Belfast Telegraph

Mini comics urged to crack wise for joke-telling contest

BY CLAIRE WILLIAMSON

POLITICS is normally no laughing matter – but Stormont echoed to the sound of giggles yesterday as the search for Northern Ireland's best young comedians was launched.

The hunt is on for pun-loving pupils to bring their funniest joke to the annual Voice Box Awards held by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

Reigning champion Conor Heaveron (7), from St Canice's Primary School in Dungiven, was full of smiles as he helped launch the April Fool's School Joke Contest at Parliament Buildings with Anne Gamble of RCSLT.

He had the judges in fits of laughter last year with his cheeky winning jokes. They included gems such as: "I walked into my brother's room, he had a golf club up his nose. I said: 'What are you doing with that up your nose?' and he said: 'Trying to get a bogey'.

"I went into my sister's room and you wouldn't believe who was there – Lady Gaga. I tried to wake her by poking her face.

"Next I went downstairs and there was all these biscuits flying about. Mum said they were little plane ones!"

One lucky winner will take home an iPad 2. Applications must be in by March 4. For details call 028 9044 6385 or to apply online visit givingvoiceuk.org/voiceboxNI or contact RCLST by email Janet.mcgookin@rcslt.org

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