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Published 14th Oct 2011

Jason Manford

Top TV comic Jason Manford has today (Fri 14 October) been confirmed as the special guest headliner for the Big Mouth Charity Gala at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Sunday 30 October!

One of the most popular and best-loved comics in the country, Jason has built up a huge following since his first major TV appearance on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats in 2007 – and his last Town Hall shows went down a storm with Teesside comedy fans after two dates sold out in double-quick time in August last year.

And 2011 alone has seen Jason front his own comedy variety show Comedy Rocks on ITV1, win Born to Shine with his amazing operatic skills, host comedy talent show Show Me The Funny, and host an episode of BBC1’s Live at the Apollo.

His autobiography Brung Up Proper was published last month to glowing reviews, and he’s just embarked on a major UK arena tour.

But Jason will be going back to his comedy club roots with a 20-minute set for the Big Mouth Gala, and joins a barnstorming line-up featuring no less than TEN of Big Mouth’s favourite comics.

The show will be held together by three of Big Mouth’s favourite MC’s – razor sharp award winning Geordie Jason Cook, ‘Jesus look-alike’ Matt Reed, and energetic cheeky-chappie Danny McLoughlin.

But, if that’s not enough, an amazing line-up also includes familiar TV faces Rob Rouse and Chris Ramsey, multi-award winner The Boy With Tape on His Face, plus four of the most popular comics on today’s national comedy circuit; Martin Bigpig, Dan Nightingale, Barry Dodds & Andy Fury.

All profits raised on the night will go to Middlesbrough Council’s official charity the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund, and Big Mouth nominees Zoe’s Baby Hospice in Normanby.

The eagerly anticipated gig is celebrating the third birthday of Middlesbrough’s hugely popular Big Mouth Comedy Club, which launched with the world’s smallest gig in one of the classic red phone boxes outside Middlesbrough Town Hall three years ago.

A team effort between Middlesbrough Town Hall and promoters Ten Feet Tall, Big Mouth now brings some of the best comics on today’s UK circuit to packed crowds at Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt each month – and tickets are selling so well for the Gala that the show is being moved upstairs into the Main Hall to meet demand.

Ten Feet Tall comedy promoter Peter Vincent said: “This is the first time we’ve held a Charity Gala, and we wanted to make this a really special night.

“We’ve cherry picked the best bits from the last three years, looked at what people loved and who went down best on stage, and now we’ve put them into one bumper line-up. And it goes without saying that we were punching the air when Jason jumped at the chance to play.”

Looking forward to the gig, Jason Manford said: “I’ve known Peter for years and always enjoyed working with him. So I jumped at the chance to be part of this, especially for two great causes like Zoe’s Place and the Yorkshire Regiment.

“I had a fantastic welcome when I played the Town Hall for a couple of nights last summer, so I’m really looking forward to coming back to Boro for what looks like an absolutely fantastic gig.”

Mark Guidery, Chief Executive of Zoe’s Place, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as one of the two beneficiaries of the Big Mouth Comedy Gala, and we’re just pinching ourselves thinking about how good this night is going to be.”

Colour Sergeant Geoff Dawson of the Yorkshire Regiment said: “Big Mouth is always a great night out – and this looks set to top the lot. We’re absolutely thrilled to be part of this, and very grateful for the boost our benevolent fund for soldiers and their families will receive.”

Show information

Big Mouth Comedy Gala: Middlesbrough Town Hall, Sunday 30 October. With: Jason Manford, Rob Rouse, Chris Ramsey, The Boy With Tape on His Face, Martin Bigpig, Dan Nightingale, Barry Dodds, Andy Fury – plus Jason Cook, Matt Reed & Danny McLoughlin as MC’s. Doors: 7.15pm. Show: 8pm. Age: 18+. Tickets: £15.50. Box Office: 01642 729729 or on SeeTickets.

About Zoe’s Place

Zoe's Place Baby Hospice in Normanby offers a unique 'home from home' environment specifically for babies and children from birth to 5 years old who have life limiting and life threatening conditions.

They offer palliative and specialist respite care, as well end of life care. They afford each individual respect and dignity regardless of gender, race, culture, religious beliefs or disability.

Zoë’s Place Middlesbrough opened its doors to its first children in 2004, and recently extended the facilities to enable them to take up to 6 infants at any one time. They also offer accommodation and ample facilities to any families that wish to stay close by their child.

The word 'hospice' can sometimes conjure up images of a sad place - anyone who steps through the doors at Zoe's Place will find something very different! It is a bright, happy place, where you will find the children playing, painting, singing, baking - generally doing what all children love to do!

'Zoë' means 'gift of life' - every life is precious no matter how long it lasts.

They rely on the generosity of the local community, individuals and businesses, to help keep the doors of this very special place open. Last year their running costs were in excess of £1 Million for the first time, so every penny that is donated is very gratefully received!

About The Yorkshire Regiment

The Yorkshire Regiment is the ‘local’ regiment for Middlesbrough and recruits heavily from the town and the Teesside area. The 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, known for hundreds of years as the Green Howards, was formed in 1688 and has an illustrious and valiant history thanks in part to the bravery of its soldiers from Middlesbrough and the surrounding area.

The Green Howards became part of the Yorkshire Regiment in its current form in 2006 after a restructure of the infantry. The regiment’s charity, the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund, helps soldiers and their families in need.

Middlesbrough Council has formed a year-long partnership with the regiment to highlight the pride the town has in the regiment and raise money for its benevolent fund.

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