A COMEDIAN tipped for the top has beaten competition from other up-and-coming talent.
Lee Ridley, who performs as Lost Voice Guy, uses a text-speech app on his iPad to tell his jokes as he has no speech and cerebral palsy. Now, the Sunderland City Council worker has scooped a national award after fending off more than 750 comedians in the BBC New Comedy Award final
It was held last night at the Comedy Store in London, with the announcement made live on Radio 2.
The 33-year-old won following a public vote, after making it through to a regional shortlist of 80 broadcast on Radio 4 Extra.
He wins a £1,000 prize, along with guidance from industry experts and the chance to have his work commission by BBC Radio Comedy.
Irish comedian Patrick Kielty presented Lee with his trophy, with four other finalists also championed at the event.