Jason warms up for tour show with surprise pub gig

Jason Manford with Jack's House, Todmorden, regulars - the stand-up comedian performed a free show
Jason Manford with Jack's House, Todmorden, regulars - the stand-up comedian performed a free show

PUB regulars had a night to remember when a top comedian turned up for a surprise gig.

Jason Manford performed his stand-up routine at a packed Jack’s House, Burnley Road, Todmorden, on Thursday night after a chance meeting with landlady Sue Landale.

Earlier that day, Sue had been doing some filming with a Channel Four crew for the documentary they are making about a lucky dog statue in Centre Vale Park.

While on her way to the market, a woman approached her to ask if she could help pump up a flat tyre on her car.

She spotted Jason in the car and the woman explained it was her first day as his PA and she had to get him to Leeds for a meeting.

Sue got talking to Jason and he asked if she did any comedy at the pub.

He then offered to do a gig at Jack’s House that night as a warm-up for his performance in Cardiff two days later.

He posted a message on his Facebook page and some of his comedian friends including John Bishop and Jimmy Carr mentioned the gig on their Twitter accounts.

The word spread and later that evening comedy fans flocked to the pub for Jason’s show.

“It was a very good night,” Sue said. “It was absolutely packed.

“He’s a lovely man. He did about an hour for us.

“He spoke to everyone and had photos taken with some of them.

“He said afterwards that it’s a long time since he had done a gig like that and he really enjoyed it.”

Jack’s House runs a comedy night on the last Friday of the month.