Laughter Is The Worst Medicine DVD out now

The DVD of my 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show, Laughter Is The Worst Medicine, is now available to buy.

 

“A very funny guy.”
Ross Noble 

“A wonderful comedian.”
Matt Lucas 

“Tremendous.”
Greg Proops

“Lost Voice Guy is fantastic.”
Sean Hughes

“A great talent!”
Jason Manford

“Finding humour in strange places is one of Lost Voice Guy’s strengths.”
The Guardian

Not so superhuman…

For Britain, watching the Paralympics is a lot like having a fuck buddy. You enjoy it while it lasts, it makes you feel better about yourself but, in the end, you’re not in it for the long term.

It’s the way I tell ’em

I am writing this blog post because I feel I must apologise to you all. It has been brought to my attention that some of you come to comedy gigs to see those traditional comedians who can actually speak.

End the awkward

Scope recently launched a national television campaign to get people talking about why they might feel “awkward” around disabled people. Read my BBC article about how the awkwardness goes both ways.

Lost Voice Guy’s mailing list

If you missed the latest Lost Voice Guy e-newsletter, you can read it again here. You can also subscribe to get the latest news, gig dates, special offers, competitions, ramblings, rants and more sent straight to your inbox.

Laughter Is The Worst Medicine DVD out now

The DVD of my 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show, Laughter Is The Worst Medicine, is now available to buy.

Debut DVD on sale

My very first stand up show, ‘Voice Of Choice’, is now available to buy on DVD or as a digital download in my shop.

You’ve got to express yourself

I recently wrote a blog post for Capability Scotland as part of their #XpressUrself campaign about my experiences of expressing myself and being a stand-up comedian. You can read it here.

Lost Voice Guy’s fan wall

Tell me a joke, show me your support, review my gig, ask me a question, sing me a little song, do whatever you want (within reason!) and I’ll post the best messages on my website.

Red Nose Day 2015

Sponsor me for Red Nose Day as I strip off and get all NHSexy on your arses at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival on Saturday 21 March.

Thank you all!

I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for their support in helping me win the BBC New Comedy Award 2014.

Chatting about comedy

I recently had a chat with the lovely people at Giggle Beats about comedy, Twitter abuse, my influences and my new Edinburgh Fringe show. Have a read of the interview.

Travel buddy needed

Do you like stand-up comedy? Do you like me? Do you like earning money? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then read on!

Anyone for a blind date?

So, The Undateables is back on Channel 4. Or, as I like to call it ‘Would You Shag A Crip?’ It’s that time of the year when people can patronise disabled people by oooo-ing and ahhh-ing about them on television and saying how cute they look. Related news… Speed dating comedy sketch premieres in York…

BBC New Comedy Award semi

I am delighted to announce that I am through to the final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2014. The final is a public vote so I hope I can count on your support on the day. I’ll post details of how you can vote as soon as I get them.

BBC New Comedy Award heat

I am happy to be able to announce that I have won my heat of the BBC New Comedy Award 2014. Wish me luck for the semi final in November. If you missed the heat on the radio, you can listen again here.

Fuck me, what a year…

Well, 2013 was a bit of a roller coaster wasn’t it!? From writing and performing my first solo show, getting nominated for an award, going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ending up in hospital for three weeks, receiving a free iPad from Apple….the list goes on and on!

Make your own mini Lost Voice Guy

Quite a few of you have been asking for your very own mini Lost Voice Guy, as seen on my Instagram.

Christmas stories for charity

I recently had the pleasure of writing for The Stand, Newcastle’s ‘Small Book Of Stories’, which they produced this Christmas to support a local charity. It was nice to be able to give something back to the place after all the support they’ve given me.

Guinness – bringing the legless together

Have you guys watched the latest Guinness advert with the wheelchair basketball in it? If you haven’t, the basic premise of the advert is that a group of friends all get into wheelchairs to play basketball because one of them is actually in a wheelchair. Related news… My ‘Voice By Choice’ comedy sketch in full…

A thank you to Apple

A little while ago, the lovely people at Apple got in touch with me to offer me a free iPad to use at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity because I’m tight and I love getting free stuff.

