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Rich Davenport is a name to watch out for on today's comedy circuit. His unique style has proven to be a hit with audiences in popular comedy venues such as XS-Malarkey, The Frog and Bucket, Mirth On Monday, Kill For A Seat and the Buzz Club. He has also been warmly received at various student gigs and festival appearances.
Rich's comedy is surreal, but easily accessible, due to his lively, engaging delivery. A mix of bizarre observations and impressions, comedy songs and poems, his act welcomes audiences into a world in which Steptoe and Son find themselves in "Star Wars", Bob Marley is a cabaret artist from Bolton (Rich's hometown), and training is given on how to become a professional Northerner. Rich's patented "Anti-Stress Workout" has also become an audience favourite.
Rich made his first stand-up appearance "at the age of three, in some kind of talent contest on the sea-front at Morecambe (North West seaside town). I vaguely remember someone on the stage asking if any of the kids wanted to get up and do something. I just legged it straight to the front, with a concerned parent in hot pursuit, convinced that telling a gag was the only possible course of action." This early triumph won Rich the esteem of all present and a keyring with a picture of a squirrel on it.
Rich began to make more regular appearances in the early Nineties, including a spot on the fringe ("In reality, it was closer to the sideburns." - Rich) at the Edinburgh Festival in 1993. Moving to London in the mid-90s, he began to gig at Big Fish comedy nights, playing on bills with the likes of Stephen K. Amos (Big Fish compere) and Kevin Gildea.
making a return to the scene after a long battle with M.E, Rich has
been welcomed by promoters and audiences alike.