Christmas comedy cracker with Carol and Jimmy

COMEDY duo Carol Doey and Jimmy Cowan are back at the Burnavon next week with a brand new show to provide some quality seasonal entertainment.

‘Carol and Jimmy’s All New Christmas Cracker’ will be a night of chat, music and laughter with a few special guests thrown in for good measure.

The Mid Ulster Mail caught up with Carol prior to her upcoming shows at the Burnavon and got to know a little more about the lady behind the big laugh. Carol Doey wrote her first play ten years ago and has been entertaining people ever since.

“I always loved to hear people laugh, I knew it could make them feel better albeit for a fleeting moment. I wanted to be someone who could make people laugh and I found that the best way to do that was through my writing,” she tolf the MAIL.

“I had many memorable moments on stage with the late Jimmy Quinlivan. One of which was the night we closed “Fair Play te ye” at the Burnavon and three of the Tyrone Players surprised Jimmy by joining him on stage. The look on his face was priceless.”

Carol has had a colourful time performing on-stage and says her funniest moment was probably “the night Jimmy Cowan’s trousers fell round his ankles”. “It was during ‘Chronicles in the Vicars Kitchen’ made me laugh out loud, he had bent down and when he stood up the audience saw… well lets just say that there was a full moon out that night,” she laughed.

I would love to perform on stage with Connor Grimes. He is so funny and his comedic timing is exceptional. Telling a joke is easy, but doing comedy on stage is very difficult. Its all about timing and knowing what to do at the right moment. Conor does this exceptionally well. He is my comedy idol.

The new show from Carol and partner Jimmy Cowan will take place next Thursday and Friday 2 to 3 December and Carol says they have a lot in store for this seasonal performance.

She explained: “We have as usual a wealth of local talent. Members of our theatre group are performing a couple of Christmas numbers, to get the audience in the mood. Chasin’ Hooley will be there to entertain and many more talented musicians, our guest interviewees include a comedian, a singing priest, a Celebrity Cook, the founder of Unislim and a band member from the American Drifters and of course, whatever Jimmy and I throw in for good measure.”

Tickets for this all-round comedy extravaganza are priced £10, and can be purchased at the Burnavon Box Office, by telephone on 028 8676 9949 or online at