column began: “I’ve been working on an autobiography dear read­er, but who hasn’t during the lockdowns, when we’ve had so much time on our hands?

“I think the trick is to revisit it now that things are back to normal.

Ronald Reagan’s 80 chapters

“To keep fired up, Mrs Cricket bought me a few autobiographies I expressed an interest in.

“The first one was Michael McIntyre and when I got to the end I said to her: ‘Look, Michael’s finished his life story at 23 chapters, I’m up to 29 chapters and I’ve still got a way to go.’

“She said: ‘I know, but he’s in his forties, you’re 76!’

“Ouch!

“I then opened Ronald Reagan’s autobiography: ‘Look!’ I said. “It took Ronnie 80 chapters to finish his.’

“‘Yes’, she said. ‘But he had two jobs. First, he was an actor, and then he became President of the United States!’

Won the nation’s hearts

“You know that got me thinking.

“It’s taking me all my time to make a living out of being a full-time comedian, so I’m in awe of anyone who can climb the lad­der in one job and then go into a totally different occupation and become a resounding success in that one as well.

“Older readers will remember a black comedian, Charlie Williams, who won the nation’s hearts when he came on the television programme The Comedians.

“Charlie’s wonderful Yorkshire accent endeared him to millions of fans.

“In fact, he was breaking down racial barriers way before the woke people came on the scene.

“However, I wonder how many people actually knew that Charlie had an illustrious career as a professional footballer, playing centre-half for Doncas­ter Rovers.

“As soon as Charlie reached retirement, a career in showbiz beckoned and he moved seamlessly from kicking a ball to holding a mic.

“Sadly, he developed Par­kinson’s Disease, but trouper that he was with the help of his friend Neil Crossland, he carried on touring.

“Neil helped him to dress, led him onstage and Charlie did his act sitting on a chair.

“I have a happy memory of them both coming over to my house in Rochdale, and we all swapped showbiz stories over lunch.”

Also read: Little and Large: It was a joy to work with them both

Right royal send-off to end Queen’s Platinum Jubilee tour! 150 150 mhamer

Right royal send-off to end Queen’s Platinum Jubilee tour!

 

My heartfelt thanks, as this Jubilee Royal Show comes to a end, it was wonderful to share the stage with this hugely talented cast of players, Performer/Producer/Leah Bell, Gabs, Annabelle, Tia, Bethan, Glen and David and the very talented IT technician Ashley! #ARightRoyalKneesUp

Watch video below of the musical conclusion to a popular series of royal shows celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Popular Northern Irish comic Jimmy Cricket headlined A Right Royal Knees Up.

It took place at numerous venues around the country over the past few weeks.

Jimmy posted footage showing the final few minutes of the tour at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, on bank holiday Friday.

He said: “My heartfelt thanks, as this Jubilee Show comes to a end.

“It was wonderful to share the stage with this hugely talented cast of players, Performer/Producer/Leah Bell, Gabs, Annabelle, Tia, Bethan, Glen and David and the very talented IT technician Ashley! #ARightRoyalKneesUp.”

Celebratory events

The Queen, 96, marked 70 years on the throne on 6 February 2022.

However, as with her previous jubilees, the first week in June hosted a series of high-profile celebratory events.

Other venues for A Right Royal Knees Up included the Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock and the Spa Pavilion Theatre in Felixstowe.

Watch the video which Jimmy posted here.

The production was billed as a “feel-good performance packed with show-stopping scenes”.

It also featured “sing-a-long memories and spectacular footage… of a nostalgic journey through the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second”.

Visit Jimmy’s Tour Dates section here to find out the full dates and details of all his shows.

Also read on this website: Join us for A Right Royal Knees Up!

 

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Jimmy sees double at Carnegie show! 150 150 mhamer

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Jimmy sees double at Carnegie show!

My thanks to @CarnegieTheatre and there wonderful staff members, Michael, James, Gillian and Julia for making us feel so welcome, and to my double, Mark pictured here, who could be my mirror image reflection! 😂#ARightRoyalKneesUp 🎭Jimmy Cricket might have thought for a moment he was seeing double at one of his recent Queen’s Platinum Jubilee shows!

The popular funnyman was performing at the latest venue on the tour, part of the royal celebrations.

The Queen, 96, marked 70 years on the throne on 6 February 2022.

However, as with her Golden and Diamond Jubilees, the first week in June hosts a series of high-profile celebratory events.

To help mark the very special occasion, popular entertainer Jimmy has headlined a series of royal-related shows across the country.

Last Friday’s extravaganza was at Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre in Workington, a coastal town in Cumbria.

And Jimmy posted the photo above right, afterwards.

He said: “My thanks to @CarnegieTheatre and there wonderful staff members, Michael, James, Gillian and Julia for making us feel so welcome.

“And to my double, Mark pictured here, who could be my mirror image reflection! 😂#ARightRoyalKneesUp 🎭.”

