During the day a well-known face is out helping Bolton's most vulnerable, and by night she can be found taking centre stage - as a stand-up comedian.

Maura Jackson is the CEO of Backup North West, which helps young people who are or at risk of homelessness, and well-known around Bolton and now she is becoming a familiar face on the comedy circuit.

The 52-year-old has been dabbling in stand-up comedy since last August after entering a local competition set up for amateurs in the Definitely Maybe Bar by Ben Godridge, a comedy promoter.

It was her first gig as a comedian and she won over the judges.

Maura decided to give the famous Beat the Frog competition at Manchester's Frog and Bucket, and won that too.

And having discovered her secret talent and loving making people life, Maura has done a staggering 25 gig to date -  in Bolton, Manchester, Liverpool, Huddersfield, and Widnes but wanted to try more, locally.

Maura has started her own comedy nights, performing herself and introducing new local comedians too to give them a break.

The first three March, May and July dates sold out at Spice Valley Horwich and Maura is performing at the Georgian House on September 14, with tickets available.

Maura is also supporting Clinton Baptiste, the Phoenix Nights psychic on July 15 and September 7 as part of his UK tour.

Earlier this month, Maura reached new comedy heights when she showcased her one woman show at the Octagon Theatre Studio.

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The tickets went on sale in April and sold out in 11 days.

The one woman show, “More O’ Me” was a collection of standup comedy, storytelling and observational wit about key life events.

Even the stories that were harrowing were delivered with humour and highlighted the way people can view life’s hurdles, as setbacks or opportunities.

The finale had everyone singing and dancing and the belly laughter was audible all over the theatre building.

Maura said she had booked the Octagon to do a charity event with a celebrity but in the end couldn not get anyone so in a "fit of recklessness and three glasses of wine thought 'I’ll try it myself!'"

Speaking about the event, Maura said: “So I wrote a show and thought what’s the worst that can happen?

“I thoroughly enjoyed it, the standing ovation was like a wave of sound, I nearly burst into tears.”

The ticket sales and sponsorship meant that the event raised £900 for the Backup North West Charity, bringing her total raised this year through comedy to £2,300.  

Maura has a Facebook page and website for her performing called The Feather Fixer and a YouTube channel.

Her next comedy night is at the Georgian House on September 14. This one will raise funds for The Bereavement café.

To book, go to: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/CLIM

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