Edinburgh Fringe gig for voiceless Sunderland comedian who uses iPad to perform routine

Comedian Lee Ridley, who works for Sunderland City Council
Comedian Lee Ridley, who works for Sunderland City Council
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A DISABLED comedian is taking his unique act to a world-renowned comedy festival.

Lee Ridley, who performs under the name Lost Voice Guy, is the first stand-up to deliver his comedy routine using a communication device.

He hopes to leave audiences speechless as he brings his debut solo show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

The show, which was nominated for best new show at the Leicester Comedy Festival earlier this year, sees the 32-year-old Sunderland City Council worker poke fun at his disability.

Lee, who lost his voice as a baby when he developed cerebral palsy, uses his iPad to make himself heard on stage.

Since making his debut at Mission in Sunderland in February last year, Lee has shot to fame with his darkly comic stand-up routines.

Described as “a wonderful comedian” by Little Britain’s Matt Lucas, Lee has since warmed up for his hero Ross Noble and fellow North East comedian Jason Cook.

After launching his comedy career on Wearside, the online content manager has gigged all over the UK, including renowned comedy venues The Stand, Jongleurs, The Frog and Bucket, The Glee Club, and The Comedy Story.

Talking about his upcoming show, Lee said: “I’m really looking forward to it.

“People tend to stare and laugh 
at me anyway. At least this way there’s a scheduled time and place for it.

“I’ve always loved making people laugh so I’ve enjoyed my last 18 months as a comedian.

“It’s a dream come true really – one that I never thought would happen.

“Hopefully I can make lots of people laugh in Edinburgh too, or at least leave them as speechless as I am.”

He added his thanks to The Stand, which will host his Scottish dates.