Voiceless comedian heads back to Edinburgh Fringe – despite succumbing to pneumonia at last year’s festival

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DISABLED comedian Lee Ridley will return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next month to poke fun at the major illness that ended his debut last year.

The Sunderland City Council worker was rushed to hospital with pneumonia last August.

Now, 33-year-old Lee, who lost his voice as a baby when he developed cerebral palsy, wants to say thank you to those who helped him recover.

He said: “It’s the least I can do. Last August ended in a nightmare situation.

“I was miles away from home, away from most of my friends and family, and I didn’t really know what was wrong with me.

“I’ve never been more scared. I honestly don’t think I would have coped without the fantastic NHS and the staff in Edinburgh.”

Staff from ward 204 at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh are invited to come and see his show for free, and Lee has also promised two-for-one tickets for other NHS staff.

His show, Laughter Is The Worst Medicine, will be at The Assembly Rooms on George Street at 5pm, from August 1 to 24, apart from Mondays.

Tickets are available from the Assembly Rooms box office on 0844 693 3008, or at http://www.arfringe.com/show/12/laughter_is_the_worst_medicine.