Movie star’s hand in Jimmy’s tale

Wigan comedian Jimmy O

Wigan comedian Jimmy O

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AFTER the great success of the first two volumes, Wigan comedian Jimmy O has enlisted the help of a film star to edit the latest part of his autobiography.

The first two releases of A Fool’s Errand have proved big hits after they were released as e-books, and the man dubbed The Wigan Joker is publishing the third volume on October 31 - Halloween.

Jimmy O's book

Jimmy O's book

It’s a fitting date, given that his new editor - Wigan actor Laurence R Harvey - is making his name appearing in horror films.

He has starred in The Human Centipede 2 and will feature in the upcoming third instalment of the series, as well as next month’s releases The Editor and ABCs of Death 2.

The friendship between Jimmy O and Harvey may seem an unlikely one, but say that they have found that they work well together.

“Laurence retweeted something of mine and we ended up meeting,” explained Jimmy.

“We’ve been mates ever since and we go shopping together every week now.

“He’s one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met, and I was never massively well-educated so to get him on board was fantastic.

“He’s helping me turn what is basically just a stream of consciousness into another volume which will hopefully do as well or better than the first two.”

Mr Harvey, 44, from Newtown, said that he would be keen to continue helping Jimmy with his future volumes.

“I’ve known Jimmy for a couple of years now. I’d seen some of his comedy work on YouTube and we talked about meeting up and have stayed in touch since,” he said.

“I read the first volume and thought it was great but that it could do with a decent proof-reader, so I volunteered as I used to write articles for newsletters and websites.

“I would definitely like to carry on editing and proof reading Jimmy’s work in the future, it’s been a great thing for me to be able to do.”

Jimmy explained how he had been blown away by the response to his first two volumes, which have received rave reviews with both rated five stars on Amazon.

“I’m really pleased with how it’s been received,” he said. The first volume had around 1,000 downloads on its first day, which is just incredible.

“There are going to be six volumes in total. I’m definitely going to release the first four as e-books, and I’m hoping to release the series in its entirety as a hardback book next year.

“I wouldn’t say that I’m at the level of doing a book signing just yet though – I’m not sure how many people would turn up!”

Anyone interested in the development of Jimmy’s book can stay updated through the book’s Twitter account and Facebook page.