Jimmy Cricket, one of the UK's best stand up comedians was born James Mulgrew on October 17 1945 in Cookstown, Northern Ireland. He left school at 16 years of age and worked for the next two years in a Belfast betting shop, before spending the summer of 1966 working as a Redcoat at the Butlin’s holiday camp in Mosney, outside Dublin. This was followed by two more summers at the Butlin’s holiday camp in Clacton-on-sea. By the early 1970s Jimmy was living in Manchester and from 1972 worked at the Pontin’s holiday camps in Southport and Morecambe. It was at this time he started to develop as a comedian, as he started to appear around the then vibrant northern club scene.
At the beginning of the 1980’s, Jimmy won ITV’s television talent contest ‘Search For A Star’ and was later given his own television show called ‘And There’s More’ broadcast over four series between 1985 - 1988 (which included the first TV appearance by the impressionist Rory Bremner).
Jimmy has had other numerous television appearances and has featured on the Royal Variety performance and the children’s equivalent. He also appeared in the 2007 Comic Relief video of The Proclaimers’ song ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ which featured Matt Lucas and Peter Kay.
Jimmy’s best-known catchphrases include ‘come ere!’ and ‘…and there’s more!’ Of course, he is instantly recognisable for the attire he wears, which includes a funny hat and his trademark wellies on the wrong feet. Jimmy is also famed for reading out a Letter from his Mammy!