Review: Comic Jason Manford at the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline
Published: 24 Jul 2013 07:000 comments
After a brief hiatus from the comedy circuit to tred the musical board walk the Machester-bred comedian is back and his new stand-up routine promises to be a belly full of laughs.
Recognisable from sets on 'Live at the Apollo' (BBC One), 'Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow' (BBC One), 'The Royal Variety Performance' (ITV1, 2009) and as host of ITV's reality comedy competition 'Show Me the Funny' Jason Manford is a TV favourite.
His easy charm is what makes audiences engage with him and 'First World Problems' delivers even more of that.
Taking a look at the idiosyncrasies in life and poking fun at those insignificant things people moan about on a day-to-day basis, you're sure to recognise yourself somewhere in the set.
It's observational comedy at its best and Manford makes sure not to leave anyone out. There are jokes about parenthood, a hilarious little skit about being refused multiple packets of paracetamol in a supermarket (lest he get any funny ideas) and a hats off to his fellow comics (there will be no skipping tonight, he says).
You get some banter about health, ghosts and a few self-depricating comments about the comic himself (is it a proper job?).
What's great about Manford is that he isn't just delivering a set list of jokes or ticking off topics to cover, he actually engages with the audience and seems to love doing so. He obvious delight when the Dunfermline audience told him that yes, people do actually hang bags on trees after picking up after their dogs, was something that couldn't be manufactured.
You get spontaneous comedy with Manford, who invites audience interaction at points, but what works most for the comedian is his personality as being funny seems quite effortless.
He attracts a mixed audience and what's most important is that they laugh. A lot. So really, what more could you ask for?