He only went and did it! Lost Voice Guy has won Britain's Got Talent 2018. He's the first comedian to do it, and the first comedian using an iPad. Fantastic news and we couldn't be happier for him.
When we last spoke with Lost Voice Guy in April we stumbled upon an in-joke, maybe inappropriate joke? With the sad passing of Professor Stephen Hawking in March, we realised there was a gap for a person using a synthesised voice.
|Lost Voice Guy, with Abnormally Funny People |
Soho Theatre, 2012
Lee has a tendency to cut it fine, be almost late for a show. As a producer, with a packed audience in the venue, waiting for your last act to turn up is stressful. Of course he always made it but there was never time for him to then type out the reason why he was nearly late.
We introduced improvisation in to our 10th Anniversary show at Edinburgh in 2015. We were taught by the best Lee Simpson (of Improbable Theatre and Comedy Store Players). We decided to play the three headed expert game. It's fast paced, requiring a single, different word said by three different people in succession, trying to keep a coherent sentence going.
This is a hard game for anyone, made more interesting when you then have comedian who uses an iPad to speak and has to type his word out as Lost Voice Guy does. He wasn't the only one who found it tricky: Steve Day and Caro Sparks can't hear, Laurence Clark can speak but does so differently with his CP or Jess Thom, with Tourette's meaning she won't stick to one word. Tanyalee Davis used to throw up her short arms in despair. Luckily Juliette Burton was the most excellent interviewer and just about held the show together.
|Abnormally Funny People Edinburgh 2015 |
L - R Juliette Burton, Lost Voice Guy, Laurence Clark, Tanyalee Davis
The photo to the right is a peach. At the left hand end, Juliette is keeping the audience onside, at the other end, Tanyalee is watching, ready to pounce. Laurence is already laughing and the best bit, Lost Voice Guy is corpsing, laughing uncontrollably, as he knows the one word he wants to say but can't get it out quick enough. Because he is corpsing, we have to wait even longer for him to answer. Pure joy!