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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Jason Manford and Frank Skinner grow radio audiences

'Daft chat of absolutely no consequence' proves a winning formula

Jason Manford and Frank Skinner are celebrating a rise in their radio audiences.

In new Rajar listening figures released today show both recorded a healthy boost in year-on-year numbers for their Absolute Radio show.

Skinner’s Saturday-morning slot added 14 per cent more listeners, bringing the total up to 829,000

And Manford has recorded a 20 per cent rise in his Sunday audience to 661,000.

He said: ‘I’m so chuffed that more and more listeners are finding our little Sunday morning radio show.’

The comic added that he aims to provide ‘a break from what’s going on outside… [with] daft chat of nonsense of absolutely no consequence’. 

‘People know they can tune in and be confident that there’ll be nowt serious being discussed, we are proudly a politics/Brexit/Boris/Covid free zone,’ he added.

‘I can’t thank the listeners enough for these record figures. It’s an honour and a privilege to chat to you every week.’

Meanwhile, Skinner has been making a new podcast series called Frank Skinner’s Poetry Podcast while in lockdown.

BBC Radio 4 Extra, with its heavy emphasis on vintage comedy, suffered a bad year, slumping 11 per cent to 1.98 million listeners. But it is still the UK’s third most popular digital-only station behind  6 Music and Kisstory.

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Published: 14 May 2020

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