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My visit to Ruby Murray mural on eve of Newry show 150 150 mhamer

My visit to Ruby Murray mural on eve of Newry show

David Hull Promotions 6 September at 16:53 · Before their comedy show in Newry last night. Jimmy Cricket and John Linehan aka May McFettridge's driver stopped by to look at this Ruby Murray Mural on the Donegall Road Belfast.

Jimmy Cricket went to see a mural of an old friend – Ruby Murray – when he returned to the Emerald Isle recently.

The popular entertainer was in his birth city of Belfast preparing to appear in the You Must Be Joking show at Newry Town Hall.

The night before the performance, he went with John Linehan, aka May McFettridge, to look at the mural (above) on the Donegall Road.

Ruby was a Northern Irish singer and actress. She was one of the most popular singers in the British Isles in the 1950s, having several hits in the UK Singles.

In March 1955, she made pop chart history by having five singles in the Top Twenty in one week.

Jimmy said: “I had the great pleasure of knowing Ruby when she lived down in Torquay, Devon. Mrs C and myself shared many a laugh with this great lady of song!”

You Must Be Joking' - Join George Jones as he introduces a night of the best of Northern Irish stand-ups for an evening of pure comedy heaven on Thursday 5th September at Newry Town Hall.Also appearing in the show on Thursday 5 September with Jimmy and John were Gene Fitzpatrick and George Jones.

Added Jimmy: “My thanks to #DavidHullPromotions for all the hospitality yesterday while doing the show with John, Gene, George and Ivan on keyboards, it was very much appreciated! 🎭”

David Hull Promotions, one of Northern Ireland’s leading Entertainment Agencies for over 30 years, co-produced the performance.

The show was part of lur Cinn Fleadh, an annual traditional Irish music and community festival in Newry City, County Down.

It took place from 5–8 September in various venues.

May McFettridge is known as Northern Ireland’s very own queen of comedy.

She has earned a special place in the hearts of audiences young and old alike with her distinctive brand of affectionate but well-aimed gibes and witticisms.

May has been the Panto Dame in the Grand Opera House Belfast for almost 30 years.

You Must Be Joking tour: Watch the finale song 150 150 mhamer

You Must Be Joking tour: Watch the finale song

Jimmy Cricket has posted on social media a video of the finale song at the end of the popular You Must Be Joking tour 2018.

The three-week series of shows featuring Jimmy and three fellow Northern Ireland comedians ended at the Island Arts Centre on Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn.

Other team members were: John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield.

Afer the final night, Jimmy,  72, tweeted: Been a blast the, “You Must Be Joking Tour”, for and here alongside, singing for the last time our finale song, my partners in crime, John Linehan and and ?

The eight-show tour had opened on 20 January at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, Jimmy’s birth place though he has lived in Rochdale for many years with his wife May Mulgrew.

You can see the clip of the You Must Be Joking team singing their finale song on Jimmy’s Twitter feed here.

Lisburn hosts last night of You Must Be Joking 2018 150 150 mhamer

Lisburn hosts last night of You Must Be Joking 2018

The You Must Be Joking tour 2018 involving Jimmy Cricket and three fellow Northern Ireland comedians has finished after eight shows in just three weeks.

It ended on Saturday night at the Island Arts Centre on Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn.

Jimmy, 72, performed along with John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield.

The tour had opened on 20 January at the Grand Opera House in Belfast, Jimmy’s birth place though he has lived in Rochdale for many years with his wife May Mulgrew.

William Caulfield posted a picture (above) of the whole You Must Be Joking team on Twitter.

 

Jimmy Cricket & company help the Legendary Ladies 150 150 mhamer

Jimmy Cricket & company help the Legendary Ladies

 

Jimmy Cricket performed with fellow Ulster comics, John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield at the City Hotel Derry

Jimmy Cricket joined up with his comedian colleagues and friends to help support the Legendary Ladies Lunch for Cancer Research.

He performed with fellow Ulster comics, John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield at the City Hotel Derry.

