Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn (4 stars)

Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn

A passionate cry against preconceptions

Having won this year's Britain's Got Talent, comedian Lee Ridley (better known as Lost Voice Guy) is one of the Fringe's hottest tickets. The comedian has cerebral palsy which has left him unable to speak, and so he presents his show using a pre-written script which he performs using a computer-generated voice through an iPad.

He opens Inspiration Porn with a video produced by Channel 4 for their Paralympics coverage before puncturing its inspiring message with a superbly pithy put-down. A rapturous welcome greets Ridley as he takes to the stage for what he inaccurately describes as 'a man standing still for an hour'.

Banish any misconceptions you may have that this is a family-friendly hour: Inspiration Porn is a resolutely adult show littered with judiciously employed profanities and sexual peccadilloes, and Ridley deftly plays on his audience's fears about what they can and can't laugh at, to glorious effect. He precisely measures the timing of his delivery, and he's a compelling presence on stage: gesturing, dancing, and grinning with relish at his best lines.

With all his material delivered in the same, slightly robotic tone, it's a testament to his impeccable writing that he's able to engagingly express subtlety and nuance throughout sections of long-form storytelling. There's pathos, too, in his material, particularly the heartfelt story of a failed romance.

Before a wonderful pre-recorded sketch brings things to a close, Ridley passionately argues against the UK government's sanctions against disabled people. He recounts some statistics of the number of people who have died due to Tory policy, and he decries a society that simply 'sees you as a fire hazard'. As well as being a consummate comedian, Lost Voice Guy has plenty to say.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug (not 13), 4pm; 15 Aug, 7.30pm; Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 14 Aug, 7.30pm, £9–12 (£8–11).

Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn

  • 4 stars

BBC New Comedy Award winner and star and writer of BBC Radio 4's brand-new comedy series, Ability talks about how he's unwittingly become an unintentional porn star.

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1. Orby Bittal10 Aug 2018, 6:53pm

Saw him in a comedy club when I was in the North East so made a bee line for the show. Excellent work from an excellent comedian.

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