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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Is Peter Kay ready to return to stand-up?

'Keep your eye out for his tour,' says pal Jason Manford

Peter Kay could be back with a new stand-up show, his friend Jason Manford has indicated.

The Phoenix Nights star famously cancelled a huge 14-month tour in 2017, just days after announcing it, citing 'unforeseen family circumstances’.

Now Manford has excited fans by hinting that Kay could soon be back on the road.

He told Dublin radio station FM104: 'He's great, Pete. We've known each other a long time, it must be 25 years. It's been a hell of a ride.

‘He's just an absolute legend isn't he? What a treasure. Hopefully back himself soon, doing stand-up, so keep your eye out for his tour. Not that he needs you to buy a ticket as much as I do.’

Kay did return to the stage last month, DJing at his Dance For Life show in aid of  Cancer Research.

His last stand-up appearances were as part of The Tour That Doesn't Tour Tour… Now On Tour, which started as a residency at the Manchester Arena and wrapped in late 2011. 

When he cancelled the  Have Gags, Will Travel tour he said: ‘I'm sure you'll understand my family must always come first.'  

He has since made occasional charity appearances, some to raise funds for research into mitochondrial disease, as well as a Q&A last summer to help a brain cancer patient raise money for experimental treatment.

Kay, 48, made an audio episode of his comedy Car Share during lockdown as well as making a brief appearance on the BBC’s Big Night In fundraiser.

The comic has also revealed he is writing a third volume of his memoirs – having last year committed the first, the Sound Of Laughter, to audioboook.

Kay and Manford have been friends since working the Manchester comedy circuit together in the 1990s.

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Published: 7 May 2022

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