WATCH: Voiceless comic lands slot at comedy festival

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A SUNDERLAND comic – famed for his ability to make audiences laugh without speaking – is set to perform at a new comedy festival.

Lee Ridley, who performs as Lost Voice Guy, will bring his new stand-up show Disability for Dunces to the first ever Barnard Castle Comedy Festival, in County Durham.

The Sunderland City Council media worker, who won the 2014 BBC New Comedy Award, was born with cerebral palsy and uses an iPad to communicate.

He will perform in Barnard Castle on July 18, ahead of a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Speaking ahead of the show, Lee said: “My show at the Barnard Castle Comedy Festival is about all the stupid questions I get asked by the general public on an all too regular basis.

“Stuff like; can you really not talk? Have you considered an exorcism? Are you just in it for the parking? Have you ever tried talking just to see what happens? How do you have sex? Seriously, can you not talk at all?

“I’ve decided to answer them all once and for all. Think of it as being like a disabled FAQ for dummies (or dunces - for legal reasons!).”

Lee’s act has caught the attention of successful comics including Matt Lucas, of Little Britain fame, who described him as “a wonderful comedian.”

Since making his comedy debut three years ago, Lee has performed all over the UK at venues including The Stand, Jongleurs, The Frog and Bucket, The Glee Club and The Comedy Store.

His unique act has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, CNN, The Sun and The Mail on Sunday.

Festival director Peter Dixon said: “Recognised by critics, fellow comic and audiences alike, Lost Voice Guy is one of the most original, refreshing and funny comics to arrive on the comedy scene in recent years.”

•Early bird tickets for The Barnard Castle Comedy Festival, at The Witham Arts Cetre, are £45.

For details, visit www.barnardcastlecomedy.com.