A comic with no voice of his own will be performing as part of the monthly Breakneck Comedy Night at Woodend Barn on Sunday 14 October, 8pm.
Lee Ridley, a public relations professional who performs as ‘Lost Voice Guy’, developed cerebral palsy as a result of illness in his infancy, which left him without speech. He has achieved his dream of being a stand-up comic through the use of a voice synthesizer, winning acclaim from comedians including Matt Lucas and Ross Noble, for whom he recently appeared as a support artist. He was also recently featured on the BBC’s Breakfast programme.
Lost Voice Guy had a successful Edinburgh Fringe debut this year following appearances at Newcastle comedy clubs, winning over audiences with cutting observations about disability, politics and the media.
Says Lee Ridley, “I’ve always been a big fan of comedy and I’d always said that would probably be my dream job. I just didn’t think it was possible. Then, some friends said that it might work and that I should try it. I thought they were crazy at first. Eventually I decided to give it a try because I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t. It seems like I was right.”
Also appearing will be Vladimir McTavish, described by the Guardian as “one of the finest acts on the Scottish comedy circuit”, and the evening will be compered by funny man Gus Lymburn. Rising Scottish comedy stars will also be featured in the line-up.