Allan is hoping to have the last laugh with BGT judges

Allan is hoping to have the last laugh with BGT judges

by Tom Martin (September 2020)

A BAPTIST minister from south Sefton who is also a comedian divided opinion with his stand-up routine on Britain’s Got Talent.

Allan Finnegan, 52, is the lead pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church, in Netherton, but he also has a passion for comedy and uses many real-life stories from his religious work to make people laugh on the stand-up stage.

On Saturday, September 12 he appeared in the live semi-final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent when he delivered his routine on a specially built pulpit.

The popular show is a lot different to previous years with no audience due to the pandemic, which is something particularly difficult to deal with for comedians.

But Allan seemed confident, making jokes about a funeral service he conducted, as well as the current pandemic. During one joke he said: “People keep asking me what it's like being recognised in the street, I said I've got no idea every time I've been out I've had a mask on.”

Chatting to show hosts Ant and Dec about how he thought his performance went Allan said: “It went better than rehearsals, rehearsals were terrible, it couldn't have gone worse in rehearsal, so I'm just glad that went better.”

His routine got mixed reviews from the judges, with the dad-of-two being told by Ashley Banjo that “halfway through it lost me” and Alesha Dixon admitting “I wasn't belly laughing.”

However, he won favour from David Walliams, who commented “good comedians need to be memorable and you're really memorable”, and Amanda Holden who said: “I think in these unique circumstances you did a good job, there were some very funny jokes in there.”

Britain’s Got Talent continues this Saturday.

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