Jason Manford kicks off this year’s Blackburn with Darwen Comedy Festival (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Jason Manford kicks off this year’s Blackburn with Darwen Comedy Festival
FORGET the TV cameras and the orchestras, Jason Manford will be in Blackburn for two nights from tomorrow armed with nothing more than a microphone.
He is bringing his First World Problems tour to King George’s Hall to kickstart this year’s Blackburn with Darwen Comedy Festival.
And the former winner of the Lancashire Telegraph Award for best performance at the festival admits he ccouldn’t be more pleased.
“Stand-up is what I really love to do the most,” he said, “and it’s going to be good to come back to Blackburn, I’ve had some really great nights there before.”
With a series of TV appearances behind him, not to mention a spell in London’s West End in the musical Sweeney Todd, Jason admits he was nervous about making a return to stand-up.
“No matter who you are you need to have stage time,” he said. “You only get better by doing it.
“I started out by doing 10 minute slots unannounced at comedy clubs just to get back into it.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, you really only ever get a couple of minutes grace from an audience before you really have to make them laugh.
“At first I would do some stuff from previous tours which I knew worked really just to get my confidence back and then I’d gradually intorudce some new ideas.”
Jason’s tour is of epic proportions and will keep him on the road until the end of April next year.
“For this tour I’ve tried to return to the theatres rather than playing arenas,” he said.
King George’s Hall, Blackburn
Tomorrow and Saturday: Jason Manford
Tuesday to Thursday: Fifty One Shades of Maggie
Thursday 3: Bill Bailey
Friday 4: George’s Comedy Club
Friday 11: Steve Hughes
Friday 18: The Lumberjacks
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20: Sarah Millican (pictured)
Thursday 31: The Vagina Monologues
Friday 1: George’s Comedy Club
Saturday 9: The Lancashire Hotpots
Tuesday 12: Music Hall Tavern
Sunday 24: Jim Davidson and Richard Digance
Darwen Library Theatre
Thursday 10: Canon and Ball
Thursday 17: Ms Fits
Wedneday 23: Paul Daniels
Thursday 24: Bernard Wrigley
Wednesday 30: Houghton Weavers
Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn
Monday 7: Club Variety Show
Friday 11 and Saturday 12: Maloney’s Big Moment starring Jimmy Cricket
Friday 1: The Magic and Mirth of Tommy Cooper
Thursday 7: Comedy Night
For details visit www.blackburn anddarwen comedy festival .com
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