Top comedian Jason Manford and Hipperholme’s Jack Carroll visited the University of Salford this week to coach performance students in the art of stand-up routines.
Jason who graduated from Salford with a BA in media and performance in 2004, is keen to share his knowledge and advice with current students considering a career in comedy and asked Jack to accompany him.
The 14-year-old who has cerebral palsy recently appeared on Britain’s Got Talent where he impressed all four judges with his self-deprecating comedy styles.
Jason said he started performing young too, at just 16-years-old, which is what drew him to Jack. “But it’s not enough to be just young,” he said. “You’ve got to be funny too. Jack is really funny - he’s an old bloke in a young boy’s body, moaning about the world.”
Jason also said that he has met other disabled people who have been encouraged by Jack’s performance. “Hopefully Jack can be an inspirational kid. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a disability, if you want to be a comedian you can.” During the workshop students were given advice on how to improve and tighten their routines, and encouraged to travel to gigs around the country to build-up up confidence and experience.
Jack has made it through to the next round of BGT and must wait to find out if he is success enough to appear on the live shows.