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TV tennis sketch – to whom did those umpire legs belong?! 150 150 mhamer

TV tennis sketch – to whom did those umpire legs belong?!

Hi folks! with the US Open a week away, here is a fun sketch, (will be featuring many on the front page of my website in the coming weeks), meanwhile who do these umpire legs belong to?Jimmy Cricket chose a topical time to post his popular TV tennis sketch on social media.

The US Open starts on Monday at Flushing Meadows in New York and lasts two weeks.

It is usually tennis’s final Grand Slam tournament of the year, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon.

The tennis sketch is from Jimmy’s popular TV show called And There’s More.

It went out on ITV prime-time on Saturday nights and ran for three years between 1985 and 1988.

The show was a mixture of stand-up routines and sketches.

He said earlier this week: “Hi folks! With the US Open a week away, here is a fun sketch, (will be featuring many on the front page of my website in the coming weeks).

“Meanwhile, who do these umpire legs belong to?” Thinking face

Jimmy subsequently shared the answer to his question.

He revealed: “Hi folks, the umpire legs belonged to the great scriptwriter Eddie Braben.

“The great man himself kindly lent us his knees for the sketch and was always fantastic fun to work with, as we went through the scripts he had written!

“You can spot him many times doing cameos throughout the series of And There’s More.”

Eddie, who died aged 82 in 2013, was a legendary comedy writer.

As well as Jimmy, he provided material for Morecambe and Wise.

Eddie was credited with changing the profile of the famous duo.

He helped to turn them into one of the most popular and enduring comedy acts in the history of British entertainment.

Jimmy started working with Eddie on his TV show, And There’s More, and then his radio show, Jimmy’s Cricket Show.

Watch the tennis sketch here

Eddie Braben exhibition is ‘a tribute to a genius’

 

Global warming & Fox’s Glacier Mints – more Jimmy jokes 150 150 mhamer

Global warming & Fox’s Glacier Mints – more Jimmy jokes

Funnyman Jimmy Cricket tells regular jokes onlineGlobal warming is one of the subjects tackled humorously by comic Jimmy Cricket in his latest series of one-liners.

The ever-green entertainer regularly posts jokes on social media to amuse all his fans and friends.

Here is another selection of Jimmy’s latest gags.

Wow! A slice of Charles’ and Diana’s wedding cake sold for £1,850. That’s amazing… I wonder do you get a cup of tea with it?

I’m thinking of entering my Uncle Patrick in the next Olympic Games in Paris… Whenever he bangs his thumb, there’s nobody throws a hammer further than he does.

That was amazing to see 13-year-old Sky Brown win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics… Next thing you know they’ll be having a baby event to see who can throw their nappy the farthest!

When I found out we had more opticians in the UK than anywhere else in Europe, it was a real eye opener.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has just headed off in a rocket into outer space… It’s a long way to go to deliver a package!

I’ve just seen a very unusual football match in the park. Wait for this, two teams of traffic wardens… It was all square after extra time so it went to fixed penalties.

Our postman fell today… he took a bit of a knock.

Ever since they closed the salt factory we’ve all been feeling the pinch.

I still think Humpty Dumpty was a good stand-up comedian even though he was a bit off the wall.

I’ve just sent off for a new hearing aid and now I’m waiting to hear back.

This global warming is getting serious… I’ve just bought a packet of Fox’s Glacier Mints in the shop and when I got them home, they were melted!

See more of funnyman Jimmy’s jokes and keep up to date with everything he’s doing at https://twitter.com/jimmy__cricket

Also read – From the archives: Jimmy the Butlin’s camp comic!

Francis House: Fund-raising show lined up for October 150 150 mhamer

Francis House: Fund-raising show lined up for October

Jimmy Cricket is doing a fund-raising show for Francis House in ChorleyJimmy Cricket is doing another show for his favourite charity in October.

The famous funnyman will be headlining a performance of music and laughter at Fox Lane Sports Club in Leyland, Lancashire.

The show will raise funds for Francis House Children’s Hospice in south Manchester.

Jimmy posted on social media: “My thanks to @eventphotos67 for arranging this show.

