Lee and Herring’s Fist of Fun: The Lowry, Manchester, 1994
Aaarrrggghhh!!! It’s the Bollock Factor: The Malcolm Hardee Awards Show: Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh, 2009
Roar with Laughter 2012: Hammersmith Apollo, London, 2012
The Greenwich Comedy Festival: Greenwich Old Naval College, London 2012
The Very Best of The Fest: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2012
#SaveLiveComedy: (Show 3): The Clapham Grand, London: Online: 2020
Eric Morecambe: All The Right Moves: Eric Morecambe Centre, Harpenden, 2022
I have been watching Edinburgh Fringe favourite Richard Herring for years. I first saw him perform with his early comedy partner Stewart Lee in Fist of Fun at the Lowry in Manchester in 1994. This was a sketch show which had featured on radio, TV and now on stage. The two comics made a wonderful double act but would soon branch out on their own.
Herring’s solo shows were made from major themes in life – sex, age, death and so on. He could also deliver a very clever and witty twenty-minute set so he was popular as a guest at comedy benefits and festivals which is where I saw most of his routines.
Herring was a guest at #SaveLiveComedy: Show Three live from the Clapham Grand that I watched online in August 2020. I was late logging on with the show due to a delayed train and when I caught the act, the always experimenting Herring was on stage with a wooden puppet making the audience laugh out loud.
In March 2022, I attended an afternoon dedicated to one half of Britain’s most popular comedy double act. Eric Morecambe: All The Right Moves at the recently-opened Eric Morecambe Centre in Harpenden was a celebration of the comic genius. The afternoon was split into four seminars, two of which I went along to. The first, a comedy masterclass talked about the duo’s performance skills and the scripts of writer Eddie Braben.