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Lost Voice Guy: Ents24 Hardest Working Comedian 2019

ENTS24 have delved into their data archives and revealed the Hardest Working UK Comedians. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates the top twenty comedians that have trawled up and down motorways, hit the most postcodes and have played the most venues around the UK in 2019.

This is the fifth time the award has been presented, calculated by who has played at the greatest number of different venues from 1st January to forthcoming shows scheduled until 31st Dec 2019. Ents24 is the UK’s biggest live guide with more than 95,000 upcoming events, 150,000 artists and 50,000 venues listed on the platform.

Following in the footsteps of previous winners Patrick Monahan (2015), Romesh Ranganathan (2016), Gary Delaney (2017), and Jason Manford (2018) the Ents24 Hardest Working Comedian of 2019 is... Lee Ridley aka Lost Voice Guy!

Lee has become a household name since winning the 12th series of Britain’s Got Talent in June 2018, but has been performing stand up for a number of years. Known for a unique comedy routine delivered entirely through his speech synthesiser, Lee embarked on his first UK tour in February, which was a total sell out, released his first book, ‘I’m Only In It For The Parking’ this spring, performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and completed a 103 date Autumn Tour.

"I’ve had such an unbelievable time since I won BGT back in 2018, and my feet haven’t really touched the ground since. I’ve had such a busy time writing my first book, meeting royalty, and dancing at an after party with a Chuckle Brother. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I’d ever have a sell- out UK tour, but this year I achieved just that. I’ve honestly lost count of the number of shows I have done now, but it’s really nice that all the hard work and traveling around the country has been recognised. Thanks to all the people who came to see me on tour, you’ve made it an absolute pleasure to do. Special thanks to my tour support, Jonny Awsum, all the other tour crew, my agents at Gag Reflex and Andrew Roach Talent, and everyone else who has been involved. It’s been great but I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed again!”
– Lee Ridley


Here’s the rest of the Hardest Working Comedian list for 2019

1. Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy)

2. Ivo Graham

3. Jimmy Carr

4. Daliso Chaponda

5. Stewart Francis - “5th hardest working comedian is slightly misleading as I was flaccid for several of those shows"

6. Gary Delaney - “I’m honoured to be an ever present in this list, although slightly disappointed this is my first time slipping out of the top 5. I really shouldn’t have taken that afternoon off.”

7. Russell Kane

8. James Acaster - “I’m way too busy to give you a quote”

9. Scott Bennett - “I am honoured to receive this accolade, but I'd like to share it with my wife and children who I abandon every weekend to go and chase a dream and my trusty Kia Sportswagon that helps take me there.

10. Ed Gamble - “It feels great to have my status as the 10th most grizzled road dog finally recognised. It’s a hard life out there on tour - sometimes the service stations don’t have an M&S and I have to settle for a Waitrose.”

11. Sindhu Vee

12. Mark Watson

13. Laura Lexx - “Playing gigs is no hardship at all, it's been an absolute pleasure (except for the buses, trains, motorways and taxis part)”

14. Glenn Moore - “I’m delighted to be included in this list of hardest working comedians.”

15. Justin Moorhouse

16. Suzi Ruffell

17. Robert White

18. Josh Widdicombe

19. Ben Elton

20. Stephen Bailey - “This makes all the driving to gigs in Hull worth it! Next year I’ll aim to work harder to get top 5”

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News story posted on 03-12-2019 12:00

Adam Kay on Jonathan Ross

This Saturday on ITV is episode 12 of Series 15 (!!) of the infamous Jonathan Ross Show

It’s the channels prime-time chat show, featuring light-hearted interviews with A-list talent. Jonathan interviews renowned celebrities, and invites singers and musicians to perform and entertain the audience. Employing his infectious wit and sense of fun, he chats to some terrific celebrity guests and asks the questions to which everyone wants to know the answers.

This week he’s joined by guests tennis champion Andy Murray, actor and singer Luke Evans, comedian and Edinburgh Fringe star Desiree Burch, musician Stormzy, and our very own doctor-turned-comic and author of bestseller 'This is Going to Hurt' Adam Kay

Adam is a comedian, writer, and former junior doctor. He is the author of the multi-award-winning This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, which, after being published in 2017, quickly became a literary sensation, the bestselling nonfiction title of last year, with more than 1.5m copies sold and a record-breaking number of weeks at No 1. He is currently adapting the book into a series for BBC Two, while touring the UK with his highly acclaimed standup show.

His new book, Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is his brand new surgical-stocking-filler, and follows Kay through six festive seasons on hospital wards. He is the first author to have had number one books at number one on both the Hardback and the Paperback chart, concurrently. 'TTNBC' is currently the bestselling book on Amazon UK and is published this month in the US.

Adam can currently be seen performing his new show 'Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas' to audiences nationwide throughout December. His show 'This is Going to Hurt LIVE' tours the UK through to Spring 2020.

Tune into ITV on Saturday 10:10pm - 11:15pm, or catch up on the ITV Hub

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News story posted on 28-11-2019 13:00

103 shows done - the Lost Voice Guy Tour comes to an end

The Autumn leg of the Lost Voice Guy Tour has come to an end – and what an epic tour it’s been!

An incredible 103 shows – 6,108 minutes of jokes – 13,675 miles driven – 4 ipads used – countless Premier Inns – 1 tour dog adopted – and approx. 948,654 giant chocolate buttons eaten!!

Lee toured nationwide, performing his show ‘I’m Only In It For The Parking’ from Inverness to Brighton, Norwich to Caenarfon. The Autumn tour followed a huge sell out tour in the Spring, and meant Lee was able to return to cities which sold out first time around, and visit new locations.

“Entertaining and thought provoking” Three Weeks

Lee was supported on tour by 2017 BGT semi finalist, Jonny Awsum – who warmed up the audience and absolutely loved the shows, and made quite an impression.

thanks to Lee for taking me with him and to everyone else involved. It’s been the best!”

Jonny Awsum shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent with his performances of ‘This Is A Musical’ with Ant and Dec, and ‘The Triangle Song’ with David Walliams, winning standing ovations and unanimous approval from the judges and achieving over 50 million online views of his performances.

After being inundated with requests to go on to perform his own tour, Jonny announced that he would be going on the road with his very first solo tour, to include brand new material, together with the greatest hits from his TV and comedy club sets.

A comedic whirlwind, Jonny has a special feel-good brand of musical comedy. He is the gag slinging guitar hero - audience members don’t just leave entertained, they leave as fans.

Jonny’s tour ‘Jonny Awsum Is Coming to Town’ is on sale now – dates and details here

103 shows done - the Lost Voice Guy Tour comes to an end