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Jason Manford

Jason Manford

Date Of Birth: 26/05/1981

Manford started his comedy career by winning the North West comedian of the year title in 1999. A year later, he won the Leicester Mercury comedian of the year, and was a finalist in the So You Think You're Funny? new act competition.

He made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2005 with Urban Legend, a show that was nominated for the main Perrier award. The following year he won the Chortle award for best breakthrough act.

He embarked on his first solo tour of the UK in September 2008, a month after hosting the topical Channel 4 show Tonightly

He became increasingly well-known thanks to his role on the Channel 4 panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats, and in 2010 hosted the high-profile Comedy Rocks for ITV. In May 2010 he was confirmed as the new co-host of BBC One's The One Show.

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Original Review:

Cheeky Northern charm has long been a mainstay of comedy. And Jason Manford has it by the bucketful.

It is, in fact, not only the basis for his act, but its entire ethos. So while his obvious observations and gags might not stand up to forensic scrutiny out of context, in his hands they slowly but surely accumulate into a set of raucous high spirits.

It ain’t so much what he says, but the way that he says it, in a Manchester brogue which sounds, inescapably, so much like a sedate version of Peter Kay. But it’s not just the accent; it’s the joshing attitude and the rich but economic use of language that also works in his favour. Although he says things many of us will have thought, he does so articulately and with an inherent, and irresistible, light wit.

He’s an unabashed populist, gregariously friendly and eager to please with material that stays firmly upbeat, even when he is taking the mickey. You’d have to be a hard-hearted cynic to resist it. Date of review: Jan 2006

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