YOUNG COMEDIAN JACK CARROLL WITH CEREBRAL PALSY MAKES BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT AUDIENCE ROAR WITH LAUGHTER – I think we are all familiar with the saying; “If you can’t laugh at yourself you have no business laughing at others.” This old, but true saying really comes home when you watch 14 year old comedian Jack Carroll who was born with Cerebral Palsy but refuses to let its stigma hold him back from his dreams.
As Jack said, it is what it is and it’s not going to go away, so I have to use what I have and make the best of it.
This for me is an admirable trait and we often avoid people with disabilities simply because we don’t know what to say. It is true that the first thing that comes to mind is … ‘there by the grace of God go I’ and yet Jack simply shrugs his shoulders and gets on with what life has dealt him and indeed uses it to the best of his advantage.
Of course some might say that his jokes are not exactly ‘politically correct’ and yet there is a raw truth to his jokes that are designed to allow people to see beyond the disability and see the person.
On entering the stage, assisted by a walking aid, Simon Cowell asks Jack what he does; Jack simply looked him in the eyes and responded; “I’m a professional gymnast.” That statement set the tone for his comedy act of which was well received by the audience.
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It takes a brave person, especially from someone so young, to take a long hard look in the mirror and then laugh out loud at what you see.
When I watched Jack and listened to his views he reminded me of Justin Hines; an incredible singer/songwriter who born severely disabled but that didn’t stop him from realising his dreams of entertaining people. How good is Justin Hines? I’ll let you decided from the video below.