BBC Stand Up Show Live: Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh, 2008
Jon Richardson: This Guy at Night: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2009
The Edinburgh Comedy Awards: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2009
Roar with Laughter: Hammersmith Apollo, London, 2012
Jon Richardson: Nidiot: The Sands Centre, Carlisle, 2014
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2017
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2020
Always Be Comedy Online: Online: 2020 

Comedy’s greatest worrier, Jon Richardson has a hilarious ability to whinge about any subject displaying a wonderful vulnerability which allows him on stage to say almost anything no matter how awful and the audience laugh hysterically in recognition.

I first encountered Richardson at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe when he was a guest at the BBC Stand Up Show Live showcase in 2008 and then for his solo show with the inspired title This Guy at Night at the Fringe in 2009.  The show saw the comedian describing the point of view that society may not be able to deal with major problems than ever before. Delivered in his uniquely grumpy, yet exceptionally delightful, Northern style, the show was a big hit and extremely funny.

After gaining TV exposure appearing on comedy quiz shows, Nidiot, Richardson’s show in 2014 which I saw in my home city of Carlisle in 2014 was based on him possibly being not as grumpy as he talked in the past but was more easy going.  The slightest thing however as he described with brilliant cutting wit irked him.

The great funny man played a work in progress gig at Always Be Comedy in 2017 for his tour Old Man where he described the worrying pressures of becoming a husband and father.  He held the packed crowd in constant hilarity and proved he was one of the country’s most popular comedians.

Richardson returned to Always Be Comedy in January 2020.  He appeared as a special mystery guest delivered new work-in-progress material for a forthcoming tour.  Covering everything from the trials of coping with a three-year old daughter; via nosebleeds and being a Northerner having to come to London to appear at gigs. The popular comedian delivered a masterclass with brilliant comic timing and creating helpless waves of laughter from the delighted crowd.

Richardson appeared with his wife comedian Lucy Beaumont for Always Be Comedy Online in September 2020.  The pair were filming a new series of their hit TV show Meet The Richardsons and took time out for a very enthralling and hilarious interview with compere James Gill.


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