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Freddie Starr was ‘one of our best ever visual comedians and mimics’ 150 150 mhamer

Freddie Starr was ‘one of our best ever visual comedians and mimics’

Freddie was one of our best ever visual comedians and mimics. He took physical comedy on to another level. His incredible performance on the Royal Variety is forever etched in our memories.

Jimmy Cricket was among those to pay tribute to comedian Freddie Starr who died recently aged 76.

The Merseyside-born comic, singer, impressionist and actor was found dead at his home in Spain’s Costa del Sol earlier this month.

TV presenter Amanda Holden told the BBC that he should be “remembered with a smile”, while comic Bobby Davro described Starr as “the funniest man I have ever seen”.

And all-round entertainer Jimmy said: “I would love to see Freddie’s whole 12 minute spot from the 1970 Royal Variety Show. He did great impressions of Billy Fury and Adam faith before Mick Jagger. I saw him live at the Shakespeare Club in Liverpool a few nights after that show and the atmosphere was electric.”

Jimmy, 73, also posted on social media: “Freddie was one of our best ever visual comedians and mimics. He took physical comedy on to another level. His incredible performance on the Royal Variety is forever etched in our memories.”

 

Looking forward to my Gladstone Theatre return 150 150 mhamer

Looking forward to my Gladstone Theatre return

Jimmy Cricket takes his laughter tour to the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight

Jimmy Cricket takes his laughter tour to the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight at the weekend.

The popular Northern Irish comedian performs at the Greendale Road venue on Sunday 14 April.

The 73-year-old entertainer says he has had shows at the theatre many times over the years and that he was “looking forward to coming back”.

He told the WirralGlobe: “The theatre is in a beautiful village and every time I visit, it’s like stepping back in time when I visit.

“Mind you, some people would say it’s like stepping back in time when they hear my jokes.”

Port Sunlight is a model village and suburb in the metropolitan borough of Wirral, Merseyside.

Read the full WirralGlobe article on Jimmy’s return to the Gladstone

Visit the theatre’s page about the show and book tickets online here

Tickets for the show can also be bought by contacting the theatre’s box office on 0151 643 8757.

‘A lovely evening’ at Labour club in St Helens 150 150 mhamer

‘A lovely evening’ at Labour club in St Helens

One of Jimmy Cricket’s latest pre-Christmas shows was at a club on Merseyside.

The famous Northern Irish entertainer tweeted that he had had “a lovely evening” at Windle Labour Club in St Helens on the last day of November.

Windle Labour Club in St Helens

Wishing Sir Ken Dodd a happy 90th on Twitter! 150 150 mhamer

Wishing Sir Ken Dodd a happy 90th on Twitter!

Jimmy Cricket wished Sir Ken Dodd a happy 90th birthday on TwitterJimmy Cricket used social media to wish his great friend Sir Ken Dodd a happy 90th birthday!

The Northern Irish entertainer posted the following message on Twitter on 8 November:  “A very happy 90th Birthday to the Squire of knotty Ash himself. Sir Kenneth Dodd. I hope his day is filled with Tattifilariousness and plumpiousness!”

Sir Ken is an English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor, particularly famous for his red, white and blue “tickling stick” and his upbeat greeting of “how tickled I am!”.  He also created the Diddymen characters from Knotty Ash on Merseyside, where he is a local resident.

Jimmy, 72, was also among those to pay tribute to Sir Ken when he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award in front of a star-studded audience at the British Music Hall Society event at the Lansdowne Club in central London recently.

Johnny Vegas to also feature in film 150 150 mhamer

Johnny Vegas to also feature in film

Johnny Vegas is appearing in the Womble film

Famous actor and comedian Johnny Vegas is to appear in the Womble movie, which is being filmed on location in North Wales and also features entertainer Jimmy Cricket. 

St Helens-born Johnny is well known for his appearances in the hit ITV comedy drama Benidorm and also for popping up in adverts for tea brand PG Tips with a stuffed puppet monkey!

His addition to the cast is another major coup for the people behind Womble the movie, as it also includes top comedian Jimmy, 69, who will play himself as a talent contest judge.

The film is about a man called Aloysius Rupert Womble (played by actor and comedian Tom Spencer), who is in his 30s and living with Asperger’s Syndrome in a typical seaside resort town.

Children and adults affected by Asperger’s Syndrome have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviours.

Aloysius’s dream is to become a stand-up comedian. The film is a week-long snapshot of his life as he goes through the trials of living with a cognitive disorder, while dealing with the injustices forced upon him by society and parts of his community.

Over the seven-day period he prepares for the biggest night of his life – a talent show in his local pub.

The film will feature songs from the Beautiful South’s former lead singer Briana Corrigan and American Pie star Thomas Nicholas, as well as a string of original songs written by songwriters especially for the movie.

Daughter Katie wins coveted playwriting prize 150 150 mhamer

Daughter Katie wins coveted playwriting prize

The Stage newspaper reported on Katie Mulgrew's success

Famous entertainer Jimmy Cricket has expressed his immense pride after daughter Katie won a prestigious playwriting competition.

The Rochdale Observer reported on Katie Mulgrew's success

Katie Mulgrew, 30, was the winner of the first ever Liverpool Hope University playwriting prize, with her work entitled Omnibus, which follows a group of friends following a soap opera.

Not only did she earn herself £10,000 in the process, but she now has the opportunity to see the play produced by the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool, one of the partners for the competition along with the Liverpool Echo newspaper.

She was the only female comic among the 10 finalists.

Katie told The Stage newspaper: “I entered the Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize because some of my heroes are on the judging panel, and I would adore the opportunity to work with such a beautiful theatre, positively soaked in history and talent.”

Her play was shortlisted at the start of the year as part of a group of 10 plays that went to a judging panel consisting of:

–         Comedienne Kathy Burke

–         Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce

–          Playwright, director and visiting professor at Liverpool Hope University John Godber

–          Playwriter & arts journalist  Paul Allen

–          Chief executive of the Royal Court Theatre Kevin Fearon

–          Principal Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at Liverpool Hope University‌ Dr John Bennett

–          Liverpool Echo arts editor Catherine Jones

Jimmy said: “I am really thrilled for Katie and am incredibly proud of this tremendous achievement.”

The Rochdale Observer reported on Katie Mulgrew's success

Audience gets chance to ask questions 150 150 mhamer

Audience gets chance to ask questions

Jimmy Cricket in Ormskirk with Edwin Fisher, Amy Phillips and John Crawley

Jimmy with Edwin Fisher, Amy Phillips & John Crawley at Ormskirk show

Jimmy Cricket enjoyed an “interesting and thoughtful” Q&A with some of his fans when he appeared in Ormskirk.

The famous entertainer was at the town’s Civic Hall earlier this month for one of his ‘Audience with’ shows, an evening of stand-up comedy.

These events have an interesting twist in that they feature a segment where members of the audience can ask Jimmy a question.

Ormskirk’s show was hosted by Jimmy’s good friend, comedian Tony Vino, who presided over the questions from the audience.

Jimmy said he was “thrilled to receive quite a number of interesting and thoughtful questions”.

He added: “I would like to thank Matt Orr from the nearby Engine Rooms [a community-based venue offering a huge range of activities and entertainment], who helped on the technical side and to comedian Adam Rush for helping to arrange a date for the show in the first place.”

Watch Jimmy’s walkabout in Ormskirk.