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Manford’s Comedy Club, Absolute Radio and the Winter Gardens Blackpool, today announce a brand new Comedy Festival launching in May 2019 –Manford’s Blackpool Comedy Festival

The inaugural Manford’s Blackpool Comedy Festival, in association with Absolute Radio, will take place in the home of British Comedy, Blackpool from Friday 10 May – Sunday 12 May 2019 and will feature a wide variety of top comedy acts as well as the Grand Final of a new comedy award which will feature heats across the UK.

Jason Manford & Friends will open the Friday 10 May event. The show, hosted by Jason Manford, will feature Britain’s Got Talents Daliso Chaponda, popular Irish comedian David O’Doherty and headlined by 8 Out of 10 Cats star comedian Sean Lock.

Saturday 11 May will see John Bishop & Friends take to the Opera House stage. Hosted by comedy superstar John Bishop, the show will feature stand-up legend Mick Miller, BBC’s Mock the Week’s Milton Jones, plus many more.

Further announcements will be made in the coming weeks as more events are confirmed at the Winter Gardens Blackpool.

Jason Manford said: ‘We’re delighted to unveil the exciting new partnership with the Winter Gardens Blackpool and deliver a top-class comedy festival, which not only features top comedians and events but also celebrates the best in upcoming talent from across the UK. We’re excited to be coming to Blackpool, the town’s comedy heritage is legendary - it’s the Vegas of Britain!’

Michael Williams, Winter Gardens Blackpool Managing Director said ‘Manford’s Blackpool Comedy Festival is an exciting new addition to our 2019 programme featuring some of the best live acts in the UK. An annual comedy festival adds to the fantastic and diverse range of events already taking place in early season to attract visitors from right across the UK and beyond.’

‘The partnership with Manford’s Comedy Club and Absolute Radio, brings together a perfect team to deliver a top line up of acts with the view to grow the event year on year.’

Jason Manford & Friends

Jason Manford & Friends will open the Friday 10 May event. The show, hosted by Jason Manford, will feature Britain’s Got Talents Daliso Chaponda, popular Irish comedian David O’Doherty and headlined by 8 Out of 10 Cats star comedian Sean Lock.

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John Bishop & Friends

Saturday 11 May will see John Bishop & Friends take to the Opera House stage. Hosted by comedy superstar John Bishop, the show will feature stand-up legend Mick Miller, BBC’s Mock the Week’s Milton Jones, plus many more.

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