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21st MAY

It's been over 3 months since I performed this year's stand-up solo show, Roll Up for the Smirking Break, at the Leicester Comedy Festival. But it's time to dust it down again as we are about to enter 'Fringe preview' season and then the many festivals over the summer.

The first of these preview shows will be in Inverness on Friday (24th May) and Kinghorn (Fife) on Sunday (26th May). Full details are under the 'Comedy Show Tour' section.


15th MAY

I will be performing a full run of my latest solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe again this summer. I'll be back at the middle room in the Beehive Inn in the Grassmarket with Roll Up for the Smirking Break between 2nd and 25th August (except on the 14th). As in previous years, it will be a lunchtime show, starting at 12:30, and is part of the Scottish Comedy Festival programme.

Tickets are on sale via the Fringe website which will guarantee you a seat, and a good one at that, for £5.00 : Roll Up for the Smirking Break tickets or you can take a chance with getting a seat, or a stool, and just Pay What You Want at the end of the show.


11th MAY

Tickets are now on sale for It Just So Happened at the Reading Fringe on 25th July. Further information and ticket purchases here: It Just So Happened


30th APRIL

I'm making my first trip to the Brighton Fringe this weekend, where I will be performing my spoken word show Conflict of Interest and my alternative history podcast recording of It Just So Happened.

Both shows are with Sweet at their Werks 2 venue in Middle Street. Conflict of Interest is at 14:15 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Conflict of Interest
and It Just So Happened is at 11:35 on Saturday and Sunday It Just So Happened

Although there will be two history shows in Brighton they will have completely different panels on each day and material based on the date of the show, as well as covering different topics on Brighton's history.


25th APRIL

I have just been invited to take part in the Droitwich Comedy Festival so will be taking both my solo show and It Just So Happened there on Sunday 9th June. Tickets will be £5.00 in advance and can already be purchased online:
Roll Up for the Smirking Break
It Just So Happened


21st APRIL

Tickets are now on sale for all 3 shows I am performing at the Ludlow Fringe in June. Roll Up for the Smirking Break and Conflict of Interest will be on Saturday 22nd June, and It Just So Happened on Sunday 23rd June. All tickets are £8.00.

Links to the shows are here:
Roll Up for the Smirking Break
Conflict of Interest
It Just So Happened


18th APRIL

Tickets have just gone on sale for my 2 Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows Roll Up for the Smirking Break and It Just So Happened. These are for £5 advance tickets which reserve and guarantee a seat. Links to the shows on the festival's website are here: Roll Up for the Smirking Break
It Just So Happened


16th APRIL

It Just So Happened has been accepted into the Great Yorkshire Fringe which takes place in York. The show will be at 6pm on Sunday 28th July and tickets have just gone on sale for the show: It Just So Happened


11th APRIL

Tickets for It Just So Happened at The Bedford Festival Fringe have just gone on sale - just click on the link here It Just So Happened
Tickets are also now on sale for the same show in The Guildford Fringe Festival It Just So Happened
And for my solo show at The Guildford Fringe Festival Roll Up for the Smirking Break


5th APRIL

I am adding the Bedford Fringe to my July tour. On Monday 22nd July I will host the alternative history podcast show It Just So Happened in The Studio Theatre in Bedford. Further details will follow.


2nd APRIL

I can announce 3 shows I'll be taking to this year's Ludlow Fringe. This will be straight after my solo stand-up show at the Telford Fringe on 21st June.
So on Saturday 22nd June I will present Conflict of Interest and my stand-up show, Roll Up for the Smirking Break, and on Sunday 23rd June I will host the alternative history podcast show It Just So Happened. All 3 shows in Ludlow will take place in the Sitting Room venue which is at the Blue Boar pub. Further details tbc.


29th MARCH

I'm happy to announce I will be returning to the Reading Fringe this year. So in July I will be taking my alternative history show It Just So Happened to The Three Guineas venue at the railway station on Thursday 25th July. Further details tbc.


23rd MARCH

The second edition of my alternative history show It Just So Happened will be taking place on Tuesday night at The Iron Horse pub in Glasgow as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival. Guests on the panel for this show include Matt Duwell and Vladimir McTavish. The start time will be 7:45pm, and tickets can be bought in advance here: It Just So Happened


18th MARCH

The showcase show I run for Fife stand-up acts '5 Fifers for a Fiver' will be at the Glasgow Comedy Festival on Wednesday evening, 20th March. The show will be at The Iron Horse on West Nile Street with a start time of 7:45pm. Tickets can be bought in advance here: 5 Fifers for a Fiver


14th MARCH

My solo stand-up comedy show is at the Glasgow Comedy Festival tomorrow evening, 15th March. Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun is at the Mango venue in Sauchiehall Street and starts at 7pm. Tickets can be bought in advance here: Solo show Uns-Pun


10th MARCH

I've added another date to by summer tour: The Bedford Fringe, also known as the 'Bedfringe', which will be hosting my alternative history show It Just So Happened on Monday 22nd July. Further details to follow.

