PAUL RICHARDS: comedy writer/performer

A comedy writer/performer based in Cambridge, Paul has written 25 shows (over a period of 12 years) that have somehow ended up at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. These include comedic theatre offerings Little Sparks, Some Plays by Paul Richards, Probably the Greatest Goal Ever Scored and two shows for the character, Oscar Pike, as well as five stand-up solo hours. His current show, Short Plays for Marvellous People, recently won an award, with Paul winning 'Best Comedy Performance' at the Swindon Fringe.

Paul tours the UK frequently including, in 2017, a tour which saw him travel from the Portland Island (Weymouth) to the Shetland Islands (Scotland, and then up a fair bit) using public transport only, using his box drum as a suitcase.

At the Edinburgh fringe in 2018 Paul performed a remarkable 97 times over 23 days, covering all genres (theatre, stand-up comedy, storytelling and cabaret), a particular highlight being his Complete History of Pop Music in an Hour show, which featured our lanky host in charge of a different guest choir every night, faced with the challenge of singing 42 songs in 60 minutes. The show was a rousing success, playing to packed rooms and is likely to return soon.

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.

Paul is the curator/Artistic Director of two successful comedy/theatre festivals in his hometown of Cambridge; SideStreets Festival and StupidFest. He hosts a monthly comedy night, Let's Face the Music and Bants, at the Plough, Shepreth.



"Watching Paul Richards on stage is quite a dynamic experience...despite the apparently chaotic nature of the show and the performer, the writing underpinning everything was particularly artful and layered...there are real fleeting moments of wistful melancholy. A puppy wired on own-brand energy drink, you wouldn’t believe he ever sleeps, not once you’ve seen him on stage." - The Swindonian

"This riotously funny show might just be the funniest hour you spend at this year's fringe. Everyone was in stitches throughout." - The Write Angle

"The script is always fresh...its hilarity burns through constantly, without ever fizzling out." - Tychy blog (on Paul's show, Little Sparks)

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

"The fastest dictation in the west! Poignant, acutely observed comedy which prompts both laughter and introspection." - Theatrefest review

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

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

"Somehow genuinely likeable despite his weary, selfish cynicism. Richards is oddly charming." - Three Weeks Magazine

"Paul Richards’ musical style of comedy will sit well with an audience who likes their comedy with a dash of whimsy; simple yet imaginative, it’s a charming show that’ll tickle you silly." - Visit Dublin


Harvey Greenfield is Running Late (solo) (2019, tour and Edinburgh Fringe)
Comedians Learning How to Play Drums (2018, Edinburgh Fringe, YouTube series)
If in Doubt, Listen to Joe Jackson (solo) (2018, Edinburgh Fringe)
Little Sparks (2018, Edinburgh Fringe, Corpus Playroom residency)
Short Plays for Marvellous People (solo) (2018, tour, Edinburgh Fringe)
One Man and a Box (solo) (2017, tour, Edinburgh Fringe)
12 Stories About Britpop (2017, Edinburgh Fringe)
The Complete History of Pop in an Hour (2017-present, Edinburgh Fringe, tour)
Will: The Bad Boy of Trad-Jazz-Funk Fusion (solo) (2017, Edinburgh Fringe)
A Christmas Storytelling Show That Will (Possibly) Break Your Heart (2016, tour)
Paul Richards Is The Least Of Your Problems (solo) (2016 tour, Edinburgh Fringe)
The Make Or Break Mixtape (2015-2016 Edinburgh Fringe)
The Rix, Rees And Richards Radio Show (2015, Edinburgh Fringe)
Paul Richards: Inadequate Man (solo) (2015, tour, Edinburgh Fringe)
Paul Richards Will Make You Festive (solo) (2014, tour)
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, Edinburgh Fringe)
Some Christmas Plays By Paul Richards (2013, tour)
Things Could Be Marvellous (solo) (2013, Edinburgh Fringe)
Redundancy Club (2013, Edinburgh Fringe)
Some Plays By Paul Richards (2012-2013, Edinburgh Fringe, tour)
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)
Crackerjoke Writer (2007, London residency)
Bed (2007, Brighton Fringe)
Growing Up With Martin (2006, Edinburgh Fringe)


Will: The Bad Boy of Trad-Jazz-Funk-Fusion WATCH
And Then Things Got Complicated For Emily & Michael (2 series) WATCH


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


The Other Side of Christmastime (2018) - BUY IT HERE
Tinsel Face (2017) - BUY IT HERE
My Function Band Hell (2016) - BUY IT HERE
My Car Doesn’t Do Hills (2014) - BUY IT HERE
The Stationery Seller (2014) - BUY IT HERE


Paul's Edinburgh Fringe podcast (unedited chat with comedian chums) - full 9 episodes HERE


Paul Richards & Friends Present: Sketchbook. Watch it HERE
Some Films by Paul Richards: 3 episodes HERE
Watch some audience footage of Paul performing in 2016 HERE