Worksop: Young comedian has audience ‘in stitches’ at Westminster joke-telling contest

Alex Horne with Bassetlaw MP John Mann at Westminster
Alex Horne with Bassetlaw MP John Mann at Westminster

Did you hear the one about the young comedian from Worksop who wowed MPs with his jokes at Parliament?

Alex Horne, 11, had the audience and judging panel ‘in stitches’ when he took part in the grand final of a national joke-telling competition at Speaker’s House in Westminster.

The Voice Box competition, a joint initiative by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and The Communication Trust, is a children’s joke contest designed to raise awareness of the importance of communication.

Alex, who attends Dawn House School in Notts, delighted the judging panel with: “Two cows were standing in a field. One cow said to the other, ‘Are you worried about this Mad Cow Disease?’ ‘Baa!!’ said the other cow!”

Alex said: “I’m having a really good day.”

MP for Bassetlaw, John Mann, who was in the audience to cheer Alex on, said: “I was delighted to support Alex at the Voice Box final, which has raised awareness of the importance of communication in a fun and inclusive way.”

“Communication is a basic human right, and every child should be supported with these fundamental skills to ensure they reach their full potential.”

Comedian Lee Mack, who sat on the judging panel, said: “It was great to meet the kids and judge the Voice Box final at the Houses of Parliament. I was expecting tears and tantrums but luckily all the MPs were very well behaved.”

“I was pleased to see such an important and worthwhile cause as communication needs given a platform at Westminster- I definitely think my job is under threat by this new wave of comedians.”

CEO of the Royal College of Speech, Kamini Gadhok said: “The aim of Voice Box is to remind people that in every classroom there are children who need support.”

“We are very pleased that Westminster provided a platform to support this important issue. It’s been a brilliant day and the children have been inspiring.”