The Daily Express devoted two pages celebrating Jimmy Cricket’s 50 Golden Years in showbusiness.
Journalist and author Neil Clark penned the article in the 27 January edition of the national newspaper.
The headline read: “And there’s more to come from Jimmy Cricket.”
Underneath, it said: “‘I used to be afraid of the dark. Yesterday, I got my electricity bill and now I’m afraid of the light,’ jokes the comedian as he celebrates 50 years in showbiz, revealing just why his brand of gentle, whimsical humour will never go out of fashion.”
Neil, who has nearly 110,000 Twitter followers, highlighted the Daily Express piece with a post on the social media platform.
He commented: “And there’s more…. to come from Jimmy Cricket.
“My exclusive interview with the much-loved comedian – celebrating 50 years in the business – in today’s @Daily_Express.”
And Jimmy tweeted: “My thanks to @NeilClark66 (who is very knowledgeable on the subject of Variety and who was a lot of fun to chat too, on the subject), for the interview that aired in the @Daily_Express #keepvarietyalive.”
An image of the two-page spread in the Daily Express is at the top of this article.
Jimmy has been making people laugh as a professional comedian for half a century, usually raising money for worthy causes at the same time.
Instantly recognisable for wearing a funny hat and green wellies marked L and R on the wrong feet, he proudly keeps his comedy clean – increasingly rare these days – which makes him a perfect family entertainer.
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.