Jack Carroll comes 2nd in Britain's Got Talent 2013
Young stand-up comedian Jack Carroll has come runner up in the 2013 Britain's Got Talent grand final.
The 14 year-old, who was born 11 weeks prematurely and suffers from cerebral palsy, came second in the audience vote, with the 'shadow dance' group Attraction named the winners.
The young comic, who supports himself with a frame, joked immediately after hearing the result: "Runner up? A little bit insensitive, is it not?"
He then went on to comment: "Yeah, but I've had a great time". Presenters Ant & Dec commented the comedian had done brilliantly to make it into second place, to which Carroll replied "I've tried my best, and yeah, fair enough. Cheers to everyone who voted."
The comedian's act has been widely praised on the microblogging website Twitter by established stand-up comics watching at home. Carroll started his set with an ad-libbed gag about egg throwing, after a stage invasion took place during the preceding act's set. Comedy writer Daniel Maier noted on Twitter: "Many experienced comics, in a live final, would have had neither the presence of mind nor courage to open with that egg ad lib."
Carroll, who lives with his parents in Bradford, also included jokes about his experiences of being involved in the competition and the horse meat scandal in his three minute set.
Amongst the famous supporters of Carroll are BGT judge David Walliams, who said on the programme he wanted Carroll to win and would be voting for him, and Jason Manford, who has supported Carroll since he met him several years ago for a feature on The One Show (video below).
Writing on Facebook this evening, Manford commented: "Well done Jack Carroll, good lad. If he is to become a 'proper' comedian it's best that he didn't win! Comedy is for us losers!"
Last year, Jack Carroll was presented with a Teenager of Courage award by Jimmy Carr as part of the Pride of Britain Awards. The young comedian is already familiar with television work to a degree, having played the regular part of Mr Frazernagle (pictured) in two series of the Vic Reeves CBBC comedy series The Ministry Of Curious Stuff.
However, there are now predictions that Carroll will quickly become a comedy sensation. A source has told The Sunday People that Simon Cowell is interested in signing the comic, saying: "Simon's very excited about Jack. He thinks he is absolutely amazing and going to be massive. He doesn't have anyone like Jack in his stable yet but fell for him straight away and now regards him as part of the Syco family. He's already got him a deal for a book, which he thinks will sell very well."
The other comic performers in the 11-act final were impressionist Francine Lewis and ventriloquist Steve Hewlett.
Below is a video of Carroll performing in the final:
And here is footage of him performing at his first gig at his parents' wedding anniversary:
Plus, below is the video from a November 2010 episode of The One Show in which Jason Manford meets Jack Carroll:
Voting for the British Comedy Awards 2014 King or Queen category has launched. Pick from Jo Brand, Greg Davies, Lee Mack, David Mitchell, Graham Norton and Jack Whitehall.
The comedy troupe So On & So Forth have been given their own BBC Radio 4 sketch show series.
Lee Evans, one of the UK's best known stand-up comedians, has unexpectedly announced that he is going to retire from comedy at the end of the month.
Paddy McGuinness is to return to comedy acting with a role in ITV's new sitcom series about midwifes, The Delivery Man.
Comedy Central has confirmed the commission of a new studio sitcom, I Live With Models.
The BBC has revealed its Magna Carta celebration season, to include new Horrible Histories, and new programmes from Rory Bremner, Kayvan Novak, and others.
We have three copies of the brand new Birds Of A Feather Christmas Specials DVD to give away. Win
We've got five copies of Russell Howard's brand new DVD, Wonderbox Live, to give away. Win
Jason Manford explains why his new DVD is making people soil themselves, and he talks about his club chain. Read
Win tickets to see Variety Soup in London. It's the fantastic hit show from the Slightly Fat Features ensemble. Enter
Dave Cohen prepares Big Comedy Conference delegates with an attempt to explain EVERY type of joke. Read
Sarah Millican chats to Richard Herring in the latest episode of his podcast series. It's a funny chat. Listen
Comedy sketch duo Flip and Maggie ask 'Where are the people, particularly women, of our age in comedy?' Read
The 15 finalists involved in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2014 competition are listed here: Read
An article in which Dave Cohen looks at the structure of a joke, and explains how Aristotle got there first. Read
Eddie Izzard is to write his memoirs. He has signed a book deal with a US publishing company. Read
Nine of the brave souls who performed stand-up for the first time as part of a charity gig report back. Read
Stand-up Sara Pascoe is this week's guest on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. Listen
An interview with Joseph Morpurgo, a comic actor whose solo work is pretty audacious in ambition. Read
The stars of Babylon, Channel 4's police-based comedy drama, talk about how they prepared for the show. Read
The creators of new sitcom Puppy Love introduce the show, and talk about working with canine stars. Read
An interview with Toby DeWinter, the historian who discovered Churchill was a foul mouthed Northerner. Read
Adam Jarrell and Andrew Fettes from the comic play Good Cop Bad Cop talk about their production. Read