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Facilitators of Mirth

LVG is gannin’ to be propa Geordie

Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy, has finally found his Geordie accent! 

Comedian Lee, from Consett in County Durham, uses a speech app to communicate because his cerebral palsy means he cannot speak. But he said his current electronic voice "sounds like I should be reading the shipping forecast on Radio 4".

After putting out an appeal to replace the automatic voice in his communication device, the comic has chosen voiceover artist Dan Pye for the job.

He was picked almost 500 potential ‘donors’ from across the Newcastle area, who read a short extract from his book, ‘I’m Only In It For The Parking’ to see which best suited his regional and family accent, finding Dan’s voice fitted the bill perfectly.

"I spend much of my life lending my voice to fictitious characters for a range of projects, the idea of being able to lend my voice to an actual human is just such an honour at the best of times, but when that individual is as inspirational as Lee, it’s an even greater one. Being able to help Lee communicate in a tone which is more personal to him is fantastic. Being a Geordie has a very distinctive, nationally recognisable tone which I am very proud of. Sharing that with Lee, I hope will give him a sense of identity that the rest of the North East are famed for”
– Dan Pye


The vocabulary in Ridley’s voice software will be adapted by software firm CereProc to incorporate phrases he uses often, as well as Geordie slang such as: ‘Whey Aye Man’.

Pye will spend around six hours in a studio recording all the sounds in various emotions that he might need.

"I’m very excited to finally be getting a Geordie accent, so I can sound more like my family and friends. I had a great response to my request for a voice donor. In fact, the number of people willing to help out blew me away. So, it was hard to choose the voice that I thought suited me best. But, in the end, Dan’s voice was the one that I kept coming back too and listening to over and over again. Thankfully, my family agreed with my choice too. I look forward to you all hearing my new Geordie accent soon”
– Lee Ridley


Lost Voice Guy goes on Tour in Spring 2022. For full dates and venues, click here.

LVG is gannin’ to be propa Geordie LVG is gannin’ to be propa Geordie

News story posted on 06-04-2021 12:00

More books in the pipeline for Adam Kay

Following the success of his first children's book, Kay’s Anatomy, Adam Kay has signed a three book deal to for further non-fiction books for young readers.

Kay’s Marvellous Medicine - A Gross and Gruesome History of the Human Body, will be out in September 2021.

Kay’s Anatomy launched to phenomenal success in October 2020, becoming publisher Puffin’s biggest ever hardback non-fiction launch, and a Sunday Times Number One children's bestseller. It was the fastest-selling children's general non-fiction hardback of the last decade, the bestselling children's non-fiction title overall in 2020, and has already been translated into 21 languages.

"Kay's Marvellous Medicine is as remarkable and remarkably revolting as his children's debut, and will also be illustrated throughout by award-winning artist, writer and comedian Henry Paker. The book for readers aged 7 and over will transport kids back to the days when doctors didn't have the slightest clue about how our bodies worked. They will discover why Ancient Egyptians thought the brain was just a useless load of old stuffing, why teachers forced their pupils to smoke cigarettes, and why people used to get paid for farting. Everyone at Puffin is delighted to be working with Adam in such a big and exciting way. His unique brand of laugh-out-loud funny and informative non-fiction took the children's market by storm this autumn and that was only the beginning. We can't wait for more and more young people to become completely fascinated by the human body.”
– Ruth Knowles, Puffin


"I have absolutely adored the first steps of my journey as a children's author and am thrilled to have tricked Puffin into publishing three more books. There's a lot to recommend writing children's books - for example, this is the first time I've been given 'twelve million stars out of ten' for my writing, or been sent a depiction of me and my dog carved out of a potato. Ruth and the whole team have been utterly brilliant partners for me and Henry on Kay's Anatomy, and I can't wait to get started.”
– Adam Kay


Adam’s first book, This is Going to Hurt, which focused on his time working in the NHS, from 2004 until 2010, became a number one bestseller when it was published in 2017. Production is currently underway on a BBC Two comedy drama series based on the book, with actor Ben Whishaw in the lead role.

Kay, who is a World Book Ambassador, will - alongside Puffin - be donating 1,000 copies of the paperback of Kay’s Anatomy to schools in Birmingham and the North East this week, via the National Literacy Trust.

"We are so thrilled to receive Puffin's generous in our Birmingham Stories and Read North East Hubs. Our research and experience shows non-fiction books are a brilliant way to engage readers and bring information alive. The pandemic has made all of us more aware of our health, and Kay's works demystify many unknowns about the human body in a fascinating way. I'm sure children and teachers alike are excited to attend his special virtual event in June and I can't wait to read some of the children's reviews of early copies of Kay's Marvellous Medicine!”
– Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust


Pre-order your copy of Kay's Marvellous Medicine at your local bookshop, or online, here.

More books in the pipeline for Adam Kay More books in the pipeline for Adam Kay

News story posted on 01-04-2021 10:00

WINNER: Jonny Awsum at LCF 2021

Thrilled to confirm that Jonny Awsum has won Best Kids Show for Jonny Awsum - The Gag Slinging Guitar Hero, at the 2021 Leicester Comedy Festival Awards!

This year’s event, and its sister UK Kids’ Comedy Festival, were held online via NextUp, the subscription based online comedy platform, but hailed as a huge success after selling more than 20,000 tickets over the 19-day event, to a worldwide audience

Jonnys show, held online on the 18th Feb 2021, was described as ‘A fantastic 40 minutes of Britain's Got Talent star Jonny Awsum, performing his special feel-good brand of family friendly musical comedy, live on screen. A comedic whirlwind, Jonny guarantees fun & laughs, songs & games, suitable for all ages! Plus all his greatest hits, including those made famous with Ant & Dec and David Walliams'

Winners were announced at an invitation-only online ceremony last night, hosted by Zoe Lyons. It's a much deserved win for Jonny, who has worked consistently throughout the last year, producing popular weekly shows for his fans, on Facebook Live, such as ‘The Four O’Clock Club’ (watch here) and ‘Friday PowWow’ (watch here) online, all whilst home schooling two children.

Fans of Jonny's can catch him LIVE in person at the new Down The Rabbit Hole Festival, in Levenshulme, Manchester this summer. On Saturday 22nd May, from 12pm, the Festival is holding a Mad Hatters Tea Party, with three family shows for the price of one!! Bring the kids down for an afternoon of fun with three of the best children’s shows from the Edinburgh Fringe; Moran & West, Ada Campe and Jonny Awsum – The Kids’ Show

Award winning JONNY AWSUM brings a show for kids of all ages from 5 to 105. Featuring ‘This is a Musical’ and ‘The Triangle Song’ as seen on Britain’s Got Talent, audiences don’t just leave entertained, they leave as fans. People of all ages adore the show, and the feedback is always incredible.

WINNER: Jonny Awsum at LCF 2021