6th MARCH

I've moved my date at the Telford Fringe forward to Friday 21st June. This is so I can combine the show there with a trip the same weekend (Saturday and Sunday) to perform at the Ludlow Fringe. It's exciting to get a repeat booking at this festival after performing there last year and it looks as if I will be able to fit in performances of Conflict of Interest, my solo stand-up comedy show and then the alternative history panel show It Just So Happened. Watch this space!

1st MARCH

I'm pleased to announce 2 further tour shows this summer. It's going to be a return to the Guildford Fringe, for Conflict of Interest and It Just So Happened, both on Wednesday 24th July. Further details will follow.

24th FEBRUARY

I'm pleased to announce 3 dates at the Buxton Fringe this year. The Fringe is celebrating its 40th year, while I will be back for the 3rd year running, at The Rotunda Theatre, which is a super pop-up dome-shaped theatre space in the Pavilion Gardens. I will be performing my solo show there on Saturday 20th July, as well as my WW1 talk Conflict of Interest earlier the same day.

Alternative history podcast It Just So Happened will run in the Rotunda on the Sunday lunchtime (21st July). Further details of who the guest panellists will be will be shared as they are booked in.


21st FEBRUARY

I can announce another tour date for my solo comedy show Roll Up for The Smirking Break, which will be coming to the Telford Fringe on Friday 5th July at The Elephant and Castle pub, Dawley (Telford).


19th FEBRUARY

The audio recording of the alternative history show It Just So Happened which took place at the Leicester Comedy Festival on 10th February is now on SoundCloud: It Just So Happened
The show was in Wygston's House and the panellists were Kevin Hudson, Adham Fisher, Jack Topher and Ben Ennis.


5th FEBRUARY

The Leicester Comedy Festival is starting right now, and I'll be there from Friday, so if you want to catch me at some point in Leicester over the next week here's a summary of what I will be doing:-
Friday 8th (19:00) - Alf and Rich: One Liners (double header), at O'Neills (Loseby Lane)
Sunday 10th (14:30) - A Punchline Hour (guest, one liners), at Grays at LCB Depot (Rutland St)
Sunday 10th (18:30) - It Just So Happened (alternative history comedy show), at Wygston's House (Applegate)
Monday 11th (13:30) - Conflict of Interest (Spoken Word), at Attenborough Building room 001 (University Rd)
Tuesday 12th (13:00) - Outermission radio broadcast (host), at the LCB Depot (Rutland St)
Tuesday 12th (19:45) - A Punchline Hour (guest, one liners), at Manhattan 34 (Rutland St)
Tuesday 12th (21:15) - Roll Up for the Smirking Break (solo comedy show), The Exchange Bar (Rutland St)

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2nd FEBRUARY

My brand new solo show has its premiere at The Leicester Comedy Festival in just 10 days. Roll Up for the Smirking Break is a Pay What You Want show at The Exchange Bar (Rutland St), at 21:15 on Tuesday 12th February.

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25th JANUARY

I will be hosting a brand new history-themed comedy show at the Leicester Comedy Festival on Sunday 10th February at Wygston's House, Loseby Lane. The show is called It Just So Happened - an alternative history show and features 4 local-based panellists delivering stand-up sets on events and people from 10th February in years gone by, then having an improvised discussion on all things historical and Leicester. I'm guessing Richard III may get a mention!

The show start at 18:30 and tickets are priced £5 or Pay What You Want. A link to the Festival website is here: It Just So Happened show

The show will also be recorded for podcast.


22nd JANUARY

I will be co-hosting a Demon FM radio show at the Leicester Comedy Festival on Tuesday 12th February, between 1 and 2pm. The show is being run by the Outermission Radio team and will be broadcast from the LCB Depot venue.


18th JANUARY

A Glasgow Comedy Festival preview show has been announced, organised by Jest Below at Mango on Sauchiehall Street on Saturday 9th March. I will be appearing along with 11 other acts all doing short sets, with the show starting at 8pm. The full line-up to be announced soon, with a link to appear on the Festival's website.

My own show will be at the same venue on Friday 15th March at 7pm. Tickets here: Solo show Uns-Pun


16th JANUARY

Here's another date for my spoken word show Conflict of Interest - which coincides with the Leicester Comedy Festival. I'll be speaking at the University of Leicester from 13:30 on Monday 11th February, in room 001 of the Attenborough Building, which hosts arts and humanities faculties. This talk will be free entry.


14th JANUARY

I'll be taking my spoken word show Conflict of Interest to the Morecambe Fringe on 17th March in the first of a number of tour dates for 2019. Further details on timing and ticketing for this event will follow but it will take place in the Fringe's Alt-Space venue.


13th JANUARY

The Glasgow Comedy Festival has been officially launched and tickets are now on sale for the 3 shows I'm running.

