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 curtails show after fan collapses

Woman now making a good recovery

Jason Manford had to cut a gig short after a fan collapsed on the second row. 

Paramedics in the audience attended to the woman while she was still at the Newcastle City Hall on Wednesday, before she was rushed to hospital.

Manford has since told his Facebook followers she is now making a good recovery.

The comic posted on his Facebook page yesterday: ‘I rang the hospital this morning and managed to actually speak to the young woman who collapsed. She seemed more embarrassed than poorly bless her. She was being monitored by staff and she was hopefully heading home that day. 

‘She kept apologising for spoiling everyone’s night to which obviously I told her to not be silly.’

But he joked: ‘In fact, the only thing to apologise for was the fact she didn’t do it half hour earlier as I could’ve made the 9.30 showing of Infinity Wars at the Cineworld.’

In fact, Manford cut the gig about 15 minutes short. At the time, he posted: ‘So sorry the show had to finish slightly early tonight folks. Hoping she’s going to be alright’ and he thanked the audience for ‘being so cool and giving her some dignity by shuffling out quietly’.

He also praised the ambulance crew and NHS staff for helping save the woman’s life and offered health workers free tickets to future shows – a policy which he said helped ensure there were plenty of trained experts on hand for the Newcastle show.

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Published: 4 May 2018

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