Stand up comedian, singer, songwriter and Time Out Comedy Award winner.
With his comedy songs, Richard has built up a formidable reputation as a live act, and completed several major UK tours supporting the likes of Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Eddie Izzard and Phill Jupitus, and is a founder member of The Comedy Store’s Cutting Edge Show. Richard remains a headline act on the international comedy circuit.
A big favourite at the Edinburgh Festival, Richard completed several sell-out runs of his one-man show at the Assembly Rooms. Other festivals include Montreals Just For Laughs, Reading, Leeds, Kilkenny, Latitude, and Phoenix. Before establishing himself as a solo act, Richard first came to prominence as one half of the musical duo, The Panic Brothers, best known for their appearance on C4s Friday Night Live in 1988.
Richards many TV credits include his current appearance in Comedy Exchange (Comedy Central, 2009). He had his own half-hour Comedy Store special screened at the opening of Channel 5 in 1997, and he appeared regularly in the ensuing Comedy Store series (now on Comedy Central) for the following ten years. Other Channel 5 shows include The Jack Docherty Chat Show (also as guest host), Wow, Fab, Groovy!, Tibs & Fibs, Night Fever, Live & Dangerous, and Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment. He presented the quiz series Move On Up, and co-hosted The Another Quiz series, Win Beadles Money.
BBC TV appearances include Gag Tag, The Stand Up Show, Wogan, Hangar 17, London News, Elvis Has Left The Building , Saints And Sinners (both BBC N. I.), as well as an acting role in the hugely successful BAFTA nominated series, Our Friends In The North. He was also featured in BBC 2s Edinburgh Nights, I Love The 90s and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. For ITV : Jack Dees Saturday Night, Thats Entertainment, Funny Business, Nothing Like A Royal Show, Good Stuff, Its Anybodys Guess, Just A Minute, Youve Never Had It So Good, Look North and The Richard Morton Christmas Special ( for Tyne Tees / Yorkshire ).
On Channel 4, he was a guest on Richard & Judy in their penultimate series, and had several acting roles in C4s Jack and Jeremys Real Lives comedy series, as well appearing in The Happening and Loves Like A Dog. He was also in The World Stands Up ( Paramount ).
Richard was a regular on BBC Radio 1s The Comedy Hour, Comedy Network, Loose Talk and Songlines. On BBC Radio 2, he presented a series of Stand Up 2, and appeared in a special gala performance of Full Steam A-Hudd, and earlier this year, he was on The Green Guide To Life. He also performed music and comedy in 3 series of the highly-rated show, Jammin. On BBC Radio 4 he recently presented the critically acclaimed series, Howay The Laughs ( The History of Geordie comedy ) and guested on the classic Just A Minute, as well as 4 At The Store, Front Row, Loose Ends, The Locker Room and Pick Of The Week. He was a team captain with Caroline Quentin for the series, CrossQuestioned.
Sunday Times said "A great stand up. Audiences laughed longer and louder at Morton than any other act on the Fringe"
The Guardian said "His hilarious songs give musical comedy a good name "
The Scotsman said "Leaves the audience rolling with laughter "
Edinburgh Evening News said "If you only go to see one show at the festival this year, make sure its Richard Morton"