Flag-waving finale

Three shows remain on the A Right Royal Knees Up tour, which also features Leah Bell and supporting cast.

The next is this afternoon (Tuesday 31 May, 2pm) at the appropriately named Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock, Staffordshire.

The Spa Pavilion Theatre in Felixstowe, Suffolk, is the next port of call tomorrow (Wednesday).

And the tour’s final destination is the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, this bank holiday Friday.

The production is billed as a “feel-good performance packed with show-stopping scenes”.

It also features “sing-a-long memories and spectacular footage as we take a nostalgic journey through the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second”.

“Guaranteed to put you in the party mood, this once-in-a-lifetime performance will get your spirits soaring, your hands clapping and your voices bellowing out as we bring you to our rousing flag-waving finale.

“There is no better way of celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than by joining us for A RIGHT ROYAL KNEES UP.

Visit Jimmy’s Tour Dates section here to find out the full dates and details of the tour and other events.

Also read on this website: Join us for A Right Royal Knees Up!

 

A Right Royal Knees Up tour: More shows this week! 150 150 mhamer

A Right Royal Knees Up tour: More shows this week!

Great afternoon at the #BillinghamForum in Billingham, why not come and join in on the fun with us all, as we have a #RightRoyalKneesUp, here is a list of rest of the dates, folks! https://jimmycricket.co.uk/tour-dates/ celebrating #QueensJubilee

The A Right Royal Knees Up tour starring Jimmy Cricket continues this week with three more performances.

The Queen, 96, marked 70 years on the throne on 6 February 2022.

However, as with her Golden and Diamond Jubilees, the first week in June hosts a series of high-profile celebratory events.

To mark the very special occasion, popular entertainer Jimmy is headlining a series of royal-related shows across the country.

The first four took place last week, with more on selected dates until the actual jubilee weekend in early June.

And the next is today (Sunday 22 May, 2pm) at the Customs House in South Shields, a coastal town in South Tyneside.

Book tickets online here or ring 0191 454 1234.

The production is billed as a “feel-good performance packed with show-stopping scenes”.

It also features “sing-a-long memories and spectacular footage as we take a nostalgic journey through the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second”.

“Guaranteed to put you in the party mood, this once-in-a-lifetime performance will get your spirits soaring, your hands clapping and your voices bellowing out as we bring you to our rousing flag waving finale.

“There is no better way of celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than by joining us for A RIGHT ROYAL KNEES UP.

It includes Leah Bell and full supporting company.

Visit Jimmy’s Tour Dates section here to find out the full dates and details of the tour and other events.

Jimmy posted this video following one of last week’s shows.

He said: “Currently touring, and what a lovely introduction! #keepvarietyalive.”

Also read on this website: Join us for A Right Royal Knees Up!

 

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Join us for A Right Royal Knees Up! 150 150 mhamer

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Join us for A Right Royal Knees Up!

Jimmy Cricket is helping to kick off the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Jimmy Cricket is starring in three shows at three different venues this week to help get the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations off to a regal start.

The first A Right Royal Knees Up takes begin this afternoon with Leah Bell and full supporting company  at the Forum Theatre in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees (2pm).

A repeat performance follows at the Playhouse, Whitley Bay on the East Yorkshire coast tomorrow (Tuesday 17 May, 2pm).

And the triple royal spectacular finishes on Wednesday at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton, a seaside town in Norfolk (2.30pm).

The shows resume on Saturday and go through on selected dates until the jubilee weekend in early June.

Visit Jimmy’s Tour Dates section here to find out the full dates and details.

Evergreen all-round entertainer Jimmy said on social media: “Hi folks, starting our afternoon shows with rolling images on an LED video wall.

“For a 2pm start on Mon 16th May at the Billingham Forum, Tues 17th at the Whitley Bay Playhouse, Wed 18th @ThePrincessThea Hunstanton for a 2.30pm show.

“Why not come and join in on the fun! #keepvarietyalive”

The Queen, 96, marked 70 years on the throne on 6 February 2022.

Nostalgic journey

However, as with her Golden and Diamond Jubilees, the first week in June was chosen for a series of high-profile celebratory events.

The Billingham website says: “This feel-good performance is packed with show-stopping scenes, sing-a-long memories and spectacular footage as we take a nostalgic journey through the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second.

“Guaranteed to put you in the party mood, this once-in-a-lifetime performance will get your spirits soaring, your hands clapping and your voices bellowing out as we bring you to our rousing flag waving finale.

“There is no better way of celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than by joining us for A RIGHT ROYAL KNEES UP.

Book your Billingham Forum Theatre tickets here (but you’ll have to be quick as it’s this afternoon!)

Visit here to book your Playhouse Whitley Bay tickets

Tickets for the Princess Theatre show can be booked here

Also read on this website: Jimmy pays tribute to panto team