Normal service will resume shortly

Due to being in hospital for the past two weeks with pneumonia, I am cancelling all my gigs in September so I can have time to fully recover. I plan to be back on the road in October.

Helping ‘Find A Voice’ find a voice

Last summer, I became a patron of the charity ‘Find A Voice’, which is based in Kent. Find A Voice supports children and adults who have a severe speech, language or communication difficulty. It was a huge honour to be asked and I was delighted to accept their offer.

My ‘Voice By Choice’ comedy sketch in full

Watch my comedy sketch about going speed dating when you’re disabled, which had its first screening in York last year.

Talking the talk at Communication Matters

I recently got the opportunity to give a talk at the Communications Matters conference in Leicester. I told a few jokes as well, of course! It was lots of fun. I’m proud to be their patron.

Leicester Comedy Festival award nomination

My debut solo show was nominated for ‘best new show’ at the Leicester Comedy Festival. How exciting! I can’t wait to take it to Edinburgh in August.

A thank you from Lost Voice Girl

This is just a quick note to say thank you to everyone who helped me raise £350 for Comic Relief by sponsoring me to dress up as Lost Voice Girl for my gig at The Stand in Newcastle.

Becoming a patron of a charity

I’d like to belatedly announce that I have become a patron of the charity ‘Find A Voice’, which is based in Kent. Find A Voice supports children and adults who have a severe speech, language or communication difficulty, and who may require some form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) support. This can include signing,…

Dude looks like a lady – Lost Voice Guy’s Comic Relief challenge 2013

I’ll be honest. One Direction covering Teenage Kicks makes me want to never help a starving child ever again. Ironically, it makes me want to kick some teenagers instead. Alas, I could never be that cruel…….or could I?!

Testing out the tech – Allora

One of the most unexpected benefits of my foray into stand up comedy is the fact that everyone in the AAC (Augmentative and alternative communication) world now knows of my existence. In fact, if it wasn’t for speech therapy students I wouldn’t have nearly as many followers on Twitter as I do!

It’s been a funny old year….

A year ago this evening, I made my stand up comedy debut in Sunderland – the video of the gig is below. Little did I know what was going to happen next!

Thank you for a great 2012

I’ll be honest, if you had told me what would happen to me in 2012 this time last year, I would have thought you were very, very mental! In fact, I still can’t really believe it. Never in a million years could I have predicted this. It’s still really weird when I think about what…

A Christmas message – blame Santa for everything

So, I get the feeling that it might be Christmas soon. I’m not looking forward to it really. It just brings back bad memories ever since my grandad was run over by a Coca Cola truck. On top of that, I do remember the shock I felt when I found out about Santa. It was…

I’m just a media whore….

In this past month or so, I seem to have been in the media quite a lot. So obviously I thought I’d let you know about it because I’m egotistical like that! I’m not really, of course, I’m very insecure. Please read about me. Go on. PLEASE!!!!!!

Speed dating comedy sketch premieres in York

Next Monday (December 3) sees the première of the very first comedy sketch that I have written when it is shown in York. How did it come about? Well, earlier this year, I was approached to see whether I would like to put my comedy writing skills to good use and write a comedy sketch…

Going for gold……..without Henry Kelly

First things first, I apologise for being a little bit slow with writing this blog post. It’s been in draft form for weeks, I just haven’t had time to finish it. This is mainly because I’ve had a busy few weeks. First of all, my lovely best friend Emily moved into my flat. I’m pleased…

My trip to the Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Having spent most of last week laughing my arse off at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this weekend has been rather dull in comparison. In fact, I have resorted to reliving the Fringe experience by putting comedy DVDs on, sitting in a cupboard and turning up my heating to ‘CHRIST IT’S HOT’. Of course, I make…

Stop! Noble time!

