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In October 2004 Gareth Richards did his first ever gig aboard the Wibbly Wobbly boat, a notorious venue compered by alternative comedy veteran Malcolm Hardy. After his set Malcolm shook his hand and said, “Was that really your first gig?”
“Yes.” Said Gareth.
Malcolm said, “Yeah, I thought it was.”
Gareth Richards’ hilarious stand-up, silly jokes and gorgeously low-key comedy songs have made him an instant favourite on the comedy circuit. He was a finalist in the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2007 competition, and a runner-up in the finals of You Must Be Joking and the Amused Moose Laugh-Off. In 2008 GARETH was nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award, and later won a place as part of the Comedy Reserve.
In 2010 he was nominated for Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer and was placed in the top 10 of Dave’s Funniest Jokes of the Fringe.
Gareth has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), Live at the Electric (BBC3) and has performed Live on BBC Radio 1, and has recorded stand up sets for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2. Gareth co-hosted Frank Skinner’s Sony award-winning Absolute Radio show for two years and supported Frank on his 2014 tour.
“A delightful hour of comedy.” The Guardian
“Richards is a charming, engaging performer. “ Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
“A quietly clever craftsman with a big future.” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
“His Material has a delicious otherworldly quality.” Chortle ****