Although Jason Manford has been doing stand up for ten years now, and I go to a lot of comedy shows, this was the first time I had seen him live. The one time the company has reviewed him in the Fringe back in 2007, Di from our team was the reviewer.
As part of his virtually sold out tour Manford was playing his second sell-out gig at the massive Alhambra Theatre Dunfermline such is his popularity. Not only is he a very funny guy, his profile from TV appearances such as Eight Out of Ten Cats and now as presenter of The One Show on the BBC certainly drew in all ages and in vast numbers.
Manford took to the stage for the first ‘half’ of his gig to rapturous applause and gently at first began his set, He talks to the audience quite a lot soliciting opinions on numerous subjects, generally drawing funny material from the conversations, but has a whole host of his stories and gags to intersperse the riffing. Having nicely warmed up the crowd, and been plagued by the audience bladder control issues a break ensued for some to top up the drink levels or stretch there legs.
The second half was announced as lasting for 50 minutes, in fact it lasted virtually double that. There seemed to be a little more pace about part two. He was funny enough in the first segment, but came out all guns blazing with some really well written, well crafted funny material. Manford can not, on this evidence anyway, ever be accused as a ‘potty mouth’ comedian, okay there are an odd few expletives that do come from him, but this is the exception rather than the rule. Perhaps that was part of his appeal to some. That doesn’t mean he cannot drawn huge laughs, he can, in abundance.
With the time nearing 11-00pm his somewhat unusual ending of a question and answer session seemed a slightly low key way to finish, but it was a gentle warm down for the exertions of the previous 2 hours 40 minutes. Certainly no one could feel short changed with his gig.
And even after his exertions, he was happy enough to pose for photographs with his fans on the way out. Another example of what a genuinely nice guy he is.
As earlier mentioned his tour is virtually sold out, but it is still worth checking out if there are any tickets left at a venue near you. See his website www.jasonmanford,com for details and for future shows at Dunfermline’s Alhambra then check out www.alhambradunfermline.com