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Doncaster show will ‘leave you rolling in the aisles’ 150 150 mhamer

Doncaster show will ‘leave you rolling in the aisles’

Mark Andrews' Award Winning Productions return with The Good Old Days of Variety in Doncaster starring headliner comedy legend the one & only Jimmy Cricket

Jimmy Cricket is headlining a return to the good old days of variety in Doncaster later this month.
The popular Northern Irish comic is appearing at The Cast theatre in the south Yorkshire town on Tuesday 19 October.
It begins in the theatre’s Main Space at 1.30pm.
The Doncaster theatre’s website promises “comedy to leave you rolling in the aisles”.
It adds: “We’re back with our first very special show since lockdown starring bill topper and legendary comedy star Jimmy Cricket from TV & the Royal Variety shows.
“With fabulous special guests including the international speciality Act Van Buren & Allyson, sensational singer Victoria Jones with her special tribute to Cilla Black, your very own compere/ producer Mark Andrew & fabulous live musicians.
“Join us as we take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and celebrate those glory days of variety.
If you have any specific needs, you can discuss these with the theatre’s box office staff on 01302 303 959.
There is a maximum order of 10 tickets for this event.

The theatre opened in 2013. It “welcomes audiences and participants of all ages from across the borough of Doncaster and beyond”. 

John Hannam’s interviews were ‘legendary’ 150 150 mhamer

John Hannam’s interviews were ‘legendary’

It is with much sadness that I have learnt of the passing of my dear friend the wonderful journalist and broadcaster John Hannam ⁦

Jimmy Cricket has described the late John Hannam as a “wonderful journalist and broadcaster ⁦”.

Isle of Wight journalist and author John died earlier this month at the age of 80.

His website said he hosted Britain’s longest-running non-stop radio chat show, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010.

He conducted thousands of interviews with famous stars and personalities.

And he managed to chat to celebrities who would not normally do local radio interviews.

His guests included Charlton Heston, John Mills, Prince Edward, Cliff Richard, Victoria Wood, Ken Dodd, Bruce Forsyth Twiggy and numerous soap stars.

Jimmy said: “It is with much sadness that I have learnt of the passing of my dear friend, the wonderful journalist and broadcaster ⁦@johnhannammeets

⁩”John’s interviews with actors and variety acts on the Isle of Wight were legendary.

“My heartfelt sympathy to his children and Roberta Heart suitxx.”

The What’s On In Isle Of Wight website reported on John’s death.

It said: “Tributes have been pouring in for Isle of Wight entertainment legend, broadcaster and writer John Hannam.

“The much-loved journalist died, aged 80 on Wednesday, September 22.

“A long standing friend of the County Press, John was born in East Cowes and became best known for his easy-going interviews with the stars of stage and screen.

“However, he never forgot the Island’s own entertainment, sporting and community heroes, local names frequently sitting alongside the A-listers in his books, columns and shows.”

Read the rest of the story here.

From the archives: Jimmy meets up with some old friends on the Isle of Wight


Coventry show will be ‘wonderful afternoon of feel-good entertainment’ 150 150 mhamer

Coventry show will be ‘wonderful afternoon of feel-good entertainment’

This was one of the first shows to be cancelled when the pandemic struck last March… now at last we can go ahead! This coming Friday, 24 Sept at @BelgradeTheatre … #Variety is back! #CoventryJimmy Cricket will be making up for lost time when he performs on stage in Coventry this week.

The famous funnyman appears on the Belgrade Theatre Main Stage on Friday 24 September (1.30pm start).

The show, originally postponed because of coronavirus, is billed as A Big Afternoon Out with Bob Brolly and Jimmy Cricket.

Jimmy’s wife, a professional singer who going by the stage name of May Marion, is also appearing.

Musical host Andy Eastwood, a good friend of Jimmy’s, said: “This was one of the first shows to be cancelled when the pandemic struck last March.

“Now at last we can go ahead! This coming Friday, 24 Sept at @BelgradeTheatre#Variety is back! #Coventry.”

