Fringe comedy debut: Lee Ridley AKA Lost Voice Guy

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  • 26 July 2013

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Fringe comedy debut: Lee Ridley A.K.A. Lost Voice Guy

The comedian appears for the first time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013

What do you think might work out as the best piece of advice you receive ahead of your Fringe debut?
My English teacher always told me to follow my dreams. I doubt he thought my dreams were as messed up as doing stand-up comedy when I can't even speak though! Nevertheless, I'm following his advice.

What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
Clear your head by going for a walk (in the most inaccessible city ever).

Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
I guess I'd be happy with getting a decent audience into my show for the majority of the run. It's my first Fringe so it's a steep learning curve. Whatever happens, I know I will have benefitted from the whole thing.

In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?
About as much as David Cameron has taken away in benefits in the past month.

Back in the old days, there used to be a thing called ‘the festival shag’. Is this ancient tradition likely to play any part in your thinking during August?
Maybe. I'll have to remember what to do first though. My last shag came from a speed dating night. That was a very long night. I did improve my typing speed though.

Back in the old days, comedians would drink alcohol solidly for a whole month and still manage to get out and do their show every day: how much are you likely to imbibe per day?
Despite how it looks, I'm not always drunk and this is actually how I walk all the time. I did spend eight years as an alcoholic in the vain attempt to correct this issue, thinking that if I drank enough I'd walk straight. It didn't work and I haven't drank since.

What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?
Somewhere that is friendly, fairly intimate, knows how to put on a comedy show and is willing to put a wide range of acts on. The Stand fits that bill perfectly.

Will you read your reviews before your run is over and if so, how do you think they will affect you as a comedian and as a human being?
I think I’ll have to or it'll drive me crazy. I've never really been reviewed before so I'm not sure what to expect. It's bound to affect me somehow!

Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?
I'd like to but Lost Voice Girl is very independent!

Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
I find it hard enough getting onto the stage without falling over. I haven't got time to think about stuff like that as well!

If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
I think I'll either be very successful or like Gazza.

The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, 2–25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 8.10pm, £8 (£7). Preview 31 Jul, £7 (£6).

Lost Voice Guy's gig at Soho Theatre, London - 23 April 2012

Lost Voice Guy: A Voice of Choice

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AKA Lee Ridley, Lost Voice Guy uses his iPad to get his point across in this show about how to express yourself when it's not as easy as it ought to be.