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The comedian returns with his brand new show, Like Me

Born in 1981, it took only 17 years for comedian, writer, actor, television and radio presenter Jason Manford to make his mark on the live circuit. Working as a glass collector at the Buzz Comedy Club in Manchester's suburban area of Chorlton, Manford stepped in when a scheduled performer failed to turn up. Just six live gigs later he claimed The City Life North West Comedian Of The Year award, launching a career that would cement him as a household name across the United Kingdom.

Inspired by family-friendly entertainers such as Eric Morecambe, Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson, and citing both Billy Connolly and Peter Kay as catalysts for his love of comedy, Jason Manford secured a nomination for the coveted Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2005 for his debut Urban Legends show. Then described by Chortle as a triumphant performance "unashamedly dedicated to good, uncomplicated fun", he picked up their award for Best Breakthrough Act in 2006.

That same year Jason Manford made the jump from comedy club stages to screen, joining team captain Dave Spikey on Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats in 2006. Well-received by the show's regulars and audiences alike, Manford was invited to join as a team captain in 2007, holding the position until he amicably parted ways in 2011. During his time as team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Jason Manford was joined by the likes of actor Danny Dyer, the legendary Joan Rivers, presenters Carol Voderman, Claudia Winkleman and Lauren Laverne, as well as huge names from across the world of comedy.

Manford's TV career included presenting BBC One's First & Last, ITV's What Would Your Kid Do? and hosting at the prestigious Olivier Awards. In 2020, he donned a hedgehog outfit to place second on ITV's The Masked Singer, finishing behind Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts – herself performing as a queen bee.

Described as "effortlessly entertaining" by the Evening Standard, Jason Manford has also celebrated West End credits, first performing as Adolfo Pirelli in the 2012 production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street at London's Adelphi Theatre. Manford's theatre career has seen him appear in The Producers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys And Dolls, and as Frank Cioffi in Curtains in 2019. He also joined Absolute Radio in 2016, presenting on a Sunday morning.

In 2020, Jason Manford announced his Like Me show – the follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 Muddle Class tour – kicking off in February 2021 after a series of Work In Progress appearances.

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Jason Manford announced his latest show, Like Me, in 2020, kicking off in February 2021.

Jason Manford has appeared on a number of UK television shows including:

  • The Masked Singer (ITV1)
  • What Would Your Kid Do? (ITV1)
  • Olivier Awards (ITV1)
  • Scarborough (BBC One)
  • 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4)
  • The Nightly Show (ITV1)
  • Sunday Night At The Palladium (ITV1)
  • Live At The Apollo (BBC One)
  • Have I Got News For You (BBC One)
  • QI (BBC Two)
  • The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1)

Jason Manford has played roles both nationally and in the West End, including:

  • Curtains
  • Guys And Dolls
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • The Producers
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street