Jon Richardson has now been working in comedy for almost ten years, though he has only recently risen to fame through his regular appearances on Channel 4’s comedy panel programme, “8 Out of 10 Cats”, alongside Jimmy Carr and Sean Lock.
You may also know him from hosting a joint radio programme in 2010 on BBC 6 Music alongside Russell Howard, and also for his own radio programme, “The Jon Richardson Show”, which later filled the same slot.
After working as a chef for a year, Richardson threw away his apron and decided on a career in comedy. Since his start in the business in 2003, the Lancaster-born comic has been nominated for several awards, including The Edinburgh Comedy Awards’ “Best Newcomer”, and later the main Edinburgh Comedy Award for his show “This Guy at Night”. He won the Chortle Awards’ “Best Breakthrough Act” in 2008.
Richardson has also appeared on BBC’s “Never Mind the Buzzcocks”, as well as “The Bubble” with David Mitchell, and the popular satirical news programme “Have I Got News for You”.
Richardson’s style is typically played off of his supposedly pessimistic persona, (with the comedian claiming to be accused of being “grumpy”), and features abstract observational comedy which varies between positivity and disbelief at the concept of life and deadpan sarcastic pessimistic interpretations.
As the comic describes himself as a “perfectionist” when it comes to his act, continuously changing and polishing each routine, Winkball decided to find out how well his most recent effort has gone down with the public.
On Friday 20th April 2012, Winkball visited Richardson’s stand-up gig at the Leicester Square Theatre, to ask what his audience thought of the performance, and to find out how well Richardson’s famously playfully grumpy demeanour has gone down in his latest comedic effort.