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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

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

 

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’

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

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.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, folks!

Jimmy Cricket's Christmas card features new US president Donald TrumpDear readers,

I cannot believe 2016 is coming to an end and the Christmas season is once more upon us.

This year has been a fantastic one for me personally as it all started back in January with a service led by the Bishop of Salford to formally award me with my Papal Knighthood.

During the year I have also been fortunate to have:

·         Been involved in some great shows, such as the You Must Be Joking, which toured Northern Ireland back in the spring, and the opening weekend of The Good Old Days autumn season at the world-famous City Varieties Theatre in Leeds

·         Made a couple of appearances alongside my friend Tony Crane and the iconic 60s band The Merseybeats

·         Had trips to Spain to appear in some lovely venues around the Costa Blanca region

·         Paid visits to the Warner Leisure sites at Nidd Hall in Harrogate and Bembridge on the Isle of Wight

·         Did a spring season at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool

·         Continued to write a monthly column in the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post

·         And managed, at long last, to launch a new Christmas CD for the Francis House Children’s Hospice – a project I’ve been wanting to get off the ground for a couple of years. As I write this, I am nearing sales of more than 1,300 from this year’s festive period.

This Christmas I am at the White Rose Theatre in Leeds featuring in a panto production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

And then when we get into 2017, I immediately fly off to Tenerife for an appearance there early in the New Year!

And there’s more…

… Other highlights for 2017 include a return to the Benidorm Palace in March alongside Gerry and the Pacemakers; another residency back at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool over the winter, spring and the autumn; teaming up with my pals from  show band group Clubsound for a night in Northern Ireland In April; a visit to the Wayside Cheer Hotel in Guernsey over the Easter weekend; a voyage with Cruise & Maritime Voyages around the Faroe Islands in July; and plenty more to keep me out of mischief!

If you see me advertised at any venue near you in 2017, please do come along and say ‘Hi’!

That reminds me… can I thank all those who over the last year have either seen one of my shows, or browsed this website, or bought one of my CDs or DVDs.

All that remains for me to say, dear readers, is have a happy Christmas and a great start to the New Year!

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You Must Be Joking 2016 plays to several sellouts

Jimmy Cricket, John Linehan (AKA May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William CaulfieldJimmy Cricket has just finished a tour of his native Northern Ireland with a comedy show called You Must Be Joking.

He featured alongside three fellow Ulster comedians, John Linehan (AKA May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield.

The tour was born out of the 2014 Cookstown Comedy Festival, as the line-up was put together for the first time there with huge success.

Jimmy CricketThis merited a full tour of the province in 2015, with this year’s edition continuing its popularity with shows at Grand Opera House in Belfast and the Millennium Forum in Derry,  as well as at some of the major towns in the province.

The crowds were marvellous and large in number everywhere, even to the point where several venues were sold out, including the Ardhowen Theatre in Enniskillen.

The latest series of shows were organised by Northern Ireland’s leading tour promoter, David Hull Promotions.

Jimmy said: “I have known David for a number of years, having first worked for him during the mid-80s when I first launched myself on to the national stage.

“I would like to thank David for making You Must Be joking 2016 happen and for being a great friend and colleague over the years!”

From Belfast to Blackpool – You Must Be Joking

Jimmy Cricket with Aer Lingus Air stewardessesJimmy Cricket is taking part in the 2016 edition of the You Must Be Joking tour, the first leg of which was at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

In the comedy show, which is aimed at the audiences of Northern Ireland, Jimmy features alongside three fellow renowned Northern Irish comedians, John Linehan (AKA May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield (all are pictured below right).

The tour was born out of the 2014 Cookstown Comedy Festival, as the line-up was put together for the first time there with huge success. Not only did the show gel and all four comedians complemented one another really well, there was a full house too!

This merited a full tour of the province in 2015, with this year’s events continuing the interest in the show and its popularity.

After the first  2016 date in Belfast, a slight gap in the tour schedule appeared before the remaining six dates. This has allowed Jimmy to get back to continue his commitments at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool where he has a spring season.Jimmy Cricket with fellow renowned North Irish comedians, John Linehan (AKA May McFettridge), Gene Fitzpatrick and William Caulfield

When Jimmy arrived at George Best International Airport in Belfast city centre to catch his return flight to Manchester, he bumped into several Aer Lingus air stewardesses (pictured above right) – one of them had been to see the 2015 tour and her grandparents had been to see this year’s opener at the Grand Opera House.

The rest of the dates for the 2016 tour are as follows:

·         Thursday  4 February – Millennium Forum, Derry

·         Friday 5 February – Theatre at the Mill, Newtonabbey

·         Saturday 6 February – Island Hall, Lisburn

·         Thursday 11 February – Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen

·         Friday 12 February – Market Place Theatre, Armagh

·         Saturday 13 February – Riverside Theatre, Coleraine

There’s more… Jimmy Cricket’s festive message

Jimmy CricketDear Cricket Times readers,

Well, I cannot believe we have come to the end of another year!

When I look back over the last 12 months, I can safely say 2015 has been a special year for me. This is because not only did I turn 70 years old, but I was deeply humbled to receive the award of a papal knight from the Roman Catholic Church.

Over the course of the last year I have bumped into many of you at some of the wonderful shows I have appeared in, around a host of different locations and venues.

I should give special mention to the recent tour I have just finished with the Osmonds as part of the Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular. This was an amazing tour which visited venues that were incredibly well attended – many even sold out – and everywhere the show went the reception was warm and lively.

So thank you for coming along and seeing one of these shows, or keeping in touch through my website, Facebook pages or Twitter feed.

As we fast approach the New Year, I am pleased to say I have plenty to look forward to over the next 12 months, such as:

  • A 32-date spring season at the Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool
  • Participating in a seven-date tour of a great comedy show called You Must Be Joking around Northern Ireland in February
  • Embarking on a couple of trips to the Benidorm region of Spain to appear at some fantastic venues
  • Visiting the Warner holiday resorts and heritage hotel locations on the Isle of Wight and in Harrogate
  • The first significant moment is scheduled for Saturday 16 January when the Bishop of Salford will formally preside over a ceremony to present me with my papal honour.

So if I did not catch you during the last year, maybe I might get a chance to bump into you in 2016?

All that remains for me to do is to wish you and your family a very happy, peaceful and joyful Christmas season and a wonderful start to the New Year!

Jimmy Cricket (23 December 2015)

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