Jon Richardson (comedian)
|Birth name||Jon Joel Richardson|
26 September 1982 |
Lancaster, Lancashire, England
|Medium||Stand-up comedy and writer|
|Notable works and roles||8 Out of 10 Cats|
Richardson entered and won his heat of the BBC New Talent Comedy Search in May 2003. He also reached the semi-finals of the Laughing Horse New Act of The Year competition in 2004. Quickly developing throughout 2004, he was one of six acts to reach the final of the J2O Last Laugh Comedy Search. Having impressed a sell-out crowd in Bristol, he marked the end of his first year in comedy with a performance at the Criterion Theatre in London's West End. Judges Jasper Carrott and Dave Spikey were both "extremely impressed" with Richardson's performance.
In 2006, Richardson appeared in The Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Festival. He also completed a 60-date UK and Irish tour with Alan Carr, and made an appearance on Paramount's The Comedy Store. In 2007, "Spatula Pad" (Richardson's first solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe) earned him a Best Newcomer nomination at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Richardson won the 2008 Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough Act, and performed Dogmatic (his second solo show) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He later took this show around the country in his first solo tour. He appeared as a team captain in Simon Mayo's 2008 series Act Your Age on BBC Radio 4.
In early 2009, Richardson's show "This Guy at Night" was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards main prize. That year, he appeared on the BBC music quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He also appeared on Have I Got News for You in December 2009 and October 2010, and was a guest on David Mitchell's The Bubble.
Richardson appeared on the BBC Radio 5 Live show Fighting Talk in February 2010. He was curator of The Museum of Curiosity for its third series. On 21 March 2010, he presented a BBC Three programme about compulsions and strange habits, entitled Different Like Me. Richardson has performed at comedy festivals in Leeds, Guildford and Bristol, and has headlined university gigs for Off the Kerb and Avalon. He has also compèred in the French Alps, headlined in Barcelona, and performed a one-man show in Greece. In 2010 he also performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Starting with the 11th series of Channel 4's panel show 8 out of 10 Cats, Richardson took over from Jason Manford as a team captain. Filming for the series began in June 2011. It's Not Me, It's You!, Richardson's first book, was published during the same month. Later in 2011, he became a regular comic on the Channel 4 show Stand Up for the Week, which was hosted by Kevin Bridges during its second series. Upon Bridges's departure, Richardson took over as host, a role he left after series 4 in 2012.
Richardson presented a 2012 documentary entitled A Little Bit OCD, in which he studied the lives of people diagnosed with OCD and worried that he might have the same condition; he was indeed revealed to exhibit symptoms of OCD, but did not show signs of the accompanying dysfunction. The show won the 2013 Mind Award in the documentary category.
On 19 November 2012, Richardson released his first stand up DVD, Funny Magnet. The performance was recorded at the Apollo Theatre in Hammersmith on 9 September 2012. The DVD also features Richardson's set from Live at the Apollo and audio commentary with his housemate, comedian Matt Forde.
In December 2012, Channel 4 broadcast The Real Man's Road Trip - Sean and Jon Go West, a two-part series in which Richardson and his 8 Out of 10 Cats colleague Sean Lock travelled to Louisiana to experience the local culture and lifestyle. The show was filmed in September 2012.
Appearing on Radio 5's Fighting Talk on 11 January 2014, Richardson said his worst ever gig was a couple of months previously at Doncaster Dome. He claimed the initial smattering of applause quickly reduced through his time on stage.
Richardson grew up in Lancaster, Lancashire, and attended Ryelands Primary School and Lancaster Royal Grammar School. He left the University of Bristol after taking Hispanic Studies for a year and a half, and subsequently spent some time working as a chef. He then decided to pursue a career in comedy, and lived with fellow comedians Russell Howard, Mark Olver and John Robins for a year in Bristol.
Richardson then moved to Swindon and lived there for five years. He later lived in Surbiton, Kingston upon Thames, London, with fellow comedians Matt Forde and Danny Buckler. In a 2012 interview with Woman magazine, he mentioned he had bought a house in the Lake District.
In an edition of 8 Out of 10 Cats broadcast 11 October 2013, Richardson revealed to his teammate Carol Vorderman that he no longer lives alone as, he said, "I've got a girlfriend... I live with her". His girlfriend was previously mentioned in episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. The couple live in South-West London.
Television and radio
|2006–2008||The Russell Howard & Jon Richardson Show||BBC 6 Music|
|2008–2010||The Jon Richardson Show|
|Unknown||The Henry Kelly Show|
|Unknown||28 Acts in 28 Minutes||BBC Radio 4|
|Unknown||Live at the Comedy Store|
|Unknown||Steve Lamacq's Roundtable||BBC 6 Music|
|Unknown||Most Annoying Pop Moments: We Hate To Love|
|Unknown||Comedy Shuffle||Appeared in three sketches entitled 'Fearing The Worst'|
|Unknown||4 Stands Up|
|Unknown||Out to Lunch|
|Unknown||Never Write Off the Germans|
|2009||Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow|
|Walk on the Wild Side||Voice only|
|Never Mind the Buzzcocks|
|Have I Got News for You|
|Spicks and Specks|
|Grouchy Young Men|
|Different Like Me|
|The Vote Now Show|
|Richard Bacon's Beer & Pizza Club|
|The Museum of Curiosity|
|Act Your Age||Team captain|
|8 Out of 10 Cats||Guest|
|2011||Stand Up for the Week|
|The Graham Norton Show|
|2011–present||8 Out of 10 Cats||Team captain|
|2012–present||8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown||Team captain|
|2012||Comedy World Cup|
|A Little Bit OCD|
|The Real Man's Road Trip: Sean & Jon Go West|
|Would I Lie To You?||Guest|
|2005||Big Value Early Show||Served as compère|
|2006||The Comedy Zone|
|2007||Spatula Pad||Nominated – Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer|
|2009||This Guy at Night||Nominated – Edinburgh Comedy Award|
|2010||Don't Happy, Be Worry|
|GIT||With Dan Atkinson and Lloyd Langford|
|2011||It's Not Me, It's You!|
- "Jon Richardson". Last FM. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
- Alex Petty. "Laughing Horse New Act of the Year". Laughinghorsecomedy.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
- "Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2009 — newcomers". Comedyawards.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
- "The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
- "Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2009 - 2009 shortlist". Comedyawards.co.uk. 2009-08-29. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
- "The Jon Richardson Interview". 2-UpTop. April 2010.
- BBC Radio 5 Fighting Talk 11 January 2014
- "Night of laughs for hospice appeal". The Visitor. 8 July 2013.
- A Little Bit OCD on Channel 4's website
- Peter Dixon (11 November 2012). "Jon Richardson: "Nothing I say deserves repeating in posterity"". Giggle Beats.
- "On Air Now: 19:00 – 22:00: Russell Howard". BBC 6 Music. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
- "Comedians go wild". Chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
- "Jon Richardson: This Guy at Night's description". Chortle. Retrieved 2010-05-08.