I'll be performing a solo show this year at Mango on Sauchiehall Street on Friday 15th March, as well as the showcase of Fife acts 5 Fifers for a Fiver (on Wednesday 20th) and my new alternative history show It Just So Happened (on Tuesday 26th). These other shows will be performed at The Iron Horse on West Nile Street.

Tickets for all the shows can be bought via these links:
Solo show Uns-Pun
5 Fifers for a Fiver
It Just So Happened


7th JANUARY

My first solo show of the year will be at The Leicester Comedy Festival. Called 'Roll Up for the Smirking Break' it'll be the usual mixture of one liners, short jokes and puns, but with plenty of new and updated material and a new feature using background visuals.

It's at The Exchange Bar (downstairs) on Rutland Street on Tuesday 12th February, and the show starts at 21:15.

It's a 'Jokes On Us' production, is free entry (bucket donation) / Pay What You Want, and further details are on the Festival website here: Smirking Break


4th JANUARY

I'm performing for two nights at Yesbar in Glasgow this weekend, on Friday and Saturday night, as the opening act.
Tickets are £10, or £20 if including a three-course dinner, and can be bought here: Friday's show and here: Saturday's show


24th DECEMBER

I'm adding a couple of shows to my schedule for the Leicester Comedy Festival in February. I'll be doing a guest spot in A Punchline Hour! on Sunday 10th (14:30) at Grays@LCB Depot and in a further show under the same title on Tuesday 12th (19:45) at Manhattan 34.

The shows are free entry, and further details can be found on the Festival's website here: A Punchline Hour


19th DECEMBER

'Alf' who is the prop comic performing the double header show with me at the Leicester Comedy Festival on Friday 8th February 2019 has just been selected to take part in the UK Pun Championships, which next year takes place on Monday 11th February. So you can get a special preview of his act at O'Neill's on the Friday (from 7pm)!

Tickets are £5 in advance or Pay What You Want on the night. They can be bought from the Festival's website here: Alf and Rich tickets


14th DECEMBER

I'll be performing an updated version of my latest solo show at the Leicester Comedy Festival on Tuesday 12th February (9:15pm start) called 'Richard Pulsford: Roll Up for the Smirking Break'. I'll be performing the show back at The Exchange Bar, the venue I performed in in the Festival in 2015. Tickets are 'Pay What You Want' - see the Festival's website for further details: Smirking Break tickets


7th DECEMBER

I'll be performing a double header show at the Leicester Comedy Festival with the talented Chris Leworthy, a prop and one liner comic from Devon who appeared on Britain's Got Talent last year. We've called our show 'Alf and Rich' and we'll be using the hashtag #AlfAndRich on Twitter to promote the show.

Alf and Rich is on at O'Neill's on Friday 8th February (7pm start) and tickets (£5 / Pay What You Want) can be bought from the Festival's website here: Alf and Rich tickets

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3rd DECEMBER

I'll be performing a short set at Dragonfly, West Port in Edinburgh on Wednesday evening. The 'Comedy Knights' show starts at 20:00 and tickets are £5 for advance entry to guarantee a reserved seat.
Comedy Knights tickets


6th NOVEMBER

I'll be taking my solo show 'Uns-Pun' for one last outing next March, as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival 2019. It'll be in a new venue for me, 'Mango', which hosts events throughout the year, and can be found on Sauchiehall Street. My show will be at 7pm on Friday 15th March and I'll provide ticket links when these have been published on the Festival programme's website.


1st NOVEMBER

I'll be doing a spot at Bearfoot Comedy in Edinburgh tomorrow. The evening of comedy is at The Merlin on Morningside Road and it kicks off at 8pm. It's a very strong line-up which also includes Keir McAllister, Ro Campbell, Jamie Dalgleish and Ben Verth.

Tickets are £10.00 and can be bought online here: Bearfoot Comedy tickets


8th OCTOBER

The deadline has passed for applications to enter shows into the Leicester Comedy Festival in February of next year. I submitted mine before the deadline which means I'll be taking part in the Festival between 8th and 12th February.

I'll have a new solo show which I'll be taking to The Exchange Bar on Tuesday 12th February under the Jokes On Us banner, so will be a Free or Pay What You Want show. Further details of my full involvement in the Festival will follow nearer the time.


28th SEPTEMBER

I'm returning to the Comedy Lounge in Hull next Saturday evening. Also on the bill will be Carl Jones (very funny... a likeable comic - Chortle), Kieran Lawless (star of Irish TV Channel RTE) and Steffen Peddie ('Big Keith' in Hebburn). Tickets are £12 and can be bought here: Hull Tickets


11th SEPTEMBER

My spoken word show has been booked again for later in the year, and this time it's in the library in the town which features heavily in the show - the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough. It will be at 11:00 on Saturday 24th November. Tickets can be sourced via the venue, and will be priced at £5.00.