“We are looking forward to raising much-needed funds for @FrancisHouseCH via this charity show this coming October.

“Why not come along folks if you live local #liveperformance.”

The show, which is on Friday 8 October, will also feature Jimmy’s wife, who sings by the name of May Marion, and his good friend Jim Nicholas, also an entertainer and long-time supporter of the hospice.

Book tickets here

All-round entertainer Jimmy has raised around half-a-million pounds for Francis House over the years.
That is thanks to countless touring shows and parish hall events across almost two decades.
Based at Didsbury, Francis House cares for children and young adults with life-threatening conditions.
It provides a home from home where families can receive professional care, support and friendship.

The seven-bedroom building at Francis House opened in November 1991, with Diana, Princess of Wales, officially doing the honours.

It was only the fifth children’s hospice built in the UK and the world.

Read a timeline of the history of the hospice here

Also see: Francis House benefits from Rochdale ‘jam’ night

Promenade stroll before latest Lyndene show 150 150 mhamer

Promenade stroll before latest Lyndene show

At the #LyndeneHotel here in sunny Blackpool tonight, (and for the first Wednesday of every month in 2021), which is my sixth year entertaining at this very popular venue, just a walk along the Promenade #liveperformance

Jimmy Cricket enjoyed a walk along the promenade before his latest show at his favourite Blackpool hotel.

The evergreen Northern Irish entertainer is appearing at the Lyndene monthly until the end of the year.

He said on social media: “At the #LyndeneHotel here in sunny Blackpool tonight, (and for the first Wednesday of every month in 2021), which is my sixth year entertaining at this very popular venue, just a walk along the Promenade #liveperformance.”

Jimmy was back performing at the Lyndene last month 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 did his last show there in September before another lockdown resulted in the closure of hospitality venues.

And there was much praise for Jimmy following his latest appearance at the Lyndene, which is on the sea front, just across from the promenade.

Stephen L. Bunch said: “Brilliant show Jimmy 👏.” and Claire Wilson agreed, saying: “Great show tonight Jimmy x.”

Roger Marsden posted on Facebook: “Saw you the other year there Jimmy. A great act, we had a chat afterwards and photos.”

Janice Ingram uploaded the GIF below, which read: “You are awesome to the core.”

You are awesome to the core

And Theresa Crossan said: “Great to hear, we had the pleasure seeing you last August at the Lyndene and we have never laughed so much in years.

“Such a lovely man and great entertainer.”

Also read: ‘Wonderful news in these gloomy times!’

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

Hollywood stars and different accents – latest LEP column 150 150 mhamer

Hollywood stars and different accents – latest LEP column

Hollywood stars lived just down the road

Where some Hollywood stars were born and how accents differ around the country are the themes of Jimmy Cricket’s latest newspaper column.

The famous funnyman throws up some legendary acting names such as Sir Rex Harrison and Jaws star Robert Shaw in his Lancashire Evening Post July column.

Jimmy begins: “Do you know what readers when I found out we had more opticians in the UK than anywhere else in Europe, it was a real eye-opener.

“But that was nothing to do with the surprises that I got while watching a series on television.

“It was called something like Discovering So and So.

“And the So and So’s in this case were famous Hollywood stars.

“Each programme focused on a star and the gob-smacking moment usually came at the start!

“For instance, take Robert Shaw who starred in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster movie Jaws.

“He was actually born in Westhoughton in Lancashire. That’s just down the road from me here in Rochdale.

“I could have called in and had a cup of tea with him before he headed off to Hollywood.

“But you will never guess the next one – Sir Rex Harrison. Where was he born?

“Are you ready for this? Huyton! Near Liverpool. Yes, the man who played Professor Higgins and who taught Eliza the flower girl to talk proper English in the musical My Fair Lady was actually a Scouser!”

Read one of Jimmy’s previous columns in the LEP

See a collection of Jimmy’s columns over the past six years

 

Plaudits after Jimmy’s return to Blackpool’s Lyndene 150 150 mhamer

Plaudits after Jimmy’s return to Blackpool’s Lyndene

The plaudits flowed when Jimmy Cricket made his eagerly-awaited return to the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

The plaudits flowed following Jimmy Cricket’s eagerly awaited return to the Lyndene Hotel.

