Matt Richardson

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Matt Richardson
Matt Richardson comedian 2015.jpg
Birth nameMatthew Jeffrey Richardson
Born (1991-05-28) 28 May 1991 (age 31)
Didcot, Oxfordshire, England
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • television
Notable works and roles
Websitewww.mattrichardsoncomedy.co.uk

Matthew Jeffrey Richardson (born 28 May 1991)[1] is an English comedian and broadcaster, known as a co-presenter on the ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor with Caroline Flack in 2013. In 2016, Richardson became the drive time presenter on the digital radio station Virgin Radio UK.[2] Richardson has also co-presented Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live and Celebrity Haunted Mansion with Christine Lampard on UKTV's W channel, and he competed in the thirteenth series of Dancing on Ice, as a replacement for Rufus Hound and was the 3rd contestant to be eliminated.

Early life[edit]

Richardson grew up in the South Oxfordshire town of Didcot and has performed at the Cornerstone Arts Centre.[3]

Career[edit]

Comedy[edit]

Richardson began doing stand-up in November 2009 aged 18.[4] He appeared in the finals of So You Think You're Funny and the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year in 2010.[5] Richardson's first solo show, Hometown Hero, won Best New Show at the 2012 Leicester Comedy Festival and was taken on a 54 date national tour from September 2013 to June 2014.[6] His second show, Slash, debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017 before going on a UK Tour in Autumn 2017.[7] After a run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival he went on tour with his show, Impostor, in early 2020 [8]

Television and radio[edit]

In 2013, Richardson replaced Olly Murs as co-presenter of the ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor with Caroline Flack, airing immediately after the main ITV show.[9] On 4 June, both Richardson and Flack announced that they would not return for The Xtra Factor for series 11.[10] Richardson was also a regular panelist and presenter on Channel 5's Big Brother spin-off show Big Brother's Bit on the Side. In 2014, Richardson was a regular panelist on the ITV2 panel show Viral Tap presented by Caroline Flack.[11]

In 2016, Richardson became the drive time presenter on the digital radio station Virgin Radio UK. In 2018 his show on Virgin was nominated for a Radio Academy Award for Funniest Show[12] He left Virgin Radio on 2 August 2019. In October 2016, Richardson co-presented Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live on the W channel, alongside Christine Lampard and Jamie East. He also presented the spin-off show Celebrity Haunted Hotel: Do Not Disturb. On 29 May 2017, Richardson presented the final episode of Just Tattoo of Us: The Aftermath. In February 2018, Richardson co-presented Celebrity Haunted Mansion on UKTV's W channel with Christine Lampard.[13] He also presented its spin-off show Celebrity Haunted Mansion: High Spirits.[14]

On 13 May 2020, he launched When No One’s Watching, a podcast he co-hosts with Matt Willis.[15] Guests have included, Ricky Wilson, Tom Fletcher, and Keith Lemon.[15][16] On 3 February 2021, it was announced that Richardson would be a contestant on the thirteenth series of Dancing on Ice, as a replacement for Rufus Hound who had been forced to withdraw from the competition after testing positive for COVID-19. Richardson was paired with Vicky Ogden and joined the show in week 4, however was eliminated in the same week.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Channel Notes
2013 The Xtra Factor Co-presenter ITV2 With Caroline Flack
2014 Viral Tap Regular panellist
2015 Big Brother's Bit on the Side Regular panellist Channel 5
2016 Pampered Pooches: Hollywood Presenter ITV2 Filmed in Los Angeles
2016 Meet the Family Guys Presenter ITV2 Filmed in Los Angeles
2016 Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live Co-presenter W With Christine Lampard and Jamie East
Celebrity Haunted Hotel: Do Not Disturb Presenter Spin-off show
2017 Just Tattoo of Us: The Aftermath Presenter MTV 1 episode
2018 Celebrity Haunted Mansion Co-presenter W With Christine Lampard
Celebrity Haunted Mansion: High Spirits Presenter Spin-off show
2019 The Hangover Games Presenter E4 With Ken Cheng
2021 Dancing on Ice Contestant ITV Third contestant to be eliminated
Guest appearances

Awards[edit]

Year Group Award Result Reference
2010 Newbury Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Won [18]
So You Think You're Funny Nominated
Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Nominated [5]
Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Nominated
2011 Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Won [18]
Latitude Festival New Act of the Year Nominated
2012 Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show Won [18]
2018 Radio Academy Awards Funniest Show Nominated [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matt Richardson - Info". Facebook. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  2. ^ Renshaw, David (10 February 2016). "Edith Bowman becomes UK's only female breakfast show host as part of Virgin Radio relaunch". NME. Time Inc. (UK). Archived from the original on 14 February 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  3. ^ Ox In A Box (21 January 2020). "The Homecoming: Why Didcot comedian Matt Richardson still feels like an imposter". Ox In A Box.
  4. ^ "Matt Richardson". itv.com. 4 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b Bennett, Steve (15 January 2018). "Matt Richardson, comedian reviews". Chortle.
  6. ^ Matt Richardson (24 January 2013). "Hello. I'm Matt. | Matt Richardson". Mattrichardsoncomedy.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  7. ^ Matt Richardson Announces Debut Edinburgh Festival Fringe Run and Nationwide Tour With Brand New Stand-Up Show 'Slash'
  8. ^ Chortle (October 2019). "Chortle - 2020 tour for Matt Richardson". Chortle. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Newsbeat - Matt Richardson replaces Olly Murs as Xtra Factor host". BBC. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  10. ^ Wilson, Jess (4 June 2014). "Male Xtra Factor presenter role axed - Caroline Flack still in the running for sole female presenter position".
  11. ^ "Panellists". Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  12. ^ a b Bennett, Steve (17 September 2018) Comedians who are head of the heard Chortle
  13. ^ @W (13 September 2017). "News incoming from #UKTVLive - @clbleakley and @MattRichardson3 will return for #CelebHaunted Mansion next year!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Christine Lampard and Matt Richardson return for Celebrity Haunted Mansion on W in 2018
  15. ^ a b Dams, Tim (May 2020). "DLT Entertainment Expands Comedy Biz with Podcast Division". Variety. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  16. ^ When No One's Watching Apple Podcasts
  17. ^ "Rufus Hound pulls out of Dancing on Ice after positive Covid test". Liverpool Echo. 3 February 2021.
  18. ^ a b c Crossley, Becki (8 October 2019). "Comedian takes acclaimed Fringe show Imposter on the road from February". The List.

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