Listen to my BBC Radio 4 sitcom, Ability

The exciting news is that my BBC Radio 4 sitcom - Ability -  started last week and you can listen to it throughout May on Wednesdays at 11.30am. You can also catch up with it on the BBC iPlayer. 

For those of you who don't know, Ability is about a disabled guy who can be a bit of a dick at times. So, obviously it's totally fictional and not based on myself at all! It follows the life of Matt (who uses a communication device to speak with....again purely coincidental!). He has recently moved out of home to live with his best mate, Jess, and also has a very dodgy carer called Bob, who visits him every day. What possibly could go wrong?!

The first episode aired last week and the response to Ability has been really good so far. It’s always hard to gauge whether other people will like it or not when you’re writing something, and usually I can try stuff out at my gigs almost straight away. But for my sitcom, I had to wait a few months for it to be broadcast, so that was a new experience for me. I’m just very happy that people enjoyed listening to it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

If you had told me when I started doing comedy back in February 2012 that I would ever have a series of my own on Radio 4, I think I would have laughed in your face. I've listened to so much great comedy on Radio 4 over the years and it's where some of my idols, such as the League Of Gentlemen, first got their break. So to be following in the footsteps of people like that is an amazing feeling.

It was a pleasure to work on the series because of a great writing and production team as well as a top cast. Thanks to my amazing writing partner, Katherine Jakeways, my very talented producer, Jane Berthoud and everyone else who has worked on Ability. I've been lucky to work with some very talented people, and thanks to the BBC for having faith in me.

Enjoy listening to it!

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Hahahaha 😂😂😂 I’m laughing so much at this. Siri, please turn off parental controls. Lol

Now I'm imagining mixing the voices up a bit 😀

Don’t be cheating on Alexa… she’s listening on you every word 😂

It could be worse, it could be like sleeping with Alexa 🤣

In the distant days when I was married, I once made my husband get up for a shave. He’d been away for a couple of weeks and come back with a beard. I suddenly felt like I was sleeping with Kenny Rogers

I wouldn't mind it that much, to be honest. There are times when a robotic voice can be hot. My problem would be if my boyfriend chose to let go of me to reach for a device to say something that would turn me off during cuddling. Seems like a waste of time to me, especially since he can already talk without one...

At least you can change your accent if your partner doesn't like it 😅🤣 X

I'm loving the geordie accent. Full of admiration for all that you have achieved so far. Onwards and upwards young sir. P.s Don't you miss the posh accent?! 🙂

You've just reminded me of the pilot episode of 'Long Black' with Bush Tucker Bunjie (youtube) where the characters declare that representation in porn is important in equality

I’ve got Siri set to an Aussie woman so sweet talk away 😀

This bloke is just absolute gold what a national treasure he is

Love it, you've made me laugh on a down day, Thankyou, xx

Rubbish, 8 at best

Hold on… you have a Jordy accent now don’t you?

Is this really you I'm such a fan? I'm Sue in a powerchair ❤️

Don't judge me! 😳

I wonder if there's a sexy or sultry voice on the machine....

You crack me up! 🤣🤣

Love it.

“Dave… I’m afraid I can’t let you do that, Dave…” “Daisy, daisy…”

Brilliant

You are too good buddy 😀😀

Good one hahaha love it

Which Siri?

I’m speechless 😭

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I'd like a Tshirt with a slogan to tell people that I'm a cr***le and not an imbecile.

You are the most fantastic human on this earth !! Just saying g but true xxx

Glad to see you enjoying yourself, keep up the good work for charity

You’re absolutely brilliant xxx

You make me smile. I hope you come to Jersey some time soon xx

Love you, Lost Voice Guy xx

Love that t-shirt 🤣

It was a brilliant show xx

Come to Cornwall or Plymouth as i moved down here early August. Need a night of comedy.

That's awesome 👏

I was there last night you was brill ❤

It’s no key club

Great your arsome Lee 💗

That shirt 😅😂

Looking well

If I was into betting would it be a dead cert to bet on a horse called Tombs?

My son who is disabled came to see you in high wycombe he loved your show are you coming back this year Lost Voice Guy ?? He would loved to see you again.

That shirt! Awesome.

