VIDEO: Doncaster comic Council Joe fails to impress Britain's Got Talent judges

A Doncaster stand-up comic who starred on Britain's Got Talent was given a resounding thumbs down by judges.

Monday, 16th May 2016, 10:25 am
Updated Monday, 16th May 2016, 10:36 am
Council Joe on Britain's Got Talent. (Photo: Thames/Syco/BGT/ITV).

Comedian Council Joe, whose real name is Michael Mulligan, appeared on Saturday's episode of the hit ITV show - but his repetoire of corny gags failed to win over the judges, with all four buzzing him off within seconds of him starting his routine.

Michael, 40, a community worker from Thorne, donned a flat cap, hi-viz jacket and strode onto the stage clutching a litter picker as he introduced himself to judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

Simon asked the comic: "Married?," to which he replied ", I was."

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Then asked if he was "divorced and happy" by Cowell, he replied "yeah" before launching into his set.

After cracking his first one-liner about working in a mirror factory, Holden and Cowell buzzed him off while, amid jeering from the audience, Walliams and Dixon followed suit a few seconds later when he delivered a second joke about dried flowers which also failed to impress the audience.

Cowell can be heard exclaiming: "Oh God," as the set comes to a close.

It means Doncaster's other Britain's Got Talent hopeful Colin 'Fingers' Henry is in the running to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.

Last month, the legendary Doncaster upside down piano player was given four yes votes on the show to progress in the programme.

The comedy pianist, 68, from Barnby Dun left judges open mouthed as he performed his trademark routine of playing the piano standing on his head which he has honed in pubs and clubs and on cruise ships for the last fifty years.

Bookmakers Boyle Sports have priced Colin at 100-1 to win the show.


"Now then, I haven't always had this job. I used to work in a mirror factory - it's something I could always see myself doing."

"I also used to cut dried flowers. I gave up, there was no fuchsia in it."