Comedian Lucy Beaumont brings the laughs to KCOM’s Learning Zone

Published: Thursday 8th June 2017 by Tom Drinkall

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Why did the toilet paper roll down the hill? To get to the bottom.

This and other comedic gems were unleashed today as youngsters tried to impress Lucy Beaumont with their best jokes as the Hull comedian dropped in to KCOM’s Learning Zone.

The Year 3 and 4 children from Ings Primary School visited the zone to take part in Hull Children’s University’s Ambassadors of Hull event, which Lucy had been invited to as the surprise guest star.

As well as talking about her life as an award winning comedian, Lucy also took questions from the youngsters which she said was a lot more fun than “trying to make a pub full of drunk people laugh”.

She said: “It’s wonderful to be thought of as an ambassador for Hull because I’m really proud of my home city.

“I think the best advice I can give to the kids is to believe in yourself and enjoy what to do.

“Don’t feel silly about what you want to be, follow your dreams and you can be whatever you want to be.”

Answering questions from the Ings Primary youngsters Lucy revealed she became a comedian because “I’m not very good at anything else”, that she wishes she’d tried harder at sport at school, that her favourite place in Hull is the Marina and that she has met both One Direction and Ed Sheeran.

She also revealed her secret for writing good jokes.

“The one way to tell if something is funny or not is to go and tell someone and, if they laugh, you know it’s funny,” she said: “And if they don’t you go and cry somewhere.”

Lucy, who recently had a baby daughter called Elsie Josephine with her husband Jon Richardson, also asked the youngsters if they liked their siblings and whether she should give Elsie a baby brother or sister or “let Elsie be an only child.”

The general consensus was brothers and sisters are a good thing.

Year 4 pupil Scarlett Sylvester, eight, said she had loved meeting the Hull-born star.

She said: “It was great because I’ve never met anyone famous before and she answered all our questions and was really nice. I want to be a comedian when I grow up.”

Lucie Route, seven, added: “It was nice because she told us about her life and helped us figure out things. She is funny.”

While in Hull Lucy also took time to unveil the KCOM van named after her.

The company launched an initiative earlier this year to name its fleet of 95 vans after people who have contributed significantly to life in the city.

“The name’s a bit smaller than I expected,” she laughed. “I think anybody who can read that when it’s driving around either has really good eyesight or is obviously driving too close to be honest!

“But it is an honour. It’s lovely that someone has thought to vote for me really. So thank you. I’m chuffed.”

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Published: Thursday 8th June 2017 by Tom Drinkall

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