Matt Richardson

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Matt Richardson
Birth name Matthew Jeffrey Richardson
Born (1991-05-28) 28 May 1991 (age 23)
Didcot, England, United Kingdom
Medium Stand-up, television
Nationality British
Years active 2009–present
Notable works and roles The Xtra Factor
Website Official website

Matthew Jeffrey Richardson (born 28 May 1991)[1] is an English comedian and television presenter, best known as Caroline Flack's co-presenter of the ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor, a role he took over from Olly Murs in the tenth series in 2013.[2] Richardson and Flack left The Xtra Factor after Richardson's first series, but now appear on Viral Tap.



Richardson began doing stand up in November 2009 aged 18. He appeared in the finals of So You Think You're Funny and the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year in 2010.


Richardson's first solo show, Hometown Hero, won Best New Show at the 2012 Leicester Comedy Festival and has been taken on a 54 date national tour in from September 2013 to June 2014.[3]


In 2013, Richardson replaced Olly Murs as co-presenter of the ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor alongside Caroline Flack, airing immediately after the main ITV show, which is hosted by Dermot O'Leary.[4] On 4 June, it was announced that Richardson would not return to co-present The Xtra Factor for series 11.[5]

Since April 2014, Richardson has been a regular panellist on the new ITV2 comedy panel show Viral Tap, which is presented by Flack.[6]

Guest appearances[edit]


From September 2013, Matt contributed to the comedy podcast Matt Richardson Citation Needed which ended on the 10th October 2013[7]

Personal life[edit]

Matt attended St Birinus School in Didcot, Oxfordshire. In 2014 Richardson was voted as Heat's Weird Crush.


Year Group Award Result
2010 Newbury Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Won
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Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Template:Finalist
Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Won
2011 Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Won
Latitude Festival New Act of the Year Template:Finalist
2012 Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show Won


  1. ^ Matt RichardsonInfoTijdlijnInfo. "Matt Richardson - Info". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Newsbeat - Matt Richardson replaces Olly Murs as Xtra Factor host". BBC. 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  3. ^ Matt Richardson (2013-01-24). "Hello. I'm Matt. | Matt Richardson". Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
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