It's a cracker of a joke it's the way this Leeds lad tells'em

A long joke about Gary Lineker and potatoes has won a 10-year-old Leeds boy a national competition.

Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 11:10 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 11:16 am

TJ Ball, of Parklands Primary School, in Seacroft, has come top of the pile in the Voice Box joke telling contest in Westminster.

His joke is a bit too long to repeat here and we wouldn’t want to the ruin the punch line - but let’s just say it pokes fun at the Match of the Day host.

TJ said: “This is the first time I’ve been to London. I made the security guards laugh on the way into Parliament. Hopefully, I’ll get on BBC Look North and tell my joke there.”

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After winning the contest at Speaker’s House, TJ said he’d changed his mind about being a builder when he grows up. He added: “I want to be a comedian now and I’d like to take part in a world joke-telling championship.”

TJ was joined at the finals by another Leeds pupil, Abigail O’Neill. The eight-year-old from Seacroft Grange Primary School delighted the packed audience of politicians, parents and children with her toilet-humour.

Her joke was: “There were three men walking in the desert who met a genie, and the genie said, ‘Go down the slide and choose any drink you want’.”

The first man went down and chose Fanta, and he got a can of Fanta. The second man went down and chose Coke and he got a can of Coke. The third man went down and said, Weeeeeeeeeeeee’.”

Abigail, who walked away from the final with a bag full of goodies, said: “I won the class competition after my classmates decided who was the funniest in the class. I am a joker at home and I want to be a comedian when I grow up.”

Voice Box is an annual competition, organised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and partnered by The Communication Trust.

TJ’s winning joke:

Three baby princess potatoes were chatting one day. The first baby princess potato said: “When I get older, I will marry someone really posh…” The other two baby princess potatoes said: “Ohhh. Who are you going to marry?” The first baby potato said: “When I’m older, I will marry a King Edward.” The other two baby princess potatoes said: “Ooooooo that’s posh!” The second baby Princess Potato said: “Ooooo when I get married I am going to marry somebody really posh as well.” The other two baby princess potatoes said: “Oooooo, who are you going to marry?” The second baby Princess Potato said: “When I get older, I’m going to marry a Jersey Royal.” The other two said: “Oooo that’s posh.” The third baby Princess Potato said: “When I get older, I will marry someone really posh as well.” The other two baby princess potatoes said: “Oooooo, who are you going to marry?” The third baby Princess Potato said: “When I get older, I am going to marry Gary Lineker.” The other two baby princess potatoes said: “Urgh you can’t do that…” The third baby Princess Potato said: “Why?” The other two potatoes replied: “Because he is a common tato!” (Commentator).