Well, maybe with a touch of Shameless, too. The only thing Dad did hand over to nine-year-old Jason was a cassette tape of comedy greats, from Dave Allen to Lenny Bruce. And so the seeds were sown Not that Manford knew the term at the time.

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Well, maybe with a touch of Shameless, too. The only thing Dad did hand over to nine-year-old Jason was a cassette tape of comedy greats, from Dave Allen to Lenny Bruce. And so the seeds were sown Not that Manford knew the term at the time. In some ways, this is an account of a normal working-class family, from hiding from loan sharks to family outings to Blackpool illuminations, then still full of wonder for a small child. But then several instances are much less commonplace, no matter how matter-of-factly Manford relates them — such as the heroin addict uncle who used to crash on the family sofa.

The adventure is like a modern-day Laurel and Hardy sketch, though told with a mordant humour. More farcical entertainment comes as Manford describes the ill-fated first family holiday — all the way to glamorous Southport. Seven people were crammed into a Vauxhall Cavalier, with Jason curled up in the passenger footwell, seeing the motorway rush past at 70mph, inches from his face, thought the rust-worn holes in the bodywork.

She was just 16, and became pregnant with Jason very quickly. Characters from both sides of his family loom large in his life story, too, from his beloved grandfather to his Irish nana, singing bawdily in the pub while sneakily chugging wine from a box she smuggled in.

As he child, he was certainly a show-off. Getting laughs what what he did to impress Amanda Rose, the girl he had a crush on. Outside of school, Manford managed not to fall into a bad crowd.

The worst he did was one guilt-ridden spot of petty theft on his paper round, done through peer pressure but with a conclusion that would fit an old-fashioned morality tale. In fact the young Manford was more likely to be a victim of crime, and suffered a couple of muggings, one of which left him losing not just a few quid — but some teeth and a lot of his self-confidence, just as he was getting into stand-up.

The story of how he got into comedy has been oft-repeated. Manford never worked well in a conventional environment, where he had a tendency just to walk out the door rather than deal with petty frustrations.

Very Capraesque. It revived his interest in stand-up, first piqued when his father gave him that old C90 for Christmas, and he was again hooked.

Seeing it week in, week out, he analysed how the comics worked, and would chat to them after every show. He told a few recycled lines, such as the apocryphal stupid answers told on Family Fortunes, to polite titters, but when he started telling the tale of his mugging, with a little embellishment, the seed began to germinate.

The book ends before Manford got famous — though a postscript set in last Christmas brings the story back to where it started, although in far different circumstances, and contains at least a nod to the tabloid scandal that cost him another job, but also made him all the more famous. Published: 4 Oct


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He is an English writer, comedian, actor, radio and television presenter of Irish descent. He cites Billy Connolly as the first comedian he saw when he was 9 years old, and as the very first inspiration for him to become a comedian. Jason began hosting a radio breakfast show on XFM Manchester from January 5th and which lasted until May 15, Jason is available for corporate hire, and has worked for many large UK companies, entertaining as well as hosting award ceremonies, for more information get in touch on the contacts page.


Brung Up Proper by Jason Manford

Author: Jasonn Manford Recommended for: fans of Jason Manford and biographies I love Jason Manford when he does stand up so I thought it would be interesting to find out more about him, this book was brilliant for that! You get to know him more and find out how he came to be in comedy and what his life was like growing up. His sense of humor came across brilliantly in his writting, I found myself laughing alot while reading it. Even though it is a average sized book I read it within a couple of days, it flowed so well throughout the time just flew by and it was very well written it was as if he was sat right in front of me telling me about his life.

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