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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’

 

Cookstown family businesses included a bar & undertakers! 150 150 mhamer

Cookstown family businesses included a bar & undertakers!

Cookstown in Northern Ireland, where Jimmy Cricket was bornJimmy Cricket was reminded of his childhood with a memory-evoking image taken of Cookstown, the County Tyrone town in which he was grew up.

The Northern Irish comedian was born James Mulgrew in Cookstown on 17 October 1945.

Now a popular all-round entertainer, Jimmy said he was recently sent the photograph seen here on the right.

He added: “As you can see, there’s a parade going through the town.

“But, if you look up, you can clearly see the name Mulgrew.

“My parents owned a bar and had an undertaking business at the back.

“And it didn’t finish there – my father was also a taxi driver and an auctioneer. He had four jobs!

“He was an entrepreneur and a character in Cookstown.”

Jimmy left school at 16 years of age and worked for the next two years in a betting shop.

He spent the summer of 1966 working as a Redcoat in Butlin’s holiday camp in County Meath.

That was followed by two more summers at the Butlin’s holiday camp in Essex.

By the early 1970s, he was living in Manchester and from 1972 worked at the Pontins holiday camps in Southport and Morecambe.

He became a household name though his TV series on Central Television in the mid-1980s called And There’s More.

Jimmy ended up settling in Rochdale in the North-West of England with his wife, May, herself a professional singer.

Also read: You Must Be Joking comedians meet up in Cookstown

Find out more about Jimmy’s life here

From the archives: Secret service sketch from TV series 150 150 mhamer

From the archives: Secret service sketch from TV series

Jimmy Cricket has been posting more sketches from his 1980s TV series.

Jimmy Cricket has highlighted another sketch from his 1980s TV series on social media.

Central Television hosted And There’s More.

The famous Northern Irish comedian linked to the latest sketch in which he plays a hapless secret service agent called Wally!

Wally is shown to his hotel room by a hotel porter.

He receives a message which he thinks is in code, until the porter points out the piece of paper is upside down.

Wally gives it to the porter to read and it begins: “On no account, let the hotel porter see this note!”

And so he immediately grabs it back off her.

Watch the full sketch on Jimmy’s Twitter account here.

He said on social media: “Hi folks! Editing snippets from, And There’s More, series for the website.

“Thought I would share this one with you, for all those who miss sketch shows on the telly.

“This one is for you! #savethearts.”

Jimmy became a household name with And There’s More, which ran for a total of three years between 1985 and 1988.

Keep an eye on the homepage of this website for more sketches from And There’s More.

Watch series two episode four of And There’s More

Also read: Brian Conley among special guests in 1980s TV show

 

Celebrating the life of comedy legend Jimmy Patton 150 150 mhamer

Celebrating the life of comedy legend Jimmy Patton

Me and Mrs C. have been to the funeral of one of Comedy’s Showbiz Legends, Jimmy Patton, with so many showbiz friends today, and we met up after to celebrate his life, singing and telling stories, at the hotel where him and wife Amy attended a regular showbiz get together!

Jimmy Cricket and his wife May have bid farewell to “comedy showbiz legend” Jimmy Patton.

They recently attended the funeral of the well-known entertainer who died late last month aged 87.

Jimmy Patton was an older sibling of the Chuckle Brothers (Paul and the late Barry Elliott).

He often appeared on their BBC children’s television show ChuckleVision, broadcast from 1987 to 2009.

He usually played the role of an authority figure. Barry died on in August last year aged 73.

Comedian Jimmy tweeted: “Me and Mrs C. have been to the funeral of one of Comedy’s Showbiz Legends, Jimmy Patton, with so many showbiz friends today, and we met up after to celebrate his life, singing and telling stories, at the hotel where him and wife Amy attended a regular showbiz get together!”

Jimmy Patton also formed a comedy double act with brother Brian.

They were known as The Patton Brothers in the entertainments business.

Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy posted the video below to his “dear friend”.

He said: “Here is one we did together with brother Brian and our friend Chris, the fourth member in the, “Upper Sketch”.”

Jimmy said it was written by @eddie_braben for the third series of And There’s More.

