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You’ve already got Tony Law. You’ve already got Alex Horne. How are you going to top that for your first ever comedy festival? Well, if you’re the organisers behind this year’s Barnard Castle Comedy Festival in July then you do it by continuing to announce some stellar acts for your day-long laughter jamboree.

Lost Voice Guy, aka Lee Ridley, is another performer bringing a brand new performance to the festival, as he prepares to wow the audience with his afternoon show Disability For Dunces. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child, the award-winning comic uses an iPad to help him perform on stage. Despite being a famous comedian though, he still gets asked some dumb questions, which is the basis for this show. He says: “My show at the Barnard Castle Comedy Festival is about all the stupid questions I get asked by the general public on an all too regular basis. Stuff like: can you really not talk? Have you considered an exorcism? Are you just in it for the parking? Have you ever tried talking just to see what happens? How do you have sex? Seriously, can you not talk at all?

“I’ve decided to answer them all once and for all. Think of it as being like a disabled FAQ for dummies (…or dunces – for legal reasons!)” No doubt this “disabled FAQ” might not be so kind to the dummies.

Also joining the bill is star of Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow Jo Caulfield, who is also bringing her latest show to the festival. Described as one of the best female comics in the business, Caulfield’s legendary one-woman shows have earned her a nomination for best female stand-up by comedy website Chortle. She has previously sold out two shows at Barnard Castle before, so there’s no doubt that the punters at The Witham will embrace her with open arms.

The Barnard Castle Comedy Festival takes place at The Witham, Barnard Castle on Saturday 18th July. Earlybird tickets are on sale now.

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