Famous funnyman Jimmy Cricket is performing again at the Lancashire theatre where he recorded his DVD.
Jimmy Cricket Live – Pull Your Seats Forward was created by the popular comedian’s family company, Wellie Boot Productions, in 2010 at the Royal Court Theatrein Bacup, Lancashire, near Jimmy’s adopted home of Rochdale in Greater Manchester.
And the Northern Irish entertainer returns to the venue on Sunday – St Patrick’s Day – for one of his Great Value for a Tenner comedy shows.
Belfast-born Jimmy produced the DVD in response to the overwhelming public clamour that suggested there was a real demand for a recording of his stand-up entertainment.
The DVD is an hour and 10 minutes long and includes Jimmy’s favourite routines, a phone call and letter from his mammy, his famous Leaving Home poem, his sentimental ballad called I’m Dreaming of a Far off Land and 20 minutes of extras.
Around 8,000 copies of the DVD have been sold, which is particularly impressive as it is not available in retail outlets; it can only be bought via the Go Shopping page on this website or at one of his live shows.
Jimmy posted on social media this week: “Looking forward to my return to the Theatre were I recorded my DVD nine years ago @BRCTheatreGroup for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations this coming Sunday with Dansworks Dance Academy and a few Irish songs from Mrs C. ”
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 @DavidHullPromo and here alongside, singing for the last time our finale song, my partners in crime, John Linehan and @Gene17Eugene and @wcaulfieldcomic
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.
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 @CityHotelNI with John Linehan and @Gene17Eugene and @wcaulfieldcomic via organiser Sharon Arbuckle
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 @HillenSean for the lovely write up of the show last Saturday night @gohbelfast 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.”
Famous 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.
Then in September, Rochdale-based Jimmy will team up with Richard & Adam – who both featured in the 2013 series of Britain’s Got Talent – to tour some of the wonderful venues located in and around the lovely Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
The famous entertainer’s visit includes an appearance at the Pissouri Amphitheatre (pictured above) in the Limassol region of the island. For tickets to all of these Cypriot shows, please visit http://www.lyceumproductions.eu/
Jimmy will travel to County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland towards the backend of the year.
On Saturday 5 November, he will bring his stand-up comedy show to the Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey. He was last there eight years ago in the old venue, which has since been replaced by a brand new facility.
Jimmy Cricket is going to appear on BBC Northern Ireland’s popular current affairs television show Nolan Live on Wednesday, June 3.
It is presented by Stephen Nolan (above) – a name that might be familiar to readers as he is often heard on BBC Radio 5 live presenting the station’s evening programme at the weekend.
Stephen’s TV show in Northern Ireland is a mix between topical debate and chat – he holds a panel discussion during one part of the programme, with the other section devoted to talking to a special guest. The first programme in this current series featured Peter Stringfellow, the British businessman and nightclub owner.
Nolan Live has built a significant share of the viewing audience over several series and is now one of the most popular shows that BBC Northern Ireland produces for its home audience.
Famous entertainer Jimmy said: “Not only will I be having a chat with Stephen about what I am up to currently, but I have also been asked to perform some comedy stand-up and this is an opportunity I’m relishing.”