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


A musical comedy gameshow like no other! Well, by music, we mean drums. A lot of drumming. Paul Richards is on a mission to turn comedians into drummers. It's easily done (under Paul's guidance a typical adult can learn a simple groove within 15 minutes) but can they learn to drum whilst still telling jokes and making the audience laugh? 

To complicate matters, the audience are invited to suggest different styles of music to play and also different subject matters to chat about. We'll have some of the most exciting, brightest, experienced comedians as guests, but can they still be funny whilst holding down a tight groove? Scores are awarded for timing: both comedic and rhythmically!

2 guests per show, keep checking back here for line-ups as and when guests are confirmed.
With guests: Stuart Clarke v Nessie Ward ; Callie Vandewiele v Joe Tennant

4th AUGUST: Andy Quirk & Anna J v Josh Massen

5th AUGUST: Ruth Wright v Kate Madison

6th AUGUST: Gillian Marie v Phillip Simon

7th AUGUST: Steve McLean v Fiona Ridgewell

8th AUGUST: Rachel Creeger v Jay Neale

9th AUGUST: Olivia Rhee v Chris Matus

10th AUGUST: Sarah Southern v Carl Flanagan

11th AUGUST: Aidan Goatley v Margret McKugh

12th AUGUST: Mel Byron v Anthony Jeannot

13th AUGUST: Stuart Goldsmith v Friz Frizzle

14th AUGUST: Stylophobia v Bryan Ghosh

15th AUGUST: Peter Merriment v Jack Gleadow

16th AUGUST: Ollie Horn v Christian Talbot

17th AUGUST: Isla MacLean v Heli Kostadinova

18th AUGUST: Paul McGarrity v Noam Osband

19th AUGUST: Lubna Kerr v Ollie West

20th AUGUST: Oleg Denisov v Claire Sullivan

21st AUGUST: Drew Taylor v Mitch Alexander

22nd AUGUST: Duffy Connors v Michael Kierans

23rd AUGUST: Joe Tennant v David Gilna

24th AUGUST: Phillip Simon v Omar Badawy

25th AUGUST: Isla MacLean v Heli Kostadinova v Danny Ballance