Jason Manford takes on the burning issue of First World Problems

This article is from 2013.

priority JASON MANFORD

'I imagine someone in the Third World just thinking that we were all complete idiots'

We’re often told that when they’re on stage, most comedians offer up a heightened version of their true self. They say certain things and act in a particular way, but it’s all fine because, in varying degrees, it’s all just part of an act. Seems that this is not the case with Jason Manford, who is the same in front of TV and live audiences as he is away from the media spotlight.

This niceness has translated into massive success for Manford, who first made a name for himself in Scotland when he was nominated for the last-ever Perrier Award back in 2005. With his latest tour, he’s confronting the much-derided notion of First World Problems. ‘I’d seen the phrase online and liked it; it just sums up so much and the phrase emphasises those times when we moan about the most trivial things. It’s as if we invent problems so we have something to moan about. I imagine someone in the Third World just thinking that we were all complete idiots.’

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