SHIP LAUGHS: Martin Cabble had the Britain's Got Talent audience rocking with his Kevin Cruise character
MILLIONS have taken Kevin Cruise to their heart after his comedy routine in Britain's Got Talent on Saturday.
And rocking with the theatre audience as the show was broadcast on Saturday were customers of a Castle Cary pub run by his parents, Clive and Sherilyn Cabble.
Kevin is the alter ego of funnyman Martin Cabble who grew up in Barton St David, near Somerton.
His grandma used to run the Barton Inn and Clive and Sherilyn are landlords at the Horse Pond Inn.
The former Ansford Community School pupil has always wanted to perform and became an overnight success when 12.2 million viewers tuned into ITV to watch him sing and dance his way through to the next round of the competition.
More than 100,000 people have since viewed his act on YouTube and judge Amanda Holden described him as her favourite.
Mr Cabble, 34, said his parents watched proudly with regulars as his camp routine drew gales of laughter and thunderous applause from a packed Hammersmith Apollo.
Speaking to The Western Gazette, Mr Cabble, currently living in London, said: "My nan ran the Barton Inn and was the west country Peggy Mitchell and I got my performing from her. My dad would never be shy to pick up a microphone and I have always loved acting and singing.
"Mum and dad had the television on in the pub and said they were just really proud. I have had so much support from everyone and people in the local shops said they will put posters up if I get through to the next stage.
"I try and see my parents whenever I can, but it's not easy because I am very busy now. I will have to return soon though because I look forward to a good cider."
Mr Cabble created perma-tanned Kevin after working on cruise ships himself.
He attended numerous drama schools after leaving Strode College in Street and decided to give up his job coaching children to become a stand-up comedian, rubbing shoulders with many different acts as he sailed the world.
Then he hit upon the idea of creating the Kevin Cruise character – the chief host on board fictional cruise ship The Fishy Rose, a floating entertainment complex which carries 5,000 passengers and 2,000 crew.
In his act Kevin performs disco classics and West End favourites in his own inimitable style.
Although judges Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan loved the performance, and voted him through to the next round, Simon Cowell was less impressed and pressed his buzzer to indicate his dislike early in the act.
Mr Cabble said: "I knew Simon would not like it, but I do not think he saw the irony about it.
"The character is based on all the people I have met over the years.
"Some people think I'm a nutter and Kevin is who I am really.
"I am just having great fun and my phone has been non-stop since Saturday."
The winner of the competition will get to perform on the Royal Variety Show.