Lee Ridley, AKA Lost Voice Guy may not be able to talk, but he definitely has something to say, and his comedy will leave you speechless. Since making his first stand up performance in February 2012, Ridley has gained quite the reputation for being both very funny and very unique.
At the start of his comedy career, he gigged across the country, performing at clubs and small venues, and has warmed up at Tour shows for the likes of Ross Noble, Patrick Kielty, Jason Manford and Jason Cook.
In 2014 he won the BBC New Comedy Award, however is best known for becoming the winner of ITV’s highest rated show, Britain’s Got Talent. He was the first comic ever to win the show, and when he took to the stage delivered easily one of the most hilarious stand-up routines the show has seen.
The Newcastle funnyman, whose cerebral palsy affects his ability to speak, uses a voice synthesiser for his act, and is the first stand up comedian to use a communication aid. Right from the start of the competition, Lost Voice Guy impressed and entertained with his comedy routines, and after his win was invited to fulfill his dream to perform at the Royal Variety Performance, broadcast on ITV. The comedian took to the stage after being introduced by BGT boss Simon Cowell, where the telly mogul expressed his pride over Lee’s achievements.
Lee’s other credits include his own sitcom Ability (BBC Radio 4), Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), The One Show (BBC One), Breakfast (BBC One), This Morning (ITV), Lorraine (ITV), Britain’s Got More Talent (ITV2), Voice Of The People (BBC Three), BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC iPlayer), America’s Got Talent: The Champions (NBC), I Just Called To Say… (Sky Arts), Comedy Central At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central UK) and the Last Leg (Channel 4).
In 2013, Lee took his first ever solo show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and has performed a show there every year, ever since. In 2018 he sold out his entire run before the Festival even started, adding extra dates three times, and moving to a larger venue to accomodate demand.
While disability and living with cerebral palsy are central themes to his act, Ridley’s stand-up covers a breadth of topics from roasting the political establishment to the country’s welfare system. He has performed in a corporate setting for a range of charities and organisations including Barclays, The Royal College of Nursing, Exeter University, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, Sainsburys, The Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the BBC (internal), Scope, Motability, Communication Matters, The Royal College of Nurses and several branches of the NHS. He is also a patron of Smile For Life, Find A Voice, Communication Matters and The Sequal Trust, and an Ambassador for Scope.
Lost Voice Guy will be performing in the comedy club on Friday evening.
Tanyalee Davis is a 3 foot 6 inch standup comedian who inspires, enlightens, and entertains her audiences while headlining at comedy clubs, colleges, and comedy festivals throughout North America, the UK, and other parts of the world with her own unique perspective and somewhat racy brand of comedy. January 2011, Tanyalee is performed her ONE WOMAN SHOW, 4 nights a week for 6 months, just off the Las Vegas strip.
At 3’6″, Tanyalee is the Ferrari of comedy – low to the ground and kind of racy. Canadian born, Tanyalee currently is making the stage her home by touring all over the world bringing the funny!
Tanyalee had a successful 6 month contract performing “Little Comedian, BIG Laughs” just off the Las Vegas Strip. Tanyalee is part of Abnormally Funny People, an ensemble show, performing throughout the United Kingdom. In 2007 Tanyalee premiered her first one woman show called “Little Do They Know” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where she received 4 star reviews.
Tanyalee has appeared on numerous top UK comedy shows including Live at The Apollo, The Last Leg, and the The John Bishop Show, and now adds the Godstoneberry Comedy Club to her tour dates – appearing on Saturday evening!
Matt Stellingwerf is a fast rising star on the international comedy scene, and highly regarded by his peers. Matt has won four NZ Comedy Guild Awards, been nominated for several others, and was nominated as Best Newcomer at the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival.
Matt was a 2015 & 2016 nominee for the prestigious Billy T Award. A renowned MC and compere, Matt is a 3-time nominee for Best MC in New Zealand.
Hamilton-born and Wanganui-raised farmer’s son and trained criminologist, an award-winning bar fly…and genuinely lovely guy, Matt Stellingwerf is a man of contradictions.
He expertly brings these contradictions to the stage with his typical low-key style and confidence, finding the humour in topics as diverse as love, mental illness, sex, drugs, and this crazy interview he once conducted with a serial killer on Death Row!
Matt now brings a worldview inspired by alcoholic shearing gangs, bizarre Dutch relatives, and criminological theory to the stage and attempts to answer some of life’s enduring mysteries. So come along, grab a brew and have a laugh!
