In over 40 years of show business, Jimmy Jones has reigned as Britain's most successful live comedian. Jimmy has many celebrity pals who cite him as their favourite comedian including Iron Maiden, Status Quo, Tom Selleck, Eddie Grant, Bill Wyman and the late Benny Hill and Dudley Moore. Indeed Jimmy was once summoned to a private audience with the late Michael Jackson who wanted to meet the man who was Benny Hill's favourite comedian!
His introduction to show business came at the age of 11 when he won the Carol Lewis Discoveries Show and the original radio version of Opportunity Knocks. As a singer and whistler, he won many talent shows but went on to be an amateur comedian around the London club circuit in between jobs as a plasterer, tiler, lorry driver, arc welder with Ford and a docker at Dagenham Docks!
Jimmy's first professional engagements were in 1962 at the Royal Standard in Walthamstow and the legendary Montague Arms in Peckham, South London. The early seventies saw the birth of the long running TV series 'The Comedians' and Jimmy was one of the originals, this was followed by regular spots on 'Battle of the Comics', 'The Freddie Star Show', The Chas & Dave Show' and 'Six O'clock Live'. His 'Live From The Talk of East Anglia' comedy album achieved Gold Disc status in 1983, the first for a comedy album. In 1986 Jimmy made a triumphant debut in Las Vegas and the American audience loved his traditional banter and outrageous gags.
Benny Hill once told Jimmy after seeing him perform, "if you saw my hand moving under the table, it was the fact that I was jotting down your gags - nothing else!" Jim Davidson says that Jimmy was his biggest influence and it was seeing him on stage at the Montague Arms which made him want to enter comedy, they remain firm friends.
In 1989, Jimmy achieved a life-long ambition by playing a sell-out season at the Strand Theatre in London's West End. In 1991 he achieved another when he played a sell-out one man show at the London Palladium. Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Margaret are just a few of the Royal Family that have enjoyed Jimmy's humour at various charity events. Jimmy has always been very supportive of charity events and is often asked by many of his showbiz colleagues for his help by appearing at their chosen charity events.
In 1990 Jimmy was presented with the prestigious 'Mirror Club - Comedian of the Year Award', previous winners have included Michael Barrymore, Lenny Henry, Freddie Starr and Bob Monkhouse. Today Jimmy continues to sell out theatres across the UK with his fantastic repertoire of comedy and stories. In between, he spends time at home but is most often found 'in the park with the boys' - the boys being his beloved dogs!