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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Another musical role for Jason Manford

Comic to star in Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall

Jason Manford is to star in a new production of Guys and Dolls at London’s Royal Albert Hall this October.

The comic will be playing the key role of Nathan Detroit, who runs an illegal floating crap game, in the ‘semi-staged concert’ version of Frank Loesser’s musical comedy.

Music will be provided with by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the cast also includes Adrian Lester, cabaret artist Meow Meow and Clive Rowe, who will be reprising his role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson, for which he won an Olivier Award in 1997.

Manford – who has previously appeared in Sweeney Todd, The Producers and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – said he ‘couldn’t be more excited to be starring in this classic musical’

The show is on October 19 and 20 – just before Jon Stewart and Dave Chapelle play the same venue.

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Published: 14 Aug 2018

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