Also read: So sad to hear of panto pal’s death

‘Many happy memories’ of the late Barry Chuckle

 

Eddie Braben exhibition is ‘a tribute to a genius’ 150 150 mhamer

Eddie Braben exhibition is ‘a tribute to a genius’

Been to this wonderful exhibition in honour of one of Liverpool’s son’s, the genius writer Eddie Braben, with his family, widow Dee and daughters Jane and Claire, with fellow acts, the great comedy actor Ricky Tomlinson and comic Tony Barton, alongside the Mayoress and other friends to celebrate his work and life, (today is also his Birthday), it runs for two weeks at this fabulous venue #TheFlorrie ?

Jimmy Cricket and fellow well-known entertainers have visited an exhibition which remembers the great work of legendary comedy writer Eddie Braben.

Eddie, who died aged 82 in 2013, was an English writer and performer best known for providing material for Morecambe and Wise. He also worked for David FrostRonnie Corbett and Sir Ken Dodd.

Looking forward to my visit to this wonderful Exhibition as a tribute to the genius writing of @eddie_braben at the Florrie in Liverpool

He was credited with changing the profile of Morecambe and Wise, helping to turn them into one of the most popular and enduring comedy acts in the history of British entertainment.

Jimmy himself started working with Eddie on his TV show, And There’s More, in the 1980s and 90s, and then his radio show, Jimmy’s Cricket Show.

The exhibition on Eddie’s work at The Florrie, a stunning Grade II Victorian community heritage venue located in south Liverpool, opened on Wednesday 31 October for a fortnight.

Jimmy posted on social media: “Been to this wonderful exhibition in honour of one of Liverpool’s sons, the genius writer Eddie Braben, with his family, widow Dee and daughters Jane and Claire, with fellow acts, the great comedy actor Ricky Tomlinson and comic Tony Barton, alongside the Mayoress and other friends to celebrate his work and life.”

The Northern Irish entertainer  described the exhibition as “a tribute to the genius writing of “.

Looking forward to my visit to this wonderful Exhibition as a tribute to the genius writing of @eddie_braben at the Florrie in Liverpool

Jim Bowen: Jimmy Cricket pays newspaper tribute 150 150 mhamer

Jim Bowen: Jimmy Cricket pays newspaper tribute

Jimmy Cricket paid tribute to Jim Bowen in the Lancashire Evening Post

Jimmy Cricket remembered the late Jim Bowen in his most recent monthly newspaper column in the Lancashire Post.

Broadcaster and comedian Jim, best known for hosting darts-based game show Bullseye in the 1980s and ’90s, died on 14 March at the age of 80.

And Jimmy told some nostalgic anecdotes about his good friend’s life and career in the 26 March edition of the Preston-based paper.

It included the time when presenter Eamonn Andrews arrived on a train to present Jim with the famous Big Red Book on This is Your Life.

Former deputy headmaster Jim, who lived in North Lancashire, began his career as a stand-up comedian on the club circuit in the 1960s. He became a household name when he began presenting Bullseye in 1981. The Sunday tea time show ran for 14 years.

And Jimmy recalled how he threw some darts for charity on Bullseye, while Jim did a sketch with him on his own television show And There’s More.

Click here to watch Jimmy’s appearance on Bullseye.

Banjo duo, dancers and the three-tenner sketch at Stockport’s The Plaza 150 150 mhamer

Banjo duo, dancers and the three-tenner sketch at Stockport’s The Plaza

Stockport's Plaza Theatre

Jimmy Cricket returned to The Plaza variety theatre in Stockport at the weekend to do his fourth show there.

Other acts included Shep’s Banjo Duo and dancers from the Stockport-based Debut Arts academy.

The famous comedian, 72, had last performed there in January 2016 and was clearly delighted to be back.

Afterwards he tweeted: “Wonderful Sunday afternoon performing alongside Howard and Steve, Shep’s Banjo Duo, Debut Arts Academy, with Ted Doan Manager and actor who took the lead in the, “The 3 Tenner Sketch”, my thanks goes to Stage, Sound and Lighting, Lawerence, Ben and Pam.”