FANS of well-known comedian Jason Manford can catch him at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall next month as he embarks on a UK-wide tour - and in this week’s Chad there is the chance to win a pair of tickets to see the show.
Salford-born Jason (30) has hosted numerous radio and TV shows including BBC1’s The One Show and has also carved out a successful career as a stand-up.
Jason’s new show, called Off On Tour We Go, is set to feature tales of shower mishaps, visiting ‘dangerous’ animals and nappies.
His interest in comedy began as a youngster when he was taken to see Billy Connolly by his parents - and says that he was influenced by the likeable story-tellers of the 1980s, rather than the angry alternative comedy scene.
He said: “I always liked storytellers like Jasper Carrott, Victoria Wood and Dave Allen. That’s who I see as my inspiration.
“I’m not political, I’m just having a laugh and a chuckle. No-one has ever left my gigs saying, ‘he’s really made me think tonight’ - but that’s not what I want them to do.
“I don’t think anyone goes out for ‘a good think’ do they? They go out for a bit of a laugh.”
Jason says that becoming a father to twin daughters has been part of the inspiration behind his new show - but he added that he was aware that not all of his audience would be interested in parenting.
He says: “You’ve got to take into account that not everyone has kids, like I wrote something about how when your babies are born you are really gentle with them as if they are going to break and then the midwife holds them upside down and shakes them around because they deal with babies all the time.
“But maybe if you’ve not had kids you might not relate to it. It should be easier when they are at school – everyone relates to being at school.”
Meanwhile, Jason has said that there is a huge appetite for live comedy at the moment because of the popularity of stand-ups such as Michael McIntyre.
He added: “I guess they’ve seen Michael, enjoyed him and gone, ‘who else is on then?’
“Audiences are really passionate too. It’s nice that people who like you really like you, but the downside is that people that don’t like you really hate you. Comedy is the only thing that gets people really angry.”
The show is on 7th and 8th October and kicks off at 7.30pm. For more details or to book tickets, priced at £20, contact the Box Office on (0115) 989 5555 or visit www.trch.co.uk.
Chad has teamed up with Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall to offer one reader a pair of tickets. To be in with a chance of winning, simply buy this week’s Chad and fill out an entry form.