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! 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.

This blog is dedicated to anyone who tries to make a crowd of people laugh. I hope that the blog will be an accurate, invaluable resource and insight into the history of modern live comedy from my perspective as a member of a paying audience. To watch a stand-up comedian at work is one of the great joys of my life and I thank you and salute you all.

In this ever-changing world, laughter is and will always continue to be the best medicine.