comedian, drummer, writer

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

As a comedian he has taken countless shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, tours the UK frequently in his knackered little Ford Fiesta 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. 

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 and is continually in demand by various artists for a range of versatile projects.

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.

For corporate bookings, please contact Melody Management


As a performer, Paul has taken fourteen shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including solo stand-up offerings Getting Lost in my Hometown, The Moments of Madness that Make Us, Inadequate Man and 2016’s acclaimed Paul Richards is the Least of Your Problems which he toured relentlessly throughout the year. At the fringe in 2016 Paul performed a remarkable 69 times, with his own shows and various guest spots including a triumphant stint in the live version of children's TV show, Get Your Own Back, reading for the award-winning Iraq Out Loud and several appearances on the hugely popular Comedy Tapas showcase. As it stands at the moment, he'll be performing more than that at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

50 Ways to Leave Your Drummer; Paul’s bizarre film/total and utter breakdown, in which he spent 18 months trying to get sacked by 50 bands, premiered at the Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge in November 2015. Those to have ‘fired’ Paul for the movie include Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, John Otway, Frank Turner, Heaven 17, Nik Kershaw and comedian Arthur Smith. Paul then turned the concept into a late-night stage-show, which ran for 22 nights at the Banshee Labyrinth during the 2016 fringe.

My Function Band Hell; Paul’s debut novel, is a love story about a suicidal bassist forced to play in a covers band on a cruise liner. It was released in November 2016 and follows his popular collection of short stories, The Stationery Seller.

A Nice House, In A Nice Village, With A Nice Family - a new feature length film written, directed and produced by Paul, will be released in June 2017.

His latest offering, One Man and a Box is Paul’s most ambitiously simple show to date: touring (mostly using public transport as he is keen to discover the beauty of England, not just the M6) throughout the UK with just a small box drum for company – indeed, the box will also double up as his suitcase, the show is void of any props or comfort blankets, resulting in a masterclass in stripped-back storytelling, stand-up and comedic theatre. The show will inevitably end up at the Edinburgh Fringe, Paul’s spiritual home, for a full run in August 2017.

For corporate bookings, please contact Melody Management. 


“Sweet, grounded and self-deprecating…Paul delivers his stories with a genuine honesty that is immediately endearing.” – Heckler magazine

“Paul delivers his stories with heart-warming honesty…Paul Richards constantly makes you smile – **** ” – Get Reading

“A lanky bucket of confidence.” – Fringe Daily

“Does anyone work harder than Paul Richards?” – Local Secrets Magazine

"Somehow genuinely likable despite his weary, selfish cynicism." - Broadway Baby


Paul Richards: One Man and a Box (solo show) (2017 tour show and Edinburgh Fringe)
The Complete History of Pop in an Hour (2017, Edinburgh Fringe)
Will: The Bad Boy of Trad-Jazz-Funk Fusion (solo show) (2017 tour show and Edinburgh Fringe)
Paul Richards Proudly Presents A Christmas Storytelling Show That Will (Possibly) Break Your Heart (2016 tour show)
Paul Richards Is The Least Of Your Problems (solo show) (2016 tour show and Edinburgh Fringe) WATCH
The Make Or Break Mixtape (2015 and 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and 2016 tour show) 
The Rix, Rees And Richards Radio Show (2015, Edinburgh Fringe)
Paul Richards: Inadequate Man (solo show) (2015, tour show and Edinburgh Fringe) WATCH
Paul Richards Will Make You Festive (solo show) (2014 tour show)
The Moments Of Madness That Make Us (solo show) (2014, Edinburgh Fringe)
The Paul Richards Disasters (2014, Edinburgh Fringe)
Getting Lost In My Hometown (solo show) (2014, tour show and Edinburgh Fringe)
Some Christmas Plays By Paul Richards (2013 tour show)
Things Could Be Marvellous (solo show) (2013, Edinburgh Fringe)
Redundancy Club (2013, Edinburgh Fringe)
Some Plays By Paul Richards (2012 tour show, 2013 Edinburgh Fringe)
There’s Absolutely Nothing Wrong With Oscar Pike (2012, Edinburgh Fringe)
Probably The Greatest Goal Ever Scored (2012, Edinburgh Fringe)
Is It Too Late To Save Oscar Pike? (2011, Edinburgh Fringe)
Cat Food (2010, Brighton Fringe)
With Arms Outstretched (2009, Edinburgh Fringe)
Drop Me With Dignity (2009, Brighton Fringe)
The Knowledge Of Beauty (2008, Brighton, Buxton and Edinburgh Fringe)
Frank’s Aim Is True (2007, Edinburgh Fringe)
Bed (2007, Brighton Fringe)
Growing Up With Martin (2006, Edinburgh Fringe)


And Then Things Got Complicated For Emily & Michael (2 series) WATCH


A Nice House, In A Nice Village, With A Nice Family (2017)
Rantaclaus: The Movie (2016)
50 Ways To Leave Your Drummer (2015) WATCH TRAILER
Christmas With Emily And Michael (2014) WATCH
The Many Struggles Of Oscar Pike (2014)


One Man And A Box: One Comedian, A Box On His Back. Dorset To The Shetland Islands By Public Transport (A True Story) (2017) - BUY IT HERE
My Function Band Hell (2016) - BUY IT HERE
Have Yourself A Ridiculous Little Christmas (2014) BUY IT HERE
My Car Doesn’t Do Hills (2014) - BUY IT HERE
The Stationery Seller (2014) - BUY IT HERE
Some Plays By Paul Richards (2012) - BUY IT HERE
The Twelve Monologues of Christmas (2011) - BUY IT HERE