HIS extraordinary talent for making people laugh came to light thanks to You Tube, but now 13 year-old Jack Carroll has hit the big time, with a role in a CBBC show.
The media went into overdrive to talk to Jack after his comedic talents went viral online. He was interviewed on the BBC primetime show, The One Show and appeared on stage in front of 1,460-strong crowd at Bradford’s St George’s Hall with professional stand-up Jason Manford.
Jack, who lives in Hipperholme and attends Brighouse High School has cerebral palsy but he has proved his condition cannot hold him back from his TV dream.
The video of him performing his first stand-up gig has now been watched by more than 10,000 people.
He was snapped up by the producers of a CBBC programme and in August last year they called to tell Jack he had been selected to appear in the Ministry of Curious Stuff show alongside his comedy hero Vic Reeves.
The three-week filming schedule in October meant Jack had to miss school, but a tutor was on hand to make sure his schoolwork didn’t suffer.
Proud mum Sue said: “Everyone has just said ‘My God, he’s on a show with Vic Reeves’ and everyone is just gobsmacked.
“It’s a completely mad show and he’s doing really well in it. There’s lots of face-pulling and everyone has given it a really good reception.”
Jack plays Fraser, one of the characters tasked with answering questions submitted by their young viewers.
He was overwhelmed to meet one of his heroes.
“He’s brilliant. I’m a big fan so it was a dream come true.
“The show looks really good. They tell me the reviews have been good too.”
As for the future, Jack is holding his comedy cards close to his chest.
“I really don’t know but I will just wait and see what comes in. I’d like to do a bit of writing and producing but I’m happy with whatever comes along.”
The Ministry Of Curious Stuff is a weird and wonderful world of information and occasional misinformation! Let Vic Reeves and his extraordinary team of fact-finders take you on a fascinating voyage of discovery.
The next episode will be on BBC Two on January 28 at 7.55am.