29th AUGUST

If you missed my comedy show Uns-Pun during the Edinburgh Fringe there will be another chance to see it in the Outwith Festival in Dunfermline on Wednesday 5th September. It will be performed in the British Legion at 7pm. Tickets are just £5.00 and can be bought online here: Uns-Pun tickets


20th AUGUST

So we are into the final week of the Edinburgh Fringe. You have until Sunday to see 'Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun' and/or 'Conflict of Interest'.


15th AUGUST

'Conflict of Interest' is recommended by FringeReview in this 'War at the Fringe' article: War at the Fringe


13th AUGUST

After taking a scheduled day off today, I'll be resuming the second half of my run at the Edinburgh Fringe tomorrow. Both my stand-up show 'Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun' and my spoken word show 'Conflict of Interest' will be on daily until 26th August.


5th AUGUST

There are two '2 for 1' days at the Edinburgh Fringe on Monday and Tuesday, and you can take advantage of this offer on tickets for Conflict of Interest.
Ed Fringe link


30th JULY

If you're looking for some lunchtime comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe then come and see my stand-up show Uns-Pun! It's on every day from Friday up until the 26th August at 12:30 at The Beehive Inn, Grassmarket (venue 178). No pre-booking required, just 'Pay What You Want' into the bucket at the end.
Ed Fringe link


28th JULY

It's less than one week to go until my first show at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
My 2018 spoken word show 'Conflict of Interest' starts on Thursday 2nd August. It's at the Sweet Novotel 2 venue and starts at 15:00.
Tickets can be bought here: Tickets


25th JULY

As the Reading Festival Fringe gets well and truly underway there is an opportunity to see Conflict of Interest tomorrow night at the Penta Hotel venue (from 8pm). The performance has been getting a very positive reception as I've started touring it around a number of different festivals this month, and this is a one-off opportunity to see it in Reading.
Tickets can be bought here: Tickets


23rd JULY

It's my spoken word show Conflict of Interest at the Star Inn in the Guildford Fringe Festival tonight at 9pm.
Tickets can be bought here: Conflict of Interest tickets

Tomorrow night I'll be performing my comedy show Uns-Pun at 17:30 at the Keep pub in the same festival!
Tickets for that one are here: Uns-Pun tickets


15th JULY

I will be performing my spoken word show Conflict of Interest at the Reading Festival Fringe on Thursday 26th July.
Tickets can be bought here: Tickets


10th JULY

Tickets are selling steadily for my new spoken word show Conflict of Interest at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next month. It's on at one of the Sweet venues, Novotel 2, which is a hotel behind the Grassmarket and down from the BBC base on Lauriston Place, at 15:00 each day from the 2nd to the 26th August (except for the 13th).

In the show, I describe the extensive research which I undertook to find out the stories of two of my great uncles who died on active service in 1918, and uncover aspects of the First World War which have often received too little attention. Tickets can be bought here: Tickets


8th JULY

If you are in the Lancashire area, I will be taking Uns-Pun to the Morecambe Comedy Festival next Saturday, 14th July. It's a 'Pay what you want' show at The Exchange pub, and it starts at 17:50 precisely!


2nd JULY

I will be performing another run out of my Fringe comedy show Uns-Pun tomorrow night, at JnkYrd in Hamilton. It won't start until AFTER the World Cup football match between England and Colombia! The evening will also be a double bill with comedian Obie.


29th JUNE

It's time for the UK premiere of spoken word show Conflict of Interest, tomorrow at The Ludlow Fringe. It's on at The Blue Boar at 14:00. This will be followed by comedy show Uns-Pun in the same venue at 21:00.


15th JUNE

I'm doing my first 'Edinburgh preview' of 2018 next Friday (22nd June) in Leicester. It's at The Upstairs at The Western, 'Leicester's Pub Theatre', on Western Road, and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are £5.00 and they can be bought online here: The Western preview


26th MAY

My new spoken word show 'Conflict of Interest' opened at The Prague Fringe last night. It's a show to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, revealing the journey I have taken as I have researched my family tree and found out the stories of relatives who fought and died in that conflict - on both sides. I'll be performing the show again tonight, and on Sunday and Monday, at the lovely venue in The Museum of Alchemists. I'll also be taking this show to many different UK Festivals from June right through to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.


23rd MAY

BREAKING NEWS: I'm adding another date to my Uns-Pun tour. I'll be performing at the Morecambe Comedy Festival, on Saturday 14th July. Details to follow.


5th MAY

I can now publish full summer tour details for my Uns-Pun show. I'll be visiting festivals in Ludlow, Hamilton, Buxton, Guildford and Edinburgh. Further details are now on the Comedy Show Tour page including links to the relevant Festival websites and ticketing where required. Details have yet to be uploaded to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website. I'm hoping you can make it to one of the show dates this summer. If you can't, there may still be a couple more festival performances to add, so watch this space!


