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


Paul is the founding member of Cracking Films. So far, the production company have made one movie that has gone live, 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR DRUMMER, which premiered at the Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge, in November 2015. It featured cameo appearances from lots of famous musicians. 

A new feature film, A NICE HOUSE, IN A NICE VILLAGE, WITH A NICE FAMILY is also finished, but it's taking bloody ages to release, expect that to be out before the end of 2017 - in the meantime watch the trailer for it here. Another two movies (THE CURSE OF THE HAPPY DRUMMER and A BAD DAY TO GO TO LUNCH) are in production and will be out in 2018.

Here's 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR DRUMMER - the full movie. Watch if you enjoy watching a lanky man get sacked, 50 times.


Haven't got a spare 70 minutes? Well, here's a short film Paul made recently called DATE.
Haven't got a spare 21 minutes? Don't worry - here's an 8 minute short film. It's the first episode of a sitcom called WILL: THE BAD BOY OF TRAD-JAZZ-FUNK-FUSION. The rest of the series can be found HERE