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Lyndene Hotel: Jimmy set for a seventh season 150 150 mhamer

Lyndene Hotel: Jimmy set for a seventh season

Jimmy Cricket is appearing again at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool in 2022

Jimmy Cricket makes his eagerly awaited return to Blackpool’s popular Lyndene early in July.
The evergreen Northern Irish comic is back on 6 July for his SEVENTH season at the hotel.
And there’s more… he appears there on the first Wednesday of every month until December!
Find out here how to book a hotel stay.

The hotel’s website says: “Located on Blackpool’s glorious seafront, the Lyndene Hotel is the No 1 choice for hotels with entertainment in Britain’s favourite holiday destination.Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

“Situated amongst family attractions, glittering show venues, great shopping and Blackpool’s jewel, the Blackpool Tower, our hotel is in the prime position for your holiday base.

“With sweeping views across the Irish Sea, with incomparable sunsets and people-watching, the Lyndene Hotel has all the amenities to make your stay perfect.”

Open 365 days a year

“Our entertainment keeps our guests returning to us again and again.

“We host up to four top cabaret and tributes acts each and every night of the year!”

The Lyndene appeared as Le Ponderosa in the second series of Peter Kay’s TV hit comedy Phoenix Nights.

See all Jimmy’s booked shows here.

Also read: ‘Electric atmosphere’ for Lyndene shows

 

Charlie Williams – one of the funniest men to grace a stage 150 150 mhamer

Charlie Williams – one of the funniest men to grace a stage

Hi folks! Paying tribute here to one of the funniest men that ever graced a stage, my friend the great Charlie Williams! #keepvarietyalive

Jimmy Cricket fondly remembered multi-talented trailblazer Charlie Williams in his latest newspaper column.

Writing in the Blackpool Gazette on Tuesday 24 May, Jimmy said Charlie had broken down racial barriers and had successful careers as both a comedian and a professional footballer.

Charlie was born in Yorkshire of Jamaican descent and was the first black comedian to make the big time on British TV.

He found fame on hit 1970s TV show The Comedians and developed the comedy catchphrase “me old flower”.

Others he appeared with on Granada’s The Comedians included Frank Carson, Tom O’Connor and Jim Bowen.

He went on to host the Golden Shot game show.

Previously, he had played professional football for Doncaster Rovers.

Charlie was awarded an MBE in 1966 for his charity work.

He died in 2006 at the age of 78, having been ill for some time with Parkinson’s and dementia.

Jimmy introduced his latest newspaper column on social media by describing his friend Charlie as “one of the funniest men that ever graced a stage”.

His column began: “I’ve been working on an autobiography dear read­er, but who hasn’t during the lockdowns, when we’ve had so much time on our hands?

“I think the trick is to revisit it now that things are back to normal.

Ronald Reagan’s 80 chapters

“To keep fired up, Mrs Cricket bought me a few autobiographies I expressed an interest in.

“The first one was Michael McIntyre and when I got to the end I said to her: ‘Look, Michael’s finished his life story at 23 chapters, I’m up to 29 chapters and I’ve still got a way to go.’

“She said: ‘I know, but he’s in his forties, you’re 76!’

“Ouch!

“I then opened Ronald Reagan’s autobiography: ‘Look!’ I said. “It took Ronnie 80 chapters to finish his.’

“‘Yes’, she said. ‘But he had two jobs. First, he was an actor, and then he became President of the United States!’

Won the nation’s hearts

“You know that got me thinking.

“It’s taking me all my time to make a living out of being a full-time comedian, so I’m in awe of anyone who can climb the lad­der in one job and then go into a totally different occupation and become a resounding success in that one as well.

“Older readers will remember a black comedian, Charlie Williams, who won the nation’s hearts when he came on the television programme The Comedians.

“Charlie’s wonderful Yorkshire accent endeared him to millions of fans.

“In fact, he was breaking down racial barriers way before the woke people came on the scene.

“However, I wonder how many people actually knew that Charlie had an illustrious career as a professional footballer, playing centre-half for Doncas­ter Rovers.

“As soon as Charlie reached retirement, a career in showbiz beckoned and he moved seamlessly from kicking a ball to holding a mic.

“Sadly, he developed Par­kinson’s Disease, but trouper that he was with the help of his friend Neil Crossland, he carried on touring.

“Neil helped him to dress, led him onstage and Charlie did his act sitting on a chair.

“I have a happy memory of them both coming over to my house in Rochdale, and we all swapped showbiz stories over lunch.”

Also read: Little and Large: It was a joy to work with them both

A Right Royal Knees Up tour: More shows this week! 150 150 mhamer

A Right Royal Knees Up tour: More shows this week!

