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If you like one liners, wordplay, gags - that kind of comedy - then I'm a comedian who aspires to write and perform those kind of jokes. My style is most often likened to that of Milton Jones or Tim Vine. That is not a conscious thing, and I have (almost always) stopped wearing the kind of shirts Milton Jones wears.

My first gig was at the very end of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004. Yes, 17 years ago. Even back then I was rather old to be thinking of starting stand up comedy. And then I started fathering the first of 3 children (I was rather late to that party as well) and so didn't really get into the groove of regular comedy gigging until late 2009.

More than a decade on, and I am getting close to clocking up 1000 performances, mostly across Scotland and England, but occasionally abroad as well. That includes performing at more than 300 different venues in over 100 different towns and cities, the last time I looked. I'm used to a lot of late night long distance drives back from gigs. Thankfully, I have never fallen asleep at the wheel.

My decision to go for more pun-based comedy was backed up when I was selected to take part in the UK Pun Championships Final at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2014. The first 'big' review I'd had was at the Championships, from chortle, which said I had 'strong material', and that rather confirmed my selection in the first place. Also in 2014, I performed my first solo show, 'Richard Pulsford is Going On' at the Glasgow Comedy Festival, a project which I then took to the Leith Festival, and tried out at 3 different venues during a busy week at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In 2015 I once again entered the UK Pun Championships and my puns took me through to the last 4 on the night. I took a solo show to the Leicester Comedy Festival and back to Glasgow, before performing my first full Edinburgh Festival Fringe run (22 performances). That was at The Beehive Inn (venue 178) and was part of the Scottish Comedy Festival at that venue. Called 'Unexpected Items in Badinage Areas', it brought together all of my best material and writing to date. I then took the show to the Greater Manchester Comedy Festival in November.

In 2016 I performed at the UK Pun Championships in Leicester for the third year, and this time was the runner up. I performed a solo show at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival, the Glasgow Comedy Festival, the Merchant City Festival in Glasgow, and again did a full run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

For 2017, I'd love to say I won the UK Pun Championships. After all, that seemed to be the trend from previous results, but although I was selected to take part again (and so the only comedian to have performed in every year of the competition's history), I got knocked out by the eventual winner in the first round. However, I did put a lot of effort into developing a tour schedule for a revised solo show called 'Phrases Ready', and I regard that as a great achievement in itself. The admin alone was a challenge!

So in 2017 I performed at 10 different festivals. As well as a full run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, I took my show to Leicester, Glasgow, Foxlake (Dunbar), Merchant City (Glasgow), Buxton, Greater Manchester, Telford and Hop Fest (Faversham, Kent). And there was the small matter of my first trip abroad solely to perform comedy, at the Prague Fringe for 5 nights in May/June. That was brilliant!

And, if anything, 2018 was even harder work, as I performed both a refreshed comedy show and a brand new spoken word show at many different festivals and venues across the UK and abroad again. The spoken word show was an entirely new departure for me. It was inspired by some deep research into my family history and discovering the role my ancestors played in World War 1. The show aimed to commemorate them as the 100th anniversary of the 1918 armistice approached last October. The highlight was performing a full run in an established curated venue (Sweet) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.

2019 brought fresh challenges as I developed from scratch the new show and podcast called It Just So Happened, which combines both comedy and history, in a panel show format. Festivals were keen to have this show performed as part of their programmes, so as well as returning to Leicester, Glasgow, Telford, Ludlow, Morecambe, Buxton, Guildford, Reading, Outwith (Dunfermline) and Edinburgh with this show and my usual fare, I was also able to go to the Brighton Fringe, Bedfringe (Bedford), the Great Yorkshire Fringe (York) and the Nottingham Comedy Festival for the first time. Highlight of the year was having one of my jokes selected for the Top Ten Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as the Mirror's Funniest Jokes of the Year.

As for 2020, well I had a great Leicester Comedy Festival in February, then the best laid plans...


And the rest of the time, I live in a small town in Fife called Burntisland. It sits about 6 miles across the Forth from Edinburgh, but is actually 20 miles away from it by road/rail. And a lot further away from most of the places I regularly gig in. It's a blessing and a curse living in a far away idyllic Scottish seaside town.




You can contact Richard directly via Twitter tw or via email at mirthofforth@gmail.com