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Paying tribute to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy 150 150 mhamer

Paying tribute to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

 pay tribute to a fellow Irishman, and to the Silver Screen's Stan and Ollie, with a great performance from @Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly

Jimmy Cricket writes about his admiration for a legendary comedy duo in his latest newspaper column.

In the 1 April edition of the Lancashire Post, the popular Northern Irish entertainer reviews a recent film about the careers of Englishman Stan Laurel and American Oliver Hardy.

They acted during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema and became well known during the late 1920s to the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy. Laurel played the clumsy friend of the pompous Hardy.

Jimmy’s column begins: I’ve just come back from doing my one man show at the Slapstick Comedy Festival in Bristol at the Studio adjoining the Old Vic Theatre. The festival was started by a guy called Chris Daniels who just loves visual and silent comedy.

“I did my live set sandwiched between movies of Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy up on the big wide screen. There’s been a resurgence of interest in Laurel and Hardy, mainly due to a biopic of the duo which went on general release in our cinemas recently called Stan and Ollie.

“In fact, I’ve been to see it twice. Well folks, our local Odeon Cinema here in Rochdale only charges a fiver to get in. It’s a moving, tender tribute to one of the funniest double acts ever to grace the silver screen; not only do Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel, and John C Reilly as Oliver Hardy get into the skin of these two lovable clowns, but the ladies that played their wives both give stunning performance as well.

“Nina Arianda plays Stan’s other half and Shirley Henderson is Ollie’s. I had a little inside information on this film. Steve Coogan’s Uncle Bernard takes his grandkids to the same school in Rochdale that I take mine, so I get some tasty nuggets of gossip in the playground.

“I looked at him enviously as he told me about getting the red carpet treatment when he got invited to the premiere of the movie up at the local cinema in Ulverston where Stan Laurel grew up. The only time I get to see a red carpet is when Mrs Cricket hands me the Hoover.”

Read Jimmy’s full column here

 

Christmas jam night in Rochdale with Maureen’s Tappers & ‘Elvis Presley’ 150 150 mhamer

Christmas jam night in Rochdale with Maureen’s Tappers & ‘Elvis Presley’

Great Festive Fun this evening at the, “St Vincent’s Jam Night”, with my fellow act Jim Nicholas and Maureen’s Tappers raising funds for #FrancisHouseCH 

Maureen’s Tappers and an Elvis Presley impersonator were among the acts at Jimmy’s Cricket’s Christmas jam night in Rochdale.

The event, hosted by the famous Northern Irish entertainer and his wife May Marion every couple of months,  takes place in the lounge area of St Vincent’s RC parish centre in his home town of Rochdale.

It started about a decade ago as an opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new routines and is still going strong.

The famous entertainer has nicknamed those who regularly support these evenings as ‘Jimmy’s Jammers’.

At every event,  there is a raffle and the selling of refreshments, with all proceeds donated to a chosen charity.

Francis House Children’s Hospice, which is based in Didsburywas the beneficiary of the December jam night.

Famous funnyman Jimmy, 73, posted on social media: “Great Festive Fun this evening at the “St Vincent’s Jam Night”, with my fellow act Jim Nicholas [aka Elvis Presley] and Maureen’s Tappers raising funds for #FrancisHouseCH ?”

 

Jimmy and May attend ‘a wonderful wedding’ 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy and May attend ‘a wonderful wedding’

Lexi Hamer and Chris Rodgers

The happy couple Chris Rodgers and Lexi Hamer

Jimmy Cricket and his wife May recently attended the wedding of some very good friends in their adopted home town of Rochdale.

The marriage of Lexi Hamer and Chris Rodgers took place at St Vincent’s RC Church in Norden, where Fr Paul Brindle celebrated mass, and was followed by a reception at Rochdale Rugby Union Club in Bamford.

Jimmy Cricket's pictures from the wedding

Lexi is the daughter of Martin and Carole Hamer, who live in Norden, and Chris is the son of Cathryn and Eric Rodgers, who reside in Shawclough.

More than 100 guests in total attended the buffet meal and the evening celebration.

