PAUL RICHARDS

DRUMMER, COMEDY WRITER/PERFORMER

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 gmail.com

THE 50 DAYS OF DRUMMER

Paul has just launched an exciting new film/music project, The 50 Days of Drummer, in which we'll attempt to play 50 gigs, with 50 different bands, playing 50 different styles of music. More information can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/the-50-days-of-drummer

85 PERFORMANCES AT THE FRINGE

Paul is back from a hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe run, where he performed 85 times over 23 days. Covering four different genres: comedy (One Man and a Box), cabaret (The Complete History of Pop in an Hour), theatre (Will: The Bad Boy of Trad-Jazz-Funk-Fusion) and spoken word (12 Stories about Britpop); Paul will be touring some of these shows again in the near future. Keep an eye on the events page for more information. 

BACK IN THE STUDIO

Paul is currently in the studio working on three different albums; a third album with Fred's House, a debut album for Claudia McKenzie and also he is drumming on the second album by Gavin Chappell-Bates. 

MY FUNCTION BAND HELL

Paul's debut novel, My Function Band Hell, is now available. You can download it here, or message Paul to purchase a limited edition physical copy. 

A NICE HOUSE, IN A NICE VILLAGE, WITH A NICE FAMILY

Paul's new feature film, A NICE HOUSE, IN A NICE VILLAGE, WITH A NICE FAMILY - a comedy about a city couple struggling to adapt to village life, is now complete. It's the follow-up to his successful movie, 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR DRUMMER. Release details to be announced soon.