Comedy review: Lost Voice Guy – A Voice of Choice
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Lost Voice Guy – A Voice of Choice, at The Stand Comedy Club III & IV (Venue 12), review by Jay Richardson
Having lost his voice as a baby as a result of cerebral palsy, Lee Ridley’s delivery, through an app on his iPad, certainly renders him unique.
With a dry, deadpan monotone pre-programmed into the machine, you might assume that it would become wearing over an hour, and certainly there are times where routines begin to drag. But Ridley, punching the pad with his fingers to prompt each anecdote and gag, has decent comic timing, and crucially, an interesting story to impart.
There is the odd Madeleine McCann line that feels gratuitously edgy, and an effective analysis of equating disability with evil in popular culture that is rather too close to Laurence Clark’s treatment of the same subject. But when Ridley renders his material more personal – how he acts as a bogeyman for his sister’s kids and the pranks he and his friends with disabilities play on the patronising and oblivious able-bodied – he is compelling.
There are some darker episodes in his biography, and an entertaining sequence in which he argues with his spotlight-craving iPad, suddenly possessed with a voice like Clint Eastwood, suggests there is greater scope for this Fringe debutant to develop and progress his act.
Originally appeared in The Scotsman