Is this a silent event 🤣😝

Shared on my Facebook page disabled and unique x

Cherry Berry's doing great Danny C Chillcott

Well done lee

And what a smile you bring to the world... thank you

Love you xx

Well done, Lee. God bless you. X

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Can't wait to host these beauties in Gosforth!The next The Lost Voice Guy Comedy Showcase at Gosforth Civic Theatre takes place on Saturday 8th October. Featuring Britain's Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay, Freddy Quinne and Sammy Dobson. Plus it's BSL interpreted! Get your tickets at www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk/lost-voice-guy-comedy-showcase-oct-22 ... See MoreSee Less

Cant wait to host these beauties in Gosforth!
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Had a great time at my mate Paula’s wedding a few weeks ago! I wish her and David all the best for the future ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

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Lost Voice Guy ~ YOU TRULY ARE A FUNNY INTELLIGENT “INSPIRATIONAL” GUY & WE SINCERELY SALUTE YOU….. 🙌 & ✊ & HOW LUCKY THE HAPPY COUPLE ARE TO HAVE UR FRIENDSHIP ~ BLESSINGS ALL ROUND ❣️💕💕💕 ~ T&T

It was a beautiful day and it was lovely to finally meet you and your parents xx

How beautiful and you look so handsome and smart, Lee. Bless you. Congratukatiobs too, to your very beautiful friend. Beautiful photos all round.. xX

Congratulations 🎉🎈🎊 what a wonderful picture

Awww Love this ❤️ congratulations to the happy couple

You absolute legend fella, hope your staying safe, and congrats to the couple

I’m glad you had a good time, you’re a proper ladies man, they’ll be lining the street before long… and I hope your friends have a long and blissful marriage.

Shame you weren't David's best man, would of loved to hear that speech. Please send them my best wishes & congratulations for a great future together.

Paula the bride looks beautiful and Lee Ridley mate you look so smart xx

Was a wonderful day was lovely having you there too Lee x

Looks a great wedding. Glad you enjoyed it

Ahh what a great picture & the bride looked amazing!!

Aww for a minute then I thought you'd got married. Congrats to the happy couple

Congratulations to your friends. The bride looks beautiful x

Just seeing your face smiling makes me happy. You are contagious ❤️

Congratulations Paula and Dave, best wishes from Yorkshire.....

Beautiful bride ! Looks like fun !

Great photos mate and congratulations to your friends wedding

What a great picture!! Looks like a wonderful day.

Congratulations 🎉🎊🎈

Congratulations to you Both

Looking good Leecand Paula looks beautiful x

Beautiful photos. Congratulations to your friends

Hey lost voice guy I think you are brilliant I would love you to be at my wedding

Bride looks gorgeous 😍

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Just under a month to go until the next Lost Voice Guy comedy showcase at Gosforth Civic Theatre. Featuring Britain's Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay, Freddy Quinne and Sammy Dobson. Plus it's BSL interpreted! Get your tickets at www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk/lost-voice-guy-comedy-showcase-oct-22 ... See MoreSee Less

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Shout out to the dream team at @andrewrtalent and @gagreflexmanagement for giving me the best time at #edfringe ❤️

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Missing you already @gildedballoon ❤️
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And just like that my Edinburgh Fringe is over! It’s certainly been an interesting one in terms of varying audience numbers, and that’s the case for most people I’ve spoken to. Above all though, it’s been lovely to be back at the Fringe. Edinburgh is such a special place when it’s on, and I’m glad I could be part of it again. Thanks to everyone who came to my show, you’re all legends! #edfringe ... See MoreSee Less

And just like that my Edinburgh Fringe is over! It’s certainly been an interesting one in terms of varying audience numbers, and that’s the case for most people I’ve spoken to. Above all though, it’s been lovely to be back at the Fringe. Edinburgh is such a special place when it’s on, and I’m glad I could be part of it again. Thanks to everyone who came to my show, you’re all legends! #edfringe

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We all loved getting to know you and laughing with you Lee. Safe travels home and haste ye back!

Glad you had a great time at the fringe I'd love to go one day but I have four cats. Maybe one day when my mate is off tag I can get him to sit in and feed the cats a while so I can have a couple of nights away

You make Stephen hawking look retro

Love this guy he makes me smile stay safe

Great photo's Lee 😁

I had the best time meeting you

Come to wiltshire so I can bring john and his tank of a wheelchair to see you

Fantastic photos!

Saw you when we were dashing for a bus & didn’t get chance to say hello.

👍👍👍

I love how self effacing you are. I only use a stick to walk - if you can call it that - I look like a drunk Weeble (Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down). If you can’t laugh at yourself…..

Great bloke 👍

Are you coming to Edinburgh fringe next year?

You are a fabulous inspiration to all the lovely friends and family that are so special to me that I’m honoured to be enjoying life with.

Loved your show this year and look forward to seeing you again when you’re back 🤞🏼🤞🏼

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