Jason Manford’s secret show in Todmorden pub: Landlady’s good deed rewarded by comedian

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A LANDLADY’s good deed was rewarded when comic Jason Manford put on a free gig at her Todmorden pub.

Sue Landale, licensee at Jack’s House, sent for help when the Mancunian comedian’s car got a flat tyre nearby on Thursday afternoon.

Sue, 54, said: “He was asking what I did and I told him about the pub and he said: ‘Do you do any comedy nights? What have you got on over the weekend?’

“I said it was open mic that night and he said he would do it as a thank you. It was unbelievable – but he was true to his word.”

Just hours later, the former BBC One Show presenter announced the surprise show on Facebook and fellow comic Jimmy Carr spread the word on Twitter.

Soon the Burnley Road pub was teeming with around 200 fans.

Sue said: “People were coming from far and wide, it was brilliant.

“We’re only a small pub but we have a good outside smoking area with a hatch for serving so we put a speaker outside so people could listen out there as well.

“It was just a totally surreal day.”

Jason, 30, performed a sneak preview of his upcoming tour before meeting fans and posing for pictures.

Sue said: “He was lovely, so down to earth. He arrived early and had a bit of banter with the audience.

“It was so nice of him to do something like that for us. I can’t thank him enough.”

Sue put her good fortune down to touching the supposedly lucky dog in Centre Vale Park.

She was walking back to the pub after taking part in filming for a new Channel 4 show about the statue when Jason’s car stopped next to her in Burnley Road.

Sue said: “It was about an hour after I touched the dog. It was definitely lucky for business!”

Jason also gave the dog a pat before his show after hearing of its alleged powers.

He wrote on Facebook: “Apparently it’s had a few lottery winners! I’m just hoping it brings me luck for this gig.”

Jason’s surprise show is not his first good deed in Calderdale. Last year, he invited young Hipperholme comedian Jack Carroll to join him on stage at St George’s Hall, Bradford, after a video of the cerebral palsy sufferer’s routine became a YouTube sensation.