The theatre’s website says: “Bob Brolly and his band return with their heartwarming blend of Irish ballads, country hits, nostalgic singalongs and entertaining chat.

“Favourite funnyman Jimmy Cricket is also back, with the brand of humour that has made him not only a legend of laughter, but a national treasure.

“Singer May Marion and your regular host and compere Andy Eastwood complete the line-up in this wonderful afternoon of feel-good entertainment.”

View times and book here for the Coventry show

Also read: Great chance to support live entertainment

Emma Raducanu: Jimmy hails ‘fabulous win’ 150 150 mhamer

Emma Raducanu: Jimmy hails ‘fabulous win’

Wow what a fabulous win from Emma this evening! #staroftennisformanyyearstocome

Jimmy Cricket was among the millions of Britons to enjoy Emma Raducanu’s historic US Open victory.

Raducanu, 18, ended Britain’s 44-year wait for a women’s Grand Slam singles champion as she beat Leylah Fernandez to win the US Open.

She completed her fairytale in New York with a 6-4 6-3 win over her 19-year-old Canadian opponent in the final.

Jimmy reflected: “Wow what a fabulous win from Emma this evening! #staroftennisformanyyearstocome”

Raducanu had broken a host of records on the way to her startling success, becoming the:

  • First British female winner at Flushing Meadows since Virginia Wade in 1968 (Wade also won Wimbledon in 1977)
  • Youngest women’s Slam champion since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004
  • First woman to win the US Open without dropping a set since Serena Williams in 2014
  • First qualifier in the Open era to win a Slam
  • Youngest Briton to win a Grand Slam title

She also won £1.8m in prize money and rose to 23 in the world rankings.

In addition to all that, Raducanu became British tennis number one on Monday.

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title by shattering Novak Djokovic’s hopes of completing a calendar sweep of the majors in a one-sided men’s US Open final.

Second seed Medvedev, 25, had lost his two previous Grand Slam finals but remained composed throughout a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.

World number one Djokovic had already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles this year.

Read all about Jimmy’s famous TV tennis sketch

Jam nights are about to return! 150 150 mhamer

Jam nights are about to return!

Pictures from one of Jimmy's jam nights in 2019

Pictures from one of Jimmy’s jam nights in 2019

Jimmy Cricket is about to bring back his popular charity jam nights following an enforced 18-month break.

Famous Northern Irish funnyman Jimmy and his wife May – a professional singer – have for more than a decade hosted a regular night of entertainment in their adopted home town of Rochdale.

It provides an opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new (and relive some old) routines.

They began it on a monthly basis and in the past few years have alternated hosting the jam nights with their good friend and fellow entertainer Eric Devereaux.

It takes place in the lounge area of St Vincent’s RC parish centre in Norden.

They invite different guests who perform free of charge.

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

There is a raffle and the selling of refreshments, with all proceeds donated to a chosen charity.

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

But the event was inevitably put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Conveyor of good news’

But the good news is that the jam night is ready to return!

Jimmy, May and their friends messaged the regular audience members this week with the following message.

Hi Jammers,

I hope you’re all fit and well as we gradually come out of what has been an unprecedented time in all our lives.

I’m pleased to be the conveyor of good news. Father James has given us the go ahead to have a Charity Jam Night in the Parish Hall.

Both May and I have decided to make our first one back, a little more special, by having it on a Saturday night, 16th October 2021. As it will be my birthday, on the Sunday the 17th, it is also Maureen Barker’s alongside my fellow Comic Dusty Young on the Monday, so we can celebrate with a big cake for us all, (anyone else celebrating a birthday either side of this date, just let us know).

There will be the usual comedy, music, raffle, with teas, coffees, and biscuits, (cardboard cups for hot drinks will be supplied, but if anyone would rather bring their own cup from home, please feel free).

Ever present dependable Kath and Pauline will be on hand to help, and our designated Charity for the evening will be for Mary’s Meals, (which has just celebrated reaching the 2 million mark of feeding children whilst in education, in 19 different countries around the world).

