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Appearing on online chat show Howlin’ TV was ‘fun’ 150 150 mhamer

Appearing on online chat show Howlin’ TV was ‘fun’

Jimmy Cricket said it was “fun” appearing on Howlin’ TV recently.

The popular Northern Irish comedian guest starred on the online chat show, hosted by Kev Orkian.

Kev’s social media profile describes him as the founder of @HowlinEntertain @PantoAcademy award-winning actor, comedian, pianist & presenter of @ArmeniaUnc #Investor #Entrepreneur.

Each week, three special guests join Kev on Howlin’ TV on Facebook for a one-to-one catch-up.

The “60 minutes of great TV” includes a guest comedian “in the spotlight” and interactive competitions.

‘Seriously funny stuff’

Former Coronation actor Kevin Kennedy and Antony Costa, a singer-songwriter and actor, appeared with Jimmy last week.

Kevin, who is also a musician, played the character Curly Watts for 20 years in ITV’s long-running television soap opera Corrie.

Antony is best known as a member of the boy band Blue.

Jimmy tweeted: “Well @TheKevOrkian. I’ve been Zoomed, HousePartied, Skyped and FaceTimed, but never Streamyarded before!

“Thank you my chum, it was fun!

“Here is a link to the show folks! m.facebook.com/HowlinTV/live_”

Kev said: “Seriously funny stuff on tonight’s @howlinTv show.

“@antonycosta was Brilliant, @mrkevkennedy fantastic and jimmycricket legend.

“#blessed to call all three my friends. To see the show go to our fab page @HowlinTV instagram.com/p/CCZYjEUn71j/”

Also read: Over and out as Cricket team hit century of videos

Each week, three special guests join Kev for a one-to-one catch-up.

Over and out as Cricket team hit century of videos 150 150 mhamer

Over and out as Cricket team hit century of videos

Jimmy Cricket is just 10 away from completing a century of his special daily video messages.Jimmy Cricket’s run of 100 daily video messages during the coronavirus restrictions is over.

The famous Northern Irish comedian hit the century mark on Wednesday (8 July) and will no longer do them every day.

He had been sending all his fans and friends togetherness posts each day as the world has fought coronavirus.

The UK government announced on 23 March it was imposing strict new curbs on life in the UK.

However, the restrictions for the Covid-19 lockdown are starting to be relaxed nationwide.

Jimmy has been posting the videos on social media with the message: “We can do this together!”

He had posted his first video the day before the lockdown and has attempted to give them topical themes.

Jimmy told a few jokes in the clip and urged people to help each other in these tough times.

He said: “Once we get though this, at the end of the tunnel, we’ll all have a great big huddle together.”

Jimmy Cricket's self-isolating message just before the start of the lockdown. He now sends daily video messages

Jimmy decided a while ago to halt the videos at 100.

He reached the memorable milestone saying: “Hi folks, countdown complete, Hundred points symbol jokes.

“My thanks to @KatieMulg for the original idea to perform my Twitter jokes

“It’s been an absolute joy and pleasure to entertain you on a daily basis! #StayAlert” Rainbow

Watch post number 100 here.

In May, Jimmy penned a special message to all his fans, friends and followers.

In it, he said: “It was my youngest daughter Katie who suggested I do a joke each day on social media not long after the lockdown had kicked in.

“Before we knew it, we’d got to day 54 when one of our Facebookers suggested I go for the 100 jokes.

“His name was Paul Ritchie and I bought into his idea right away.

“After all, I can’t go on indefinitely.

‘Phenomenal job’

“I put on my character costume of tail coat, hat and wellingtons and do them in weekly batches of seven and just drop them in each day one at a time.

“Mrs Cricket’s the one behind the camera and she does a phenomenal job.

“I’m constantly astounded how good the quality is on her iPhone.

“I try to make them relevant to what’s happening in the news.

“I’m thrilled by the emails and texts I get from people telling me how much I cheer them up.”

Also read: Coronavirus pandemic: We can do this together!

Watch video of Jimmy’s lockdown lament

Special poem is read out during lockdown message no 96 150 150 mhamer

Special poem is read out during lockdown message no 96

Hello @jimmy__cricket . Hope you’re well. I’ve loved your countdown to Hundred points symbol jokes. I’m trying to spread smiles with poems. I wrote one for you as part of my #ShowbizStanzas. I hope you like it. Would be lovely to know what you think (or if you’d consider doing a reading of it?)
Jimmy Cricket was sent a poem about himself by a social media follower – and read it out during his latest lockdown video message.
The ode (above) was written by Rachel Keeley (@xRachelKeeleyx), who posted her Showbiz Stanza on Twitter.
She said: “Hello @jimmy__cricket. Hope you’re well. I’ve loved your countdown to Hundred points symboljokes.
“I’m trying to spread smiles with poems. I wrote one for you as part of my #ShowbizStanzas. I hope you like it.
“Would be lovely to know what you think (or if you’d consider doing a reading of it?) Slightly smiling face X”
Jimmy replied: “Lovely Rachel, I will be happy to read and perform your poem here on Twitter, on my way toHundred points symbol jokes! Stay safe! Jimmy xx.”

