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 plays have been published in the UK and Canada.
Paul’s 2018 show, Short Plays for Marvellous People, recently won an award, with Paul winning 'Best Comedy Performance' at the Swindon Fringe. His current show, a one-man play, Harvey Greenfield is Running Late, will run at 8 different festivals across 2019, including a 26-day run in Edinburgh.
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 returning for a third year at the festival in 2019. The show has also toured, including successful performances in London’s West End.
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 produces a monthly comedy night, Let's Face the Music and Bants, at the Plough, Shepreth.
“Richards seems to have comic energy to burn…he makes Lee Evans seems narcoleptic by comparison. The result is mostly laugh-out-loud, but punctuated with sorrow. Ingeniously written and powerfully performed. “ - The Swindonian (on Paul’s show, Harvey Greenfield is Running Late)
"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 (on Paul’s show, The Complete History of Pop in an Hour)
"Funny, poignant, unbelievably energetic (I was knackered just watching you!). Loved it." - Barnstaple Theatrefest review (on Paul’s show, Harvey Greenfield is Running Late)
”An intricately constructed show that inspires both belly laughs and heartache. Paul Richards plays Harvey, whose kind heart is out of control. Running as fast as he can to meet the needs of those he loves - and avoid the demands of those he’d rather leave behind - Harvey never quite makes time to deal with his own issues of loneliness, insecurity, and bafflement at a world that seems too big for him. It’s true fringe: no set, one man and some impressive voiceover cameos by two actors, playing I lost count of how many characters, but the superb writing and Richard’s gawky, engaging, and fearlessly truthful presence raise it from storytelling comedy to proper drama. His delivery is hyperspeed and relentless – I ended the show feeling I’d missed some of the many layers, but that just made me want to see it again. Well worth the hour spent.” - Michelle Golder - Pivotal (on Paul’s show, Harvey Greenfield is Running Late)
"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 (on Paul’s show, Things Could Be Marvellous)
"The fastest dictation in the west! Poignant, acutely observed comedy which prompts both laughter and introspection." - Barnstaple Theatrefest review (on Paul’s show, Short Plays for Marvellous People)
"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 (on Paul’s show, Short Plays for Marvellous People)
“Paul delivers his stories with heart-warming honesty…Paul Richards constantly makes you smile – **** ” – Get Reading (on Paul’s show, Getting Lost in my Hometown)
“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 (on Paul’s show, There’s Absolutely Nothing Wrong with Oscar Pike)
"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 (on Paul’s show, One Man and a Box)
A long interview with Paul from Quench magazine can be found HERE
Harvey Greenfield is Running Late (solo) (2019, tour and Edinburgh Fringe)
All of this Must Count for Something (solo) (2019, 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 (solo) (2017, Edinburgh Fringe)
The Complete History of Pop in an Hour (2017- 2019, 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, First Draft Theatre 6-night London residency)
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, World’s End Players (several performances), Thurrock Courts Players,TopHats - RAF Halton, Parkway West High School)
Bed (2007, Brighton Fringe)
Growing Up With Martin (2006, Edinburgh Fringe)
And Then Things Got Complicated For Emily & Michael (YouTube, 2 series) WATCH