Manford’s Comedy Club and Winter Gardens Blackpool have today announced that ‘Manford’s Comedy Festival’ will return in May 2020 following last year’s roaring success.

Following the incredible success of 2019’s inaugural ‘Manford’s Comedy Festival’, Blackpool Winter Gardens and Manford’s Comedy Club have announced the festival will return to the home of British comedy in May 2020 with an all-star line-up.


Hosted by some of the best-known faces from the UK comedy circuit, the shows will bring a weekend of non-stop entertainment to the resort. Tickets for each show are expected to be snapped up quickly.

The Festival kicks off with Jason Manford & Friends on Friday 1st May, when Jason will be joined by Jasper Carrott, Angelos Epithemiou, Tez Ilyas and Rich Hall.

Saturday 2nd May opens with a fun afternoon comedy show for all the family… with some of the best comedians around who specialize in making both kids and adults laugh their heads off.

After the great success of the launch of the New Act Competition last year, Manford’s Comedy Club will once again be searching the country for the next big star by hosting the Semi-Final 2020.

The evening show will see Russell Kane & Friends take to the stage with Dara O’Briain, Sara Pascoe, Zoe Lyons and Marlon Davis.

Jason Manford says: “Last year’s first ever ‘Manford’s Comedy Festival’ was a great success and so much fun, I’m delighted to see it returning to the Vegas of Britain! We’ve got some top names lined-up and I can’t wait to be back. See you on the beach!”

Michael Williams, Managing Director of the Winter Gardens Blackpool, said “Manford’s Comedy Festival was a brilliant new addition to our 2019 programme featuring some of the best live acts in the UK. It’s fantastic that it will return for 2020 and tickets will sell fast for the diverse range of shows highlighting some of the UK’s best comedic talent.”

Further announcements are set to be made in the coming weeks.

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