28th APRIL

I'm still adding more festival dates on to my summer tour. I've been finalising details with a couple more festivals this past week. Hopefully I'll be coming to a town near you! Full details will be published as soon as everything is confirmed and the embargoes on advertising the events are lifted.


19th APRIL

I'm appearing at the Comedy Lounge in Hull on Saturday evening. It's likely to be the last club gig I perform before my tour starts later in the Spring. The event starts at 19:30. Also on the bill will be Chris Brooker, Barry Dodds and Fran Garrety (who was tour support for Jason Manford). Tickets are £12 and can be bought here: Hull Tickets


2nd APRIL

I'm appearing at the Hot Water Comedy Club in Liverpool this evening. It's a professionally recorded showcase special. There is still limited ticket availability - more information is here: Tickets


13th MARCH

I'm adding another Festival date to my 2018 UK tour. Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun will be at this year's Guildford Fringe Festival on Tuesday 24th July, at The Keep Pub. Tickets are £7 and can be bought through the Festival website here: Tickets


8th MARCH

The next outing for 'Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun' will be this Sunday at the Glasgow Comedy Festival. It's a one off show at this Festival. The venue is Yesbar and the show starts at 16:45. Tickets are £5 (£5.50 online) and can be bought here: Tickets


2nd MARCH

I'm pleased to announce I'm adding another Festival date to the 2018 UK tour of my solo stand up show Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun. I'll be returning to the Buxton Fringe again this July and to the wonderful Rotunda venue in the Pavilion Gardens on Friday 20th July. The show is already listed on the Buxton Festival Fringe website here: Buxton Fringe

24th FEBRUARY

I'm performing at Carnegie Hall tonight. The one in Dunfermline of course.
For last minute ticket purchases go to: Carnegie Hall

4th FEBRUARY

I'll be heading down to Leicester for the opening weekend of the Comedy Festival next weekend. As well as performing my solo show 'Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun' on the Sunday, I have a guest spot in Alex Hylton's Late night Jokes On Us showcase show on the Saturday at Manhattan 34. The show starts at 11pm.
Tickets for that show can be bought online here: Late night JOU tickets

14th JANUARY

If you are in the Leicester area during the Comedy Festival, specifically on Sunday 11th February, please come and see my latest solo show 'Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun'.
The show is at The SoundHouse and starts at 17:15. Tickets can be bought online here: Leicester Festival tickets
IT IS FREE ENTRY / Pay What You Want. However seats are given preferentially to all ticket holders, so it's worth going online and ordering tickets, just in case the venue is full when you turn up. And I would hate anyone to be disappointed!

8th JANUARY 2018

Happy New Year!

I'm pleased to report some tickets have already been sold for 'Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun' at the Glasgow Comedy Festival. It's a one off show at this festival so your one and only chance to catch it in Glasgow will be on Sunday 11th March, 16:45 in Yesbar. Tickets are £5 (£5.50 online) and can be bought here: Tickets


24th DECEMBER

I will be announcing my tour plans for 2018 in more detail in the New Year, but for now I wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. Peace!


7th NOVEMBER

Here is the brochure entry for 'Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun', in the Leicester Comedy Festival on 11th February 2018.

"Master of wordplay Richard Pulsford brings his fourth solo show to the Leicester Comedy Festival" Leicester Festival tickets


4th NOVEMBER

Tickets are now on sale for my 2018 solo show, 'Richard Pulsford: Uns-Pun', in the Glasgow Comedy Festival next March. The show will be in Yesbar on Sunday 11th March at 16:45. Tickets are £5 and you can buy tickets online (link below).

"Master of wordplay Richard Pulsford brings his fifth solo show to the Glasgow International Comedy Festival" Tickets


14th OCTOBER

I have been asked via Twitter if I will be making an appearance at the Leicester Comedy Festival again next year. Well, the answer, I'm happy to say, is yes! I'll be performing a show at The Soundhouse, one of Leicester's premier live events venues, on Sunday 11th February 2018. The show will be at 19:15. It'll be a free, Pay What You Want event through the Jokes on Us Free Festival.

Hopefully this will be the first of many festival appearances in 2018!


5th SEPTEMBER

I will be providing the support for Simon Evans (Michael McIntyre Roadshow, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week) at Haddo House on Saturday 9th September. The venue is a National Trust property near Ellon, Aberdeenshire and the show starts at 7pm.

You can buy tickets here: Tickets


28th AUGUST

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe may have ended but there will be another special one-off performance of Phrases Ready at the Hop Fest Fringe in Faversham, Kent on Saturday 2nd September.

The show is at the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre and starts at 6pm.

You can buy tickets in advance here: Tickets or you can risk the event not selling out and 'Pay What You Want' at the venue (after the show).


21st AUGUST

There are just 6 more performances of Phrases Ready at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 12:15 daily from Tuesday 22nd through to Sunday 27th August. It's a free entry and non-ticketed show, but I've had some full rooms recently so get there early to guarantee a seat. See you at The Beehive Inn in the Grassmarket!



