Laugh along with Lost Voice Guy at comedy gig

Lee Ridley will perform at a new comedy gig.
Lee Ridley will perform at a new comedy gig.
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A Wearside funny man will be lending his voice to a new North East comedy gig.

Lost Voice Guy – former Barbara Priestman pupil Lee Ridley – will be taking to the stage at The Bottle Shop in Newcastle for its first comedy show.

The former Sunderland City Council worker joins Steve Bugeja and Jack Gardner on the bill.

Lee, who has cerebral palsy, is a unique act on the comedy circuit as he uses an iPad to communicate.

In 2014 he won the BBC New Comedy Award and has gigged at venues across the UK including The Stand, Manford’s Comedy Club, Jongleurs, The Frog and Bucket, The Glee Club, The Comedy Store and many independent clubs.

He’s juggling gigging with writing a sitcom pilot for BBC Radio.

Lee has also told jokes and presented motivational speeches for a range of organisation,s including Communication Matters, Find a Voice, the Royal College of Nurses, Percy Hedley School and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Mike Morley, general manager at The Bottle Shop Bar and Kitchen, in Waterloo Square, said: “We feel very lucky to have such an immensely-talented line-up performing at our first ever comedy night – and tickets are already selling fast.”

On the night, headliner Steve Bugeja will be presenting his highly-anticipated Edinburgh Festival show in Newcastle for the first time.

Jack Gardner will host the event.

• The inaugural Bottle Shop Bar comedy night takes place on Wednesday, March 2. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets are £5 from