The popular entertainer was back at his favourite Blackpool hotel on the night England beat Denmark to reach the 2020 Euros final.
The Lyndene expressed its delight at Jimmy’s first performance there this year.
A social media post said: “A VERY special guest popped in last week, and the great news is, he’ll be back plenty of times this year!
“Take a look at what he has to say. 😉
The post was accompanied by video of Jimmy going up to the hotel reception to confirm his arrival.
The famous Northern Irish funnyman had clearly been looking forward to getting back to the Lyndene (see the image below).
Jimmy Cricket returned to the Lyndene Hotel on the night England beat Denmark to reach the Euros final against Italy
Like all other entertainment venues, shows had been postponed due to the national restrictions imposed because of coronavirus.
But Jimmy clearly made up for lost time, with plenty of positive feedback on social media marking his return.
Here is a selection of them:

Wendy Irving: Brilliant. Love Jimmy Cricket x

Lynne Dare: He was there when we were there he was fab 😃

Susan Hardaker: A very funny man saw him at the lyndene a couple years ago, he proves you don’t need to swear or be rude to get laughs

Jean Anderson: Fantastic just love Jimmy

Susan Lincoln: Love him he is so funny xx

Margaret Bell: Love him he so funny and both him and his wife are lovely people

Janet Watson: Great Act seen him a few times x

Vicky Inkersole: Saw Jimmy at lyndene didn’t think I would enjoy it but he was so funny great act xx

The Lyndene added: “Comedy is an acquired taste, but Jimmy has something for everyone! 🙂”

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

Jimmy did his last show there in September before another lockdown resulted in the closure of hospitality venues.

He is appearing once a month at the Lyndene until the end of the year, having enjoyed five successful seasons at the seaside venue.

Also read: ‘Wonderful news in these gloomy times!’

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

England reach Euros final: After the football… the Cricket! 150 150 mhamer

England reach Euros final: After the football… the Cricket!

Jimmy Cricket returned to the Lyndene Hotel on the historic night England beat Denmark to reach the 2020 Euros final.

Gareth Southgate’s side ended the country’s 55-year wait to compete in another major men’s final with a 2-1 win at Wembley on Wednesday.

England had gone behind on the half-hour, conceding their first goal of the tournament to Mikkel Damsgaard’s superb free-kick.

However, England replied quickly as Denmark captain Simon Kjaer turned in Bukayo Saka’s dangerous, low cross six minutes before half-time.

And, in the first half of extra time, the hosts finally went ahead.

Raheem Sterling was controversially deemed to have been fouled by Joakim Maehle in the box.

VAR, the video technology, supported the referee’s award.

England captain Harry Kane saw his poor penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but the Tottenham striker coolly slotted home the kind rebound.

The Wembley showdown with Italy on Sunday night is England’s first appearance in a major football final since the Three Lions’ 1966 World Cup victory against West Germany.

It was a momentous Wednesday night for famous funnyman Jimmy to be performing on stage, particularly at the Lyndene – his favourite Blackpool hotel.

He tweeted: “So last night I went on stage at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool after the England and Denmark match and said: ‘Are you ready for this…

“‘Well folks, you’ve had the Football and now it’s time for the Cricket.'”

Jimmy had been eagerly awaiting his return to the Lyndene (see the image below).

Jimmy Cricket returned to the Lyndene Hotel on the night England beat Denmark to reach the Euros final against Italy

Pandemic apart, he has appeared regularly on the popular Lyndene’s two stages.

His performances at the Lyndene were limited during 2020 following the restrictions imposed because of coronavirus.

Five seasons

Jimmy did his last show there in September before another lockdown resulted in the closure of hospitality venues.

He is appearing once a month at the Lyndene until the end of the year.

The Northern Irish entertainer has enjoyed five successful seasons at the seaside venue.

Also read: ‘Wonderful news in these gloomy times!’

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