The Northern Irish comedian was true to his word and read out the poem during his lockdown message 96, which you can watch here.

‘Absolutely brilliant’
Rachel said: “I’m glad you like it Jimmy Smiling face with smiling eyes Thank you so much that means a lot! Best wishes and stay safe X.”
Her poem received praise on social media from Rosina Breen.Jimmy Cricket is just 10 away from completing a century of his special daily video messages.
She said:”Hi Rachel, I thought Thought balloon your poem was absolutely brilliant. Well done Face with tears of joy Face with tears of joy Face with tears of joy xxxxx.”

Jimmy is now just four away from completing a century of his special daily video messages.

He has been sending all his fans and friends togetherness posts as the world fights coronavirus.

The UK government announced on 23 March it was imposing strict new curbs on life in the UK.

Jimmy Cricket's self-isolating message just before the start of the lockdown. He now sends daily video messages

However, the restrictions for the Covid-19 lockdown are starting to be relaxed nationwide, with pubs, restaurants and hairdressers among those business permitted to open again from today (4 July).

Jimmy has been posting the videos on social media with messages like “We can do this together!” and “#stayAlert”Rainbow.

He created the first daily message the day before the lockdown and has attempted to give them topical themes.

Also read: Coronavirus pandemic: We can do this together!

Watch video of Jimmy’s lockdown lament

100 lockdown videos – ‘coming into the home straight!’ 150 150 mhamer

100 lockdown videos – ‘coming into the home straight!’

Jimmy Cricket is just 10 away from completing a century of his special daily video messages.Jimmy Cricket is just 10 away from completing a century of his special daily video messages.

The famous Northern Irish comedian has been sending all his fans and friends togetherness posts as the world fights coronavirus.

The UK government announced on 23 March it was imposing strict new curbs on life in the UK.

However, the restrictions for the Covid-19 lockdown are starting to be relaxed nation-wide.

Jimmy has been posting the videos on social media with the message: “We can do this together!”

He created the first daily message the day before the lockdown and has attempted to give them topical themes.

Jimmy told a few jokes in the clip and urged people to help each other in these tough times.

He said: “Once we get though this, at the end of the tunnel, we’ll all have a great big huddle together.”

Jimmy Cricket's self-isolating message just before the start of the lockdown. He now sends daily video messages

Jimmy has decided to halt the videos at 100 – he posted number 90 on Sunday (28 June).

He tweeted: “We’ve Been Doing This Together. Message 90. Coming into the home straight! Hundred points symbol jokes folks! #StayAlertRainbow

Watch post 90 here.

In May, Jimmy wrote this message to all his fans, friends and followers.

In it, he said: “It was my youngest daughter Katie who suggested I do a joke each day on social media not long after the lockdown had kicked in.

“Before we knew it, we’d got to day 54 when one of our Facebookers suggested I go for the 100 jokes.

“His name was Paul Ritchie and I bought into his idea right away.

“After all, I can’t go on indefinitely

“When I say daily jokes, they come in various forms. It could be a couple of quick one-liners or a longer joke with a punchline.

‘Phenomenal job’

“In some cases it could be a poem. The trick is to keep it short. After all, there’s no live audience so it’s a silent feedback.

“I put on my character costume of tail coat, hat and wellingtons and do them in weekly batches of seven and just drop them in each day one at a time.

“Mrs Cricket’s the one behind the camera and she does a phenomenal job.

“I’m constantly astounded how good the quality is on her iPhone.

“I try to make them relevant to what’s happening in the news.

“I’m thrilled by the emails and texts I get from people telling me how much I cheer them up.

“Look forward to welcoming as many people as possible on my journey of lockdown levity.”

Also read: Coronavirus pandemic: We can do this together!

Watch video of Jimmy’s lockdown lament

‘Saddened to hear of the passing of Marie Ashton’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Saddened to hear of the passing of Marie Ashton’

So saddened to hear of the passing of Marie Ashton, I had the great pleasure working with her and the rest of the girls, they were such fun to be with backstage. So glad she found happiness with the great comedian Jack Diamond as they settled in Southport

Jimmy Cricket has been fondly remembering dancer Marie Ashton who died recently.

