Jack Carroll, 14, who was born with cerebral palsy, walked onto the “Britain’s Got Talent” stage with the help of a walker and stood before formidable judge Simon Cowell, who asked Carroll to tell him a bit more about himself.
“I’m a professional gymnast,” replied Carroll, whose self-deprecating humor in his comedy routine won over the judges and crowd.
“It’s like the elephant in the room,” Carroll said in his pre-performance interview. “When you mention it, they go [breathes deeply] and then they can relax and enjoy the rest of the funny jokes.”
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It’s part of how Carroll sees comedy, saying that “a lot of times your weaknesses are your strengths.”
Despite needing a wheelchair or walking aide, his father said that that’s the least of his worries.
“His big worries are whether his jokes make people laugh or not,” Carroll’s father said.
At the end of Carroll’s performance, the audience gave him a standing ovation and got unanimous praise for his wit, humor and attitude.
“I’m not looking to help people in need because I’m a horrible, selfish individual,” Carroll joked. “But if people do find some comfort or some inspiration from what I do -- then brilliant bonus.”
Watch Carroll’s inspirational story -- and hilarious comedy routine -- below: