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Back to the 80s in aid of charity 150 150 mhamer

Back to the 80s in aid of charity

The Rochdale Observer's coverage of Red Nose DayIrish entertainer Jimmy Cricket went back to the 1980s as he joined in with a rendition of A-ha’s Take on Me – all in aid of Comic Relief.

The Rochdale-based comedian teamed up with the Littleborough Rock Choir on Red Nose Day (15 March) for their special fancy dress rehearsal.

He also sang John Farnham’s You’re the Voice – another 80s hit – with the choir.

The evening raised around £70 and choir master Phil Reynolds was thrilled that as well as joining in with rehearsals, Jimmy also performed one of his own songs called The lady From My Sat Nav.

His local newspaper, the Rochdale Observer, ran an account of local Red Nose Day activities, with Jimmy featuring in two out of the four photos (above and below)!

* Comic Relief is a major UK charity set up in 1985 which strives to create a just world free from poverty, raising awareness and money through activities based around entertainment. its two big fundraising campaigns being Red Nose Day and Sport Relief.

The Rochdale Observer's coverage of Red Nose Day

Wearing a red nose for great cause 150 150 mhamer

Wearing a red nose for great cause

Jimmy Cricket with BBC Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Kelly and Michelle Major, a laughter yoga instructor

Jimmy Cricket is urging everyone to contribute to Comic Relief on Red Nose Day.

The famous Irish comic was at the studios of BBC Radio Ulster recently helping to promote the big fund-raising event which takes place on Friday (15 March).

Comic Relief is a major UK charity set up in 1985 which strives to create a just world free from poverty, raising awareness and money through activities based around entertainment. its two big fundraising campaigns being Red Nose Day and Sport Relief.

Belfast-born Jimmy popped over to have a chat with Gerry on his Saturday show on BBC Radio Ulster while he was on tour in Northern Ireland with a show featuring popular showband Clubsound.Jimmy Cricket sporting red nose at BBC Radio Ulster to help promote Comic Relief

The entertainer will again perform with Clubsound on the second leg of the tour, which is being promoted by Northern Ireland’s leading entertainment promotions Company, David Hull Promotions, from 18 to 20 April.

Jimmy said: “I encourage everyone to donate to Comic Relief and hope everyone will enjoy whatever fundraising activities they are involved with for this great cause!”

He is pictured above with BBC Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Kelly and another of the show’s guests – Michelle Major, a laughter yoga instructor.

Milton wants old pal in audience 150 150 mhamer

Milton wants old pal in audience

Milton Jones talks about his friendship with Jimmy Cricket in the Rochdale Observer

Milton Jones talks about his friendship with fellow comedian Jimmy Cricket in the Rochdale Observer paper

TV comedian Milton Jones is hoping to spot a famous friend in the audience when he performs in Rochdale later this month.

The Rochdale Observer featured an article on Saturday 2 March about the Mock of the Week star appearing at the Gracie Fields Theatre.

Milton mentions that he knows Jimmy and has visited him in Rochdale – he has even popped round for lunch in the past!

They hit it off when they performed on the same bill at the Edinburgh Festival in the late 1990s and the pair have stayed in touch ever since.

And he is looking forward to performing in Belfast-born Jimmy’s adopted home town for the first time.

“I do know Jimmy Cricket and I have visited him a couple of times,” said Milton who is also well-known for his Hawaiian shirts.

Deadpan style of comedy

“He has lived in Rochdale for years, he likes it there and he is always very pleasant. So I think of Rochdale as a friendly place.”

Mock The Week is a BBC Two topical comedy TV panel show hosted by Dara Ó Briain and also featuring Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons and Chris Addison.

Master of the one-liner Milton has had various shows on BBC Radio 4 and won the Perrier comedy award for best newcomer in 1996.

He tours the UK periodically and is a regular performer at The Comedy Store in London and Manchester.

Milton’s deadpan style of comedy delivers quickfire gags, wordplay and punchlines with gaps for the audience to fill in.

To see Milton Jones at the Gracie Fields Theatre at 8pm on 20 March, contact the box office on 01706 716 689. Tickets cost £20.

