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Tribute show in memory of the late, great Roy Hudd 150 150 mhamer

Tribute show in memory of the late, great Roy Hudd

Roy Hudd

Jimmy Cricket is among the performers taking to the stage in memory of the late Roy Hudd OBE.

Roy was an actor, comedian radio host, author and authority on the history of music hall entertainment.

He died in 2020 at the age of 83 after a short illness.

Hooray for Hudd, on Sunday 2 June, will be an evening of top-class variety entertainment to celebrate his life and work.

It takes place at the West Cliff Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

All proceeds go towards a charity formed after Roy’s death.

The Clacton Gazette website says: “A fundraising appeal was made to put up a statue in memory of the much-loved comedy legend.

“Roy was a good friend of the West Cliff and, in 2010, he became patron of the theatre.

“Due to his long association with the West Cliff, the theatre decided to put on a variety show in his memory.

“Organised by Roy’s widow, Debbie Hudd, and local singer Andrew Robley, plenty of artists have agreed to appear on stage.

“Andrew will be performing a selection of songs.

‘Well-rounded cast’

“Jimmy Cricket, one of Ireland’s best-known comedians, is also taking part.

“Steve Hewlett, one of Britain’s leading ventriloquists and finalist in Britain’s Got Talent 2013, will be taking part in the celebratory performance.

“Comedian and actor Richard Gauntlett, who has twice starred in the West Cliff’s Summer Season, will also be performing.

“Lyn Paul, a former member of the New Seekers before starting her solo career and becoming a TV personality, is also attending.

“Other names are yet to be added to form a well-rounded cast.

“Ticket prices are £23, concessions £21.50.

“Hudd broke into television in the mid-1960s in sketch series such as The Illustrated Weekly Hudd and The Roy Hudd Show.

We’d love to see you there!

“His acting roles included the Dennis Potter series Lipstick on Your Collar, for which he received critical praise and a part in Karaoke.

“He also was the long-standing President of the British Music Hall Society and appeared in many pantomimes and variety performances.

“For more information go to westcliffclacton.co.uk/famousfaces/hooray-for-hudd.”

Jimmy commented on social media: “We’d love to see you there!”

Also read: Roy Hudd: One of the great performers, writers and comics

A magician, a ventriloquist and ‘hard-working volunteers’ 150 150 mhamer

A magician, a ventriloquist and ‘hard-working volunteers’

My thanks to organiser the Rev Nathan Ward for tonight’s show @StMargaretsChurch & caught up with two great acts and friends BGT/ventriloquist/Eyes&TeethPodcasts Steve Hewlett with his lovely daughter Lola, & magician Mark Shortland & thanks to the hard-working volunteers too!

A magician and a ventriloquist helped to make it a night of real variety at a show staged in a church in Kent.

Steve Hewlett and Mark Shortland performed at St Margaret’s Church of England in Rainham, along with famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket.My thanks to organiser the Rev Nathan Ward for tonight’s show @StMargaretsChurch & caught up with two great acts and friends BGT/ventriloquist/Eyes&TeethPodcasts Steve Hewlett with his lovely daughter Lola, & magician Mark Shortland & thanks to the hard-working volunteers too!

Steve, a ventriloquist from Basingstoke in Hampshire, was a finalist on the seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent.

Watch his performance in the 2013 final here.

Mark is a comedic magician who auditioned for both Series 10 and 14 of Britain’s Got Talent.

He was 51 years old at the time of his second audition, which was televised.

Watch Mark playing musical musical chairs with the BGT judges!

My thanks to organiser the Rev Nathan Ward for tonight’s show @StMargaretsChurch & caught up with two great acts and friends BGT/ventriloquist/Eyes&TeethPodcasts Steve Hewlett with his lovely daughter Lola, & magician Mark Shortland & thanks to the hard-working volunteers too!St Margaret’s is a diverse and inclusive church which has served the community of Rainham for more than 800 years.

Jimmy said after the show on Friday 26 April: “My thanks to organiser the Rev Nathan Ward for tonight’s show @StMargaretsChurch.

“Caught up with two great BGT/ventriloquist/Eyes&T acts and friendseethPodcasts Steve Hewlett, with his lovely daughter Lola, & magician Mark Shortland.

“And thanks to the hard-working volunteers too!”

All Jimmy’s tour dates are on his website here.

My thanks to organiser the Rev Nathan Ward for tonight’s show @StMargaretsChurch & caught up with two great acts and friends BGT/ventriloquist/Eyes&TeethPodcasts Steve Hewlett with his lovely daughter Lola, & magician Mark Shortland & thanks to the hard-working volunteers too!

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.

The paperback version costs £11.99 at online retailer Amazon. It is also available via eBook and audio.

Jimmy Cricket with his autobiography

Signed copies (£15.99 including postage and packing) can be purchased on this website here.

Additionally, it is available at Jimmy’s live gigs for £10, where Jimmy will also sign it.

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.

Also read: Jimmy Cricket’s signed autobiographies now available by post!