We look forward to seeing you all there on the evening, as we also come together to remember and celebrate the lives of those whom we have lost from our group over the last 18 months.

Sending our Love and Best Wishes to you all xx

Jimmy & May & Eric & Gloria & Kath & Pauline

Also read: Message of hope: After the storm comes the rainbow

Rochdale jam night is ‘lovely charity evening’

Coronavirus pandemic: We can do this together!



Mary’s Meals: Charity marks memorable milestone 150 150 mhamer

Mary’s Meals: Charity marks memorable milestone

My thanks to #FrFrankieMulgrew and all the Team Members here at headquarters for the invite to Mary's Meals here in the great City of Glasgow for the celebrations of reaching the monumental figure of now providing meals for over 2million children in over 19 countries around the world! #pleasehelpifyoucanJimmy Cricket helped charity Mary’s Meals celebrate passing the great milestone of providing food for two million children.

The famous comedian was in Glasgow earlier this week for the special event.

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

Jimmy’s comedian-turned-priest son, Fr Frankie Mulgrew, is a long-standing supporter of Mary’s Meals.

Jimmy said on social media: “My thanks to #FrFrankieMulgrew and all the Team Members here at headquarters for the invite to #MarysMeals here in the great City of Glasgow…

“… for the celebrations of reaching the monumental figure of now providing meals for over 2million children in over 19 countries around the world! #pleasehelpifyoucan”

Fr Frankie has previously written two books, with the proceeds from both going to Mary’s Meals.

He compiled and edited Does God LOL? (LOL is internet slang for Laugh Out Loud), published in 2013.

Sir Ken Dodd, Ricky Tomlinson, Tim Vine and the late Frank Carson were among the famous showbiz names to contribute to the book.

God’s love and power

Fr Frankie also compiled and edited Miracles R Us: Supernatural Miracles In The Catholic Church.

A summary of the book, published three years ago, asks: “Do miracles really happen? Are there miracles in the 21st century just as there were during the life of Jesus?

“This book proves that God’s love and power to traFr Frankie Mulgrew leaves church after saying his first Mass as a Catholic priestnsform hearts and lives is as real today as it was in the time of Jesus.”

It includes a contribution from Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

Fr Frankie (right) was a professional comedian like his dad before being ordained in 2013.

The Salford-based Roman Catholic priest had the stage name of Frankie Doodle as an entertainer.

Also read: Packed show is a family affair for Mary’s Meals fundraiser


Blackpool show at the centre of a busy week 150 150 mhamer

Blackpool show at the centre of a busy week


Comedy royalty: Ready for my second spot at the #LyndeneHotel this evening! #liveentertainment

Jimmy Cricket has been enjoying a busy week.

The famous Northern Irish comedian performed at a private event on Sunday afternoon and was doing a show at a birthday party in Bradford on Friday night.

And in the middle a busy six days, the popular entertainer was back at his favourite Blackpool hotel.

Jimmy posted the photographs above on social media on Wednesday evening from the Lyndene Hotel.

He said: “Ready for my second spot at the #LyndeneHotel this evening! #liveentertainment.”

His latest show there sparked a host of positive comments on Facebook.

A few of them are below.

Rob Dutch comedy royalty

Phil Walker 2 spots! It’s like the old club days Jimmy 😅 what a trooper!

Kevin Devane Excellent stuff

Josh Daniels Legend

Alfie Joey Quality is permanent

Jimmy is appearing at the Lyndene monthly until the end of the year.

He was back performing there in mid-July for the first time in 2021.
Like all other entertainment venues, shows had been postponed due to the national restrictions imposed because of coronavirus.

Pandemic apart, Jimmy has appeared regularly on the popular Lyndene’s two stages for several years.

He had done his last show there in September 2020 before another lockdown resulted in the closure of hospitality venues.

See all Jimmy’s booked shows (note that this schedule is updated regularly)