COMIC JA­SON

Irish Sunday Mirror - - STYLE ON SUNDAY - BY GERAL­DINE MCKELVIE

He ought to be on that Jeremy Kyle Show. Well at least that’s what

reck­ons. Be­cause the “he” in ques­tion is com­edy star Ja­son Manford, who has learned to laugh about his own full-on family life and now uses it to have fans rolling in the aisle.

So cue the gig­gles when he tells how his up­wardly mo­bile daugh­ter con­fuses mushy peas for pulped avo­cado.

And how his kids, raised in leafy Cheshire, take him to task over his Man­cu­nian ac­cent. Not to men­tion rib­bing him for re­fer­ring to lunch as din­ner time – “the smart a**es”.

In fact, the kids of­fer a wealth of gags that the star’s fans lap up.

Ja­son, 36, switches from com­edy to som­bre sin­cer­ity in an in­ter­view in which he re­veals him­self as a hands-on, lov­ing dad.

He says: “When you are di­vorced and have a new family and chil­dren with two mums, you feel like, should I be on Jeremy Kyle?

“But when I talk about it at gigs, I re­alise it’s slowly be­com­ing the norm and peo­ple can get so hung up on feel­ing guilty about what has hap­pened.

“I’ve just got to do what’s best for the chil­dren and not pun­ish my­self. I’m do­ing a good job and that’s all I can do.”

MOD­ERN

Ja­son split from wife of seven years Catherine, mum of his four old­est chil­dren, in 2013. He found love again with TV pro­ducer Lucy Dyke, 38, and they had a daugh­ter in 2015.

But the co­me­dian has stayed friends with his ex and they have a very mod­ern family which is the sub­ject of his hi­lar­i­ously hon­est brand of com­edy.

He says: “We all get along and it is good ma­te­rial. My family are half of my act. Peo­ple like to hear about them.

“They come to hear that they are not a ter­ri­ble par­ent, that it’s nor­mal to lose it in front of a packed shop­ping cen­tre.”

In fact, Ja­son’s brood are the in­spi­ra­tion for his year-long Mud­dle Class tour, which be­gins in Jan­uary.

Born into a work­ing class family in Sal­ford, his suc­cess has seen him join Cheshire’s mid­dle classes – leav­ing him a tad con­fused about where he be­longs.

He goes on: “There is only so much I can hold on to my work­ing class roots. My chil­dren are very much mid­dle class.

“They’ve had a lovely up­bring­ing with hol­i­days and nice things which I feel very proud of, be­cause that’s the aim, to give them the start in life you didn’t get.

“But, oc­ca­sion­ally, they will em­bar­rass me with their mid­dle class ways. We were at din­ner at my brother’s house and my daugh­ter said, ‘this smashed avo­cado isn’t very nice’. It was mushy peas.”

While he hasn’t ruled out get­ting mar­ried to Lucy or hav­ing more chil­dren, he is can­did about the dif­fi­cul­ties they face jug­gling work and par­ent­hood.

He says: “I spend so much time writ­ing. Not ideal, but it’s worked so far. She’s a TV pro­ducer and busier than me. It’s her try­ing to fit me in, to be hon­est.”

Af­ter gigs, dot­ing dad Ja­son of­ten drives through the night so he can be Ja­son fell for TV pro­ducer Lucy Dyke and they have a daugh­ter

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