‘What a great evening of variety’ at Northop Golf Club 150 150 mhamer

‘What a great evening of variety’ at Northop Golf Club

What a great evening of variety entertainment @Northopgolfclub my thanks to organisers comic/writer/historian @JohnMartinComic and his lovely wife theatricalagent/manager/talentbooker @JoMartin_Mgmt with BGT finalist/juggler/comic @steveroylecomic & the great voice of LouiseRogan

A comedian who was a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent was among the splendid array of entertainers performing at a golf club in Wales.What a great evening of variety entertainment @Northopgolfclub my thanks to organisers comic/writer/historian @JohnMartinComic and his lovely wife theatricalagent/manager/talentbooker @JoMartin_Mgmt with BGT finalist/juggler/comic @steveroylecomic & the great voice of LouiseRogan

Steve Royle was third in the 2020 edition of BGT and also appeared as a juggler in the TV series, Phoenix Nights.

He joined famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket, fellow comic John Martin and singer Louise Rogan on stage at Northop Golf Club, Flintshire.

Jimmy posted on social media afterwards: “What a great evening of variety entertainment @Northopgolfclub.

What a great evening of variety entertainment @Northopgolfclub my thanks to organisers comic/writer/historian @JohnMartinComic and his lovely wife theatricalagent/manager/talentbooker @JoMartin_Mgmt with BGT finalist/juggler/comic @steveroylecomic & the great voice of LouiseRogan

“My thanks to organisers comic/writer/historian @JohnMartinComic and his lovely wife theatricalagent/manager/talentbooker @JoMartin_Mgmt with BGT finalist/juggler/comic @steveroylecomic & the great voice of LouiseRogan.”

Northop Golf Club is situated in stunning 247-acre parkland and is one of the most celebrated golfing venues in North Wales.
What a great evening of variety entertainment @Northopgolfclub my thanks to organisers comic/writer/historian @JohnMartinComic and his lovely wife theatricalagent/manager/talentbooker @JoMartin_Mgmt with BGT finalist/juggler/comic @steveroylecomic & the great voice of LouiseRogan
It offers a championship course and multiple teeing areas, making it a perfect location for golfers of all abilities.

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.

The paperback version costs £11.99 at online retailer Amazon. It is also available via eBook and audio.

Jimmy Cricket with his autobiography

Signed copies (£15.99 including postage and packing) can be purchased on this website here.

Additionally, it is available at Jimmy’s live gigs for £10, where Jimmy will also sign it.

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.

Also read: Jimmy Cricket’s signed autobiographies now available by post!

Ireland’s Own: Humour Special edition features our Jimmy 150 150 mhamer

Ireland’s Own: Humour Special edition features our Jimmy

my thanks to journalist Henry Wymbs, for my fun interview for @irelandsown1902 (Ireland's Own) ‘The Humour Special 2024’ edition.

An interview with Jimmy Cricket about his illustrious career is featured in a special edition of Ireland’s Own magazine.

The famous Northern Irish comedian talks about his life and work in the 2024 Humour Special edition of the publication.

Among the highlights, Jimmy reflects on his upbringing, including his dad running an undertaker’s and a pub in his birthplace of Cookstown, County Tyrone.

The family later moved to Belfast, which Jimmy said ended up being a good move for him.

“Dad would take us to the top theatres in town, like the Empire, to see the likes of Norman Wisdom, Billy Dainty and Harry Worth,” says Jimmy.

“Wonderful showmen, whom I had the pleasure of working with so many times.”

Door-to-door salesman

He went on to become good friends with Norman Wisdom, who died in 2010.

Jimmy also recalls in the article that he was living and working in Manchester by the early 1970s.

He worked long days as a door-to-door salesman – “I wasn’t very successful… as everyone I knew had a door!”.

At the same time, he was steadily building a reputation as a comedian.

He met his future wife, May – a professional singer – at a Pontins holiday camp in Morecambe.

my thanks to journalist Henry Wymbs, for my fun interview for @irelandsown1902 (Ireland's Own) ‘The Humour Special 2024’ edition.

“When I bumped into May, she was wearing a Halloween mask – it was love at first fright!”

After the article was published, Jimmy posted on social media: “My thanks to journalist Henry Wymbs, for my fun interview for @irelandsown1902 (Ireland’s Own) The Humour Special 2024 edition.”

Ireland’s Own describes itself as “Ireland’s best-selling and longest-running family magazine”.

It is a full colour, weekly magazine “devoted to all that is best about Ireland and being Irish”.

The magazine is published in Wexford, first appearing in 1902.

Also read: ‘The ultimate feel-good book’ – Jimmy’s autobiography

 

‘The ultimate feel-good book’ – Jimmy’s autobiography 150 150 mhamer

‘The ultimate feel-good book’ – Jimmy’s autobiography

The Jimmy Cricket Story is the famous comedian's official autobiographyJimmy Cricket’s autobiography is ‘funny in all the right places’, according to one of the latest reviews on Amazon.

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian currently has a high 4.6 global rating on the popular online retail platform.*

The book tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s 50 golden years in showbusiness – told in his own words.

