Adam Riches

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Adam Riches
Born29 March 1973

Adam Riches (born 29 March 1973) 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]

TV appearances[edit]

Adam has twice appeared in Dictionary Corner on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, in October 2016 and June 2017. For both appearances he was entirely in character as an exaggerated comic parody of the actor Sean Bean. He was introduced as "Sean Bean" by the announcer at the beginning of each episode, and addressed as "Sean" by presenter Jimmy Carr throughout.[3]

Edinburgh Fringe shows[edit]

  • Plat du Nuit - The Comeback Special (2003). Riches and Jim Johnson played a lounge music act attempting a comeback.[4]
  • Victor (2007). Riches played Victor Legit, a surveillance officer combatting copyright violation. The Scotsman gave it 3 stars out of five.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches (2011). His Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show, also receiving 5 stars from the Telegraph[7] and Independent.[8] It later transferred to the Soho Theatre, London, in 2012.[9]


  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).
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  4. ^ "Plat du Nuit - The Comeback Special". The Scotsman. 22 August 2003.
  5. ^ "Victor". The Scotsman. 24 August 2007.
  6. ^ "Hot Show: Alpha Males". The Scotsman. 11 August 2008.
  7. ^ Monahan, Mark (18 Aug 2011). "Edinburgh Festival 2011: Adam Riches, Pleasance Courtyard, review". Daily Telegraph (UK).
  8. ^ Jones, Alice (23 August 2011). "Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh". The Independent (UK).
  9. ^ Epstein, Robert (19 February 2012). "Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches, Soho Theatre, London". The Independent (UK).

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