Date Of Birth: 26/09/1982
Jon Richardson began stand-up in May 2003, and within his first year reached the finals of the J20-sponsored Last Laugh competition.
He established himself on the circuit, and in 2006 supported Alan Carr on his 60-date tour.
His debut Edinburgh show, Spatula Pad, was nominated for the if.comedy award for best newcomer at the 2007 Fringe; and in 2008 he won the Chortle Award for best breakthrough act. The following year he was nominated for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award
He also hosts a Sunday morning show on BBC 6 Music, having originally been Russell Howard's sidekick in the same slot.
Jon Richardson Videos
Jon Richardson: Don't Happy Be Worry
In the spirit of Jon Richardsonís show, I have started to worry. Worry about his state of mind.
Heís long fostered a bleak outlook, hating humanity en masse and believing that optimists are simply deluding themselves. He started to realise this might not be the healthiest way to live his life when he suddenly flipped on the Swindon North Circular in the early hours one morning, finding himself physically spitting at a traffic light that had the temerity to change to red as he approached.
The thinking behind this show isnít always entirely clear. He gets comic mileage out of being the viciously grumpy young man, and insists his anger isnít just for comic effect. Yet when he talks about those who grasp lifeís pleasures, such as the old people dancing like no one is watching Ė even though he is both watching and laughing at them Ė you feel he has a sort of grudging, slightly jealous admiration for such carefree attitudes.
What we are then left with is a series of routines, not always from quite the same point of view, in search of a consistent thread. Some of these sections are a delight, such as his dark discussion of the best way to chop enemiesí fingers off as a warning or his simple but effective deconstruction of the Bobby McFerrin lyrics that inspired his title. Others are a little less assured, such as his predictable sneering at the idea of Ďsex addictioní that so many other comics have mocked.
His cheeky delivery is as winning as ever, with a strong sense of self-mockery, especially when it comes to the strong regional accents he gives every character in his monologue, just for the hell of it. Somehow he makes a heroin junkie sound like Alan Bennett.
But the show ultimately feels unsubstantial; and though Iíd like to be optimistic that he has the talent to eventually fix it, that hardly seems in the spirit of proceedings.
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A Night of Comedy for Ray - Hosted by Michael McIntyre GIT
Jon Richardson: Donít Happy, Be Worry
Rachel Bridge: How To Make A Million Before Lunch Comedy Gala 2011 In Aid Of Waverley Care Channel 4 Comedy Gala 2011
Leicester Comedy Festival Preview Show 2009
Pimm's Summerfest Jon Richardson: It's Not Me, It's You