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


"Before you say you're going to leave this band, before you say that playing covers is musical prostitution, before you say that every creative cell in your body has been destroyed by our 80s medley of Bros and A-Ha songs, before you say you hate our choice of tunes so much that you're tempted to not listen to another piece of music ever again, before you say you'd rather be dead than play another 50th birthday party gig...don't forget: this band is all you have."

Alex. 41. He's lost his flat, his girlfriend, his parents and his dignity. Still, at least he's got his band mates, yes? It's just a shame one of them doesn't talk and the other one has forced them to play a six month residency in the middle of the sea. 

A fast paced comedic tale from comedian and musician Paul Richards about ambition, love and why being in a band is the greatest thing ever. Contains plenty of swear words.


Have Yourself A Ridiculous Little Christmas

"His relationship is crumbling, his (sort of) uncle has died and one of the few people he is in charge of has been eaten by a fox. Still, at least Santa Claus has decided to pop around to save Robert's Christmas. Assuming that is actually him?

A jolly festive comedy novella from the pen of Paul Richards.


My Car Doesn’t Do Hills

25 snappy, occasionally dark, tales from the typewriter of comedy writer Paul Richards.


The Stationery Seller

A collection of short twelve short stories from the typewriter of playwright Paul Richards. Awkward, charming, occasionally romantic.


Some Plays By Paul Richards

Some Plays By Paul Richards gathers ten outstanding short comedies from the typewriter of playwright Paul Richards. From the joyously awkward tales of bumbling Oscar Pike, the office tension of Drop Me With Dignity to the beautifully heartbreaking Letters To Sparkle, these pieces are lively, moving and amusing in equal measure. This comprehensive collection features the following plays:

1) When Jimmy Became James
2) Letters To Sparkle
3) Drop Me With Dignity
4) Is It Too Late To Save Oscar Pike?
5) Toxic Tornado
6) Gone Midnight
7) Probably The Greatest Goal Ever Scored
8) Great Achievers
9) There's Absolutely Nothing Wrong With Oscar Pike
10) An Ambulance Stuck In Traffic


The Twelve Monologues of Christmas

Featuring twelve short, delightful pieces set in the most joyful time of the year, The Twelve Monologues of Christmas is a warm collection of wintry tales from the typewriter of playwright Paul Richards. 

From siblings entering war over who gets custody of the Christmas television guide to a turkey who really does just want 'one more chance' before becoming part of a family dinner, these pieces are gentle, witty and often moving. 

Relentlessly festive throughout, the tales were written for performance by a female cast, but can equally be enjoyed as short stories by everybody.