15th AUGUST

If you're in Edinburgh on Wednesday and want to catch up with me I will be performing in these shows:

12:15 Phrases Ready - Beehive Inn (my show)
13:30 Afternoon Tea - Kasbar, Espionage
14:30 Worst show on the Fringe - Movement (with Shazia Mirza)
17:30 Lastminute Comedy Club - Bar Bados Room 1


9th AUGUST

My solo show is on every day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Beehive Inn (venue 178) until 27th August at 12:15 (afternoon) for about 50 minutes (except Mondays 14th and 21st). It's free entry with a bucket collection at the end.


25th JULY

I'm taking my solo show to the Merchant City Festival in Glasgow tomorrow night (Wednesday 26th July). The venue is the Brunswick Hotel and the show starts at 8pm. It's a free event with a bucket collection at the end.


6th JULY

I have some exciting news to share - I've been scouted to take part in another Festival this summer!

If you happen to live in or near Kent, I'll be bringing 'Phrases Ready' to the Hop Fest Fringe Festival in Faversham on Saturday 2nd September. Further details will follow.


10th JUNE

My show 'Phrases Ready' returns to the UK for performances at the following festivals in England in July:
Kings Arms Salford, Greater MANCHESTER Fringe - Saturday 8th July (9pm). Tickets £6.00: Manchester Fringe Festival show
Rotunda Theatre, BUXTON Fringe - Sunday 9th & Wednesday 12th July (9pm). Tickets £6.00: Buxton Fringe
Crown Inn, TELFORD Fringe - Tuesday 11th July (8pm). Tickets: £5.00


30th MAY

A reminder that 'Phrases Ready' opens at the Prague Fringe tonight at 18:30, and even if you can't make it along to a given performance, you can still participate using the hashtag #PhrasesReady on Twitter. The idea is you can suggest hashtag topics for me and the audience to make puns on and I'll share any successful jokes after each show. Get tweeting well before show time!

26th MAY

My show 'Phrases Ready' opens at the Prague Fringe on Tuesday (at 18:30, for 5 nights). Tickets are CZK150 and can be obtained online here: Prague Fringe show

You can also submit ideas for the interactive section of the show using the hashtag #PhrasesReady on Twitter. I'll share the best ideas and jokes after each show. My Twitter handle is @richardpulsford

15th MAY

There is an amendment to the line up for the Comedy Tent at the Foxlake Outdoor Festival this Saturday. I will now be performing my spot at between 12:00 and 12:30. Come and say hello!

Foxlake Festival



1st MAY

Tickets are now on sale for my show at the Prague Fringe. Dates: 28th May to 3rd June, and tickets are CZK150.

Prague Fringe show



24th APRIL

I'm performing a spot at the Comedy Club at the Foxlake Outdoor Festival on Saturday 20th May. I'll be on at 12:40. Other acts on the Saturday (between 12:10 and 18:10) include Janey Godley and Des Clarke. Sunday sees another full line up, including Tom Stade and Gary Little.

Foxlake Festival show



13th APRIL

Tickets are now on sale for my show at The Buxton Fringe Festival, which is taking place in The Rotunda Theatre on Sunday 9th and Wednesday 12th July. Both performances start at 9pm and tickets are £6.00.

Buxton Fringe Festival show



31st MARCH

Tickets are now on sale for my show at The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, which is on Saturday 8th July at The Kings Arms in Salford. The show starts at 9pm and tickets are £6.00.

Manchester Fringe Festival show



19th FEBRUARY

Here are some of the articles covering the UK Pun Championships 2017 and/or my participation in the event.

Sunday Herald

Daily Mirror

The Metro

Courier & Advertiser

10th FEBRUARY

I've been offered an opportunity to perform another solo show for a full run at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. It's looking like being another lunchtime spot at The Beehive Inn, and in the same room as last year. That room is great as there is a bar on the same level and it offers the use of a tv screen for visual material. Full confirmation in due course - there is the minor matter of another (at least) 6 Festivals before then!

And the first Festival show outing for Phrases Ready in 2017 will be at Manhattan 34 in Leicester this Tuesday, 14th February at 18:45. It's a 'pay what you want' show. I'd love to see you there, but if you can't be there in person, I'll still be looking for hashtag ideas on Twitter for themes in the show - so you can still join in, by tweeting to #PhrasesReady.

4th FEBRUARY

Publicity is ramping up for the UK Pun Championships a week on Monday. I received a 'Google alert' today which pointed me to a nice article in the Lifestyle section of Fife Today. Oddly, it quotes puns from Tim Vine and Masai Graham rather than ones of my own, but then I would prefer to keep my powder dry! I had submitted copy for this Thursday's edition of the Fife Free Press but haven't sought out a copy to check. They said I would be on page 3 - make of that what you will!

Article in Fife Today

I was also interviewed by Kingdon FM this morning, both for Euan Notman's Kingdom Daytime show, and for their newsdesk. And I believe the Daily Mirror are going to run a feature at some point. So all the publicity is welcome.

