Stephen's playing it for laughs

An Atherton man is hoping to impress on a TV Talent show to raise awareness of a specialist cancer unit.

Stephen Kelleher is hoping that laughter really is the best medicineaiming if he gets though to appear before Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell when he enters Britain's Got Talent with his comedy routine.

Stephen, 56, of Cumberland Road, in Atherton, is planning to appear as alter-ego Perry Normal to raise awareness for the specialist cancer centre The Christie.

The Doctor Who fanatic wants people to visit his hand-built Tardis replica, where people can donate to the charity.

Stephen has already performed his routine at a pre-audition for the show in Manchester. He expects to find out in the New Year whether he will be able to appear before the judges again.

The amateur comic previously entered the competition two years ago but the famous judges failed to see the funny side of his act.

Stephen said: "Last time I performed a few jokes but the judges decided against putting me through. I was told to put in more practice and they advised me to keep going in the future.

"It certainly hasn't put me off. Even though the judges weren't impressed, I received a fantastic response from the 3,000-strong audience at the Palace Theatre. It was an incredible feeling."

Now Stephen has the backing of comedian and long-time friend Bob Carolgees, who has written a number of jokes for the performance.

Stephen added: "Bob's been a good friend for many years and I think he has written some really funny stuff."

Stephen's life-sized model of Doctor Who's time machine is based at the Lady Heyes Craft Centre in Frodsham.

He produced the Tardis replica in memory of his brother-in-law Michael Kinsella, who died from cancer three years ago, aged 45.

Visitors can offer donations to help to raise funds for The Christie.