Hello and a very warm welcome. My name is Richard Gill and I attend a lot of live and online comedy shows – you may have heard my legendary laugh! In 2017, I turned fifty years old – my home town is Carlisle but I have lived and worked in London for the last thirty years. This blog is based on my experiences of watching comedians perform live on stage for nearly 50 years.

I have always been a paying member of an audience. I am not a performer or reviewer but I am passionate about comedy. I have seen a very wide range of comedians over the years from variety acts of the seventies and the emergence of the new wave of comedians in the eighties; to the great story tellers, pun masters and arena-filling comedians of the twenty first century.

The blog is a major index and archive of comedians along with any personal anecdotes, reminisces and stories I had whilst watching them perform live.  It is also an invaluable ongoing resource into the history of modern live comedy.

Blog Menu Pages (please click the blue title link to view the page):

  • Introduction: What the blog is all about;
  • Comedians Index: A complete index of names of comedians featured in the blog;
  • Blogs: Over 1000 comedian blogs detailing my experiences of watching them all;
  • The Ones That Got Away: Dedicated to the comedy acts that I have not had chance to see;
  • Interviews with Comedians: Access YouTube video links to my interviews with some of my favourite comedians, from newcomers to comedy legends;
  • Interviews with me: Access links and features from people who have interviewed me about the blog;
  • Testimonials: From comedians, friends and family; 
  • Monthly Comedy Quiz: A just-for-fun quiz based on a specific monthly comedy topic;
  • Comedians Website Links: A regular updated and complete list of available links to comedians featured in my blog;
  • Conclusion: Featuring three comedy essays about the UK geography of comedy;
  • Epilogue: Summing up the importance of comedy;
  • A Rich Comic Life Podcast: Links to audio podcast episodes of the comedians interviews;
  • Subscribe to the Podcast: Please subscribe to the podcast which is available on Apple ITunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Acast, Amazon Music and Amazon Echo devices.

I hope the blog is a useful and funny insight into the world of comedy and if you like it, please spread the word. To access the menu, please click the menu list or button at the top of each screen and to access the Search for a Comedian feature, the number of blog views feature, and the blog subscription feature, please click the relevant section at the side of each screen.  If you want to follow me and subscribe to the blog, please enter your email address by clicking on the Subscribe button after clicking on the section at the bottom of each screen.

You can read the blogs at any time in one of three ways: a) by clicking on the name of the comedian scrolling across the bottom of this page or b) by clicking on the Comedians Index by accessing the menu at the top of this page and then clicking the name of the comedian or c) by clicking Select Category at the bottom of the page, then the Surname Letter button and then finding and reading the blog.

If you want to subscribe to my You Tube channel to watch my interviews with comedians, please click the button at the bottom of each page.  If have any feedback, then please leave a comment in the Blog section below the blog entry or alternatively, if you want to leave a testimonial (as many already have), please email me direct at arichcomiclife@outlook.com and I will add your comment to the Testimonials page. 

Thank you so much for all your continued support and enjoy the read…