Richard Lindesay

A musical comedian whose act is a unique and surprising mixture of recorders and flutes, original songs, clown-like physical comedy, and sharp one-liner jokes – Richard Lindesay‘s performances are praised by audiences as being inclusive, inoffensive and joyous.

A New Zealander who started out performing as a stand-up comedian in Australia, Richard made the finals of the 2013 Quest for The Best comedy competition before moving to the UK, where he was again nominated for a prestigious award, reaching the UK New Comedian of the Year finals in 2014.

After many years honing his craft in comedy clubs and festivals throughout the UK and mainland Europe, in 2020 Richard was selected for the UK Musical Comedy Awards, which discovers the best musical comedians each year from hundreds of participants. Making a huge impact during the heats of the competition, he was put straight through to the Grand Final. Richard was ultimately unable to perform in the finals due to COVID implications but was tipped by judges as a favourite to win.

Richard has produced and performed several shows in Australia, Europe and New Zealand including his one-man musical comedy theatre show Always Been a Player, competitive joke writing show the International Joke Off and Fools Suffering Gladly. In 2024 Richard takes his uplifting live show Sitting in The Corner (on Stage) to perform solo in London and Dublin.

In June 2023 Richard broke out on social media, with his first hit song Recorder in the Corner collecting tens of millions of views on TikTok and subsequently amassing over one million streams within a month on Spotify and other streaming services. In September he was highlighted by YouTube as a Creator On The Rise and featured on the platform’s ‘Home’, ‘Explore’ and ‘Trending’ pages. His songs have been used on TikTok by the Paralympics and USA Major League Baseball.

Proving his staying power with high engagement on his clips and weekly live sessions on TikTok, Richard continues to build a worldwide following of close to 700,000 across TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram.

Awards and Nominations:

Grand Finalist: UK Musical Comedy Awards 2020
Finalist: UK New Comedian of the Year 2014
Finalist: Quest for the Best 2013

Richard Lindesay is a master of the of art of one-liners. He brings both content and delivery that can easily go toe-to-toe with the heavy punchers in the game. And on top of that, his flute playing antics will leave you holding your jaw, and grabbing at your gut.

Tickles & Tarts (UK)

What is so appealing about Richard’s act is that it is so inclusive and resonates with everybody. Laughs come thick and fast in what is always one of the most entertaining sets of the night. Highly recommend.

Chappers Comedy (UK)

Richard’s icebreaker comedy set was spot on!

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