14th JANUARY 2017

I'm busy working on the arrangements for the tour of my solo show Phrases Ready. Until today I only had two confirmed bookings, at the Leicester Comedy Festival (on 14th February) and at the Glasgow Comedy Festival (on 15th March). I'm pleased to say I can now add the Telford Fringe to the list. The show there will be at The Crown Inn on 11th July.

I do have a confirmed run at another Festival but do not yet have the green light to publicise it, and am also negotiating venues at two other festivals. So the tour is slowly coming together but there is still a lot to do before I can publish the full list of tour dates!

And as promoters are already open to offers for shows at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, I don't want to end up forgetting about and overlooking that rather important festival!

24th DECEMBER

I've been selected to take part in the UK Pun Championship finals at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2017. It's going to be on Monday 13th February. This time the venue will be the largest in Leicester, the De Montfort Hall. Let's say I'm more than a little chuffed to be asked to take part in this fantastic event again. UK Pun Championships 2017

28th OCTOBER

I have a place in one of the heats for the Scottish Comedian of the Year 2016 competition. My heat is on Thursday 3rd November, at the new Monkey Barrel venue on Blair Street in Edinburgh. Doors are open at 7pm with the heat getting underway at 7:15pm. NB This is the earlier of two heats on the same night in the same venue. Tickets available on the door.

20th OCTOBER

I'm taking part in a Stand Up To Cancer gig at The Blackpool Tower Circus venue tomorrow evening, 21st October. It's free entry and family-friendly, with donations to a worthy cause. The event starts at 7pm.

Here is a link to an article in The Blackpool Gazette: Gazette

5th OCTOBER

I'm taking part in Week 1 of the new Aberdeen Comedy Festival later this month, doing a spot at a comedy night at The Copthorne Hotel, with Matt Green and Keith Farnan. It kicks off at 8:30pm on 19th October.

Here is a link to the relevant ticketing website: Ticket link



17th SEPTEMBER

After doing a guest spot on Stirling City Radio's afternoon show on 4th September I was invited back as a guest for the whole show the following Sunday. And as that went well, I was invited back again for the next one (tomorrow) as well, but unfortunately I can't make it due to prior commitments. However, I expect to return on Sunday 25th September - so tune in between 2pm and 4pm for more commentary on local and national news stories, and some more off the cuff puns.

Here is a link to the radio station: Stirling City Radio



4th SEPTEMBER

I'm doing a guest spot on Stirling City Radio's afternoon show, 2-4pm today. If you tune in, you can expect to hear some puns!



3rd AUGUST

It's time to put the finishing touches to my Edinburgh Festival Fringe show 'Phrases Ready' and now, to invite you to take part. It would be great to see you at the show, but even if you can't be there in person, you can interact with us via Twitter.

Followers familiar with the hashtag games on Twitter will know all about the instant puns which are tweeted based on a hashtag theme including film titles, songs, celebrities etc. e.g. #WineaFilm or #FruitandVegaSong. If you're one of these fans, or want to give it a try, I'm giving you the opportunity to come up with some fresh 'hashtags' for each show. This will mean each show will be unique and not entirely pre-scripted, as myself and my guest for the day will attempt to come up with some puns to go with those new 'hashtags'. Also, you can tweet your own puns based on the hashtags for the day, and I'll read them out to the audience. And I'll tell you which ones went down best, including any good ones which we thought of during the show.

I'll tweet about our who our daily guest is before the show, and you are invited to send in your hashtag ideas each day between 10:00 and 13:00 BST. Make sure you include the hashtag #phrasesready so I pick them up!

28th JULY

It's just over a week until the first performance of my show at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Each performance in this year's run will feature a short set from a fellow comedian and a 'hashtag challenge' where we both have to come up with puns on the spot based on 'hashtags', following the idea of the hashtag pun topics which regularly appear on Twitter. I am hoping that these can be provided real time by some of my followers on Twitter; or we will be relying on the audience on the day.

Anyone can post topic suggestions using the hashtag #phrasesready and I'll do my best to incorporate them into a show, and post some of our best ideas after each show. The show is Richard Pulsford: Phrases Ready and runs from 5th to 28th August at 13:30, except Mondays. It's free entry and non-ticketed.

Here is a link to the show online: Phrases Ready

6th JULY

It's been a bit quiet recently. It's like taking a holiday before getting into a long spell of work, but soon I'll be getting into performing lots of Edinburgh previews and guest spots before performing that full run at The Beehive Inn again this August. Here's the flyer for my show, Richard Pulsford: Phrases Ready, courtesy of Alex Leam. The show runs from 5th to 28th August at 13:30 (not on Mondays). It's free entry and non-ticketed.

Ed Fringe flyer 2016

8th JUNE

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe launched their 2016 brochure today. I should be in there somewhere, in the Comedy Section. That's because I will be performing a full run at The Beehive Inn again this August. My show this year is called Richard Pulsford: Phrases Ready and runs from 5th to 28th August at 13:30, except Mondays. It's free entry and non-ticketed.

