Jon Richardson

Jon Richardson

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 is best known as team captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, for which he was nominated for best male TV comedian in the 2013 British Comedy Awards. His other TV credits have included Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

He also hosted a Sunday morning show on BBC 6 Music, having originally been Russell Howard's sidekick in the same slot.

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Jon Richardson is the Ultimate Worrier

New series for the Dave channel

Jon Richardson is to make a new series for the Dave channel about his ‘many, many worries’.

In the eight hour-long episodes, entitled Ultimate Worrier, the comedian will address the things that prey on his mind, such as: Will his wife replace him with a sex robot? Does his phone know more about him than he does? Will he ever make a jacket potato as good as the one he made in May 2009?

Using a mix of film, studio set-pieces and archive, Richardson and guest comedians and experts will rate exactly how valid and severe each worry actually is.

Richardson said: ‘I was always worried that my neuroses would hold me back in my career, but now that Dave have commissioned me to worry for a living I can put that one to bed and get on with worrying about how the show will be received.

‘I would like to thank Dave Gorman for creating a gap at the network for a northern man with a beard. If I can make something half as good as his Modern Life Is Goodish series I will be delighted.’

Gorman announced last month that he is ending Modern Life Is Goodish after five series because the stress of compiling the shows is too demanding.

UKTV’s Iain Coyle, who commissioned Ultimate Worrier from programme-makers Talkback, said: ‘I’ve been concerned for some time about Jon's anxieties. I'm delighted that Talkback and ourselves, are helping him come to terms with a number of his more severe issues. Because laughter is the best medicine, right?’

The show will air on Dave in spring 2018.

It is a number of programmes the broadcaster has announced today, including Judge Romesh, in which Romesh Ranganathan presides over real-life disputes.

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Published: 23 Jan 2018

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