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Miming The Yellow Rose of Texas on the Andy Ford show! 150 150 mhamer

Miming The Yellow Rose of Texas on the Andy Ford show!

Hi folks this premiered last night on the #AndyFord Variety Show, Andy has some great acts on, so try and catch his show on Sunday nights!

Jimmy Cricket took part in the first of Andy Ford’s Sunday variety shows on Facebook.

The Northern Irish funnyman was among a host of entertainers who performed.

He mimed The Yellow Rose of Texas, which prompted a lot of positive comments on social media (see below).

Among the other acts were ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and magician/comedian Mark James.

The show is the brainwave of comedian Andy Ford, who introduced Jimmy as a “comedy legend”.

Andy Ford described Jimmy as a "comedy legend"

He posted the full show on Facebook and it attracted more than 3,000 views.

In addition, 280 comments were posted.

He said: “Just under 50,000 people watched my live stand up comedy shows on Sunday Nights on Facebook!!

“Well now I’m back…. every Sunday night… same time same place with an online Variety Show.

“Join me at 8.30pm for great entertainment with a host of stars performing direct to you!!

‘Terrific. Brilliant. What timing!!’

Jimmy said: “Hi folks this premiered last night on the #AndyFord Variety Show.

“Andy has some great acts on, so try and catch his show on Sunday nights!” 🎭

Jimmy posted a video of his own performance on his Facebook page.

Here were some of the comments about his act:

Your timing is spot on
Well done loved it
Amazing Jimmy you make me smile, that’s infectious & I can pass it on safely 💕
I think the band may be a bunch of cowboys..trying to get in on the act..at least you kept your cool..great Jimmy..it made me laugh..
Brilliant well done.
Really Enjoyed that Jimmy
Absolutely love that record and your interpretation was brilliant with impeccable timing!
Terrific. Brilliant. What timing !!

Watch Jimmy’s performance (the post is on 8 June)

Visit Andy Ford’s Facebook page (and watch the full show)

Also read: New Twitter profile photo is ‘Laurel and Hardy combined!’

New Twitter profile photo is ‘Laurel and Hardy combined’! 150 150 mhamer

New Twitter profile photo is ‘Laurel and Hardy combined’!

Jimmy Cricket's new Twitter profile photo

Jimmy Cricket has changed his Twitter profile picture with a drawn portrait of him.

A friend, whose account is Steve Ace Luff on Facebook, sent what he describes as “pop art” to the famous comedian.

Jimmy expressed his gratitude for the drawing.

He said: “Wow Steve it is very life like! Thank you for this, it is very much appreciated! Stay safe my friend!”

Steve told Jimmy:  “We’ve met a few times Jimmy. You remember it too, Blackpool storm, and you were on stage on the pier.

“Waves were crashing, freezing cold and you were on stage in a nappy performing a comedy sketch
“You were a true professional carried on until the end even though some rain.Jimmy Cricket's new Twitter profile photo

“I loved that show it was special due to you carrying on against literally everything being thrown at the theatre.

“Years later, we met again in Worthing and I reminded you in the break – you re-told the experience to the audience.”
The illustration has been well received on social media.
Gerry Molumby commented: “So you Jimmy with a tinge of Laurel and Hardy combined!”
Another poster said it “looked great”, while one called Jimmy a “national treasure”.

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are arguably the most famous of all double comedy acts.

They performed during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema.

The pair became well known during the late 1920s to the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy.

Laurel played the clumsy friend of the pompous Hardy.

Also read: Paying tribute to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Blackpool big night out

 

 

‘Great privilege’ to be in 1984 Royal Variety Show 150 150 mhamer

‘Great privilege’ to be in 1984 Royal Variety Show

Hi folks! Nostalgic footage, the year was 1984 and I had the great privilege to be part of this great Royal Variety Show, present was the Queen Mum, Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

Jimmy Cricket has posted video of the 1984 Royal Variety Show in which he appeared.

The show took place on 19 November at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.

Guests included the Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

Northern Irish comedian Jimmy, now 74, posted a link to the footage on social media.

He said: “Hi folks! Nostalgic footage, the year was 1984.

“I had the great privilege to be part of this great Royal Variety Show.”

The Queen Mum, Princess Diana and Prince Charles attended the event.

Hi folks! Nostalgic footage, the year was 1984 and I had the great privilege to be part of this great Royal Variety Show, present was the Queen Mum, Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Other performers included singer/actor Paul Nicholas (pictured above with Jimmy).

Comedians Bernie Winters and Billy Dainty also starred.

The Royal Variety Performance, a televised variety show, takes place annually.

It raises money for the Royal Variety Charity, of which Queen Elizabeth II is life patron.

Senior members of the British Royal Family attend the event.

It is a live variety show, usually staged in a London theatre.

The event consists of family entertainment, including comedy, music and magic.

The charity assists those who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry and need help.

