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You Must Be Joking 150 150 mhamer

You Must Be Joking

Jimmy Cricket with fellow Northern Ireland comedians (from left) Gene Fitzpatrick, John Linehan and William Caulfield A stellar cast of funnymen was assembled for the inaugural Cookstown Comedy Festival earlier this month.

Jimmy Cricket teamed up with fellow Northern Ireland comedians (all pictured above with him, from left) Gene Fitzpatrick, John Linehan and William Caulfield.

The four comics featured on the first night of the two-day event, which was named You Must Be Joking and took place at the Burnavon Theatre during the first weekend of August. Comedian Patrick Kielty performed the following night.

This particular line-up certainly created plenty of interest in Northern Ireland as it was the first time all four of these household names had been brought together to grace the same stage.

Jimmy, born in Cookstown and now based in Rochdale, said he was thrilled that the Burnavon Theatre and David Hull Promotions were able to make this special event happen.

He added: “From my perspective, it highlighted the great comedy talent the province has produced over the years.”

Memorial concert to Frank Carson 150 150 mhamer

Memorial concert to Frank Carson

Jimmy Cricket is to feature in a memorial concert to the late, great Northern Ireland comedy legend Frank Carson.

Frank sadly passed away at the start of 2012 and the fitting tribute will be held at the Grand Opera House in Belfast on Thursday 28 February, just over a year after his death. Frank Carson

The hosts for the charity gala will be James Nesbitt, Patrick Kielty, Lenny Henry and Gloria Hunniford.

Entertainer Jimmy, who was also born in Northern Ireland, will pay his own personal tribute alongside a cast which includes Roy Walker, Dana, Dennis Taylor, Barry McGuigan, Kiki Dee, Pat Jennings and Dame Mary Peters to name just a few of the celebrated personalities who will take part in this gala evening.

Frank Carson’s family had always planned to hold a concert to commemorate Frank’s life and have asked producer Ian Dougan to put this event together.

Proceeds from the show will benefit two of Frank’s favourite charities – the Integrated Education Fund and CLIC Sargent’s Northern Ireland Homes from Home Appeal.

Jimmy says: “I am honoured to have been asked to participate in this show. I expect the event to be a tremendous celebration of Frank’s life, remembering his outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment.”