HE’S been labelled the next Peter Kay.
But teenage comic Jack Carroll’s reaction was very down to earth.
“It’s mad, isn’t it” said the Brighouse High School student who has just won a place in the finals of Britain’s Got Talent.
The teenager with cerebral palsy breezed into the finals, when on Tuesday night he won one of the televised semi-finals of the huge talent show.
Aspiring comedian Jack went straight through to the final after a set of self-penned jokes – including topics such as his cerebral palsy condition and North Korea – won him the public vote.
Judge David Walliams told the 14-year-old, from Hipperholme: “You are the next Peter Kay, you are that good, you could be the biggest comedian in the country.”
And Glaswegian comedian Frankie Boyle tweeted “the comedian kid is better than loads of pros” in appreciation.
The semi-final featuring Jack was dominated by children after Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce Forsyth, reportedly criticised the show for featuring minors.
The other contestant joining Jack in the final, due to be screened on Saturday, June 8, was 14-year-old Gabrielle “Gabz” Gardiner, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
She took the judges’ vote after being pitted against Irish duo Jack Duff, 13, and Cormac Connell, 14.
Gabz impressed with one of 30 songs she wrote in her bedroom which sees her sing, rap and play piano, while Jack and Cormac looked at each other in disbelief as they made it into the semi-final’s last three with their version of Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble.
Jack first hit the headlines towards the end of last year when he was presented with a Pride of Britain award for the Teenager of Courage.
The young comedian, who tells gags about his cerebral palsy to challenge attitudes to disability, had celebrities cracking up backstage, too.
Jack revealed that he’d had a hilarious exchange with Alan Carr after the Chatty Man presenter, alongside Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Melanie C, handed him his award.
He revealed: “Alan said, ‘Jack’s got funny bones’. And I said to him, ‘It’s actually called cerebral palsy, Alan’. I thought that was pretty good.”
Jack lives in Hipperholme with his sister Megan, 11, and parents Sue and Michael.
After hearing he had won a Teenager of Courage award, Jack said: “If I can laugh at myself and make people laugh, maybe they will not be scared to talk about disability.”
Jack was an internet sensation two years ago when his gig at his parents’ wedding anniversary got 10,000 YouTube hits.
He’s got more than 1,700 followers on his @fatjacko twitter page.