The four funnymen have been starring on the popular You Must Be Joking tour of Northern Ireland.

After the lunch, Jimmy, 72, tweeted: What a lovely afternoon gathering for a great cause, “The Legendary Ladies Lunch for Cancer Research”, here with John Linehan and and via organiser Sharon Arbuckle ?

‘Belfast’s Grand Opera House was place to be’ 150 150 mhamer

‘Belfast’s Grand Opera House was place to be’

Jimmy Cricket performed as usual with fellow Ulster comedians, John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield

Jimmy Cricket returned to his home town of Belfast to take part in another successful show with some old friends and comedy colleagues.

The famous entertainer, who has now lived in Rochdale for many years, performed with fellow Ulster comedians, John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield as part of the You Must Be Joking tour of Ireland.

And Jimmy later thanks writer Sean Hillen for his glowing review of the show.

He posted on Twitter: “Thank you to for the lovely write up of the show last Saturday night with John, Gene, William and myself!”

Sean began his article by saying: “If you were in the mood for a dose of old-fashioned, clean-as-a-whistle, stand-up comedy – not the ‘modern’ version laden with swear words – then Belfast’s historic Grand Opera House was the place to be this week.

“Aptly entitled ‘You Must Be Joking,’ four of Northern Ireland’s most experienced comedians took to the stage and offered up a non-stop series of gags, impersonations and light-hearted songs that easily curried the audience’s favor.”

And he finished the piece with: “My favorite act of the evening was the last one, James Mulgrew, best known as Jimmy Cricket. Appearing in his trademark outfit of cut-off evening trousers, dinner jacket, hat and Wellington boots marked ‘L’ and ‘R’ for left and right, but worn on the wrong feet, his routine was a fast-moving, gag-a-minute, focusing on his unique interpretation of Irish logic.”

You Must Be Joking show at the Millennium Forum 150 150 mhamer

You Must Be Joking show at the Millennium Forum

You Must Be Joking takes place at the Millennium ForumFamous funnyman Jimmy Cricket is again appearing alongside several fellow comedians in the popular You Must Be Joking show.

He will perform as usual with fellow Ulster comedians, John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield.

The quartet played to sellout shows across Northern Ireland in 2016.

They will appear together at Derry’s Millennium Forum theatre at 8pm on Sunday 4 February.

Jimmy, 72, with his funny hat and his wellies on the wrong feet, will be reading his letter from his Mammy and getting up to his usual shenanigans.

The first lady of Irish comedy, May McFettridge, also fresh from panto, will abuse all and sundry.

William Caulfield, who has cruised the world with his stand-up show, will regale the audience with stories of everyday life from home and abroad in his hilarious homegrown style.

Gene Fitzpatrick, with his wonderfully warm personality making him a master storyteller and king of the one-liners, will tell tales of ‘The Vision’, his lovely long suffering wife and many other stories!

Compere for the evening is May McFettridge’s long-suffering driver, John Linehan.

More details can be obtained by visiting the theatre’s website here.

Sellout for comedy tour’s opening night 150 150 mhamer

Sellout for comedy tour’s opening night

Jimmy Cricket, John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), William Caulfield and Gene Fitzpatrick

The You Must Be Joking tour that reunited Jimmy Cricket with three fellow well-known Northern Ireland comedians had a first-night sellout.

Jimmy Cricket and fellow entertainers

Jimmy headlined the series of comedy shows, which also featured John Linehan (aka May McFettridge), William Caulfield and Gene Fitzpatrick.

It was a recreation of a successful format that was part of the 2013 Cookstown Comedy Festival.

The tour was hosted by four major theatres across Northern Ireland, with the opening night playing to a full house at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

It then visited Newtonabbey and Derry before ending with a trip to the Market Place Arts Centre in Armagh.

The quartet of entertainers also appeared on the Gerry Kelly radio show at the BBC Radio Ulster studio in Belfast.

The tour was organised by Northern Ireland’s premier promotions company, David Hull Promotions, who are based in Belfast.

Jimmy Cricket and fellow entertainers