Richard improvises comedy live on stage every Sunday as one of The Comedy Store Players with Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson, Ruth Bratt and a guest musician. Each show is different, based on suggestions from the audience. Here's a short video clip with Richard and Lee.
The Comedy Store Players were invited to perform at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre by artistic director Mark Rylance in 1998 and they returned every year until 2021:
They played the Olivier stage at the National Theatre and performed annually at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. They toured India in 2004 and in 2010 they achieved the Guinness World Record for the longest running comedy show with the same cast.
The Players featured in the STV series The Funny Farm and they won the improvised Sitcom Challenge live on ITV. Their first theatre tour was in 1992 and in 2022 they were invited to be the first performers at @sohoplace.
Richard toured to UK theatres and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for 20 years as one of Paul Merton's Impro Chums:
In 1992 Richard improvised stories on Jackanory on BBC1 with Sylvester McCoy and Linda Bellingham.
Richard went on dozens of tours to Hong Kong and the Far East, the Middle East, Ireland and New York in Stephen Frost's Impro Allstars. They are regulars at the Astrolabe Theatre Tent at the Glastonbury Festival.
Richard was a guest in the Omelette Broadcasting Company with Jim Sweeney and Steve Steen and he appeared in Micetro Impro directed live on stage by Keith Johnstone and Phelim McDermott at the Hackney Empire:
He was a guest improviser with Improbable Theatre for Animo, Improbable Tales and Lifegame. Richard and Leisa Rea created the children's improv show The Yarnbards for the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2022 Richard improvised in character for Private Drama Events' immersive production on board the iconic Belmond Orient Express:
Richard improvised the music for the original British TV version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?