Having started in stand-up in 2009 at the age of 18, Matt Richardson became one of the youngest comedians on the circuit, and he has held on to that success over a decade later.
He made it to two national stand-up competitions – the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny and the Chortle Student Comedy Award – as well as finishing runner-up in the Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year, and winning the Newbury and Bath Comedy Festival competitions, all before he was 20.
He quickly established himself on the comedy circuit and now hosts and stars on popular TV shows and provides comedy sets and after-dinner speeches for private and corporate clients.
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Thanks to his success as a teenager, Matt Richardson headed out on his first tour, Hometown Hero in 2013, covering 54 dates. After a break, he took his new show, Slash to Edinburgh in 2017, which gained five-star reviews and toured for 60 dates. Another tour based on his 2019 show Imposter was meant to happen in 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was postponed to 2021/2022.
Matt has won a number of industry awards, including the New Act of the Year at the Newbury Comedy Festival 2010 and at Bath Comedy Festival 2011, as well as Best New Act at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2012.
Whilst Matt Richardson has not abandoned his initial career as a stand-up comic, he is most popular now for being a seasoned TV host and guest star. He has presented shows including The Hangover Games on E4, The Xtra Factor for ITV2, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and Celebrity Mansion and Celebrity Haunted Hotel. As well as hosting these comedic shows, he has also fronted two ITV2 documentaries, Pampered Pooches: Hollywood and Meet the Family Guys, as well as Just Tattoo Of Us: The Aftermath for MTV.
He is a popular guest star on panel shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Celebrity Juice, The Chase: Celebrity Christmas Special, Top Gear: Extra Gear and Love Island: Aftersun. In 2021, he competed in the 13th series of Dancing on Ice when fellow competitor Rufus Hound fell ill. He was the third contestant to be voted out.
Although his time in the show was limited, Matt has since said that the show saved his career. Thanks to the pandemic, all of his comedy gigs had been cancelled and he was contemplating changing career when ITV asked him to take part in the show.
In 2016, Matt became the host of Virgin Radio’s Drivetime Show, staying for three years before leaving to dedicate his time to comedy. He is now the co-host of the When No One’s Watching podcast alongside Busted member Matt Willis. The podcast provides a way for celebrities to admit their weirdest confessions. Guests have included fellow comedian Keith Lemon, Matt Willis’ wife Emma and his McBusted co-singer Tom Fletcher.
Matt is a confident, informative, entertaining and personable comedian, who can put any audience at ease with his good nature and will leave them laughing out loud.
High wattage charisma from a talented young comic who’s star is on the rise.
I speak on behalf of Thinkbox when I say that we were so happy with Matt, he really understood the brief, was professional and friendly and great with the audience.
Matt was absolutely fantastic and did such a great job at managing to keep it upbeat and entertaining even though we had no live audience. Was a pleasure to work with and would definitely use him again to host a live ceremony.
Jamie O’Neill, Royal Television Society
It means a great deal to the apprentices to have somebody young that they can relate to, such as Matt, involved as it really demonstrates the importance of their training and adds credibility to the entire event. The feedback we received on the night was extremely positive. Thank you especially for delivering our awards ceremony and keeping the mood light with your set.
SLPTG Apprentice Awards Dinner
A whirling ball of talent, energy and intelligent observational comedy who spoke with great skill and affection of his family and his experiences. He comes across as a man who could read the phonebook and make it funny, but instead of painting by numbers his comedy is sharp, strong and very impressive.