Well, what an exciting few weeks I have had! I’m not exactly sure where to start so I’ll begin with the most exciting part. I am very happy to announce that fellow Geordie comedian, Ross Noble, has asked me to warm up for him at his gig at The Stand in Newcastle on September 11th.…

Sketching out speed dating

I am happy to reveal that next week I will be filming my first ever comedy sketch, written by myself, as part of a research project led by academics from the Universities of Hull and York. I’ll admit that when I was first approached about this project, I was in two minds whether to do…

An Abnormally Funny 24 hours in London

This week I had my first ever gig in London, which was a very exciting prospect! Not even I could have predicted what was going to unfold though….. The trip started normally enough. I met my mate Nathan at the station, got the train and found our hotel. Everything was fine. What followed was a…

Comics, treat disabled people normally – but only when it suits them

Today I read a story regarding comedian Ross Noble who has being criticised for taking the piss out of a disabled audience member’s laugh. The disabled person, Luke Roberts, then went to the newspapers with his family to complain about it. I honestly do not even know how to start to explain how stupid this…

Derek and the disability debate discussed

So, the Sunday Sun newspaper in the north east of England asked me to review Derek – the new show by Ricky Gervais on Channel 4 – last week and see if it was offensive or not. I’m still not sure why? I’m presuming that Stephen Hawking, Tanni Grey Thompson and that bloke playing basketball…

I’m in the media more than Princess Di…

….and look what happened to her! Last weekend my gig at Pandamonium in Newcastle was filmed by Sky Tyne And Wear. It was a pretty surreal experience. They came to my flat to interview me and my mam first. Luckily I’m a tidy freak (with a hint of OCD) so I didn’t have to clean…

I don’t have the X Factor….who knew?!

Earlier today I went along to The X Factor auditions in Newcastle. It just seemed the obvious thing to do for a disabled bloke with no speech on a boring Saturday. I didn’t expect to get very far. In fact, I didn’t even know if I’d get in the door. This is why the following…

Supporters wanted for my X Factor audition piss take

As you may know, The X Factor auditions are in Newcastle this weekend and I am planning to gatecrash that particular party with my own monotone singing style. You can read all about it in my previous blog post, Not Now Silent Singer. But if you think I’m going on my own, you can fuck…

Not now silent singer!

Have you ever wondered what would happen if someone who couldn’t speak tried to go on The X Factor? Probably not but I have. Probably because I’m a bit of a bastard. I often think about going on The X Factor just to see the look on their faces when they realise I can’t actually…

Highlights from my debut stand up comedy performance

The past few days since my stand up comedy debut on Saturday have been pretty mental. I haven’t had this much praise since the doctors told my Mam that I was going to be a special child. For starters, the feedback I got straight after the gig was great.  From the initial reaction, everyone seemed…

Can’t speak? Want to do stand up comedy? There’s an app for that!

Last night I did something I never ever ever thought I would do. I got up on stage and did a stand up comedy routine. Given that I have no speech, you can understand why I never thought that it would happen, even though I’ve always dreamed of doing it. I just thought it would…

It’s time to face the music!

So, tonight is the night that I make my stand up comedy debut. Naturally, instead of practicing my set, I’m writing this blog instead. I’ll be honest, I’ve been a bit taken by surprise by all the support and interest that I’ve received since announcing my plans to try stand up a few weeks ago.…

Very first stand up gig announced

I am very pleased/nervous to announce that I will be making my stand up comedy debut with a ten minute slot at Stand Up For Mission at Mission in Sunderland on Saturday 4 February (not long then!). I will be appearing alongside some very funny people including Del Strain, Demetrius Deech and Adam Hess (2011…

Stand up and be counted

Those of you that know me know that I enjoy a challenge. Which is a good job, because supporting Newcastle United is always a challenge! But it has also helped me cope with my disability. There’s always going to be things that I can never do. Simple things like tying a knot (which means I’ll…