Feb 13 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
TO THOSE who remember the 80s, Jimmy Cricket is a well-known loveable comedian, famed for his gentle Irish humour and letters to his Mammy.
Now however Jimmy is bringing his act to new audiences with a show at Ormskirk Civic Hall on March 1.
The Advertiser spoke to Jimmy about his upcoming show and the secrets to his longevity after all these years.
“I’m very excited to come to Ormskirk, I came down a few weeks ago to meet people and promote the show and everyone was so lovely, I met shopkeepers and local people which was great, I love to get out and meet fans.” explained Jimmy.
The comedians latest offering is An Audience with Jimmy Cricket and people can expect his usual one liners and gimmicks, but uniquely the audience is given the opportunity to ask Jimmy everything they’ve ever wanted to know about him.
“You’ve got to give people something different so they keep coming back to see you, I’m planning on doing some of my usual jokes but I’ll also be playing the saxophone and I’ll be doing some juggling, they’ll be a few surprises thrown in.”
Jimmy is the youngest of five children and says comedy was one of the ways he garnered attention from his parents.
“My parents were very influential in me starting on my comedy career, obviously I do the mammy letter gag in my act but I still maintain that the most useful things you learn in life are the ones you learn on your mothers knee.
“My dad died when I was eight but I have fond memories of him being very witty and funny and I always tried to emulate that. I used to hear jokes at school and remember them so I could make my dad and siblings laugh at home, I was always the class clown.”
Jimmy began his career in holiday camps as a Red Coat at Butlins in Ireland before moving to Pontin's in Southport in the 70s.
“I loved working and living in Ainsdale. Southport was a great place to be and I had some great nights out in the discos around the camp.
“I thought the scenery and the sand dunes were breathtaking and loved to walk along the beach on a sunny day off, I’ve got some great memories of the place and have done panto at the Floral Hall as well, so I’m very fond of Southport and Ormskirk and am glad to be returning.”
Jimmy is well known for his gentle and inoffensive humour unlike some modern comedians who use innuendo. The 68-year-old attributes his style of comedy partly to his Christian faith which has been very influential in his life.
“It’s the golden thread really, you have to keep it clean, I think people can be very funny without being rude or offensive. It’s not in my nature to upset people – I just want to make people smile, you know you could bring your grandma to my show and that’s what people rely on me for.
“My faith has been a big part of my life, one of my sons has actually just become a priest and I think it’s important to stick to your principles.”
While the observational humour of some modern comedians isn’t to Jimmy’s taste he does admire some of the new comedy generation.
“I really like Tim Vine and Milton Jones. They are very funny without causing anyone offence, but of course I’m always going to champion older comedians such as Cannon and Ball and Ken Dodd, they’re great.”
Jimmy is keen to keep making people laugh for many years to come yet and has no plans to retire.
“I don’t see myself stopping any time soon, I just love the job, it’s the best in the world so why would I give it up?
“I’m going to give my new show everything and I hope people like it, if they’re happy I’m happy.”
Jimmy is appearing at Ormskirk Civic Hall on March 1. For tickets see www.jimmycricket.co.uk