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Return to special Shropshire venue after 11 years 150 150 mhamer

Return to special Shropshire venue after 11 years

Jimmy Cricket returns to a special community centre in Shropshire for the first time since 2012 at the weekend.Jimmy Cricket is returning to a special community venue in Shropshire for the first time since 2012.

The Northern Irish comedian is eagerly awaiting his latest visit to the Festival Drayton Centre on Saturday (16 September).

It is part of his 50 Golden Years in showbusiness tour.

The Festival Drayton Centre hosts dance classes, martial arts, adult educational courses, a licensed coffee shop and a state-of-the-art cinema and theatre.

It is owned and run by the local community.

Established in 1984, the centre underwent a major refurbishment in 2004.

It won the Best Regional Winner of the West Midlands Market Towns Award two years later.

Jimmy posted on social media: “It’s been 11 years, but I’m looking forward to my revisit this coming weekend, performing my last ‘50 Golden Years’ show of 2023 at the @festivaldrayton.

“If you live local, why not join in on the fun?!”

The centre’s website said: “Jimmy Cricket is one of the UK’s most-loved Irish comedians, having made four Series for Central Television in the mid 1980s and his own BBC Radio 2 Series in the 1990s, alongside numerous television appearances and Royal Variety Shows over the decades!”

The website also features a TV interview Jimmy did with the late comedian Bob Monkhouse (see below).

Jimmy told the website: “It’s great to be making a return visit, as it has warm memories for me doing my one-nighters there.”

His wife and singer May Marion is also performing on the night.

Book for the show here.

Read about Jimmy’s last visit to Festival Drayton here.

‘Amazing memorabilia from the maestro of Knotty Ash!’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Amazing memorabilia from the maestro of Knotty Ash!’

The late Sir Ken Dodd is being remembered with a special exhibiton of memorabilia in his hometown of Liverpool.

The late Sir Ken Dodd is being remembered with a special exhibiton of memorabilia in his hometown of Liverpool.

Sir Ken, who died at the age of 90 in March 2018, was a famous comedian and singer.

He often did very long stand-up shows, which sometimes lasted until the early hours of the morning.

People will also remember him fondly for his Diddy Men from Knotty Ash (where he was born and died) and his tickling stick.

The Museum of Liverpool exhibition, entitled Happiness!, celebrates his life and career.

It runs from Saturday (9 September) to 3 March 2024.

The website promoting the event says: “Ken’s unique blend of whimsical, physical, surreal and theatrical humour transformed the UK’s comedy scene.

‘Natural gift for making people laugh’

“Using memorabilia from Ken Dodd’s personal archive, this show will explore Ken’s career and how his comedic approach continues to be used and adopted by some of the UK’s most well-known and emerging comedians.

“Fondly remembered for the magical world he created, including Ken Dodd’s Diddymen, his tickling stick and the jam butty mines, his true passion was his natural gift for making people laugh.

“The exhibition will build on Ken’s passion, looking at the science of comedy, happiness and why laughter is good for our health.”

You can book tickets here for the exhibition.

Fellow funnyman Jimmy Cricket, a very good friend of Ken’s, highlighted the event on social media.

He said: “Hi folks. Opening soon is the ‘Happiness Exhibition’ dedicated to one of the greatest comics who ever graced the stage.

“Running till March 2024, why not pop along and see some amazing memorabilia from the maestro of Knotty Ash!”

Signature song

The son of a coal merchant, Ken Dodd had been a comedian since 1954.

He made it into the Guinness Book of Records for telling 1,500 jokes in three-and-a-half hours.

Sir Ken was also a ventriloquist and an established singer.

He had many recording hits, charting on 18 occasions in the UK Top 40.

His version of Bill Anderson’s Happiness, which reached 31 in the charts in 1964, became his signature song.

And his recording of Tears topped the UK singles chart for five weeks in 1965.

It was the biggest hit single in Britain that year, selling more than one million copies in the UK alone.

Autobiography

Don’t forget that Jimmy Cricket’s autobiography is on sale.
Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian is priced at £11.99 as a paperback.

It is also available as an ebook priced £9.99 (unless you have subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, in which case it is free).

Amazon Kindle allows users to read ebooks purchased on Amazon.

Jimmy has said he is happy to sign copies of the book at his live shows, where they are available for a discounted price of £10.

The autobiography tells the heart-warming story of his 50 golden years in showbusiness – told in his own words.

Recognisable for wearing a funny hat and green wellies marked L and R on the wrong feet, Jimmy has been making people laugh as a professional comedian for half a century.

And he proudly keeps his comedy clean – increasingly rare these days –  making him the perfect family entertainer.

