Jack gets last laugh

Jack Carroll anxiously waits for the result with winners Attraction and presenters Ant and Dec
Jack Carroll anxiously waits for the result with winners Attraction and presenters Ant and Dec

Comedian Jack Carroll 
has been inundated with requests to perform at gigs since performing on Britain’s Got Talent.

The 14-year-old from Hipperholme was voted runner up in this year’s competition, decided by the public vote, on Saturday evening.

Since then he hasn’t had a moment as he prepares for his performance with comedian and supporter Jason Manford, at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, tomorrow evening.

Jack said Jason had been a massive help during his time on the hit TV show as well as Jimmy Carr who had both tipped him to win. Peter Kay also sent him a box of sweets with a note saying: “Keep the competition sweet.”

The Brighouse High School student was the ninth act to perform and all four judges were on their feet 
after he altered his performance just before going on stage to incorporate an incident in the previous performance.

Musician Natalie Holt had come on stage during the performance by Richard and Adam and started pelting eggs at the judges in particularly Simon Cowell.

When Jack came on to the stage one of his first gags was: “For my first act I was going to run on and throw some eggs. Well, that’s been ruined now!”

Among his self-penned jokes were ones about the horse meat scandal and the Olympics. He also joked that the best thing about his time on the show was missing school.

“I want to win for the people that voted for me, my family and for my building society fund,” he laughed.

Jack received 20.1 per cent of the votes finishing in second place to Hungarian act Attraction who received 27 per cent of the votes.

He said: “It was really good on Britain’s Got Talent, I had a great time. I wasn’t bothered about not winning. Getting through to the semi was good enough but to get through to the final was fantastic.

“I always knew if it was between me and Attraction they were going to win. I wasn’t really bothered either way.”

When Jack who has celebral palsy was announced as the runner up by presenters Ant and Dec he joked: “Bit insensitive that.”

Jack has a number of dates lined up for festivals including one in Edingburgh and it is hoped that he will perform at the Levity Festival in July alongside top comedians such as Al Murray, Lee Nelson and Stephen K. Amos.

“It is going to be amazing performing next to them. I just hope we can get all the dates sorted,” he said. “I have three or four festivals to do, so I am going to be pretty hectic.

“But I am looking forward to what the future holds.”

And although he doesn’t know the exact details he will be bringing out his own book.

“I just want to thank everyone that voted for me and showed their support,” he said.

Jack stormed through to the final of the show after receiving 42.5 per cent of the vote with Gaz finishing in second position with 22.6 per cent.

David Walliams said that Jack was one of his favourite comedians on the show. “You will go on to be a comedy superstar,” he said.

Alesha Dixon told him she loved it and Amanda Holden said that every single joke was brilliant and they all made her laugh.

Simon Cowell said he really liked him. “You are 14 going on 35. With my heart I have to hope you win this competition.”

This Morning presenter Phil Schofield said: “I think he is brilliant and a breath of fresh air.”