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Jimmy Cricket’s LEP column: My celebrity blunders 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket’s LEP column: My celebrity blunders

Well folks! Have you ever accidently put your foot in it! 😂 😂 Here's a fun loving look at a couple of little blunders I had along the way in the world of showbusiness!
Jimmy Cricket reveals in his latest LEP column some blunders he has made in relation to fellow celebrities.
Well folks! Have you ever accidently put your foot in it! 😂 😂 Here's a fun loving look at a couple of little blunders I had along the way in the world of showbusiness!
In the 19 August edition of the Lancashire Post newspaper, the Northern Irish entertainer recalls when he failed to recognise two well-known actors.
Jimmy highlighted his article on social media by tweeting: “Well folks! Have you ever accidentally put your foot in it!😂😂Here’s a fun-loving look at a couple of little blunders I had along the way in the world of showbusiness!😉
He says he had once been talking to the late great Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in the classic comedy Fawlty Towers.
It was only when somebody shouted in their direction “look, it’s Manuel!” that Jimmy realised.
And he admits: “I’m ashamed to say it didn’t dawn on me.
Ground-swallowing moment
“Of course, I apologised profusely. He, to his eternal credit, let me off the hook by replying ‘why should you recognise me dear fellow when I’m not in my working clothes’.”
Jimmy continues: “My next ground-swallowing moment involved a star from Coronation Street.
“A gentleman called Gerry Kelly hosted an Irish TV chat show and he flew over to Granada Studios in Manchester to record an episode.
“I found myself sitting beside none other than Jim McDonald.
“If you remember, Jim was married to Liz on the street. And, as we were both from Northern Ireland, we had a rare old time chin-wagging.
“Now, for some reason, I’d got it into my head that his first real name was Jim as well as his Corrie Street character. Wrong!
“After a few minutes, he leaned over and said ‘it’s just a character, my real name’s Charlie’.
Jimmy says he himself sometimes got mistaken for another famous Irish comedian – the late Frank Carson – on numerous occasions.
 
Jimmy Cricket’s play was ‘amazing’ & ‘very funny’ 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket’s play was ‘amazing’ & ‘very funny’

Thank you to all the staff at the #TheMet in Bury for yesterday’s production alongside our set designer #KenWilkinson and to all our family and friends, (alongside the little pocket rocket actress #SueDevaney), and the general public who came to see the show. Pictured here backstage with fellow thespians #JonathonYoung and #ColinMeredith and a great friend actress and director #NorrenKershaw whom I worked with on two series for Central Television and on five series for #BBCRadio2

Jimmy Cricket’s play, No more Fiffing and Faffing, received some very positive comments on social media following its latest performance.

The Met in Bury hosted the play – which had its debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire – on the first leg of a tour of northern England.

It will also be performed at the Chorley Theatre (19 May), Bridlington Spa (18 July) and Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

All-round entertainer Jimmy, who wrote the play, also appears in it, along with Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has made several appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

One person posted: “Went to the met theatre in bury to watch one of my favourite comedians Jimmy Cricket amazing thanks Jimmy.”

Another said: “I went also, very funny, enjoyed it.”

Jimmy himself posted the photos above with the message: “Thank you to all the staff at the #TheMet in Bury for yesterday’s production alongside our set designer #KenWilkinson and to all our family and friends, (alongside the little pocket rocket actress #SueDevaney), and the general public who came to see the show. Pictured here backstage with fellow thespians #JonathonYoung and #ColinMeredith and a great friend actress and director #NorrenKershaw whom I worked with on two series for Central Television and on five series for #BBCRadio2 ?.”

No more Fiffing and Faffing: Play returns 150 150 mhamer

No more Fiffing and Faffing: Play returns

Well getting excited as the scripts are ready for the revisit to the play which will be staged at the Bury Met this coming 23rd February 2019, after it‘s premier last Sept 2018 @EmpireTheatreBB

The first leg of Jimmy Cricket’s touring play takes place this weekend.

No more Fiffing and Faffing, which had its debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire, will be performed at The Met in Bury on Saturday (23 February).

It will be followed by performances at the Chorley Theatre (19 May), Bridlington Spa (18 July) and Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

All-round entertainer Jimmy, who wrote the play, also performs in it along with Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has made several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Book one of Saturday’s two shows (2.30pm and 7.30pm) here.

Mrs Cricket and I have a strong connection to Bury 150 150 mhamer

Mrs Cricket and I have a strong connection to Bury

Jimmy Cricket's wife mistaken for a ghost - on her wedding day!

Jimmy Cricket and his new play have been the focus of an article in the Lancashire Telegraph.

No more Fiffing and Faffing had a successful debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire.

It will now be performed at The Met in Bury (23 February), Chorley Theatre (19 May), Bridlington Spa (18 July) and Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral as part of a tour across the North of England.

All-round entertainer Jimmy performs in the play, along with Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has made several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Visit here to book one of the two shows (2.30pm and 7.30pm) on Saturday 23 February.