Famous comedian Jimmy tweeted later: “Been to the wonderful Wedding today of #LexiHamer and #ChrisRodgersalongside the father and mother of the bride #MartinHamer (editor of The Cricket Times and Lecturer at Salford University), and #CaroleHamer alongside their family and friends at #StVincentsCatholicChurch and afterwards at the Rochdale Rugby Union Club!”

Parish centre rehearsal for Empire Theatre play 150 150 mhamer

Parish centre rehearsal for Empire Theatre play

No more Fiffing and Faffing will be staged at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm

Jimmy Cricket used his regular show at a local parish centre to rehearse the staging of his first play.

No more Fiffing and Faffing will be performed at the Blackburn Empire Theatre on Sunday 16 September at 7.30pm.

Appearing with famous comedian Jimmy will be Jonathan Young from The Bachelors, and actor Colin Meredith, who has had several notable appearances in ITV’s Coronation Street over the years.

Tickets cost £10. You can also book by telephoning 01254 685 500. The theatre’s email address is boxoffice@blackburnempire.com.

Read more about the play and book online here.

Jimmy rehearsed part of the play (see photo above right) on his latest ‘Charity Jam Night’ at St Vincent’s Parish Centre in Rochdale on Tuesday 14 August.

The jam nights, hosted by the Northern Irish entertainer and his wife May Marion every couple of months, take place in the lounge area of the parish centre and people can attend for free.

It started more than a decade ago as an opportunity for Jimmy and other performers to try out new routines.

At every event,  there is a raffle and the selling of refreshments, with all proceeds donated to a chosen charity.

The photograph was taken by Bernadette Montgomery.

Katie Mulgrew appears in Coronation Street shows 150 150 mhamer

Katie Mulgrew appears in Coronation Street shows

Katie Mulgrew has been appearing in Coronation Street

Katie Mulgrew, stand-up comedian and Jimmy Cricket’s daughter, has been appearing in Coronation Street.

Well-known Northern Irish entertainer Jimmy, 72, tweeted (above) that Katie was in Monday’s episodes of the popular soap and will appear on Wednesday as well.

She had a talking part in Monday’s first episode (see 18.38 in a rerun of the show here) and appears again in the second one.

Katie, from Rochdale, is also a writer and was recently one of three winners of the Northern Writers Award run by Kudos North, the Manchester-based production arm of Kudos.

Triple header weekend in Wigan, Cannock and Birmingham 150 150 mhamer

Triple header weekend in Wigan, Cannock and Birmingham

Jimmy Cricket and friends at the show in Standish, Wigan

Famous Northern Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket had a busy weekend with three shows in three different counties.

The popular 72-year-old entertainer was in Greater Manchester on Friday night, Hednesford in Staffordshire on Saturday and then Sunday saw him performing in Birmingham, West Midlands.

Rochdale-based Jimmy was first at the Standish Unity Club in Wigan, before moving on to Hednesford Ex Serviceman’s Club in Cannock, – an event that had been rescheduled due to the bad weather.

The weekend was rounded off by a show at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, a charity evening in aid of Molly Olly’s Wishes.

Golden Wellie award is given to band Level Three 150 150 mhamer

Golden Wellie award is given to band Level Three

Highlights from Jimmy Cricket's latest jam night in Norden, Rochdale

A band called Level Three are the latest recipients of Jimmy Cricket’s much-coveted Golden Wellie award.

The group formally received the accolade at one of Jimmy’s popular jam nights in Rochdale, which are hosted alternately by the famous comedian and his great showbiz friend Eric Devereaux.

Local, national and even on occasions international entertainers perform for nothing at the monthly event which takes place at St Vincent’s RC Parish Centre in Norden.

Among the entertainers at the jam evening for the latest event on 3 April were Level Three, featuring Eddie, Mike and Dave, who performed on the night and helped to raise money for charity in the process.

The Golden Wellington (known for short as Golden Wellie) is an award 72-year-old Jimmy  created several years ago based on his trademark wellington boots.

Although it is a bit of fun, it has a serious side as Jimmy uses the publicity from the award to acknowledge a good deed or significant contribution to a community.