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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Channel 4 passes on Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont pilot

They won't be the new Richard and Judy...

Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont  have lost out on their bid to be the new king and queen of daytime TV.

The married comics piloted a new format for Channel 4 – but instead the broadcaster has plumped for a rival show fronted by  BBC Breakfast host Stephanie McGovern 

The Steph Show will start in the spring and feature a different guest co-host each week for ‘a lively look at the topics of the day, as well as consumer affairs, fun features and lots of interaction with the viewers’

McGovern said: ‘I’m really chuffed to be creating my own live show with Channel 4 in Leeds. It’s going to be nerve-wracking, but there’s nothing I love more than finding out what makes people tick, whether it’s a famous face or someone we haven’t met yet who has a cracking story to tell. This is a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to get started next year. Just a small matter of having a baby first!’

The show will come from Channel 4’s new Leeds base – opened as part of a move to make the broadcaster less London-centric.

Ben Wicks from programme-makers Expectation said he hoped the show would be 'as channel defining as The Big Breakfast and TFI Friday once were'.

A third pilot, fronted by Susan Calman and Rick Edwards, was also in the running for the daily slot according to trade website Broadcast, but rejected in favour of The Steph Show.

Richardson and Beaumont have previously appeared together in the documentary Jon Richardson: How To Survive The End Of The World, and several episodes of the panel show Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier. They are also making a Dave sitcom Meet The Richardsons,  a fictionalised version of their real life.

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Published: 19 Oct 2019

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