‘Clean fun – that’s Cricket’s pitch’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Clean fun – that’s Cricket’s pitch’

 

The feature in the TV Times was written to advertise and promote Jimmy Cricket’s series And There’s More on Central Television

The TV Times feature was written to promote Jimmy Cricket’s series, And There’s More, which was broadcast on ITV

This magazine feature provides a nostalgic glimpse into Jimmy Cricket’s past.

Jimmy Cricket in the TV TimesOne of Jimmy’s ‘Friends’ on Facebook called Tom Stamp posted the attached picture of an article – entitled Clean fun – that’s Cricket’s pitch – which was published in the TV Times in the 1980s.

It was written to advertise and promote Jimmy’s series, And There’s More, which was produced by Central Television and broadcast on ITV between 1985 and 1989.

Jimmy says: “This is a real bit of nostalgia for me – where have all the years gone?!”

Working again with old colleagues 150 150 mhamer

Working again with old colleagues

Jimmy Cricket is appearing with Clubsound in Northern IrelandJimmy Cricket will again team up with Northern Ireland’s favourite showband when he returns to the land of his birth this spring.

The Belfast-born entertainer is appearing alongside Clubsound on a tour which is spread over two legs. The first leg is scheduled for between 28 February and 2 March and the second from 18 to 20 April.

The six venues are spread throughout the province and the tour is being promoted by Northern Ireland’s leading entertainment promotions Company, David Hull Promotions.

Rochdale-based Jimmy said: “I am very excited about returning home to Northern Ireland for this tour – it has been a few years since I last visited some of these venues.”

Jimmy Cricket is appearing with Clubsound in Northern IrelandHis last visit to Northern Ireland was hailed a huge success, when he opened Belfast’s new comedy festival Belly Laughs at the Black Box venue in the city last September.

He added: “I am thrilled to be sharing the stage with Clubsound as I have worked with them in the past and think they are a talented musical outfit.

“I am especially delighted to be renewing a friendship with the lead vocalist of Clubsound, George Jones, who has also been a local radio presenter for a number of years.

“And I am also pleased to be teaming up with David Hull again, whom I first worked with over 25 years ago when he first got launched on national television.”

With a little help from my friends… 150 150 mhamer

With a little help from my friends…

Jimmy Cricket with Linda, Phil, May, Gloria, Eric and Linda

Jimmy with Linda, Phil, May, Gloria, Eric and Linda

Jimmy Cricket arranged a post-Christmas get-together for friends who have helped him a lot during the past 12 months.

The famous Irish comedian and his wife May invited the trio and their wives along to a local carvery restaurant in his hometown of Rochdale.

They included Phil Collinge, who is an excellent and experienced producer for an independent radio production company called Made in Manchester. He is working currently on a documentary about the history of comedy for BBC Radio and, guess what, Jimmy has already been interviewed for the series!

Eric Devereaux, who had one of the finest reputations on the Manchester club scene for his compere skills and his crooning abilities, has been helping Jimmy with his monthly JAM nights in Rochdale, which have been a huge success.

And Tony has been the main technical support for the JAM nights, where performers could come along and test out their repertoire in front of a warm and receptive audience.

Jimmy said: “I used the meal as a gesture of my gratitude and thought the pictures have turned out really well!”

Jimmy Cricket with Phil, May, Eric, Tony, Linda and Gloria

Jimmy with Phil, May, Eric, Tony, Linda and Gloria

Celebrities tell their favourite jokes 150 150 mhamer

Celebrities tell their favourite jokes

Jimmy Cricket on Sky1's John Bishop's Only JokingJimmy Cricket was joined by a host of fellow comedians as he appeared in a new TV comedy series. 

The Irish entertainer featured in the second episode of Sky1′s John Bishop’s Only Joking which is broadcast every Friday.

Jason Manford, Mick Miller, Jason Byrne, Tiffany Stevenson and Tom O’Connor, plus television presenter Davina McCall and former boxing world champion Ricky Hatton also appeared on the show telling their favourite jokes.Jimmy Cricket on Sky1's John Bishop's Only Joking

There has been some good feedback from Jimmy’s appearance, both on his Twitter feed and on his Facebook page.

He also appears in episodes three, four, five, six, seven and nine of the series which is fronted by Liverpool funnyman John Bishop.

Watch a trailer to the show at http://sky1.sky.com/john-bishops-only-joking/john-bishops-only-joking-trailer and find out more information at http://sky1.sky.com/sky1hd-shows/john-bishops-only-joking

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