Great afternoon at the #BillinghamForum in Billingham, why not come and join in on the fun with us all, as we have a #RightRoyalKneesUp, here is a list of rest of the dates, folks! https://jimmycricket.co.uk/tour-dates/ celebrating #QueensJubilee

The A Right Royal Knees Up tour starring Jimmy Cricket continues this week with three more performances.

The Queen, 96, marked 70 years on the throne on 6 February 2022.

However, as with her Golden and Diamond Jubilees, the first week in June hosts a series of high-profile celebratory events.

To mark the very special occasion, popular entertainer Jimmy is headlining a series of royal-related shows across the country.

The first four took place last week, with more on selected dates until the actual jubilee weekend in early June.

And the next is today (Sunday 22 May, 2pm) at the Customs House in South Shields, a coastal town in South Tyneside.

Book tickets online here or ring 0191 454 1234.

The production is billed as a “feel-good performance packed with show-stopping scenes”.

It also features “sing-a-long memories and spectacular footage as we take a nostalgic journey through the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second”.

“Guaranteed to put you in the party mood, this once-in-a-lifetime performance will get your spirits soaring, your hands clapping and your voices bellowing out as we bring you to our rousing flag waving finale.

“There is no better way of celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than by joining us for A RIGHT ROYAL KNEES UP.

It includes Leah Bell and full supporting company.

Visit Jimmy’s Tour Dates section here to find out the full dates and details of the tour and other events.

Jimmy posted this video following one of last week’s shows.

He said: “Currently touring, and what a lovely introduction! #keepvarietyalive.”

Also read on this website: Join us for A Right Royal Knees Up!

 

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Join us for A Right Royal Knees Up! 150 150 mhamer

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Join us for A Right Royal Knees Up!

Jimmy Cricket is helping to kick off the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Jimmy Cricket is starring in three shows at three different venues this week to help get the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations off to a regal start.

The first A Right Royal Knees Up takes begin this afternoon with Leah Bell and full supporting company  at the Forum Theatre in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees (2pm).

A repeat performance follows at the Playhouse, Whitley Bay on the East Yorkshire coast tomorrow (Tuesday 17 May, 2pm).

And the triple royal spectacular finishes on Wednesday at the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton, a seaside town in Norfolk (2.30pm).

The shows resume on Saturday and go through on selected dates until the jubilee weekend in early June.

Visit Jimmy’s Tour Dates section here to find out the full dates and details.

Evergreen all-round entertainer Jimmy said on social media: “Hi folks, starting our afternoon shows with rolling images on an LED video wall.

“For a 2pm start on Mon 16th May at the Billingham Forum, Tues 17th at the Whitley Bay Playhouse, Wed 18th @ThePrincessThea Hunstanton for a 2.30pm show.

“Why not come and join in on the fun! #keepvarietyalive”

The Queen, 96, marked 70 years on the throne on 6 February 2022.

Nostalgic journey

However, as with her Golden and Diamond Jubilees, the first week in June was chosen for a series of high-profile celebratory events.

The Billingham website says: “This feel-good performance is packed with show-stopping scenes, sing-a-long memories and spectacular footage as we take a nostalgic journey through the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second.

“Guaranteed to put you in the party mood, this once-in-a-lifetime performance will get your spirits soaring, your hands clapping and your voices bellowing out as we bring you to our rousing flag waving finale.

“There is no better way of celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than by joining us for A RIGHT ROYAL KNEES UP.

Book your Billingham Forum Theatre tickets here (but you’ll have to be quick as it’s this afternoon!)

Visit here to book your Playhouse Whitley Bay tickets

Tickets for the Princess Theatre show can be booked here

Also read on this website: Jimmy pays tribute to panto team

Musical comedy fun promised in Rochdale charity show 150 150 mhamer

Musical comedy fun promised in Rochdale charity show

Hi folks! For those who live locally, why not join this cast for a great night out at the Champness Hall Rochdale, for a wonderful evening of musical comedy fun! #RochdaleMusicalTheatreCompany

Jimmy Cricket promises an evening of “musical comedy fun” in a charity show being staged in his adopted hometown of Rochdale.

The Belfast-born comedian stars in The Producers at Champness Hall.

Comedy and music lovers have six more chances to watch the show, which premiered on Thursday 12 May.

Selected further dates until 21 May include Friday and Saturday (13 and 14 May).

Show producers Rochdale Musical Theatre Company call it a “laugh-out-loud all-singing, all-dancing Broadway musical comedy”.

Smash hit!

