Jenny Eclair’s new tricks are a grumpy treat

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Comedienne Jenny Eclair might have a name like a pastry, but if this self confirmed grumpy old woman is true to form, her new show won’t contain any sweet talk.

Fresh from her stint amusing the nation in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Jenny is bringing her new one woman stand up tour to South Yorkshire.

The show is entitled Old Dog - New Tricks,! - which in typical self-depreciatory style, Jenny told the South Yorkshire Times, is “self explanatory”.

“I’ve been around the block more than once - but I have certainly learned a few new tricks.

“It is a totally different show from Grumpy old Women but it kind of follows on from that.

“I’ve always been a solo act - touring Grumpy old Women was too expensive so I’ve sacked the other two bitches! ,” she adds mischievously.

“This time the tour is just me a driver/stage manager and a car. If we can’t book a hotel I can sleep in the car.”

At the age of 51, Jenny has been in comedy for more than 25 years. “I’m still around because they’re not allowed to put me down. There’s no voluntary euthanasia for old comedians,” she quips. “I just keep on going full on.”

Jenny is fresh from the damp Aussie jungle, where she spent I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, eventually coming a respectable third behind Shaun Ryder and Stacey Solomon.

“It was just bizarre it was very surreal, even though it becomes normal. You are half savage and half in reach of the real world..

“She winces when reminded of the Bush Tucker trial when she turned her nose up at eating a kangaroo’s eye.

“I can’t eat eyes. Bums don’t bother me, but I can’t touch anything with an optic nerve!

“There were real highs and lows - the weather was really awful. It was like being seven again in permanently damp socks which have slipped down”.

The show, she says has gained her a new legion of male fans.

“My usual audience tend to look like me - it’s like a girl’s reunion and we’re all doing it together. I have noticed the younger fraternity coming to see me post–Jungle. The boys used to have to be brought kicking and screaming – now there is more of a spring in their step”.

So what sort of material can we expect?

During her recent tour of Grumpy Old Women Live she wowed the audience with a Lady GaGa tribute.

“I have always been an observational comic. I talk about the usual things relationships motherhood, clothes, food, fashion, weight and TV.

“There are some moments which are near the knuckle- much more like near my private parts!”

“People should stand by to gasp at the beginning.” she adds enigmatically.

Jenny will be in Barnsley Civic Theatre on February 4. Tel: 01226 327 000. Booking lines are open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm; And Doncaster Dome on June 19. tel: 01302 370777.