ONE of UK’s biggest comedy superstars Jason Manford is set to make his debut performance in Bahrain this weekend.
The Irishman – who is also a writer, actor and radio and television presenter – will bring his brand of humour to the British Club on Saturday, after shows in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The ‘Muddle Class’ tour explores the entertainer’s life growing up working class, then finding that as he’s got older, part of him has become middle class, causing much confusion.
The show has been performed more than 200 times in the UK alone.
“Muddle Class talks about my befuddlement at finding myself coming from a working class background and ending up in a middle class family,” Mr Manford told the GDN.
“It is an award-winning show that has been performed hundreds of times in different places, so you can guarantee it is going be a fantastic night out.”
Speaking of his various roles, Mr Manford said he was first and foremost a stand-up comedian.
“It is the extreme sport of entertainment and I suppose I am addicted to the adrenaline,” he added.
“I am lucky enough to be able to dip in and out of theatre and music. It keeps life interesting.”
The 38-year-old comic’s career began in 1999 when he was working at the Buzz Comedy Club at the Southern Hotel in Chorlton, Manchester.
He was collecting glasses when a performer did not show up for an evening set, and Mr Manford, who was 17 at the time, stepped in to fill the gap.
The event marked the beginning of his comedy career and six gigs later he was crowned The City Life North West Comedian of the Year.
Mr Manford said he was probably seven years old when he realised he had a funny bone, after eating everyone’s Easter eggs and joking his way out of it.
“I was always a cheeky kid who managed to get my way out of all sorts of tricky situations, by making people chuckle.”
His inspiration for ‘Muddle Class’ comes from his working class roots, his middle-class children and brother’s house, and seeing the funny little things that happen.
Mr Manford said his best memory of a show was seeing his mother and grandmother in the audience laughing out loud during one of his shows in Blackpool.
“At home, they just think I am a pest,” he said.
Addressing his fans in Bahrain, he said, “I’m coming in July because in 50-degree heat, we all need a good laugh.
“Bahrain, we are going to have a cracking night.”
The visit to Bahrain is Mr Manford’s fifth trip to the Middle East, staged by UAE-based company, The Laughter Factory.
Tickets for the show, which starts at 8pm, are available online at www.thelaughterfactory.com.
For more information, call the club on 17728245.