Growing up in what was called the Triangle of Death was enough to convince the young Jason Manford that he was working class.

South Manchester was known for its gang violence and high crime rates so the comedian believed that his feet were on solid working class ground, but as the years have gone by his conviction has been eroded. Slowly, parts of him seem to have morphed into middle class, so naturally the comedian wrote a show about it. Muddle Class comes to Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Centre tomorrow at 8pm.

The team captain of Channel 4’s panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats until 2010, began as a musician in a school band.

His family were all musical and in 2011 he appeared on the TV show, Born To Shine. He learned to sing in an operatic style and went on to win the show.

At 17 he was working part time for a one-armed window cleaner, and in the evenings he was a glass collector in a pub. It was during this time that he was inspired to become a comedian by watching Peter Kay, Eddie Izzard and Johnny Vegas performing at the venue.

He met Peter Kay, who gave him some good advice: Go back to school! So he took a Higher National Diploma in media and performance at the University of Salford.

Along with presenting, writing for comedy shows he also took to acting. He had a small part in the television programme Ideal, and was on four episodes of Coronation Street as a hoover salesman.

He then moved on to the soap, Emmerdale, taking the same role of the same Hoover salesman.

He scooped a nomination for the prestigious Perrier Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2005, which opened his stand-up route and won him a host of new fans.

His TV work included presenting The One Show, he was one of the home team with Peter Andre on the ITV game show Odd One In, and he was a panellist on Have I Got News For You.

Jason also presented Show Me The Funny, Sunday Night At The London Palladium and The Money Pitt. - Flicky Harrison.

Tickets to see Jason in Swindon are £32.50 including booking fee on 01793 44540. For more details visit