Adam Riches

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Adam Riches
Born 10 December 1979
Cambridge, England, UK
Occupation Actor

Adam Riches (born 10 December 1979) is a British comedian, and 2011 winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Cambridge, England, but raised in Glasgow and London, where he attended Sutton Grammar School for Boys. Following a brief spell working at Disneyland Paris, he studied media and performance at Salford University.[2] He worked as a bit-part actor on TV before doing his first show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2003.

Comic style[edit]

His performances involve audience participation, including getting audience members to play Swingball and race on skateboards.[2]

Edinburgh Fringe Shows[edit]

  • Plat du Nuit - The Comeback Special (2003). Riches and Jim Johnson played a lounge music act attempting a comeback.[3]
  • Victor (2007). Riches played Victor Legit, a surveillance officer combatting copyright violation. The Scotsman gave it 3 stars out of five.[4]
  • Alpha Males (2008). Riches played various characters, including the return of Victor. One night while performing this show, Riches slipped on some yogurt and broke his leg; he returned five days later, performing in a wheelchair.[2] The show got 4 stars from the Scotsman.[5]
  • Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches (2011). His Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show, also receiving 5 stars from the Telegraph[6] and Independent.[7] It later transferred to the Soho Theatre, London, in 2012.[8]


  1. ^ Logan, Brian (27 August 2011). "Adam Riches wins Edinburgh comedy award at fringe festival". The Guardian (UK). 
  2. ^ a b c Jones, Alice (15 February 2012). "Adam Riches: A comedian who strikes fear into his audience". The Independent (UK). 
  3. ^ "Plat du Nuit - The Comeback Special". The Scotsman. 22 August 2003. 
  4. ^ "Victor". The Scotsman. 24 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Hot Show: Alpha Males". The Scotsman. 11 August 2008. 
  6. ^ Monahan, Mark (18 Aug 2011). "Edinburgh Festival 2011: Adam Riches, Pleasance Courtyard, review". Daily Telegraph (UK). 
  7. ^ Jones, Alice (23 August 2011). "Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh". The Independent (UK). 
  8. ^ Epstein, Robert (19 February 2012). "Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches, Soho Theatre, London". The Independent (UK). 

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