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Lost Voice Guy

Biography

Lost Voice Guy

Awards & competitions

Lost Voice Guy

Appearances & credits

Lost Voice Guy

Biography

Lee Ridley AKA Lost Voice Guy may not be able to talk, but he definitely has something to say, and his comedy will leave you speechless. 

Since making his first stand up performance in February 2012, Ridley has gained quite the reputation for being both very funny and very unique.

"Finding humour in strange places is one of Lost Voice Guy’s strengths"
– The Guardian

 

"a great talent!"
– Jason Manford

 

"a wonderful comedian"
– Matt Lucas

 

He's gigged across the country performing at clubs and small venues, and has warmed up at Tour shows for the likes of Ross Noble, Patrick Kielty, Jason Manford and Jason Cook.

In 2014 he won the BBC New Comedy Award and went on to became the winner of ITV’s highest rated show, Britain’s Got Talent, in 2018. He was the first comic ever to win the show, and when he took to the stage delivered one of the most hilarious stand-up routines the show has seen.

"you are utterly hilarious.. one of the best stand-up routines I’ve seen – let alone on this show"
– David Walliams

 

"you are really really really funny.. when you've got it, you've got it.."
– Simon Cowell

 

The Newcastle funnyman, whose cerebral palsy affects his ability to speak, uses a voice synthesiser for his act, and is the first stand up comedian to use a communication aid. Right from the start of the competition, Lost Voice Guy impressed and entertained with his comedy routines, and after his win was invited to fulfill his dream to perform at the Royal Variety Performance, broadcast on ITV. The comedian took to the stage after being introduced by BGT boss Simon Cowell, where the telly mogul expressed his pride over Lee's achievements.

Lee’s other credits include his own sitcom Ability (BBC Radio 4), Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), The One Show (BBC One), Breakfast (BBC One), This Morning (ITV), Lorraine (ITV), Britain’s Got More Talent (ITV2), Voice Of The People (BBC Three), BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC iPlayer), America’s Got Talent: The Champions (NBC), I Just Called To Say… (Sky Arts), Comedy Central At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central UK) and the Last Leg (Channel 4)

"Funny, personal, occasionally shocking and frequently mischievous."
– The Independent

 

Lee has gigged nationwide, and in 2013, took his first ever solo show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, performing a show there every year since.

"An Edinburgh Fringe one-off. Think Stephen Hawking reading the BBC News in the 1950s via a device programmed by the writers of the Viz"
– The Edinburgh Herald

 

In 2018 he sold out his entire run before the Festival even started, adding extra dates three times, and moving to a larger venue to accomodate demand.

"a show that will open your eyes, put fire in your belly and make you laugh guiltily at its frankness and levity." – ★★★★★Metro

 

"sharply deals with misconceptions about his disability in a lacerating Fringe hour that's stimulating, moving and amusing" – ★★★★The Times

 

"Ridley’s thoughtful and entertainingly waspish hour, a mix of observation and self-deprecation which confirms he’s got talent" – ★★★★The Telegraph

 

"a frequently laugh-out-loud hour" – ★★★★Fest

 

 

 

 

"Delivering an important message through incredibly dark humour, Lost Voice Guy brings back the humanity to an increasingly marginalised group... funny, clever, shocking, and infuriating" – ★★★★ Voice Mag

 

"Lost Voice Guy delivers political and charming Inspiration Porn.. enjoyably provocative.. Ridley's humour is both warped and charming" – Evening Standard

 

He has also performed at the Brighton Fringe, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Nottingham Comedy Festival and Liverpool Comedy Festival.

"Candid & inspiring...consistently hilarious"
– ★★★★ Broadway Baby

 

"Laugh-out loud funny "
– ★★★★ The Independent

 

While disability and living with cerebral palsy are central themes to his act, Ridley’s stand-up covers a breadth of topics from roasting the political establishment to the country’s welfare system. He has performed in a corporate setting for a range of charities and organisations including Barclays, The Royal College of Nursing, Exeter University, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, Sainsburys, The Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the BBC (internal), Scope, Motability, Communication Matters, The Royal College of Nurses and several branches of the NHS. He is also a patron of Smile For Life, Find A Voice, Communication Matters and The Sequal Trust, and an Ambassador for Scope.

