Despite appearing in numerous TV shows and starring in the critically-acclaimed West End production of Sweeney Todd, Jason Manford has not forgotten his stand-up roots.
The Manchester-born comedian recently announced an extra 22 shows on his First World Problems tour, including at date at Buxton Opera House on May 13, at 8pm.
He said: “I’ve been really enjoying this show; I have fun with the audience, it’s very friendly and relaxed and I never get bored of it – it’s an absolute joy. I love being on stage and I want to say a huge thank-you to the brilliant crowds for their loyal support!”
Jason’s charismatic style strikes up a natural rapport with his audiences and generates rare warmth on stage. He cleverly lays on his own warm-up for each show and encourages audience participation which leads to hilarious exchanges, with fans providing their own ‘First World Problems’.
The performer who describes his show as “essentially moaning about everyday life, but with punchlines” says the buzz you get from live comedy is unrivalled. “You can’t give it up!” he beams.
“People who haven’t done stand-up focus on the negatives – ‘what’s it like to die on stage?’ I always say, ‘It’s horrendous, the worst feeling in the world’. But the lows are so low because the highs are so high.”
And Jason, who has also hosted Show Me the Funny and Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford for ITV1, carried on: “It’s a huge risk, but when it goes right, there is nothing better.
“It creates a communal feeling that you just can’t beat. You get all these people laughing and you think, ‘I did that!’
“If you make one person laugh in a day, that’s great. Imagine multiplying that by 10,000!”
Tickets, priced £23.50, are available on 0845 127 2190.