The book is available from online retailer Amazon here.

Mary’s Meals

His best-known catchphrases include ‘And there’s more!’ and ‘Come closer!’

He is also famed for reading out Letters from his Mammy, which have provided the material for two published books.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

Also read: Mary’s Meals: 20 years serving global communities

From bingo caller to 50 Golden Years in showbiz!

 

‘The good old days’… ‘love this’… ‘complete legends’ 150 150 mhamer

‘The good old days’… ‘love this’… ‘complete legends’

A photograph featuring several comedy legends, including Jimmy Cricket, attracted plenty of interest on social media.

The picture, taken on the Central Pier at Blackpool, also includes The Krankies, Frank Carson, Paul Daniels and double act (Tommy) Cannon and (Bobby) Ball.

Hundreds of people liked the Facebook post, which got a lot of comments.

It was posted by Marky Ashworth and could be seen on The Official Cannon & Ball Facebook Group page.

Here are a selection of the many comments made about this gathering of famous entertainers.

“Great summer line up.”

“Back in the days of real comics.”

“The good old days!”

“When you could go on holiday around the country and see three or four shows in a week at seaside piers/theatres.”

“Bet that was a good night out!”
“What a great photo.”
“Love this!”
“My childhood growing up.”
“A gaggle of legends.”
“What a great group.”
“Complete Legends.”
“Wow all LEGENDS.”
“That’s a great picture, very funny and talented people.”
Autobiography
Don’t forget that Jimmy Cricket’s autobiography is on sale.
Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian is priced at £11.99 as a paperback.

It is also available as an ebook priced £9.99 (unless you have subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, in which case it is free).

Amazon Kindle allows users to read ebooks purchased on Amazon.

Jimmy has said he is happy to sign copies of the book at his live shows, where they are available for a discounted price of £10.

The autobiography tells the heart-warming story of his 50 golden years in showbusiness – told in his own words.

Recognisable for wearing a funny hat and green wellies marked L and R on the wrong feet, Jimmy has been making people laugh as a professional comedian for half a century.

And he proudly keeps his comedy clean – increasingly rare these days –  making him the perfect family entertainer.

The book is available from online retailer Amazon here.

Mary’s Meals

His best-known catchphrases include ‘And there’s more!’ and ‘Come closer!’

He is also famed for reading out Letters from his Mammy, which have provided the material for two published books.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

Also read: Mary’s Meals: 20 years serving global communities

From bingo caller to 50 Golden Years in showbiz!

Unforgettable childhood moment – for the wrong reason 150 150 mhamer

Unforgettable childhood moment – for the wrong reason

Jimmy Cricket is a regular columnist in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket relives a part of his childhood that he would probably rather forget in his latest newspaper column.

The famous funnyman tells Lancashire Evening Post readers about the time his two aunties, Elizabeth and Cassie, came over from the United States to visit.

All the family were excited with the arrivals of the aunts and even more so as they had brought presents with them.

The young Jimmy got a baseball and ball.

And he quickly ran out of the door and into the front garden to practise.

Jimmy missed with his first few swings but connected too well with the fourth, sending the ball hurtling through a front window!

“I can still hear and see the glass smashing, followed by a deathly hush,” says Jimmy in his column.

“It was a well-chastened nine-year-old that went to bed early that night.”

This is just one of the countless tales regaled by Jimmy in his autobiography.

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian officially went on sale in April priced £11.99 as a paperback.

It is also available as an ebook priced £9.99 (unless you have subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, in which case it is free).

Amazon Kindle allows users to read ebooks purchased on Amazon.

Clean comedy

Jimmy has said he is happy to sign copies of his book at his live shows, where they are available for a discounted price of £10.

The autobiography tells the heart-warming story of 50 golden years in showbusiness – told in his own words.

Recognisable for wearing a funny hat and green wellies marked L and R on the wrong feet, Jimmy has been making people laugh as a professional comedian for half a century.

And he proudly keeps his comedy clean – increasingly rare these days –  making him the perfect family entertainer.

The book is available from online retailer Amazon here.

Mary’s Meals

His best-known catchphrases include ‘And there’s more!’ and ‘Come closer!’

He is also famed for reading out Letters from his Mammy, which have provided the material for two published books.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

Also read: Mary’s Meals: 20 years serving global communities

From bingo caller to 50 Golden Years in showbiz!

Stan Laurel: An absolute joy to walk in his footsteps 150 150 mhamer

Stan Laurel: An absolute joy to walk in his footsteps

What an absolute joy to walk in the footsteps of the great Hollywood character comic/actor/writer Arthur Stanley Jefferson AKA Stan Laurel. My thanks to host Matthew at the Stan and Olly Roxy Museum, also went to visit the house where Stan was born!

