A COMEDY night for all the family is on its way to a South Tyneside theatre.
Jimmy Cricket and Alfie Joey are putting on what is billed as a “good old-fashioned variety show” at the Customs House in South Shields later this year.
The show, lined up for Saturday, May 10, will see veteran Irish comic Jimmy team up with BBC Radio Newcastle presenter and comedian Alfie.
Alfie, also seen in BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, said: “Jimmy and myself became pals in quite an unusual way.
“I had trained to become a priest and left to become a comedian, and his son, the comedian Frankie Doodle, was a comedian and gave it up to become a priest. He’s Father Frank Mulgrew now.
“People said we’d been through the same thing, just in the opposite direction, and we got talking, and I realised who his dad was.
“I ended up being invited to Jimmy’s 60th birthday party and became a family friend, and we’ve done a few gigs before, but this will be the first one that’s just me and him.”
Jimmy, born in Northern Ireland, had his own TV show, And There’s More, on ITV from 1985 until 1988.
The comedy sketch show is noted for seeing the TV debut of impressionist Rory Bremner.
The 68-year-old also had his own radio series, Jimmy’s Cricket Team on Radio 2 and featured in The Krankies Klub alongside comedy duo the Krankies and Bobby Davro.
Peterlee-born Alfie, 46, added: “It’s going to be a good old-fashioned variety show, like the kind of show you’d sit down and watch as a family – like Tommy Cooper, Morecambe and Wise and Jimmy Cricket.
“There’ll be no swearing and just good clean family fun.
“We’re hoping families will come along together, and that can be our challenge, to make you and your gran laugh at the same time!
“I’m effectively supporting Jimmy, but we’re going to do a few sketches together in the middle.
“I did a show at the Customs House a couple of years ago, and it was the perfect venue for this show.
“It’s a great venue with a family feel to it, and Jimmy has a big following in the North East.”
Tickets for the 7.45pm show cost from £12.
To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the Mill Dam venue’s box office on 454 1234.