He has toured extensively, performing throughout NZ, Australia, the USA & the United Kingdom.
Matt will be our comedy MC on Friday night.
As the alter-ego to comedian and researcher Naomi Paxton, Campe’s performances are true variety at it’s very best, rife with the absurd and the outlandish, mystery and intrigue and unabashed, pure comedy.
She has won both the New Act of the Year at the NATYS, and the Leicester Square Theatre Old Comedian of the Year, and received a nomination for Best Variety Act at the Chortle Awards in 2019.
In 2019, Ada Campe took the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by storm – receiving the best reviews of her career so far, sold out shows every day, and the admiration/ envy of her peers, with her awesome show ‘Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck’. Her show about wonderful women, strange encounters and a fairground mystery was ★★★★★ and completely hilarious.
Ada’s brilliant show earned her a nomination from Funny Women, for ‘Best Show’ in their Funny Women 2019 Awards. Ada also took home The Stand’s Good Egg Award 2019.
Catch Ada at the Festival on Friday evening.
Rahul Kohli is a fast rising comedian, impressing in a number of competitions, having been a Fosters So You Think You’re Funny Semi-Finalist 2013, a Fosters Golden Jesters Comedian of the Year 2014, and a Harrogate Comedian of the Year 2014 Finalist .
His debut solo Edinburgh Show was rated 4* by Joshua Phillips, editor of the Oxford Theatre Review, and was described as “Genuinely inventive…fresh, funny and meticulously contemporary.” Having already been billed with acts such as Lee Nelson (BBC 3), Mitch Benn, (Radio 4), Kai Humphries (The Comedy Store), Fern Brady (8 out of 10 cats, Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience S2) and Will Mars (Joke Thieves), in such a short space of time, this is definitely a comedian to look out for.
Rahul’s on stage at the Festival on Saturday night.
Aaron Simmonds has been failing to stand up for 30 years; luckily he is far better at comedy than standing up.
“A comedian going places” Places that are wheelchair accessible.
He has a unique perspective on life, usually of people’s belly buttons, which gives him stories to tell, and a sore neck.
Aaron’s comedy demonstrates expert storytelling, whilst packing jokes and opportunities for mirth into every moment.
His credits include BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC Two), The Edinburgh Show (BBC Scotland), BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Unexpected Fluids podcast and Laura Whitmore’s Sunday Session (BBC Radio 5 Live). He’s also been seen and heard on BBC Three and BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has appeared in a BBC Quickie with Brennan Reece and Rosie Jones.
Aaron’s appearing at Godstoneberry on Saturday night.
A brilliant natural comedian, Paul Pirie comes packed full of energy and uses every ounce to maximum effect, with superb delivery.
With a set that jumps from bitchy to silly, you’re never more than a line away from a great pun, insight or well crafted punch line, delivered with a ferocity that makes Paul’s humble beginnings on the Scottish circuit seem such a long time ago.
Paul’s career has encompassed TV, Film and Radio alongside his skills as a stand-up, and he is now one of the biggest Scottish acts on the UK comedy circuit.
Pauls hilarity and comedic ability has earned him huge popularity with comedy goers across the world, gigging from Australia to shows for the Armed Forces. He is a regular performer at the UK’s best comedy clubs and was simply born to entertain.
Paul’s on the Friday night comedy line up at the Festival.
Self-confessed comedy geek, Barry took to the comedy stage at the tender age of 21 and soon had audiences eating out of the palm of his hand. Using his own combination of irrepressibly cheeky, and surprisingly dark material, he quickly found himself taking the national comedy circuit by storm.
Finalist in various high profile competitions such as Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Idol, his twinkly eyed, playful demeanour disarms judging panels, industry experts and audiences alike, allowing him to flirt coquettishly with topics that are traditionally a little more controversial.
A talented storyteller, who uses whimsical imagery and evocative observations, Barry is an assured closing act, with regular bookings at many of the UK’s top comedy clubs including The Stand and The Glee Club. His comedy has even taken him to Luxembourg, where his solo show proved so popular, he became the first ever comedian to perform on Luxembourg TV. Barry has recently been supporting Jason Manford, on his UK Tour.
His calm, inclusive persona has ensured that Barry has also proven himself to be a popular and amiable MC, garnering a reputation as a strong and reliable choice to hold a quality line up together. Barry Dodds has been awarded Best MC at the Midlands Comedy Awards in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and will be our MC in the comedy club on Saturday at Godstoneberry.