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From bingo caller to 50 Golden Years in showbiz! 150 150 mhamer

From bingo caller to 50 Golden Years in showbiz!

Jimmy Cricket is celebrating 50 years in showbiz

Jimmy Cricket has enjoyed a golden career in showbiz – but before that, the comedian was a labourer, waiter, salesman and bingo caller!

The famous funnyman talks about his 50-year career as a high-profile entertainer in his latest newspaper column.

He says that before he became a professional comedian, he worked in the holiday camps as a Redcoat (Butlins) and Bluecoat (Pontins).

However, from each September, Jimmy says he had to have a day job for the winter.

His wife May agreed to give up her singing career so Jimmy could rehearse.

And his showbiz career started to take off when he signed with a top agent.

He also recalls in his Lancashire Post column the problems he encountered for his first gigs.

These included not having his own transport to get to venues!

Jimmy is doing what he describes as a “little five theatres tour” in March as part of the celebrations for his golden anniversary.

They are venues where he has done one-nighters & summer seasons in the past.

Here are those March dates:

Middlesbrough Theatre (Saturday 4 March) go here for tickets.

Bridlington Spa Theatre (Sunday 12 March) – go here for tickets.

West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea (Sunday 19 March) – go here for tickets.

Lancaster Grand Theatre (Saturday 25 March) – go here for tickets. 

Plaza Theatre, Stockport (Sunday 26 March) – go here for tickets.

Jimmy has been making people laugh as a professional comedian for 50 years – and usually raising money for worthy causes at the same time.

Instantly recognisable for wearing a funny hat and green wellies marked L and R on the wrong feet, he proudly keeps his comedy clean – increasingly rare these days –  which makes him a perfect family entertainer.

His best-known catchphrases include ‘And there’s more!’ and ‘Come closer!’

He is also famed for reading out Letters from his Mammy, which have provided the material for two published books.

Read more about Jimmy’s life and career here.

All his tour bookings and other events can be found here.

Jimmy Cricket has been in showbusiness for 50 years

Latest What About You podcast features Jimmy Cricket 150 150 mhamer

Latest What About You podcast features Jimmy Cricket

Listen now to a podcast in which Jimmy Cricket talks about his life and career.

Podcast featuring Jimmy Cricket

The popular Northern Irish comedian is the focus of the latest in a series of podcasts hosted by Richard Moore.

Richard was shot and blinded in 1972 during the Northern Ireland conflict when he was 10 years old.

His podcast series is called What About You and contains one-to-one conversations with his guests.

It focuses on a variety of human stories, which are inspirational, challenging, humorous and sometimes sad.

And it is an opportunity for individuals to share their life journey in a way that will hopefully have a positive impact on listeners.

Jimmy retweeted the following post: “WhatAboutYouPodcast @WhatAboutYouRMSeason 2, Episode 2! Irish comedian @jimmy__cricket from Northern Ireland first came to fame in the 1970s.”

In this episode, Jimmy chats about his journey to stardom.

From working in a betting office in Belfast, as a Redcoat in Butlin’s, to being a top comedian across the UK and Ireland.


From the archives: Jimmy the Butlin’s camp comic! 150 150 mhamer

From the archives: Jimmy the Butlin’s camp comic!

Jimmy Cricket

Here’s a treat for you from Jimmy’s past – a photo of him as a Butlin’s Redcoat in the late 60s.

Jimmy says: “It was 1967 and I was a Redcoat at Butlin’s in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

“The entertainment manager was a man called Bill Martin.

“He’d been a comedian in twice-nightly variety, which meant he toured in theatres up and down the country in the late 40s and early 50s.

“He had a wealth of experience and he took me under his wing.

“He made me the camp comic, which meant I was relieved of official duties and could dress up in silly clothes and gatecrash The Knobbly Knees contest and The Glamorous Grandmother Competition.

“In the enclosed photo, I’ve managed to talk a fellow Redcoat into climbing into a gorilla costume and I walked him round the camp with a lead having photographs taken.

“Happy Days!”

* * Thanks to Neil Whitfield for sending this photo to Jimmy.

Don Crann: A fine comedy actor and a joy to be with 150 150 mhamer

Don Crann: A fine comedy actor and a joy to be with

Paying tribute to my friend Don Crann who sadly has passed away today, I first met Don when we worked together as Redcoats at the Metropole in Blackpool he was a fine comedy actor who starred in, the hit TV sitcom, “The Gaffer”, a joy to be with, our thoughts are with his family.

Jimmy Cricket has paid tribute to his late friend, actor Don Crann.

Don appeared in a host of top TV programmes, including Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Jimmy said: “I first met Don when we worked together as Redcoats at the Metropole in Blackpool.

“He was a fine comedy actor who starred in the hit TV sitcom The Gaffer.

“And he was a joy to be with. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Don was also a regular in Heartbeat, as well as starring in countless plays and musicals.

He played Mike Baldwin’s business contact Trevor Hargreaves in Coronation Street.

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