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Jason Manford To Co-Own Chester Comedy Club

The Laugh Inn get a hero of fun to put his money where his mouth is

Published on December 9th 2011.


Jason Manford To Co-Own Chester Comedy Club

JASON Manford has become co-owner of the Laugh Inn Chester, alongside John Locke (formerly of the Comedy Store and The Northern in Manchester) and local entrepreneur David Coughlin as co-owners.

Jason’s input will undoubtedly bring a new era to the club, and will certainly identify with the progress we make in key developmental areas, not to mention the influence he will have regarding the acts that will appear

“I want to put something back in to what comedy has given me, and where better than investing in a comedy club and theatre that has rapidly established itself as the best new venue in the North – after only a year.” Jason said.

He continued “I’ve known John Locke for quite some time and regarded his venture at the Laugh Inn as the ideal opportunity for me to take an active part.”

The Laugh Inn opened its doors as a live comedy/music/theatre venue in February this year, hosting comedy shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with some of the country’s finest comedians in addition to national touring shows.

It has evolved significantly since opening, and has since developed its theatre interior with burlesque and variety shows in addition to hosting live music with some of the more established bands in the North.

John Locke, co-owner, said, “Having known Jason for almost 10 years, from Comedy Store days, by bringing him on board we can take the Laugh Inn forward into the twenty first century as an identifiable brand. He’s already widely regarded as one of the top comedians in the UK, and with his youth, energy and talent combined with my age and experience we can't go wrong.”

Within a year, the venue has established a long list of stars of TV stage and screen that have appeared on stage that include Dave Spikey, Greg Davies, Mark Watson, Sarah Millican and a host of top stand-ups comedians – in addition to a FAC 51 Hacienda night

“I can recognize the potential and incredible achievements already made at the Laugh Inn, and by developing certain aspects of this venue, we can certainly progress into establishing this club as a top contender for the best live entertainment venue in the north,” added Jason.

Going forward in 2012, John Locke has no doubts what future the Laugh Inn, and Chester audiences, can look forward to, “Jason’s input will undoubtedly bring a new era to the club, and will certainly identify with the progress we make in key developmental areas, not to mention the influence he will have regarding the acts that will appear.”

“As an introduction to his appointment as co-owner of the club, we are hosting a spectacular pre-Xmas all-star charity event on December 18th that will feature many of the top stand-ups in the country on stage – including Jason. 2012 – we’re Laugh Inn." 

The Laugh Inn can be found at Homer House, Station Road Chester. CH1 3DR. Tel: 0800 612 9711

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