Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven eight nine! (think about it!)

James, a resident at Barclay House in Seaford, has always loved telling jokes. He’s overflowing with them; any guest of his is left in stitches after he’s told a few of his favourites. For years, his family and friends have been saving jokes from Christmas crackers and newspapers to add to his collection.

Performing stand up live on a big stage in front of over 800 people would daunt most people, but not James. When he fulfilled his life-time ambition he shared the stage with Jo Brand, Adam Hills and Sally Philips and delivered a series of hilarious jokes. 

I didn’t feel nervous – I don’t see the point! I was just excited to perform!

In the weeks leading up to the performance, James rehearsed over and over again in front of his friends and support workers at Barclay House.

When I came down the aisle after my performance everyone was shaking my hand and saying how much they enjoyed it – they said I should do it for a living!

James' visual impairment, short-term memory loss and epilepsy do not limit him and he's constantly pushing himself to achieve. Not only is he a talented comedian, but also a skilled musician and plays an incredible five instruments – the ocarina, recorder, harmonica, keyboard and cimbalom. James doesn’t underestimate himself... clearly there’s a very talented man living at Barclay House!

Some more jokes…

Two cats have a swimming race across the English Channel, an English cat and a French cat. The English cat is called ‘One two three’ and the French cat is called ‘Un deux trois’. Which one wins?
The English cat - because Un deux trois quatre cinq!

What disappears when you stand up?
Your lap.

There are three men in a boat with four cigarettes but no matches. How do they manage to smoke? 
They throw one cigarette overboard to make the boat a cigarette lighter.

What has a mouth but does not eat, and a bed but does not sleep?
A river.