In addition, it supports anybody who has been on the stage, in the wings, in front of a camera or behind it.

It also helps people who have worked in the support industries dedicated to entertainment.

Golden memories: Performing in front of Princess Diana

Find out more about the Royal Variety Charity on its official website

Cricket aims to clock up a century of lockdown levity 150 150 mhamer

Cricket aims to clock up a century of lockdown levity

Jimmy Cricket is planning to complete a century of his special daily video messages.

For the past two months or so, Jimmy has been sending all his fans and friends togetherness posts as the world fights coronavirus.

Jimmy Cricket's self-isolating message just before the start of the lockdown

The UK government announced on 23 March it was imposing strict new curbs on life in the UK.

However, some of the restrictions for the Covid-19 lockdown are now starting to be relaxed.

Jimmy has been posting the videos on social media with the message: “We can do this together!”

He created the first daily message the day before the lockdown and has attempted to give them topical themes.

He told a few jokes in the clip and urged people to help each other in these tough times.

He said: “Once we get though this, at the end of the tunnel, we’ll all have a great big huddle together.”

Jimmy posted number 66 today (Sunday 31 May) and reveals he wants to reach 100.

Watch post 66 here.

He has written this message to all his fans, friends and followers:

“Hi Friends, Just to let you know May and I are thinking of you during these troubled and turbulent times.

“This virus has brought so much heartbreak and sadness to so many that every morning you wake up praying that the tide will turn and it looks now that it slowly has.

“I noticed that the Daily Telegraph have a special column dedicated to good news.

“They reported that Northern Ireland had no new deaths on Monday for the first time since March 21.

“They also mentioned that care home staff in Devon have set up a restaurant-style drive-through which will allow residents to see their loved ones, and that Lloyd Falk, a 100-year-old Second World War veteran and one of the first coronavirus patients to be hospitalised in Virginia, has survived.

“All these stories lift our spirits and I suppose that’s why I thought about doing something to cheer people up.

“It was my youngest daughter Katie who suggested I do a joke each day on social media not long after the lockdown had kicked in.

“Before we knew it, we’d got to day 54 when one of our Facebookers suggested I go for the 100 jokes.

“His name was Paul Ritchie and I bought into his idea right away.

“After all, I can’t go on indefinitely and as I write this the last NHS clap-off has just taken place.

“These clap-offs were an inspired idea and brought us all together to show our appreciation for the front-line heroes.

“When I say daily jokes, they come in various forms. It could be a couple of quick one-liners or a longer joke with a punchline.

‘Phenomenal job’

“In some cases it could be a poem. The trick is to keep it short. After all, there’s no live audience so it’s a silent feedback.

“I put on my character costume of tail coat, hat and wellingtons and do them in weekly batches of seven and just drop them in each day one at a time.

“Mrs Cricket’s the one behind the camera and she does a phenomenal job.

“I’m constantly astounded how good the quality is on her iPhone.

“I try to make them relevant to what’s happening in the news.

“For instance some schools are opening this week so I’ve been doing jokes about my schooldays.

“Next, I’ll theme my material on shops opening and so on.

“I’m thrilled by the emails and texts I get from people telling me how much I cheer them up.

“So back to the goal of a hundred. A quick calculation points to July the fourth as the big day.

“Look forward to welcoming as many people as possible on my journey of lockdown levity.”

Also read: Coronavirus pandemic: We can do this together!

Watch Jimmy’s lockdown lament

‘Dawn comes just after the darkest part of the night’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Dawn comes just after the darkest part of the night’

Fr Frankie Mulgrew has given a message of hope during the coronavirus pandemic

Fr Frankie has given a message of hope during the pandemic

Fr Frankie Mulgrew has talked about the “coming of the dawn” as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

Jimmy Cricket’s younger son is the parish priest of St James and All Souls in Salford and Catholic chaplain at Salford University.

He has also been assisting with hospital ministry during the current crisis.

Fr Frankie is reported in the Catholic Universe talking about the importance of hope and love in response to the virus.

“The greatest message we can give anybody is the message that they’re loved, and to know they’re not alone,” Fr Mulgrew said in a recent interview with The Art of Dying Well.

“They’re loved enough that someone wants to be sat next to them in this difficulty, wants to stand with them on this front line… I think that’s really key.”

Fr Frankie has been supporting Fr Mark Paver, who is the lead chaplain at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

He said chaplains have personal protective equipment (PPE) and take the lead from the hospital on whether they can go into wards to minister.

“We’ve got to have the gear on, and even with personal equipment – there’s still the eyes, hopefully you can still display a message of eyes of love,” he said.

However, he admitted it was “tricky” and these are particularly “difficult circumstances”.

‘No night lasts forever’

“It’s letting people know that they’re not alone really,” Fr Frankie explained. “And from the priest’s perspective; it’s that God never leaves them.

“I think that’s the key thing, that He never leaves them; and that he always joins them in their pain.”

