An Audience With That Never Was, But Is, "An Audience With... Jimmy Whobblers" with Jimmy Whobblers
Who is Jimmy Whobblers?
Jimmy Whobblers was a beloved television and stage comedian who conquered the light entertainment scene of the mid to late 80s. Despite never garnering celebrity, he was known best as the host of "Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy a Man After Midnight", a mid morning quiz/gregorian role play/quiz trivia show), Jimmy's big break came in the form of "Can't Wink, Won't Wink", a Thursday late night Tiddlywinks sports gossip and game show, where members of the public and professional winkers would answer questions and discuss the modern game that aired on the radio. Whobblers intrigued as much as he entertained the nation - though never more than a few dozen at a time (if that). Unfortunately, he died in 2008 or 2009, during the filming of his ill fated "An Audience With..." pilot that was never picked up. Thankfully, a holographic record of his persona and performance will be presented through his son in law Marty Bright at this year's Edinburgh Festival. Get Tickets
"The working man’s club superstar we’ve been waiting for" // "Pants-wettingly, chair-fallingly funny" // "Large parts of the show are a blur because you’re being hit with so much material, all of it hilarious" // "a character so incredibly silly, funny and loose that it comes close to Partridge levels of comedic genius"
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Wee Review (link)
Showbiz stalwart and ”Wheezing Dragon Best Newcomer” (1980, 1982), Whobblers returns for one last debut show. Using "Staggeringly Unrealistic" 3D-Holographic technology, this macabre cash-grab features stories about childhood, rubbing shoulders with the greats and his notorious death in 2008.
'First-rate character comedy' | 'Nuggets of comedy gold' **** The Skinny
'Made me cry with laughter… my favourite comedy show in the fringe this year' ***** The Fountain
'Slick... Original, Intelligent Humour' **** ThreeWeeks
Jane Jackson: "Loved it! Especially the bit where Jimmy reads out a section from his memoirs. Very funny."
Andrew Bailey: "Laughed hardest at this than anything else all week! Amazing show with a brilliant character. Thanks!
Mike Armstrong: "Deviated wildly of piste and script due to an ADHD (Attention Deficit Humour Disorder) family on the front row... [Jimmy] earned a 5 star revue by trying very hard to engage them but eventually having the cajones to throw them out of the venue! Best bit of standup I’ve seen for ages. The atmosphere improved immediately. I could hear Bernard Manning cheering from above. Shame we haven’t time to go back and see the full act."
1st - 26th August (not 13th) - 1pm - An Audience With That Never Was, But Is, "An Audience With... Jimmy Whobblers" with Jimmy Whobblers - Scottish Comedy Festival @ Nightcap. £5 or PWYW (Ticket Link)
For a full list of upcoming gigs check out my gigs page.
Sunday 10th March - Marmalade Time, Banshee Labyrinth (link)as Jimmy Whobblers, supporting James Macintosh and Phil O'Shea's freestyle.
Sunday 17th March - Jimmy Whobblers - Burp In Progress - The State Bar, Glasgow (link for tickets)
Sunday 2nd June, 5pm - Fringe Previews Beamed Direct Into Your Living Room (link)with Eleanor Morton and Donald Alexander. Hosted by Jimmy Whobblers
Sunday 9th June, 5pm - Fringe Previews Beamed Direct Into Your Living Room 2 (link)with David Callaghan and Alex Kealy. Hosted by Jimmy Whobblers
Sunday 30th June, 5pm - Fringe Previews Beamed Direct Into Your Living Room 3 (link)with Tom Mayhew and Stuart McPherson. Hosted by Jimmy Whobblers
Wednesday 24th July, 8pm - Some Christmassy Whobbly Fringe Previews (link)with Christmas Fundamentalism (Richard Duffy) and Jimmy Whobblers
REVIEW: The Wee ReviewReview, The Wee Review, Aug 2019
☆☆☆☆☆ - "Richard Hanrahan gives us the working man’s club superstar we’ve been waiting for... a character so incredibly silly, funny and loose that it comes close to Partridge levels of comedic genius". Lovely and first review for the show from the institution formerly known as TV Bomb. Take a look at the full review here.
ICYMI: Hi-De-HIFeature, The Skinny, March 2019
The "In Case You Missed It" series asks comedians to watch and report back on a series, show or special that they've not seen before. I decided to write about Hi-De-Hi as it sort of fit into research about the character I was working on at the time, Jimmy Whobbers. You can also read the version I didn't publish...