One reviewer posted: “A really lovely book about Jimmy’s life in show business and his wife, family.

“A lovely easy read, funny [and] uplifting with a few sad times.

“Brings back memories of days gone by. A true comedian & gentleman. Highly recommend.”

Another purchaser of the book reflected: “Jimmy’s story is wonderful.

“It is personal without being egotistical, detailed without being dull, funny in all the right places!”

And one person described it as the “the ultimate feel-good book”.

Mary’s Meals

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

And there is also the opportunity for people to purchase a signed copy of Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian via the Jimmy Cricket Website.
Go to the Shop section on the site and follow the instructions towards the bottom of the page.
The cost is £15.99 (with £3.99 for postage and packaging included).
Online retailer Amazon are selling it priced £11.99.
Additonally, it is available in ebook format 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.)

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.

* Any ratings which have been given below the maximum 5 stars are not accompanied by reviews.

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

From bingo caller to 50 Golden Years in showbiz!

Jimmy Cricket’s signed autobiographies now available by post!

 

 

A special Easter message from Jimmy and May 150 150 mhamer

A special Easter message from Jimmy and May

Here is a special Easter message from your favourite comedian Jimmy Cricket and his wife, May (posted on X – formerly Twitter):

“Happy Easter…

… may the blessing of this Easter fill your life with everlasting PEACE, JOY AND HAPPINESS!”

Click on the arrow in the middle of the image below to see some animation.

If you don’t already, you can follow Jimmy on the X social media platform here.

Have you bought Jimmy’s autobiography yet?

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

Jimmy Cricket with his autobiography

Memoirs Of An Irish Comedian tells the heart-warming story of Jimmy’s illustrious life and 50-year career.

The paperback version costs £11.99 at online retailer Amazon. It is also available via eBook and audio.

Signed copies (£15.99 including postage and packing) can be purchased on this website here.

It is also available at Jimmy’s live gigs for £10, where Jimmy will also sign it.

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.

Also read: Jimmy Cricket’s signed autobiographies now available by post!

What made the late BBC Radio DJ Steve Wright so special… 150 150 mhamer

What made the late BBC Radio DJ Steve Wright so special…

Jimmy Cricket's newspaper column about the late BBC Radio 1 and 2 DJ Steve Wright appeared in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket has revealed he was a big fan of famous radio DJ Steve Wright who died earlier this year.

For decades the voice of the BBC on afternoon radio, Steve passed away aged 69 in February.

He had joined the national broadcaster at the beginning of the 1980s and went on to host popular shows on both BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2.

In a statement, his family referred to the “millions of devoted radio listeners who had the good fortune and great pleasure of allowing Steve into their daily lives as one of the UK’s most enduring and popular radio personalities”.

Jimmy’s latest monthly newspaper column in the Lancashire Evening Post is devoted to the late DJ.

‘An instant fan’

He says: “When I first got a break on the tele in the early eighties, a friend told me that there was this young DJ on the radio doing an impression of me who was called Steve Wright.

“Obviously, this did my ego a power of good, so I made it my business to tune in to this new ‘jock’.

“I became an instant fan! Steve just had that special something that drew you closer to the radio when he was in full flight.

“He made even reading out the weather report sound interesting.

“Twenty-five years later, I was sitting in the BBC London studios being interviewed by him for his big show that was aired on weekday afternoons.

“I was accompanied by Cannon and Ball. We were there to promote a show we were touring with called The Best of British Variety.

Rory Bremner

“It was great fun as we all bounced ad libs between us, ending with Steve reeling out the theatres around the country where we were strutting our stuff.”

Adds Jimmy: “My other link to Steve’s show came via the impressionist Rory Bremner.

“Rory and I did a TV series for Central television in the mid-eighties and we both got this booking to entertain on a cruise around the Greek Islands. (I know it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!).

“The problem was I turned up at Athens airport without my passport.

“I can still see it now – half a dozen security men gathered round looking at a publicity photo of a guy in a funny hat and wellingtons at 3 o’clock in the morning, all babbling in Greek, half of them giggling and the other half scratching their heads.

“When Rory went on Steve’s show, he relayed the story as only he could, complete with impressions of the Greek officials.

‘Moving and emotional’

“Steve laughed so much he asked Rory to repeat it the next time he came on his show.”

The column continues: “Of course, no article about Steve Wright would be complete without mention of his other BBC Radio 2 show – Sunday Love Songs.

“Here, he gave shoutouts to couples getting engaged and married (as well as people’s anniversaries), while playing some of the most iconic and romantic songs ever written.

“Some lucky couples even got champagne and chocolate.

“This was one of the most moving and emotional programmes on national radio. It drew huge numbers of listeners every Sunday morning.”

Jimmy concludes: “You know, there’s an intimacy about listening on the radio to your favourite presenter.

“Without the visual distraction of television, you feel he’s just talking to you alone.

“Perhaps that’s what made Steve so special.

“Even though he was talking to the nation, you got the feeling he was just talking to you.”