Stand-up & Cabaret

Richard appears at the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society (ACMS) and has co-hosted the show with Thom Tuck:

Richard and Thom Tuck hosting ACMS
Richard and Thom Tuck, ACMS, 2021



2 Richards photoshopped
Richard with half a beard. Photo/editing by Dave Nattriss, 2022
Richard as Eric Knowles
ACMS. Photo by Dave Nattriss, 2023

He's performed at The Camden Head, Troy Club, 9 Lessons For Curious People, The Poodle Club and Factually Inaccurate. He toured the Isles of Scilly with Scilly Laughs in 2017.

Poster advertising Comedy Seaford on Friday 16th March 2018. Hosted by Julie Jepson at Seaford Head Golf Course, with Richard Vranch headlining, Rosie Jones and Sami Stone

Dr Vranch and Hula-hooper Pippa The Ripper performed together as Dr Hula. They appeared live at the Hammersmith Apollo with Robin Ince and Professor Brian Cox. Dr Hula combined periodic table gags with hula-hooping, finishing on a water molecule: Pippa is an Oxygen atom with 8 electrons orbiting on separate hoops, and her left hand is a Hydrogen atom. Richard is the other Hydrogen:

Richard Vranch and Pippa The Rippa hulahooping on stage, dressed in white vests with black crosses on them, and black trousers and shoes
Dr Hula, 2013

Richard performed stand-up in French at the Comedy Café and he contributed to John-Luke Roberts' Terrible Wonderful Adaptations at the Soho Theatre. His one-man show ¡MEXICO! was staged in London and Edinburgh:

Richard Vranch lying on a cloudy background with the text 'Come on holiday to ¡MEXICO! with Richard Vranch. 5:45pm 6-30th August, Gilded Balloon Venue 38, £7 (£6)'
Text on a light green background stating 'Sun and sea. Hammocks and piñatas. Music and Mayans. Tequila and tortillas. Funerals and fiestas. Volkswagens. Learn Spanish. Let your hair down. Take your top off.', 'Written and performed by Richard Vranch.', 'Jackanory, Just A Minute, Funny Farm, Beat That Einstein, Smack The Pony.', 'Richard Vranch has improvised comedy in the Comedy Store Players since 1986. He has acted in sketch shows from Mexico to the West Bank, via the London Palladium. He does...'

Richard and Tony Slattery wrote and performed a double-act. They supported The Flying Pickets at the Grand Opera House, Belfast.

Richard Vranch and Tony Slattery each wearing a shirt, tie and jacket, in front of some trees, in monotone
The Slattery Vranch Irrigation System, 1984
Tony Slattery in a black coat, blue jeans and white shoes, standing outside of Belfast's Grand Opera House, in front of a poster advertising three nights (Tuesday 23rd to Thursday 25th November 1982) of The Flying Pickets supported by Tony Slattery with Richard Vranch
Belfast, 1982

They had a séance with Kai and Vivian Stanshall (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) after performing a Halloween show on their theatre boat The Thekla in Bristol docks. They performed on the London Alternative Comedy circuit including the original Jongleurs, appeared on variety bills and headlined Malcolm Hardee's notorious Tunnel Palladium:

Hysteria T-shirt with billing
Hysteria 2, 1989
Tall poster with a yellow background for the May 1985 Sunday Night At The Tunnel Palladium shows, held at The Mitre, Tunnel Avenue, London SE10. Acts included Fay Presto, Biddy, Arbie The Robot, Norman Lovett, Dusty & Dick, Tony Slattery & Richard Vranch, Morris And The Minors, The Identical Quads, Eugene Cheese, The Brown Paper Bag Brothers and Podomofski
Tunnel Palladium, 1985

Richard was the male Millie alongside Jo Unwin, Caroline Leddy and Donna McPhail. He was the pianist for Cover Girls (a feminist parody of women's glossy magazines) and also a writer/performer for their second show The Slip.

Black poster for The Millies, including a photo of Jo Unwin, Caroline Leddy, Donna McPhail and Richard Vranch, in assorted costumes with a large sun cut-out behind them
Cover Girls
Greyscale photograph poster for The Millies, with Jo Unwin, Richard Vranch, Caroline Leddy and Donna McPhail each posing, standing, in dark outfits on a light background
Jo Unwin, Richard Vranch, Donna McPhail and Caroline Leddy
Millies flier for The Slip
The Slip

They sold out the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms two years running and appeared on the BBC1 children's show Lift Off! with Sting in 1985. They performed at UK Arts Centres, the Finborough Theatre, Jongleurs and the Tunnel Palladium. They won the 1986 Charrington Fringe Award for their season at the Latchmere Theatre, now Theatre 503 in Battersea.

Richard was half of The Ukulele Lesbians with Leisa Rea and a fifth of the strip ensemble HUNX with Arthur Smith, Ronnie Golden, Andy Smart and Tony Hawks.

Upcoming shows

A Curious Town Talks

Date/time range
Thursday 30th May 2024 7:30pm
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
Poster for A Curious Town Talks