'What Manford does best: classic, chirpy-chappie stand-up'
Everybody’s favourite northern comedian, Jason Manford, has announced a brand new tour for 2013. The show promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, comic misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.... Read more >>
Running time: 1h 40m
'What Manford does best: classic, chirpy-chappie stand-up'
Everybody’s favourite northern comedian, Jason Manford, has announced a brand new tour for 2013. The show promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, comic misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.
Jason has had a busy time since he was last on the road. After his opera singing turn saw him emerge the winner on Born To Shine (ITV1) Jason put his new found talent into practice joining Alfie Boe on tour prior to a well-received run in the West-End hit musical Sweeney Todd. However, his comedy bones weren’t completely idle as he enjoyed appearances on QI (BBC Two), Big Fat Quiz of the Year (Channel 4), and Comedy World Cup (Channel 4).
Jason said: 'Some of you might think I’ve had a career change what with all the opera and musical theatre I’ve been doing lately. Not a chance, I’m excited to be getting back to what I really love the most – stand up!'
Stand up sets on Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One) and The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1, 2009) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic, a position which made him the ideal host of ITV’s reality comedy competition, Show Me the Funny. A second series of his hilarious creation Walk on the Wild Side (BBC One) aired in 2010, and Jason has hosted Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford (ITV1) and been a regular panelist on two series of Odd One In (ITV1).
'He's blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can't manufacture'
'Manford retains an affably jovial demeanour that makes him warmly enjoyable company.'
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Book online: Using the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 3022 (Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge)
Groups Bookings (10+): 0844 871 3042 (Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge)
Access Bookings: 0844 871 7677 (Mon – Sat, 9am – 10pm. Sun 10am – 8pm. Bookings made via this line will be subject to booking fees and a transaction charge. Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.)
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