He said it was “a great honour” to be able to help and support as a chaplain, but insisted: “The real heroes are the doctors and nurses.”

Fr Frankie added: “What I am holding onto is that basically, the dawn comes just after the darkest part of the night. The dawn is coming. No night lasts forever before the sun rises. And when it rises, boy, does it shine brightly.”

Read the full story here

The UK government announced on 23 March it was imposing strict new curbs on life in the UK.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said public liturgies should cease until further notice because of the coronavirus.

Many churches have been getting around the problem by streaming their services online – including Fr Frankie.

Also read: Coronavirus pandemic: Fr Frankie’s Masses go online

Looking on the lighter side of the lockdown 150 150 mhamer

Looking on the lighter side of the lockdown

Jimmy Cricket talks about life under the lockdown in his latest newspaper column.

Jimmy Cricket talks about life under the lockdown in his latest newspaper column.

The UK government announced on 23 March it was imposing strict new curbs on life in the country following the global outbreak of coronavirus.

It has included restrictions on leaving the house and also meant people observing social distancing when they are in public.

Jimmy, 74, tells readers of the Lancashire Post in his own inimitable way to “come closer but stay two metres away”.
The famous Northern Irish comedian says: “I’m having nothing to do with this coronavirus. I’m washing my hands of the whole thing.”
During the lockdown, Jimmy has been producing daily videos containing jokes and posting them on his social media channels.
‘Lift people’s spirits’
He has branded them part of a We’re doing this together series.
The veteran entertainer says in his column: “I think it’s important for someone like me to lift people’s spirits during these trying times.

“So after lunch I’ll put on my hat and wellies on and record some jokes and birthday wishes to send out on social media.

“I’m so blessed that my good lady May is such a whizz kid on modern technology, so she acts as director and producer on these little movies.”

He says he puts aside some time each evening to phone his friends.

“They’re all going to be in, that’s for sure.”

Jimmy adds: “We also look forward to our family get-together through Zoom and Skype.

“We get to see to see the latest drawings and stories from our grandkids, and extended family.”

 

Tribute to old friend on first Music Hall and Variety Day 150 150 mhamer

Tribute to old friend on first Music Hall and Variety Day

My own personal contribution to @musichallsoc and my tribute to my sadly missed friend Roy Hudd OBE whose birthday it is today!
Jimmy Cricket posted his a special tribute to an old friend on the first Music Hall and Variety Day.

The British Music Hall Society launched – online – the celebration event on Saturday 16 May.

Variety fans used the hashtag #musichallvarietyday in posts on social media.

Moreover, it was an opportunity to pay tribute to the society’s former president Roy Hudd, who died in March.

On 16 May, Jimmy posted a video containing a mixture of music and photographs from the archives.

He said: “My own personal contribution to @musichallsoc and my tribute to my sadly missed friend Roy Hudd OBE whose birthday it is today!”

Watch Jimmy’s tribute on Twitter here

Jimmy Cricket paid his own special tribute to old friend Roy Hudd OBE on

Comedian and writer Roy was president of the society for 28 years, until his death.

The day celebrated the theatrical form, a popular type of entertainment from the early Victorian era.

However, it faded away after 1918, to be later rebranded as variety.

The influences of this era of entertainment are still present today, such as Saturday evening talent contests and stand-up comedy.

‘Delighted’

Music Hall and variety theatre fans celebrated by sharing personal artefacts, collections and memories of the genre.

Roy’s widow, Debbie, said: “I am delighted that the British Music Hall Society is paying tribute to Roy in this way.

“Roy loved music hall and variety.

“He was honoured to be the President of the Society and was thrilled and delighted with the continuing work it does.”

Find out more about the society here.

Jimmy also marked the occasion by doing an interview on BBC Radio Somerset on 16 May.

He tweeted later: “My thanks to #MelEverett at BBC Radio Somerset for the interview today for the #MusicHallVarietyDay in memory of their past President Roy Hudd OBE.”

Listen to Jimmy’s interview here

The first Music Hall and Variety Day took place on 16 May 2020

Roy, an actor, radio host, author and authority on the history of music hall entertainment, died on 15 March following a short illness.

He hosted BBC Radio 2’s The News Huddlines for 26 years and also starred in Coronation Street.

The all-round entertainer appeared in Corrie as Archie Shuttleworth on and off between 2002 and 2010.

Fellow funnyman Jimmy said: “Comedian/actor/writer, Roy was a walking encyclopedia of the British music hall.”

Dick Whittington

Croydon-born Roy earned praise for his roles in Dennis Potter’s Lipstick on your Collar and Karaoke in the 1990s.

He also starred in acclaimed crime drama Ashes to Ashes.

Five years ago, he played his first pantomime dame in Dick Whittington and His Cat at the then newly renovated Wilton’s Music Hall in London.

Other TV credits include Broadchurch, Benidorm and Casualty.