The Laughter Factory will host one-off summer special from UK stand-up star and TV personality


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The Laughter Factory have announced a special one-off summer gig from comedy superstar Jason Manford.

The British stand-up sensation will perform on Thursday August 25 at the Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach on JBR.

A star of numerous TV shows, including 8 Out of 10 Cats, The One Show and
A Question of Sport, Manford is one of the best known and most loved comedians in Britain. He arrives in Dubai midway through his hit UK tour The Best of Jason Manford and will perform a full 80-minute set of stand-up.

Manford’s last DVD was entitled First World Problems – something many a Dubai expat may relate to.

Tickets, priced at Dh195 for Regular and Dh295 for Premium, are on sale now.

This one-off summer special will see the charismatic Mancunian return to Dubai by popular demand, just over two years since Manford performed a pair of knockout celebratory gigs for The Laughter Factory in June 2014, marking the comedy institution’s 18th year of making the UAE laugh.

Gail Clough, co-founder of The Laughter Factory, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled we’ve been able to bag Jason Manford for a second time – he told me he had such good fun on his last visit he can’t wait to come back.

“Jason absolutely smashed it in Dubai two years ago – it’s the first time I’ve seen a comedian get two standing ovations in two decades of comedy. If you have a funnybone anywhere inside, you will not want to miss this.”

The Laughter Factory will be hosting a full September tour as usual – dates to be announced shortly. For details of our August tour, running August 11-18 across Dubai and Doha, head to thelaughterfactory.com now.


Listing Info

What: Jason Manford live in Dubai

Where:  Melrose Ballroom, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR

When: Thursday August 25 – doors 7.30pm, show 9pm

Price: Regular tickets Dh195; Premium Dh295 (First 4 rows)

(ages 21+ only)


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Meet Jason Manford

After a string of sell-out tours, countless TV appearances, three hit DVDs and an acclaimed autobiography, Jason Manford is rightly regarded as one of the UK’s most successful comedians.

His big break came in 2007, when Manford began a five year-stretch as a starring team leader on comedy panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats, soon establishing this charming northern funnyman as a national figure of fame.

But Jason’s journey begins some eight years earlier, in 1999, when a plucky 17-year-old lad bagged a low-skilled job collecting glasses, at a comedy club above a hotel in Manford’s hometown of Manchester. When a headliner failed to show up, the sprightly teenager offered to step in.

Six gigs later, Jason Manford was crowned The City Life North West Comedian of the Year – setting this straight-talking stand-up on the road to becoming one of the UK’s most famous comedians.

Manford’s 2005 Edinburgh Fringe show Urban Legends was nominated for the career-defining Perrier Award, and the gigs just kept getting bigger. And then naturally, telly beckoned.

After proving his wit and charisma on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Manford was invited to present his own new shows Comedy Rocks and Tonightly.

In 2010 Manford was appointed as presenter for the BBC’s primetime The One Show, as well as starring in game show the Odd One In – one-half of a team alongside Peter Andre. He also presented reality comedy contest Show Me the Funny, and wrote and presented ITV’s NYE special A Funny Old Year, from 2012-14, offering a light-hearted look back at the past 12 months.

A huge football fan – and loud Manchester City supporter – in 2014 Manford became host of football quiz show A Question of Sport: Super Saturday.

Earlier this year he launched his own weekly Jason Manford Show on Absolute Radio, tackling current affairs on the airwaves.

Throughout the years, Manford has proved a mighty off-screen live draw, relentlessly touring his accessible stand-up routines across the lands. His priceless material has been bottled in three live DVD releases: Live at the Manchester Apollo (2009), Live 2011 and First World Problems (2014).

The ultimate sign of celebrity came in 2012, with the release of autobiography book, Brung Up Proper, detailing his humble beginnings and rise to fame.

And Manford uses the power of fame for good. After years supporting charity causes, Jason was hailed as a people’s hero after becoming the unofficial spokesman for Stephen Sutton, a 19-year-old teenager diagnosed with terminal cancer, who sadly passed away in 2014.

Manford tirelessly championed Sutton’s charity Stephen’s Story, appearing on TV interviews from BBC to Al Jazeera, plugging endlessly on social media and  donating more than Dhs60,000 of his own cash.

Siting Billy Connolly, Peter Kay and family entertainers such as Eric Morecambe and Tommy Cooper as key influences, Manford’s material is known for wit and insight, without resorting to cheap, crude jokes or low-hanging fruit.

Jason Manford is without doubt one of the greatest comics working today – and it is with great pride we announce his return to The Laughter Factory.


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