Lost Voice Guy to leave Bishop’s Stortford audience speechless
The first comedian to win Britain’s Got Talent will be performing on the Rhodes stage this October.
Lee Ridley, also known as Lost Voice Guy, was the first English comic to start using a communication aid. He was diagnosed with a neurological form of cerebral palsy when he was six months old, which affected his mobility and rendered him unable to speak, but he certainly has something to say.
The 38-year-old Geordie is bringing his critically-acclaimed show, I’m Only in it for the Parking, to Bishop’s Stortford on Wednesday, October 23 as part of his extended UK tour.
Lee, a former journalist, made his first stand-up performance in February 2012 which came in the aftermath of a Ross Noble comedy gig.
Lee met the comedian after the show and challenged him on his impersonation of Stephen Hawking and claimed that he could do a much better impression of the esteemed physicist.
After the encounter, Lee bought an iPad voice synthesizer app and pre-programmed it with his jokes. In 2013, he took his routine to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has performed there every year since.
He now gigs all over the country; he has been featured at the Brighton Fringe, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Nottingham Comedy Festival and Liverpool Comedy Festival.
Lee won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014 and his broadcast credits have included The One Show (BBC One), This Morning, Lorraine (both ITV), Voice Of The People (BBC Three) and BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC iPlayer).
In 2018, he won Britain’s Got Talent. He had the judges hooked right from his very first joke at the televised audition: “Hello ladies and gentlemen, as you may be able to tell, I’m a struggling stand-up comedian, who also struggles to stand up. To be honest, I’m not sure how good I am, I’ll leave it for you to decide. But, just so you know, if you don’t laugh at the disabled guy, you are going to hell.”
In the past 12 months, Lee has performed for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at The Royal Variety Show, starred in and co-written the popular BBC Radio 4 sitcom Ability, appeared on Live At The Apollo, America’s Got Talent: The Champions and the New Year edition of The Last Leg.
He has also performed at more than 50 venues across the country on the first stage of his debut UK tour and has garnered rave reviews. The i newspaper gave Lee five stars and said his material was “personal, political, pointed and very funny”. Metro echoed this sentiment and said it was “a show that will open your eyes, put a fire in your belly and make you laugh guiltily at its frankness and levity”.
Lee is an ambassador for the charity Scope and is also a patron of Smile For Life, Find A Voice, Communication Matters and The Sequal Trust.
His debut book, I’m Only In It For The Parking – a humorous autobiographical look at disability and the way we approach it – was published in May and, much like his stage shows, has earned praise from critics and it has an average rating of 4.5 stars on Goodreads.
Tickets to Lee’s show at Rhodes cost £15.50-£17.50. They are selling like hot cakes, so be sure to book yours fast. Visit rhodesartscomplex.co.uk or call the box office on 01279 710200.