Following an inaugural sell out event in 2019 Manford’s Comedy Festival returns for 2020 featuring some of the UK’s biggest comedians.
Multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter RUSSELL KANE will host the Saturday headline event. Russell Kane is best known for the BBC Sounds podcast, Evil Genius which has become a flagship show and was the best performing original podcast on the platform.
The line-up includes MARLON DAVIS, a talented comedian, improviser and actor whose recent TV appearances include BBC’s Live At The Apollo and Comedy Central’s Comedy Store Live. Marlon will be joined by hit comedian SARA PASCOE star of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown for Channel 4, Taskmaster, Mock the Week and many more.
ZOE LYONS, star of Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Paul O’Grady Show, The Wright Stuff (as a regular guest panelist) and Dave’s One Night Stand. Stand-up comedian and television presenter DARA O BRIAIN is best known in the UK for hosting BBC’s Mock the Week, BlockBusters, Robot Wars, Stargazing Live, Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure and Dara O Briain’s Go 8Bit. Dara latest show Voice of Reason has been performed across the globe, touring in UK & Ireland, Scandanavia, Mainland Europe, Australia and the Middle East.
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Multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane is best known as the host of three series of BBC3's Live At The Electric, regular appearances on BBC1's Live At Apollo, BBC3's Unzipped, ITV2's Celebrity Juice and I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Now! Russell was nominated four times for prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards before winning Best Show in 2010. He then went onto make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival's Barry Award in one year. 'An exceptional comedian, his pace is relentless and his material beautifully observed and exquisitely crafted... inspiring and brilliant' (Chortle). 'A seriously good comedian' (The Times) 'Russell Kane delivers magic in spades' (The Scotsman) 'A smart, probing brain lurks below the vertiginous quiff' (The Evening Standard). Russell Kane was named in Ents24's top 5 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
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Marlon Davis is a bright young comedian, improviser and actor who embraces his work with energy and charm, embodying his characters and delivering his acute observational material with aplomb. His act is inspired from his upbringing, exploring Britain and tackling its social issues with skilful characterisations. Winner of the FHM Search For A Stand-Up Hero Competition in 2009. In 2006, he was a finalist in both the So You Think You're Funny and Laughing Horse new act competitions. Still a relative newcomer, Marlon Davis is like a breath of fresh air on stage, with an impish grin, boyish enthusiasm and an effortlessly open, confident style that instantly wins him friends in the audience. 'A compelling storyteller whose anecdotes carry the elusive stamp of urban authenticity' (The Scotsman).
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Sara is one of the most revered comedians in the UK. She has hosted 'Live at the Apollo' (BBC2) and 'Comedians Giving Lectures' (Dave), and appeared on a host of other best-loved TV shows including 'Mock the Week', 'Have I Got News for You?', 'QI', 'Would I Lie to You?' and '8 out of 10 Cats', as well as recording a stand-up special, 'Sara Pascoe Live at the BBC'. Sara’s radio series, 'Modern Monkey', aired on BBC R4 and her authored BBC short, 'Sara Pascoe vs Monogamy', was broadcast to great acclaim. Sara has enjoyed multiple sell-out UK tours and a sell-out run in London’s West End. As an actress, Sara has an impressive array of TV credits including the BAFTA nominated 'Twenty Twelve' (BBC2), 'W1A' (BBC2), 'Campus' (C4), 'The Thick of It' (BBC2) and 'Being Human' (BBC3). Sara has authored the critically acclaimed 'Animal' and the Sunday Times Best Seller 'Sex Power Money'.
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A comedy award nominee and a sharp and funny comedy performer who has appeared on Mock The Week. Very highly rated by fellow comedians, and regularly bringing down the Screamers Comedy Club roof. Zoe takes a sideways view of life, picking out the many absurdities and turning them into hilarious routines which she delivers with tremendous energy. She performs her diverse material with utter conviction leaving everyone wanting for more. She won the Funny Women Competition in 2004 and the Dave, Funniest Joke Of The Fringe Award in 2008. 'Achingly funny... A cracking show' (The Melbourne Age) 'Probably the most impressive British female comic on the circuit' (The Skinny) 'Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd' (The Guardian) 'Hugely confident, passionate, energetic... she gets better and better... Excellent' (The Daily Mirror) 'Throughout her show she unleashes non-stop rapid fire bolts of vinegar wit... I defy anyone not to fold up with laughter at her show' (Edinburgh Evening News) Zoe Lyons was named in Ents24's Hardest Working Comedians list of 2018 and 2016.
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Dara O Briain
One of Ireland's funniest comedians, who produces laughs like a magician produces rabbits from a hat. With a reputation as a stand-up around the world, including an appearance at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, he originally made a name for himself in Ireland on the satirical panel show Don't Feed the Gondolas and then stepped into the mainstream limelight with the hit show It's A Family Affair. Currently to be seen presenting the BBC's topical panel show Mock The Week. 'One of the most dependably entertaining stand-up comics in the land' (The Times) 'Worked the stalls like a puppet master' (Evening Standard) 'O Briain has a laser eye for the absurd and the spurious' (The Guardian).
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