Jason Manford

Jason Manford

Of Irish descent, the writer, comedian, actor, radio and television presenter was born May 26, 1981, in Salford, Lancashire.

His career began in 1999, while working collecting glasses at the Buzz Comedy Club upstairs at the Southern Hotel in Chorlton, Manchester. When a performer didn’t arrive for an evening set, the 17-year-old stepped in to fill the gap.

Six gigs later he was crowned The City Life North West Comedian of the Year. Then, after winning several smaller awards, he 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.

He then went on the rounds of comedy clubs in the UK, including the Comedy Store and Jongleurs, and did many gigs abroad as far a field as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and China. 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 Car.

He has subsequently presented Sky Three’s Premier League Allstars Extra Time, Channel 4’s Tonightly, performed at the Royal Variety Performance, on Channel 4’s Comedy Gala, ITV1’s The Comedy Annual 2010, BBC1’s Would I Lie to You, become a regular on ITV1’s Odd One In with Peter Andre and given his voice to BBC1’s highly acclaimed Walk on the Wild Side.