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Facilitators of Mirth

Lost Voice Guy to appear on BGT

Lost Voice Guy, Lee Ridley, is to appear on Britain's Got Talent this Saturday night.

Lee is the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid to speak to people, after complications at birth, which meant he has cerebral palsy. Lee is a full time comedian, after winning the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014 and has performed on BBC One, BBC Three and BBC Radio 4. He's also supported Patrick Kielty and Ross Noble on tour, and performed at Festivals nationwide, including Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Liverpool Comedy Festival, Nottingham Comedy Festival and Leicester Comedy Festival.

Lee opened his set by having his voice synthesizer say: 'As you may be able to tell, I'm a struggling stand-up comedian who also struggles to stand up.'

His appearance on Britain's Got Talent follows the success of Robert White, who has Asperger's Syndrome, on last week's show.

You can see his audition in full, on ITV on Saturday at 8pm. His performance will make him known to millions more viewers, ahead of his return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this August.

“Entertaining & thought-provoking” – ★★★★ ThreeWeeks

 

Lee will be performing at the Gilded Balloon, and tickets are available here

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News story posted on 20-04-2018 13:00

Edinburgh Festival Fringe '18 announcement: Mat Ricardo

COMEDY :: JUGGLING :: MAGIC :: CIRCUS :: DANGER :: WIT :: SPECTACLE :: ASTONISHMENT

Thrilled to bits that the living legend Mat Ricardo, will be returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. The award-winning cabaret star, and the UK’s most successful juggler, had a problem – after a 30-year career as the go-to guy for jaw-dropping dexterity, he'd run out of new tricks. So he did something stupid. He bet everyone in the world that he could learn any trick they could think of.

He devoted the next year attempting to learn them well enough to perform in front of a live audience, in his new show “Mat Ricardo vs The World”, which will premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe this August 2018

★★★★★ “Brilliant” The Herald

“Captivating” The Scotsman

“Very funny” The Guardian

This is a one-man variety show – world-class juggling, magic and illusion, escapology, sleight of hand, knife throwing, stand-up comedy, feats of strength, demonstrations of dexterity, and the only good trick that exists with a fidget spinner.

Mat will appear at the City Cafe, at 12.30pm every day. His show is part of the Free Fringe - so seats are allocated on a 1st come, 1st served basis, so get there early, you wont want to miss out!

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News story posted on 19-04-2018 14:00

Edinburgh Festival Fringe '18 announcement: Ben Hart

The incredible West End star and multi-award winning magician, Ben Hart returns to Edinburgh with Gag Reflex this August -  with a brand new show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations.

Ben performs, writes and invents magic. Ben’s role as magic designer has seen him create special effects and impossible illusions for theatre, film and television. His clients include The Old Vic and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Total EdFringe sell-out show 2014 & 2017.

Best Magic Show - Adelaide Fringe weekly Awards

'Devilishly clever' ★★★★ Scotsman

'Mind-blowing... supreme master of the vanishing act. He really is a must see. Don’t miss him.' ★★★★★ Advertiser

'Makes sceptics become believers' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

'I was left gobsmacked after every trick...Ben Hart will have you believing in magic' ★★★★★ Glam Adelaide

'Utterly enchanting' ★★★★ Daily Mail

See Ben live on stage, at the Gilded Balloon this August - tickets available here

 

 

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News story posted on 19-04-2018 12:00

Edinburgh Festival Fringe '18 announcement: Lost Voice Guy

Gag Reflex are proud and excited to bring Lee Ridley, aka 'Lost Voice Guy', to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in 2018.

Inspirational internet memes are everywhere these days and Lost Voice Guy is sick of being an unintentional porn star. Come and see why the BBC New Comedy Award winner, and star of BBC Radio 4 and BBC Three, is not your inspiration, and why he thinks these stupid memes are bollocks. Lost Voice Guy can't talk but he isn't silent and his comedy will leave you speechless.

“Savagely funny…bloody good comedian” – ★★★★ The Wee Review

 

“Entertaining & thought-provoking” – ★★★★ ThreeWeeks

 

Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) is (probably) the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid. Lee won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014. His credits include The One Show (BBC One), Voice Of The People (pilot for BBC Three) and Ability (pilot for BBC Radio 4). A series of Ability has been commissioned and will be broadcast in 2018. Lee has supported Patrick Kielty and Ross Noble on tour. Lee has performed at Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Liverpool Comedy Festival, Nottingham Comedy Festival and Leicester Comedy Festival.

Lee will be performing at the Gilded Balloon, and tickets are available here!

“A wonderful comedian” – Matt Lucas

 
Edinburgh Festival Fringe '18 announcement: Lost Voice Guy

News story posted on 19-04-2018 12:00

Edinburgh Festival Fringe '18 announcement: Rosco McClelland

Thrilled to bits to be taking the extremely talented Rosco McClelland and his new show '29' to the Fringe in Edinburgh this summer. Rosco's show explores the perils of getting older and embracing it, whilst attempting to cling to your ever declining youth. This is guaranteed comedy brilliance from one of Scottish comedy's brightest rising stars.

"Rosco is a gifted storyteller, with great stage presence and, of course, fantastic gags. His informal, chatty style makes for an exciting show that can go literally anywhere" ★★★★ Ed Fest Magazine

"He has matured massively into an act who enjoys taking chances.. non-stop progression towards stardom" Chortle

Scottish Comedian of the year 2016.

Rosco’s gravelly and animated onstage presence always impresses audiences, commanding continuous laughter from his audiences, his naturally humorous delivery and surreal observations making a remarkable performance.

Rosco was also chosen as one of Chortle’s ‘Comedians to Watch in 2017’ for his unique comedic voice and hard working attitude. His is frequently compared to fellow Glaswegian Billy Connolly, as his fragmented story teller style, and ofcourse, his compelling rhythmic melodic voice – always leaves audiences wanting more. His offbeat musings and exaggerated visual imagery feel natural and not forced, as they come from an act with one foot very much planted in the real world.

Rosco appears at the prestigious Gilded Balloon, from the 1st Aug - grab your tickets here

Edinburgh Festival Fringe '18 announcement: Rosco McClelland