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Teen Wirral comic ready to raise laughs in solo show at Floral
TEENAGE comedian Callum Oakley will appear in his first solo show at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton next month.
The 18-year-old, a former contestant on ITV's Britain's Got Talent, appears in Young and Lively at the seaside venue on May 2.
Looking forward to entertaining a home audience, he told the Globe: "It's exciting and a big deal to be putting on my own show, because it's in my home town.
"I've been working on the material for a few months, and can’t wait to see how it goes down with the audience.
"Depending on the reaction, I'm hoping to take the show on tour, which would be fantastic."
The former student of Wallasey School performed made it through to final of Britain's Got Talent in May 2012.
He impressed the studio audience and judging panel with his jokes about his 'bargain-hunting' mum and teenage life.
However despite huge praise from the judges, he failed to win over the audience at home and was not voted through to the next stage of the competition.
Panelist David Walliams told him he was a "comedy star of the future," while Alesha Dixon said: "I wish you could have had longer to perform."
Amanda Holden also said Callum had the "beginnings of a great act" and Simon Cowell told him the show was a "springboard" for his career.
Following his performance, Callum trended worldwide on Twitter with fans tweeting their support.
Looking back at his time on the show, Callum told the Globe: "I thought the performance went really well and I couldn't have asked for better comments from the judges – it was a huge compliment to be called a star of the future by David."
On his comic career to date he continued: "I'm pretty happy with the way things have gone so far.
"As a comedian you have to come up through the pubs and clubs, which can be a mixed experience, with people loving or hating you.
"But I've had a good response so far".
One of Callum's most memorable moments in his career so far was a couple of weeks after Britain's Got Talent.
He had a phone call off Liverpool’s biggest comedian John Bishop.
Mr Bishop actually rang Callum as a prank call which was played on Liverpool’s hit station Radio City, where he threatened to sue Callum for using his material.
Everyone was in on it, even his father Mark. Callum said: "I will get him back one day."
Tickets for his show at the Floral Pavilion show, which starts at 8pm, are from www.floralpavilion.com or 0151 666 0000.
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