Mancunian comedian Jason Manford is known for his brilliant observation comedy and has become a household name thanks to appearances as a team captain on 8 out of 10 Cats and presenting stints on shows like The One Show and Bigheads, and is returning to stand-up for an appearance at Potters on Sunday 2nd June 2019.
The stand-up entertainer, writer, actor and radio and television presenter has had many notable appearances, including Sunday Night at the Palladium, Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You and The Royal Variety Performance. He has treaded the boards of the West End and even released an album, following on from the nation discovering his vocal talents on Born to Shine in 2011.
Read our profile on the comedian, who was named number one in Ents24's Hardest Working Comedians of 2018 list…
His big break
- Jason began his comedy career in 1999, while working at the Buzz Comedy Club in Manchester. While working there, he became interested in comedy after watching the likes of Peter Kay, Eddie Izzard and Johnny Vegas perform there. He was collecting glasses when a performer didn’t arrive for an evening set, and Jason stepped in to fill the gap, and that’s when his comedy career began.
- He cites Billy Connolly as the first comedian he saw when he was nine years old, and as the first inspiration for him to become a comedian.
- He has been doing comedy for twenty years and has had countless sold out tours
- Jason shot to stardom as a team captain on 8 out of 10 Cats in 2007, doing six series of the panel show.
- In March 2010, he was announced as the host of Comedy Rocks, featuring stand-up comedians and musical performances, and he also had a stint hosting BBC One’s The One Show in 2010.
- He was a panellist on the ITV game show, Odd One In, and hosted ITV’s reality comedy competition, Show Me The Funny.
- He appeared in series four of Channel 4’s Shameless as a security guard.
- Following three successful end of year specials of Funny Old Year, Jason went on to host Funny Old Week for ITV in July 2015.
- In 2017 he hosted Bigheads on ITV1, with Jason even receiving a nomination for Best Entertainment Presenter at the National Television Awards.
- He later starred in drama Ordinary Lies on BBC One, being nominated as Best Actor at the Royal Television Society Awards.
- He presented What Would Your Kid Do? in 2018.
- He also hosts a show on Absolute Radio each Sunday morning.
- His opera singing saw him emerge as the winner on Born to Shine, where he learnt to sing in an operatic style, and his new found talent later saw him join Alfie Boe on tour.
- Jason released his debut album of musical favourites, A Different Stage, and it reached the Top 10 in the UK.
- He did a run in the critically acclaimed hit West End musical, Sweeney Todd, starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton in 2012, which was his stage debut. In 2015 he starred in The Producers musical, and took to the stage in 2016 in the UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Jason received rave reviews for appearing in Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2018.