Jimmy Cricket was delighted to visit the British birthplace of world famous comedy actor Stan Laurel.

Stan was one half of Laurel and Hardy, almost certainly the most iconic comedy duo in history.

He was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in 1890 in the town of Ulverston, which was then in Lancashire, but is now in Cumbria.

Jimmy paid a visit to the museum devoted to the duo, and also went to the house in which Stan was born.

He said: “What an absolute joy to walk in the footsteps of the great Hollywood character comic/actor/writer Arthur Stanley Jefferson AKA Stan Laurel.

Clumsy and bumbling friend

“My thanks to host Matthew at the Stan and Olly Roxy Museum.”

Stan was one of five children born to Arthur Jefferson, a theatre manager, and Margaret Metcalfe Jefferson, an actress.

He made his first film appearance in 1917 and teamed up with Oliver Hardy, who was from Georgia in the US, during the 1920s.

Stan played the clumsy and bumbling friend, to Oliver’s bullying and pomposity.

They went on to star together in many films and entertain millions of people around the world with their slapstick comedy.

Their films included The Music Box, Brats and Another Fine Mess.

Following Oliver’s death in 1957, Stan never performed again.

He died in California eight years later aged 74, days after suffering a major heart attack.

Also read on this website: Paying Tribute To Stan Laurel And Oliver Hardy

 

Big carnival supporter goes dressed as Jimmy Cricket! 150 150 mhamer

Big carnival supporter goes dressed as Jimmy Cricket!

Hi folks what a lovely funny story which was posted on 23rd June 2023, thank you to 'The St Ives Times & Echo' for covering the article regarding Philip (Thomas) who has been supporting his local Hayle carnival for the last 40 yrs dressed as a tribute act, me! 😆#keepvarietyalive

A man has received a special certificate for decades of support for a local carnival – dressed as Jimmy Cricket!

Philip Thomas got the award for his 40 years of contributions to Hayle Carnival at the 2023 event in June.

Hayle is a port town in west Cornwall, about five miles from St Ives.

The St Ives Times & Echo News reported on the carnival award (below).

Famous funnyman Jimmy posted on social media: “Hi folks, what a lovely funny story posted on 23rd June 2023.

“Thank you to The St Ives Times & Echo for covering the article regarding Philip (Thomas) who has been supporting his local Hayle carnival for the last 40 yrs dressed as a tribute act, me!”

Hi folks what a lovely funny story which was posted on 23rd June 2023, thank you to 'The St Ives Times & Echo' for covering the article regarding Philip (Thomas) who has been supporting his local Hayle carnival for the last 40 yrs dressed as a tribute act, me! 😆#keepvarietyalive

Philip is seen receiving the certificate from Hayle Deputy Mayor, Councillor June Lawrenson-Reid.

Buy Jimmy’s autobiography!

Don’t forget that Jimmy’s official autobiography is currently on sale!

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s illustrious life and 50-year career – told in his own words.

The paperback costs £11.99 and is available at online retailer Amazon here.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities.

You can find all Jimmy’s tour dates here.

Blackpool: Always somewhere to go and a show to see 150 150 mhamer

Blackpool: Always somewhere to go and a show to see

Back tonight folks, at the popular @LyndeneHotel Blackpool, what a great Lancashire resort where there is always somewhere to go and a show to see if we have inclement summer weather! #lotsofvariety

Blackpool always offers plenty of variety whatever the weather, says famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket.

The Northern Irish comedian performed at the Lyndene Hotel in the busy seaside resort on Wednesday (2 August) for the second time this summer.

He said on social media: “Back tonight folks, at the popular @LyndeneHotel, Blackpool.

“What a great Lancashire resort, where there is always somewhere to go and a show to see if we have inclement summer weather! #lotsofvariety.”

Jimmy is now in his EIGHTH season performing at the Lyndene.

He will also be there on 6 September, 4 October, 1 November and 6 December.

Rochdale-based Jimmy has dubbed the Lyndene as his “second home” as he has made so many appearances at the hotel over several years.

Entertainers do two separate shows – one in each of the two Lyndene lounges – every night.

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

See all Jimmy’s booked shows here.

Buy Jimmy’s autobiography!

Don’t forget that Jimmy’s official autobiography is on sale!

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s illustrious life and 50-year career – told in his own words.

The paperback costs £11.99 and is available at online retailer Amazon here.

One pound from the sale of every book goes to Mary’s Meals.

The charity supports feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

Also read: Autobiography: Buy The Jimmy Cricket Story now!

View photos from Jimmy’s first Lyndene Hotel shows of 2023