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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. He has been described as “a wonderful comedian” by Little Britain’s Matt Lucas and has warmed up at Tour shows for the likes of Ross Noble, Patrick Kielty, Jason Manford and Jason Cook.

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

The Newcastle funnyman, whose cerebral palsy affects his ability to speak, uses a voice synthesiser for his act. He 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, spoken entirely through an iPad app. In order to perform, Ridley uses a speech synthesiser upon which he programs his material before selecting certain lines based on audience reaction.

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

 

Lee will perform at the Royal Variety Performance, later this year, as his prize.

Lee’s other credits include his own sitcom Ability (BBC Radio 4), Live at the Apollo (BBCTwo)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) and BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals(BBC iPlayer).

 

 

 

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

 

"The funniest comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe. His banter with the audience is one of the best I have witnessed"
– Broadway Baby

 

He has gigged nationwide, and in 2013, took his first ever solo show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, performing a show there every year since. He has also performed at the Brighton Fringe, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Nottingham Comedy Festival and Liverpool Comedy Festival. 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.

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

 

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

 

Lee has told jokes/given motivational speeches for a range of charities and organisations including Barclays, Sainsburys, the Blackwood Group and The Royal College of Nurses.

"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

 

He is also a patron of Smile For Life, Find A Voice, Communication Matters and The Sequal Trust and was recently announced as an Ambassador for Scope.

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 goes on a huge nationwide Tour in the Spring of 2019, supported by fello BGT star, the gag slinging, guitar here, Jonny Awsum – dates available here.

"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

 

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

 

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

 

Awards/Competitions

  • 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 - BBC Radio 4 - 2018
  • BBC New Comedy Award - BBC Radio 2 & BBC Radio 4 Extra
  • The Steve Wright Show - BBC Radio 2

Television & film:

  • 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
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