Jimmy comments: “For those who live locally, why not join this cast for a great night out at the Champness Hall Rochdale, for a wonderful evening of musical comedy fun!”

The plot is based on a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered, nervous accountant.

They come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby swindling their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars.

Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit!

Generosity of its donors

The performance – the photo above features the cast – will raise funds for Rochdale-based Springhill Hospice.

The hospice first opened its doors back in 1989.

It offers specialist palliative care to patients and their families from diagnosis to end-of-life.

The total cost of providing hospice services is nearly £4 million per year.

As a result, it relies on the generosity of its donors and supporters to raise in excess of £7,500 per day.

Founded in 1898, Rochdale Musical Theatre Company is a registered charity.

It has raised more than £50,000 for local charities over the years.

Go here to see all the show dates and to book tickets

Also read on this website: Covid outbreak in the Cricket household dashes unveiling trip

I would love to have gone to Yale University… 150 150 mhamer

I would love to have gone to Yale University…

Why does famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket wish he had attended Yale University?

His jokey answer is below – and there are lots more hilarious one-liners here for you to enjoy.

Popular comedian Jimmy Cricket keeps all his fans and followers laughing with quickfire jokes regularly posted on Twitter.

Funnyman Jimmy Cricket tells regular jokes online

Here are some of his latest for you to enjoy.

I’m working on bringing a performing tortoise into the act… he was a bit shy at first but now he’s coming out of his shell!

I was on with a comedian recently who pinched one of my lines: “Good evening ladies and gentlemen.” I told him in no uncertain terms that I’ve been using that line for years.

I’ve just rang a man called George Wright and got a wrong number. Then, when I rang him again, I got another wrong number… it only goes to prove that two wrongs don’t make a Wright!

It’s good to hear Ed Sheeran won his court case… I had one of my tunes pinched once… and it was the last one in the packet.

Remember if you play beach volleyball with someone and they cheat, you have to draw a line in the sand!

Remember, if you want to live longer, find out where you’re going to die and stay away from there.

I was in a restaurant last night and they couldn’t even afford to have salt on the tables… I tell you everyone’s feeling the pinch!

Hurricane Higgins

Yesterday I had a barney with a new pair of shoes… I guess we just got off on the wrong foot!

I would have loved to have gone to Yale University… I’m sure it would have opened a few doors for me.

I saw an unusual football match in the park this morning between two teams of traffic wardens… it was all square after extra time so it went to fixed penalties.

What about Storm Eunice and Storm Dudley? When I was home in Northern Ireland in the seventies, we had this ferocious storm that blew all the snooker balls off the tables… it was called Hurricane Higgins!

We’ve all been asked to be on the lookout for an escaped convict who keeps driving through red lights… police say he’ll stop at nothing!

I’ve just read my electricity bill; It was a terrifying sight. I used to be scared of the dark – now I’m frightened of the light.

I was in a very busy car park yesterday. All the cars were parked nose to nose… I’ve never seen so many nosy parkers.

Read more of Jimmy’s jokes here!

Also, keep up to date with everything he’s doing and saying at https://twitter.com/jimmy__cricket

Millgate show was ‘amazing’ and ‘wonderful’ 150 150 mhamer

Millgate show was ‘amazing’ and ‘wonderful’

My thanks to organisers Tim and Michael at #millgateartscentre for the #FrancisHouseCH show this evening, my thanks to my fellow acts, compère Jim Nicholas and singer/actor #JonathanYoung and Mrs C. #keepvarietyalive 🎭

The show at the Millgate Arts Centre in Saddleworth was described as “amazing”.

Jimmy Cricket headlined the line-up at the Delph venue on Saturday 23 April.

It had been billed as “an evening of laughter with the legendary funnyman”.

And it clearly lived up to the hype.

Audrey Barrass said: “What an amazing show.”

And Saddleworth Live at the Millgate posted on social media: “What a wonderful show tonight.

“Thank you so much for the laughs and the music.”

May (Marion), Jimmy’s wife, was of the several acts on the night.

Jimmy said afterwards: “My thanks to organisers Tim and Michael @TheMillgateLIVE for the @FrancisHouseCH show this evening.

“My thanks also to my fellow acts, compère Jim Nicholas and singer/actor Jonathan Young, and Mrs C.”

The show raised money for Francis House Children’s Hospital, based in south Manchester.

The hospice supports more than 500 families of children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across the whole of Greater Manchester.

Millgate Arts Centre is home to a thriving local arts community, providing a base for theatre, film, and chamber concert societies.
Additionally, it holds art exhibitions and is available for business or personal lettings.