Paul Richards is a drummer, playwright, novelist, comedian and drum teacher based in Cambridge. 36, lanky, can’t grow a beard. Likes to talk about himself in the third person.

As a comedy writer/performer he has taken countless (well, 21) shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, tours the UK and Europe frequently in his 19-year-old Volvo and has had some quite nice reviews in the process. He talks very fast, often about his love of Ginsters slices and often tries to justify it all as theatre. His current show recently won an award, which is lovely.

As a drummer, recordings he has drummed all over have been broadcast on Channel 4, BBC Radio 5, BBC 6 Music – all the usual places you’d expect to find a professional groovester. He is constantly on tour with lovely musician chums in award-winning bands and is continually in demand by various artists for a range of versatile projects. He has toured the UK, a lot, and China.

As a writer, Paul has written lots of plays, with his work performed all over the world. He’s had a couple plays published in Canada, and quite a few back here in England. His collection of short stories, The Stationery Seller, has been a bit of a success and his debut novel, My Function Band Hell, was released at the end of 2016.

His debut movie, 50 Ways to Leave Your Drummer, was released in 2015. He is the co-writer of 2 musicals.

This website is partly here to put all of Paul’s work into one place (because at one point he had six different websites and it was a nightmare to maintain), but also so Paul can have his full schedule somewhere online just in case he accidentally deletes his diary off his phone again.

Contact: thepaulrichards AT

December will be magic again

As we say goodbye to 2017, I ended the twelve months in typically manic fashion. Pretty much in keeping with the rest of the year 2017 I performed 239 shows, wrote 3 books, toured China, performed 85 times at the fringe and played on 5 different albums. The plan was for a quiet festive season as I evidently have a very tired face, but where's the fun in that? 

I've really enjoyed December; a music/comedy festival I curated hit Cambridge, and my own comedy shows - a festive special of Let's Face the Music and Bants plus two nights of my Complete History of Christmas Music show were great fun. I also ran next year's new tour show, Short Plays for Marvellous People, a few times privately. 

Musically, there was the Fred's House Christmas gig which was a joyously sweaty sold out show and the We Are Sound offshot, The Roar of Sound, played two cracking shows. Oh yes, and I also played 12 gigs in one day with James Erskine, making a ton of cash for Macmillan Cancer Support in the process...that was quite some day. I've also been teaching drums, with some very talented young students on my books - if you're looking for a drum teacher, let me know! 

My year ended with being a best man for a first time, for my close friend (and regular bandmate, bassist) Edd as he married the lovely Emily. The day was sheer perfection and I didn't drop the rings or anything.

I'm now back at the family home for Christmas, having spent 4 days eating, drinking, catching up with friends and making plans for 2018. It has all the hallmarks of being a good one. Happy New Year!