Gareth Richards’ engaging observational comedy and inspired one-liners have made him in an instant favourite on the comedy circuit. He can be heard every Saturday morning from 8am on Frank Skinner’s silver Sony award winning Absolute Radio Show. In 2008 he was nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award, and later won a place as part of the Comedy Reserve, the Edinburgh Festival showcase run by the Pleasance. Previously he was a finalist in the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2007 competition, and a runner-up in both the final of You Must Be Joking (Newbury Comedy Festival), and the Amused Moose Laugh-Off, held at the Edinburgh festival. In 2009 Gareth appeared in the Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Festival this year – the fringe’s longest-running and most prestigious stand-up showcase. In 2010 Gareth was very pleased to be nominated for Best Newcomer at the Chortle Awards. He will be taking his debut solo show, “Gareth Richards: Stand Up Between Songs”, to Edinburgh Comedy Festival.