Paul Richards is a drummer, playwright, novelist and comedian 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. 

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

PAUL RICHARDS: COMEDY writer/performer

A comedy writer/performer based in Cambridge, Paul has written 21 shows (over a period of 11 years) that have somehow ended up at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. These include comedic theatre offerings Some Plays by Paul Richards, Probably the Greatest Goal Ever Scored and two shows for the character, Oscar Pike, as well as four stand-up solo hours. 

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. He'll be touring Scandinavia in November 2017. 

At the Edinburgh fringe in 2017 Paul performed a remarkable 85 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 will return next year.

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 November 2017.

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. 




“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

“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


Richards: Short Plays for Marvellous People (solo show) (2018 tour show and Edinburgh Fringe)
Paul Richards: One Man and a Box (solo show) (2017 tour show and Edinburgh Fringe) WATCH
12 Stories About Britpop (2017, Edinburgh Fringe)
The Complete History of Pop in an Hour (2017, Edinburgh Fringe) WATCH
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) WATCH
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) WATCH
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)


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 TRAILER
50 Ways To Leave Your Drummer (2015) WATCH
Christmas With Emily And Michael (2014) WATCH
The Many Struggles Of Oscar Pike (2014) WATCH


Tinsel Face (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


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