Jason keeps his promise

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Jason Manford is playing Blackpool on Saturday, after keeping an on-stage promise.

At the end of a sell-out gig at the Grand Theatre in January, Manford claimed he’d enjoyed the night so much he would return to the venue, to make sure any fans who’d missed the show got a chance to see him.

And the comedian proved true to his word, playing the same venue again this weekend in front of what will be another near full-house.

His show is called First World Problems, and went down a storm at a packed Grand earlier this year.

“I love Blackpool because it’s just a terrific place, “ said Manford.

“The audiences go out to have a good time and that always makes for a hugely enjoyable gig.”

During his last Blackpool show he came up with a few pearlers for the benefit of the locals, lines like “You’re from where? Fleetwood? Must be nice to see electric lights. I love it really. It’s the only place where the locals think the moon’s stuck in a puddle.”

Manford, from Salford, has been a stand-up since bursting onto the scene in the 90s.

He has become a household name in recent years, helped enormously by landing a role as a presenter on the BBC’s The One Show.

Then came an opera-singing turn that saw him emerge as the winner on ITV’s Born To Shine.

He put his new found talent into practice by joining Fleetwood’s Alfie Boe on tour, prior to a well-received run in the hit West End musical Sweeney Todd.

Tickets for Saturday’s Blackpool show are £24 and there may still be a few left.

For more information, or to grab those last tickets, visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or try the box office on 01253 743339.