Marie was a member of the well-known comedy dance troupe, the Roly Polys.

She joined the group in 1982 after spotting an advert in a stage magazine asking for plus-size lady dancers.

The success of the Roly Polys took them across the world to perform.

They travelled to France, Holland, Sweden, Hungary, Italy and Japan in their 20-year career.

The troupe were especially popular with German audiences and visited the country on numerous occasions.

Marie appeared in numerous Royal Variety performances, on Des O’Connor Tonight, Surprise Surprise and – most famously – on The Les Dawson Show.

Jimmy said: “I was saddened to hear of the passing of Marie Ashton.

Interesting showbiz story

“I did both a national tour and a summer season at the Blackpool Opera House with Marie when she performed with the wonderful dance troupe the Roly Polys!

“Marie’s showbiz story was a very interesting one, which I found out about while chatting to her backstage.

“Before she joined the Roly Polys, she toured extensively with her former husband Ronnie Parnell in a tap dance act.

“Indeed, it was while performing this act at a seaside resort that Marie looked out of her dressing room window and saw a child struggling in the water.

“Undeterred, she immediately ran out of the theatre and jumped in to save the boy.”

One of Marie’s favourite places to perform was her home town of Southport.

Added Jimmy: “She found happiness in the later stage of her life when she married the great comic/compère Jack Diamond (Mr Blackpool).

“Mrs C. and I used to visit them. R.I.P. our great friend! 🎭

The Southport Visitor’s report on Marie’s return to Southport in 2008

Also read: LEP column was epitaph to the wonderful Vera Lynn

LEP column was epitaph to the ‘wonderful’ Vera Lynn 150 150 mhamer

LEP column was epitaph to the ‘wonderful’ Vera Lynn

Hi folks! I had no idea when I wrote this May @leponline column it would be as an epitaph to this wonderful performer and humanitarian. R.I.P. our Vera!

Jimmy Cricket’s latest newspaper column was devoted to Dame Vera Lynn – just weeks before she died.

Dame Vera passed away on Thursday (18 June) aged 103.

She was known the Forces’ Sweetheart, whose songs helped raise morale in World War Two.

The Queen, Prince Charles and Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney were among those to pay their respects to her.

People knew her best for her wartime anthem We’ll Meet Again.

Jimmy’s column in the Preston-based Lancashire Post on 18 May (above) was all about Dame Vera.

The headline read: Remembering the forces’ WWII sweetheart Vera Lynn.

He tweeted on the day she died: “Hi folks! I had no idea when I wrote this May@leponline column it would be as an epitaph to this wonderful performer and humanitarian.
“R.I.P. our Vera! Performing arts

The BBC reported: “Six weeks ago, ahead of the 75th anniversary of VE Day and during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Dame Vera said simple acts of bravery and sacrifice still define our nation.

“A week later, she became the oldest artist to get a top 40 album in the UK.”

The BBC recalled that Dame Vera had sold more than a million records by the age of 22.

The article added that she “was also remembered for singing The White Cliffs Of Dover, There’ll Always Be An England, I’ll Be Seeing You, Wishing and If Only I Had Wings.

“The Queen echoed her famous WW2 anthem during a speech to Britons who were separated from families and friends during the coronavirus lockdown in April, telling the nation: ‘We will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again.'”

In memory of friend and snooker legend Willie Thorne 150 150 mhamer

In memory of friend and snooker legend Willie Thorne

Jimmy and wife May had dinner in Febuary with former snooker star Willie Thorne, who has died at the age of 66

Jimmy Cricket posted a video as a tribute to friend Willie Thorne who has died at the age of 66.

Former snooker star and TV commentator Willie was diagnosed with leukaemia in March and taken to hospital in Spain last week with dangerously low blood pressure.

He was placed into an induced coma, but passed away in hospital early on Wednesday.

Willie reached two World Championship quarter-finals during his career.

Known as Mr Maximum, he was the third player to reach the landmark of 100 centuries.

He retired from professional snooker in 2001 and was a respected commentator for more than 30 years with BBC, ITV and Sky.

Jimmy and May enjoyed dinner with Willie and others during a trip to Spain in February (see the photo top).

The Northern Irish comedian tweeted: “In memory of Willie who sadly passed away today, here is a short interview he did with our great mutual friend, (while living in Spain), the compere/singer/comic ⁦@steviespit.”

Watch the interview on YouTube

Five-time snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan was among many others to pay tribute to Willie, calling him “a beautiful man”.

Ronnie O'Sullivan paid tribute to the late Willie Thorne

Also read: Snooker legend has dinner with a Cricket legend