Here is a link to the show online: Phrases Ready

18th MARCH

I had the pleasure of taking part in a podcast last weekend, called 'Besides the Norm', with Steven and Craig Duncan. They are based in Fife and their aim is to interview local (Fife) people such as politicians and musicians on topics of interest. I was asked about some of the gigs I run and the art of pun making.

The podcast can be found via this link: Besides the Norm website

9th MARCH

A quick reminder that tickets are on sale for my one-off solo show in the 2016 Glasgow International Comedy Festival, 'As If...' which is at the Yesbar venue. The show starts at 18:00 on Sunday 13th March. Tickets can be purchased online via this link: Seetickets site but if this allocation becomes sold out you can always take a punt on getting a ticket on the door.

10th FEBRUARY

So I was runner up in the UK Pun Championships on Monday night. Here's a video with some highlights from the event.


5th FEBRUARY

Here's legend Lee Nelson giving notice of the UK Pun Championships final on Punday 8th February.


4th FEBRUARY

I'm all over Page 3... of this Thursday's Fife Free Press. There's a half page spread in the newspaper with an article/photo about my participation in this year's UK Pun Championships Final. It seems there is no equivalent online article.


17th JANUARY 2016

I've just been invited to take part in another show at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival. I'll be a guest in the Tom Allen's Society show. Tom has appeared on the John Bishop show (BBC1), Just a Minute (Radio 4) and 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown (Channel 4).
The event takes place at the Peter's Pizzeria venue in Leicester on Sunday 7th February at 7pm (doors open 6:45pm).
Tickets are £7, and can be purchased online via this link: Tom Allen tickets


30th DECEMBER

I'm very excited to announce that I have made it through to the finals of the UK Pun Championships at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival in 2016. It's the 3rd year running I'll be competing in the final.
The event takes place in Hansom Hall in Leicester at 7pm on Monday 8th February, and the host is Lee Nelson.
Tickets can be purchased online via this link: UK Pun Championships tickets


29th NOVEMBER

Tickets are now on sale for my solo show in the 2016 Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival, 'Unexpected Items in Badinage Areas'.
It takes place at The Exchange Bar (downstairs, opposite The Curve Theatre) at 5pm on Sunday 14th February.
Tickets can be purchased online via this link: DLCF tickets site


16th NOVEMBER

Tickets are now on sale for my solo show in the 2016 Glasgow International Comedy Festival, 'As If...'.
As in the previous two years, my solo show will be at the Yesbar venue. It starts at 18:00 on Sunday 13th March.
Tickets can be purchased online via this link: Seetickets site


23rd OCTOBER

I've been selected for one of the 3 heats of the Scottish Comedian of the Year competition 2015. My heat is at Maggie Mays in Glasgow on Tuesday 10th November and the show, packed with about 12 comedians performing up to 7 minutes each, starts at 19:30. Tickets can be purchased on the door.


22nd SEPTEMBER

I've just been booked in to do a show in the Greater Manchester Comedy Festival. I'll be performing 'Unexpected Items in Badinage Areas' in the Kings Arms Salford on Tuesday 3rd November. Tickets will be £5.00 and the show starts at 19:30.

Further details here: GM Fringe


2nd SEPTEMBER

I will be taking part in the Kings Arms Festival, Salford this weekend. The Festival doesn't like to announce the line-ups until the day it starts, but I think it's close enough to the event to announce my own appearance, otherwise no-one will have any warning I'm going to be there!

Facebook event here: Facebook event


11th AUGUST

I took part in a podcast at The Stand in Edinburgh on 8th August, where I was challenged to perform as many puns as I could in 3 minutes. I managed 21. I know I could have done better, but I only had a few minutes' notice, and felt the need to stop to let the laughter die down at one point!

Link here: Dabster Productions clip


31st JULY

Here is an interview published in The List about punning, and my solo show 'Unexpected Items in Badinage Areas':

There are also contributions on the same topic from the likes of Milton Jones and Stewart Francis.

Edinburgh Fringe 2015 flyer

Link here: Article in The List


4th JUNE

My solo show 'Unexpected Items in Badinage Areas' is now advertised on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival website

The show opens on 6th August and runs through to the 30th August at The Beehive Inn, Grassmarket. Performances are every day at 15:00 (except Mondays).

Edinburgh Fringe 2015 flyer

Link here: Edinburgh Fringe show 2015


21st MARCH

Here is an article I wrote about my solo show 'Richard Pulsford is Going On', which I brought to the Glasgow Comedy Festival in March
Glasgow Comedy Festival show 2015




11th FEBRUARY 2015

Here is an article from The Daily Mirror about the participants in the UK Pun Championships final held at The Leicester Comedy Festival in February 2015, along with some of our best puns
Daily Mirror article



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