Comedian Jason Manford is on his way to Huddersfield early in the New Year.
His show, First World Problems, promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.
He will be at Huddersfield Town Hall on Monday, January 13.
Jason has had a busy time since he was last on the road.
After his opera singing turn saw him emerge the winner on Born To Shine (ITV1), Jason put his new found talent into practice, joining Alfie Boe on tour prior to a well-received run in the critically acclaimed West End musical Sweeney Todd, alongside Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. However, his comedy bones weren’t completely idle as he enjoyed appearances on QI (BBC Two), Big Fat Quiz of the Year (Channel 4) and Comedy World Cup (Channel 4).
Jason said: “Some of you might think I’ve had a career change what with all the opera and musical theatre I’ve been doing lately.
“Not a chance. I’m excited to be getting back to what I really love the most – stand-up!”
Stand-up sets on Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1, 2009) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic, a position which made him the ideal host of ITV’s reality comedy competition, Show Me the Funny.
He has also taken Brighouse schoolboy comedian Jack Carroll very much under his wing with the two appearing on stage the last time Jason came to Huddersfield in June, when it was a sell-out show.
Brighouse High pupil Jack – who has cerebral palsy – reached last summer’s final of Britain’s Got Talent.
The 14-year-old comedian has been likened to Peter Kay, while David Walliams said Jack was funnier than him.
He was pipped in the final by Hungarian shadow dance group Attraction but won rave reviews for his quickfire gags.
Jason was born in Salford in 1981 and supports Manchester City.
He cites Billy Connolly as the first comedian he saw when he was nine years old, and as the very first inspiration for him to become a comedian.
He has a love for family friendly entertainers like Eric Morecambe, Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson. Later on, comics like Jasper Carrott and Dave Allen influenced Jason but it wasn’t until he saw Peter Kay that he decided to have a go himself.
After winning several smaller awards, Jason was nominated for the Perrier Award in Edinburgh in 2005 for his show Urban Legends, a stand-up show about those stories that always seem to happen to a friend of a friend.
His first major television appearance was when he was a guest on the Channel 4 panel show, 8 out of 10 cats, presented by Jimmy Carr.
He was on Dave Spikey’s team alongside Piers Morgan and would later go on to replace Dave Spikey as team captain in 2007 and continued in the role until 2011.