Lost Voice Guy: Laughter Is The Worst Medicine (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Lost Voice Guy: Laughter Is The Worst Medicine

A cheeky hour of shattered misconceptions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

Last year at the Fringe, Lost Voice Guy was part way through his run when he fell ill. It turned out he had been standing out in the Edinburgh rain a touch too long and duly developed a life-threatening bout of pneumonia. Still, at least it gave him the material for this year.

Anyone who has seen him before will already be familiar with the fact that there are plenty gags to be made by simply confounding expectation. People tend to conjure up some odd ideas when faced with a disabled person. They see the symptoms of his cerebral palsy and assume he has other conditions; and because he can't talk, people might also presume he is deaf.

Of course, Lost Voice Guy's mind works just fine; he's tack sharp but needs an iPad to speak his words for him. So with a pure RP sat nav voice, he swears like a docker, makes dark jokes and passes comment on women with the cheek of any 'able-bodied' comic. The only real difference is that the delivery is a little less spontaneous. Not that it's a major problem, as Lost Voice Guy follows up 2013’s show with another hour of laughs that serves to shatter some misconceptions.

Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, until 24 Aug (not 4, 11, 18), 5pm, £10 (£9).

Lost Voice Guy: Laughter Is The Worst Medicine

  • 3 stars

Stand-up created using a communication aid as the comic with cerebral palsy and no voice tries to make himself heard.