They don’t do good old-fashioned family entertainment on the telly anymore.
But old comedy pro Jimmy Cricket certainly does and he proved to the people of Shropshire last night that he is keeping the tradition alive on stage with his gentle blend of songs, physical comedy, catchphrases and quick-fire jokes.
There is something charming about a man who has never strayed from his clean routines ethos, even after all these years.
Try this one for size: “I had a letter the other day; it said ‘do not bend’. So how was I supposed to pick it up?”
Or the comedy phone call to ‘mammy’ back in Northern Ireland who has a dream she was plucking a chicken and awoke to find her other half bald in bed.
When the police offer to ‘get DNA’ in the hunt for Jimmy’s stolen Scrabble set, he asks what they are doing to find the other letters.
And there’s more, the comic has kept with the times by weaving in some up to date references into his routine.
Now he sings about the bidet he bought on eBay, and falling in love with the ‘lady in the sat nav’.
His backhanded compliment to Festival Drayton Centre bosses for leaving it 31 years since they last booked him to appear in Market Drayton also raised a smile.