Stand-up star Jason Manford lined up for Doncaster Comedy Festival

Comedian Jason Manford
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Television favourite Jason Manford is to top the bill at the 2014 Doncaster Comedy Festival.

The stand-up star will be heading a laughter-filled line-up currently being drawn up by town leisure chiefs.

The Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust Comedy Festival is set to feature a host of top names and the star’s appearance at The Dome on February 8 next year will kick off proceedings.

He will bring his First World Problems tour to town as he marks a return to his first love, stand-up comedy.

After his opera singing turn saw him emerge the winner on Born To Shine, Jason put his new-found talent into practice joining Alfie Boe on tour prior to a well-received run in the critically-acclaimed hit West End musical Sweeney Todd alongside Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. However, his comedy bones weren’t completely idle as he enjoyed appearances on QI, Big Fat Quiz of the Year, and Comedy World Cup.

Jason said: “Some of you might think I’ve had a career change what with all the opera and musical theatre I’ve been doing lately. Not a chance, I’m excited to be getting back to what I really love the most – stand up!”

Chris Hone, head of commercial development at DCLT, said: “We are thrilled to be announcing Jason Manford as the main act for our 2014 Comedy Festival. He is a much loved comedian who we are sure will be popular with the South Yorkshire audience.”

The Comedy Festival takes place from February 3 to 9. Tickets priced £22.50 will go on sale at 9am on Thursday. To book visit www.the-dome.co.uk or call 01302 370 777.