Remembering Max Miller, the Cheeky Chappie!
Jimmy Cricket devoted his first newspaper column of 2023 to the famous funnyman who was known affectionately as the Cheeky Chappie.
Max Miller, born Thomas Henry Sargent in 1894, was an English comedian often considered the greatest stand-up of his generation.
He became known as the Cheeky Chappie and went on to tell jokes, dance, sing and write songs.
Max starred in 14 feature films and frequently appeared on radio.
Northern Irish comic Jimmy provided the main entertainment at The Max Miller Appreciation Society’s 2022 annual lunch and convention in November.
‘Two very remarkable people’
Michael Aspel OBE, the former TV newsreader and presenter, hosted the event.
Aspel, who turns 90 tomorrow (12 January), is a society patron.
The annual lunch took place at The Old Ship Hotel in Brighton.
Jimmy entertained the guests with his inimitable brand of clean comedy.
In his January column for the Lancashire Evening Post (LEP), Jimmy recalls that he was reunited at the November convention with two “very remarkable people” from the world of television, one being Michael Aspell.
The other was the society’s current president, John Fisher, the author and TV producer.
John wrote and produced, among many other programmes, the series Heroes of Comedy, an episode of which featured Max Miller.
A bronze statue of Max stands in the Pavilion Gardens in Brighton, where he was born and died.
The Max Miller Appreciation Society was established in January 1999 in Brighton to celebrate the Cheeky Chappie.
Over the years, it has recruited more than 1,000 members worldwide.
Past president Roy Hudd OBE helped greatly in furthering the aims and ambitions of the Society, as did the late Sir Ken Dodd (past patron).