"Your combination of gentle self-observation, and commenting on how society reacts to and manages disability is simultaneously powerful and hilarious. Needless to say, your set was a perfect culmination to our conference. Thankyou again for your contribution, and I wish you every future success"
– AbilityNet

 

"thank you so very much for headlining our event.. brought the house down and really connected to our audience.. so funny and everyone had a great day! We received many compliments today "
– Blackwood Group

 

Lee’s profile has rocketed in the past year, yet at the same time his work and engagement with Scope has increased significantly. Like Scope, he is committed to changing society, promoting equality for disabled people and challenging injustice. Ambassadors are a key part of the influencing, campaigning and wider communication of the charity, using their influence to mobilise support, personally engage with campaigns, back and visit Scope services and promote fundraising activities.

"It’s an absolute honour to be an ambassador for such a great charity. It has helped myself and so many other disabled people over the years. So I hope to be able to give something back to the charity in my role as ambassador. It’s a nice way to end a great year"
– Lee Ridley

 

Lost Voice Guy was chosen to appear on smash hit talent series ‘America's Got Talent: The Champions’ which aired in the US at the start of 2019, on NBC. Viewers were treated to an incredible showcase of the very best from the global franchise, where Lee was pitted against the winners and most notable contestants from across the world. He found the US audiences fantastic, and they loved his unique style and delivery.

Lost Voice Guy is currently on a huge nationwide Tour, many dates of which have sold out, supported by fellow BGT star, the 'gag slinging, guitar hero', Jonny Awsum – dates available here.

In May, Lee publishes his first book; 'Im Only In It for the Parking - Life and Laughter from the Priority Seats'.

'What’s the worst thing about being disabled? Is it the shameless staring? Is it that people assume you’re a bit thick because you can’t speak? Or is it the fact that your friends always take you to theme parks just so they can jump the queues? In fact, it’s the stupid questions that really rile Lee Ridley. And over the years he’s been inundated with them, from people who have failed to engage their brains before opening their mouths. Which is where 'I’m Only In It for the Parking' comes in - think of it as a disabled FAQ, with funny (sometimes painfully funny) stories from Lee’s less-ordinary life.

If you think you know what it’s like to be disabled, prepare to have your perceptions skewered by the much-loved Britain’s Got Talent winner, the brilliant stand-up who struggles to stand up, the Geordie without the accent.Pre-order Lee's book, here

Awards/Competitions

  • America's Got Talent: The Champions - Contender - NBC - 2019
  • Britain's Got Talent - Winner - ITV - 2018
  • BBC New Comedy Award - BBC Radio 2

Appearances & credits

Festivals:

  • Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn - Edinburgh Fringe 2018
  • Leicester Comedy Festival 2018
  • Brighton Fringe 2018
  • Liverpool Comedy Festival
  • Nottingham Comedy Festival 2017
  • Lost Voice Guy: Disability For Dunces Volume Two - Edinburgh Fringe 2016
  • Lost Voice Guy: Disability For Dunces - Edinburgh Fringe 2015
  • Lost Voice Guy: Laughter Is The Worst Medicine - Edinburgh Fringe 2014
  • Lost Voice Guy: A Voice Of Choice - Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Radio:

  • Ability, Series 2 - BBC Radio 4 - 2019
  • Ability, Series 1 - BBC Radio 4 - 2018
  • BBC New Comedy Award - BBC Radio 2 & BBC Radio 4 Extra
  • The Steve Wright Show - BBC Radio 2

Television & film:

  • America's Got Talent 'The Champions' - NBC - 2019
  • The Last Leg - Channel 4 - 2018
  • Britain's Got Talent - ITV - 2018
  • Britain's Got More Talent - ITV2 - 2018
  • This Morning - ITV - 2018
  • Lorraine - ITV - 2018
  • The One Show - BBC1 - 2018
  • Breakfast - BBC1 - 2018
  • Inside Out - BBC One North East & Cumbria - 2018
  • Scot Squad - BBC One Scotland
  • MND & 22-Year-Old-Me - BBC2
  • Voice of the People - BBC3
  • BBC at the Edinburgh Festival - BBC iplayer

Currently appearing at:

Gag Reflex represent Lost Voice Guy for all Live bookings, gigs, festivals and Corporate / private events

Please direct all TV, Radio, Writing, and Acting enquiries to Andrew Roach Talent  / 0208 3156533 / info@andrewroachtalent.com

Writing credits

  • Ability - BBC Radio 4 - 2018
  • Book - 'Im Only In It for the Parking - Life and Laughter from the Priority Seats' - Published by Transworld in May 2019
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