The Lancashire Telegraph previewed the play in Bury and highlighted Jimmy and Mrs Cricket’s strong connections to the town.

The article begins: “Comedian Jimmy Cricket will be continuing his special relationship with Bury when he showcases his new play, No More Fiffing and Faffing, at the Met later this month.

Set at the end of the pier, it’s the tale of a comedy double act who prepare for their final performance after many years on the road together.

As the final show looms, long-held resentments come to the fore.

Jimmy was inspired to write the show, in which he also stars, after seeing the success of fellow comedian Bobby Ball’s first steps into writing for the stage.

No more Fiffing and Faffing was premiered at the Empire Theatre, Blackburn, last year and Jimmy is delighted to be bringing it to Bury.

‘Mrs Cricket and I have a strong connection to Bury,’ he said revealing that he and his wife May had their first home in the town on Wash Street less than a mile from the Met.

The couple were married in Bury in 1974 having met at Pontins when Jimmy was a Bluecoat and May was a waitress in the restaurant.”

Visit here for the full story

 

Promoting new play at shopping centre in Greater Manchester 150 150 mhamer

Promoting new play at shopping centre in Greater Manchester

Jimmy Cricket 19 hrs · Out and about today catching the shoppers as they pass by, advertising our brand new Comedy Play soon to be staged at #themet in Bury, my thanks to Marie Gribben, Manager at #MillGateBury, on behalf of myself and #JonathonYoung and #ColinMeredith, the last time I was there it was to turn the Christmas ? lights on, which was back in the nineties!

Famous comedian Jimmy Cricket has been promoting the first leg of his touring play at a shopping centre in Greater Manchester.

No more Fiffing and Faffing, which got a great reception from the audience on its debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire, will now be performed at The Met in Bury (23 February), Chorley Theatre (19 May), Bridlington Spa (18 July) and Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

Jimmy, who wrote the play, was at the Mill Gate Shopping Centre in Bury at the weekend to  let the people of the town know all about the Wellie Boots production.

He later posted the above photos on social media and said: “Out and about today catching the shoppers as they pass by, advertising our brand new Comedy Play soon to be staged at #themet in Bury, my thanks to Marie Gribben, Manager at #MillGateBury, on behalf of myself and #JonathanYoung and #ColinMeredith, the last time I was there it was to turn the Christmas ? lights on, which was back in the nineties! ?”

All-round entertainer Jimmy performs in the play, along with Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has made several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Visit here to book one of the two shows (2.30pm and 7.30pm) on Saturday 23 February.

Scripts ready for more of No More Fiffing & Faffing 150 150 mhamer

Scripts ready for more of No More Fiffing & Faffing

Well getting excited as the scripts are ready for the revisit to the play which will be staged at the Bury Met this coming 23rd February 2019, after it‘s premier last Sept 2018 @EmpireTheatreBB

The stage is set for more performances of Jimmy Cricket’s first play.

No more Fiffing and Faffing got a great reception from the audience on its debut last September at the Blackburn Empire Theatre in Lancashire.

Appearing with funnyman Jimmy is Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

The play will be performed at The Met in Bury (23 February), Chorley Theatre (19 May), the Bridlington Spa (18 July) and the Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

Jimmy, 73, posted on social media: “Well getting excited as the scripts are ready for the revisit to the play which will be staged at the #BuryMet on the 23rd February 2019, after its premiere last Sept 2018 at the #BlackburnEmpireTheatre why not come and join us for an afternoon or evening full of Variety nostalgia! ?”

 

No More Fiffing & Faffing to go on UK tour in 2019 150 150 mhamer

No More Fiffing & Faffing to go on UK tour in 2019

 

Jimmy Cricket tweeted: My thanks to Jonathan Young and @ColinMeredith52 for tonight’s performance of, “No More Fiffing and Faffing” and to the great reception we got from the audience @ThwaitesEmpire!

Jimmy Cricket’s first play, which got a great reception from the audience on its debut performance, is touring northern England in 2019.

No more Fiffing and Faffing was staged for the first time in September this year at the Blackburn Empire Theatre.

Appearing with funnyman Jimmy was Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

The play will now be performed at The Met in Bury (23 February), Chorley Theatre (19 May), the Bridlington Spa (18 July) and the Gladstone Theatre on The Wirral.

No more Fiffing and Faffing was reviewed in the latest edition of the Rochdale-based Style magazine (see image below).

Jimmy tweeted: “My thanks to Ruth and Colin for the review in the recently released Style Magazine, we will be bringing the Comedy Play to 23rd February, 19th May, 18th July, and at the Gladstone Theatre in the in 2019!”

The show, written by Jimmy, is an hilarious look at the end of an era of British comedy.

It is about comedy double act Joe Fiffen and Jerry Faffen on their last night in showbusiness. As well as looking as some of their classic sketches, they’ll be settling some old scores in the dressing room.

Go here to book tickets for the show in Bury in February

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