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London Palladium: My live show sketch was cancelled 150 150 mhamer

London Palladium: My live show sketch was cancelled

Hi folks! Here’s a story from my November column @leponline where I got cancelled for a show at the London Palladium, but this star studded show went on,Face with tears of joy Face with tears of joy sometimes thats Showbusiness! #keepvarietyalive

Jimmy Cricket once turned up at the London Palladium to do a sketch – but ended up waiting months to finally do it.

The popular comic had been booked for one of the shows being shown live in front of an audience and on national television.

However, as Jimmy revealed in his monthly column in the Lancashire Evening Post, things didn’t quite go to plan…

Jimmy’s column began: “It was the nineties and London Weekend Television’s Head of Light Entertainment David Bell had brought back the London Palladium to our television screen on Sunday nights.

“Renamed Live from the London Palladium, the show featured an eclectic mix of top American and British artistes.

“David loved variety and had the uncanny knack of transporting the live show experience into our living rooms.

“The show was a big hit with viewers.

“Sadly, no longer with us, we will never see David’s like again.

Misunderstanding

“I was booked on one of the shows as a surprise guest to come on and do a short sketch with the show’s host, Jimmy Tarbuck.”

However, as Jimmy recalled, one of the other acts overran because of a misunderstanding.

And as Jimmy’s sketch was a surprise one and hence not scheduled, it was his part which fell by the way.

He said he ended up watching the show from the balcony in the audience!

And there was to be a happy ending to the tale…

The show’s apologetic producer Marcus Plantin promised Jimmy a slot on the show in the next series.

Marcus was true to his word.

Jimmy did do a six-minute slot on Live from the London Palladium the following autumn.

Also read on this website: Jimmy ‘thrilled’ to host London Palladium event

Tom O’Connor: One of the all-time greats 150 150 mhamer

Tom O’Connor: One of the all-time greats

So sad to hear of the passing of my fellow comedian Tom O’Connor. Tom’s razor sharp observations and impeccable timing made him one of the all time greats! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pat his lovely wife, (pictured here with Tom), and all his family! ♥️xx

Jimmy Cricket has described the late Tom O’Connor as an “all-time great”.

Comedian Tom died in hospital in Buckinghamshire on Sunday 18 July aged 81.

He had had Parkinson’s for more than a decade.

Jimmy said on Facebook: “So sad to hear of the passing of my fellow comedian Tom O’Connor.

“Tom’s razor sharp observations and impeccable timing made him one of the all-time greats.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pat his lovely wife and all his family ♥️xx.”

Jimmy’s Facebook post has so far attracted around 200 comments – read them here – and been shared more than 650 times.

Tom rose to fame on TV show Opportunity Knocks, which he won three times.

He went on to star in The Comedians and host shows including Name That Tune, Crosswits and the Tom O’Connor Show.

Like Jimmy, Tom’s humour was always completely family friendly.

He was born in Bootle, Merseyside, and went on to become a maths teacher and assistant headteacher.

He became a professional entertainer in the early 1970s, establishing himself as a household name with shows like Pick Pockets and The Zodiac Game.

Again like Jimmy, his career also saw him appearing in the Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium and being the subject of This Is Your Life.

Des O’Connor RIP: I was thrilled to be on his TV chat show 150 150 mhamer

Des O’Connor RIP: I was thrilled to be on his TV chat show

From the moment I saw Des O’Connor playing Buttons in Panto @gohbelfast over 60 years ago, I new he was destined for stardom! I was thrilled to have appeared alongside him on his TV Chat Show in the 80’s! R.I.P. Des #Legend

Des O’Connor’s death at the age of 88 got Jimmy Cricket recalling his fond memories of the famous entertainer.

The London-born comedian hosted his own prime-time TV shows for more than 45 years.

He was also a successful singer.

The popular and long-running Countdown was among the shows he presented.

He was very good friends with Morecambe and Wise.

In addition to performing all over the world, he appeared in hundreds of shows at the London Palladium.

He hosted The Des O’Connor Show, which ran on ITV from 1963 to 1971.

‘Destined for stardom’

In 1977 he began hosting Des O’Connor Tonight, which started on BBC Two before moving to ITV, on which channel it finished in 2002.

He was made a CBE for his services to entertainment and broadcasting in the 2008 birthday honours.

Jimmy reminisced: “From the moment I saw Des O’Connor playing Buttons in Panto @gohbelfast over 60 years ago, I knew he was destined for stardom!

“I was thrilled to have appeared alongside him on his TV Chat Show in the 80s!

“R.I.P. Des #Legend.”

Obituary on the BBC website: From Butlin’s to chat show king

Also read: Bruce Forsyth: Our living room friends for decades

 

 

London Palladium hosts Equity celebration event 150 150 mhamer

London Palladium hosts Equity celebration event

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Jimmy Cricket at the London PalladiumJimmy Cricket has hosted a celebration involving the famous Equity union at the iconic London Palladium theatre.

The event took place in the Val Parnell bar on Tuesday 16 May, exactly 50 years after actors’ union Equity – which Jimmy has been a member of for most of his career as an entertainer –  incorporated the Variety Artistes’ Federation into its ranks.

Well-known comedian Jimmy, 71, was asked to host the event by the general secretary of Equity, Christine Payne.

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Jimmy ‘thrilled’ to host London Palladium event 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy ‘thrilled’ to host London Palladium event

Jimmy Cricket with principal Equity event organisers, Louise Grainger and Michael Day

Jimmy Cricket is to host a special celebration at the iconic London Palladium Theatre.

The actors’ union Equity – which Jimmy has been a member of for most of his career as an entertainer –  is celebrating 50 years since the incorporation of the Variety Artistes’ Federation into its ranks, which happened on 16 May 1967.

This event will take place in the Val Parnell bar at the London Palladium on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

It is hoped it will bring together Equity members who transferred from the historic Variety Artistes’ Federation, along with some current variety performers and other key industry representatives from the world of entertainment.

Jimmy has been asked to host the event by the general secretary of Equity, Christine Payne. He also recently met with the principal organisers of the event, Louise Grainger and Michael Day from Equity, at a hotel in Lytham St Annes (pictured above).

Jimmy said: “I am thrilled to have not only been asked to attend this celebration, but view it as a tremendous honour to have been asked also to be the host of the event.”

Anybody who is an Equity member and interested in coming along should get in contact with Louise at lgrainger@equity.org.uk

Joining bid to save local pavilion 150 150 mhamer

Joining bid to save local pavilion

Jimmy Cricket performed at the Ipswich Corn Exchange on May 8 as part of The Good  Old Days of Music Hall and VarietyTop entertainer Jimmy Cricket has thrown his weight behind saving a local theatre.

The famous Irish comedian told Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times journalist Wayne Savage he had sent an email in support of Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion.

In an article which was published in both newspapers, Jimmy said: “I got an email saying there were two consortiums that wanted to take over but had been turned down by the council, but they were amalgamating and wanted to turn it into a community-type theatre to help young people develop their theatrical skills and for disabled people and would I get behind their pitch.

“I said with pleasure and emailed off an endorsement. It would be a crime to
demolish it.”

Jimmy was in the region last week when he performed at the Ipswich Corn
Exchange as part of The Good Old Days of Music Hall and Variety.

He was supported in the 8 May production by a company of singers and stars of TV and radio, including Shep’s Banjo Boys – who have played at the London Palladium – plus comedy and speciality acts.