A Hipperholme youngster is being tipped to win ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.
Comedian Jimmy Carr has tipped Jack Carroll to win the Saturday night show after he had Simon Cowell and the judges in stitches with a string of gags about his cerebral palsy.
The 14-year-old has been telling jokes for the past three years and says that being called a “comedy genius” by one of the judges David Walliams during his audition was fantastic. “It is always brilliant to receive praise from people in the respective industry that I am hoping to go into especially as I like watching him on television. The praise from the other judges was nice too.
“Simon Cowell is the main one so to win him over was lovely, all the comments were great.
“I do get nervous before I go on stage but once I get that first laugh I calm down.”
Jack had people in laughter from the moment he walked on to the stage with his opening line of “Don’t worry, I know what you’re thinking. Harry Potter’s had a nasty Quidditch accident.”
Jack audition back in February at The Lowry in Manchester accompanied by his mum and dad, Sue and Matt. “I was bored and didn’t have anything to do so I decided to audition,” he joked. “It makes a change from watching television.”
The Brighouse High School student said he isn’t always telling jokes especially not at school as it is an early start. “I have to be in the creative mind set to start telling jokes. It can be anything that provokes a reaction whether that is good or bad, it has got to make me feel something to try and make it funny.”
And since appearing on the show Jack’s followers on Twitter have gone from 1,000 to just over 10,000. “I never used to tweet anything before but now I don’t because it has got to entertain that many people.
“The reaction has been pretty positive which is lovely. Although I can’t remember my audition. Watching it on Saturday it looked like it went well. Although I don’t know if I would put a bet on me winning. I don’t practise as much as I should either.
“I did watch a few of the other hopefuls that got through. I think if I don’t get through I might audition for The Voice on BBC1 although I can’t sing,” he laughed.
“But this is a massive platform and is one of the most watched things on television. It would be massive to perform at the Royal Variety Show because I would get the chance to ask the Queen what her hobbies are (he laughed).
Jack described his time since appearing on the show as “mad” and said that he hadn’t found the time to do anything. “It has been good fun though and kept me occupied. My school friends have said they are pretty pleased for me,” he said. “I like to make people laugh and I have got a few ideas in mind although nothing concrete if I am lucky enough to get through. I like to keep people entertained so I would love to tell jokes 24 hours seven days a week.”
Jack who lives with his parents and sister Megan, 12, said he would like to go into all different areas of comedy. “It is not like a proper job so it is ideal. I hope I can do it.”
His mum, Sue, said: “There is never a dull moment when Jack is around. We have lots of laughs. We are very proud of him.”
This is what the judging panel said.
David Walliams: “I wasn’t as funny as you at 14. I’m not even as funny now as you are at 14-years-old. It was incredible. Every joke was a winner.”
Amanda Holden said: “The thing that’s great is that nobody feels sorry for you. You’re self-deprecating, you’re hilarious and I think you’ve got a huge future.”
Simon Cowell also had huge praise for the youngster: “I’ve got to tell you Jack, you have got one of the most refreshing attitudes.
“You made fun of what you’ve gone through and you made it funny, which is really, really difficult.”
“You’ve just got an incredible personality and I’m really happy that I met you!”