29 June 1959 |
||comedian, actor, musician
Richard Leslie Vranch (born 29 June 1959 in Frome, England) is a British comedian, actor and musician.
Vranch graduated from Cambridge University with a PhD in physics. While a first-year doctoral student, he joined the Footlights in 1981 and was a contemporary of Tony Slattery and Neil Mullarkey. He was a researcher at Cavendish Laboratory and a research fellow at St John's College for nine months before going into comedy full-time.
Vranch improvises comedy on stage with the Comedy Store Players every Wednesday and Sunday at The Comedy Store in London. He has voiced British Airways TV and radio commercials since 2003, and he narrates TV documentaries. He has performed since 1979, and formed a comedy double-act with Tony Slattery in 1981. The duo hosted the Channel 4 quiz The Music Game and over 100 episodes of Cue The Music on ITV. He was the improvising pianist and guitarist on the original British television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? in 1988, but only a small proportion of his overall work is musical. Vranch co-wrote and performed in The Paul Merton Show at the London Palladium in 1994.
Acting work includes Dogman, The Dead Set, and sketch shows touring the world from Mexico to the Palestinian Territories. He has improvised comedy in the Middle East, Far East and India - 30 countries in all. He has written for stage, radio and TV, and made several animated films with artist Lucy Allen. They have had their cartoons published in Maxim, Punch, and The Spectator.
He presented the children's shows Let's Pretend on ITV and Jackanory on BBC One, and was a contestant on a charity special of The Weakest Link in 2005. He guested on BBC Radio 4's long-running panel game Just a Minute in 1999. In 2002 he was commissioned by Tamasha Theatre (East is East) as a writer for their show Ryman and the Sheik and he still works as an Artistic Associate of the company, linked below.
Vranch had a previous career as a research physicist, and has appeared on the panel shows Puzzle Panel and The Infinite Monkey Cage on Radio 4 and Mind Games on BBC TV. He hosted his own science series Beat That Einstein on Channel 4 in 1994, and has published papers in scientific journals. He discussed the switch-on of the Large Hadron Collider in September 2008 with Jeremy Vine and Simon Singh on BBC Radio 2.
In 2006 Vranch appeared at the Ars Nova theatre, New York. He is currently appearing in his improvised storytelling group The YarnBards and developing a new show for the Edinburgh Fringe.
In 2012, with others he toured and supported Paul Merton for Merton's Out Of My Head show.
Tony Slattery and Richard Vranch kiss (higher quality)
Three of the Tony Slattery and Richard Vranch segments from the Barf Bites Back charity video for Amnesty International. Kiss is at approximately 1:05.
Richard Vranch at the piano
Small sketch from Paul Merton Live at the Palladium.
Comedy Store Players in The Sitcom Trials: The Crew
Improv legends Neil Mullarkey, Suki Webster, Niall Ashdown & Richard Vranch of The Comedy Store Players star in The Sitcom Trials TV series 1, episode 4 http...
Richard Vranch and Pippa the Ripper all in a spin over sub-atomic act
Science comedian Richard Vranch and hula hipster Pippa the Ripper on why their hula hooping sub-atomic structure act is the best in the universe. Backstage a...
Richard Vranch Does It Better
Clips taken from Whose Line, Barf Bites Back, More Hysteria, Comedy Store Players and Paul Merton and Friends at the London Palladium. Song by Carly Simon.
Tony Slattery kissing Richard Vranch - Barf Bites Back pt1
Part 1 of 4. Tony Slattery kissing Richard Vranch from the 1991 Amnesty video, Barf Bites Back. Sorry about the low quality, I don't know how to get VHS tape...
Tony Slattery kissing Richard Vranch - More Hysteria Too 2/2
Part 2 of 2 Tony Slattery kissing Richard Vranch again from the More Hysteria Too video 1989.
Tony Slattery and Richard Vranch - More Hysteria Too 1/2.
Part 1 of 2 Tony Slattery and Richard Vranch from the More Hysteria Too video, 1989. Apologies again for quality.
Chattoon - Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Simon Ellinas at the Comedy Store
Chattoon - the show about chatting and cartooning. Simon Ellinas draws whil Alan Stevens chats to Neil Mullarkey ad Richard Vranch of the Comedy Store Player...
Tony Slattery and Richard Vranch - Barf Bites Back pt 3
Part 3 of 4. More Tony Slattery and Richard Vranch from the Barf Bites Back 1991 Amnesty Video. I've missed out a short section where Tony calls Jeremy Beadl...
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:37:30 -0800
He is artistic director of Improbable, one of the country's foremost theatre companies and along with Richard Vranch he wrote and performed on Paul Merton – The Tour and Paul Merton – The Palladium, he also directed Paul Merton – And This is Me ...
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:04:41 -0800
Paul and his Impro Chums – Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster – take suggestions from the audience and spin them into comedy gold, weaving fun and laughter together into a richly hilarious mesh of jollity. Every show is a new ...
Huffington Post UK (blog)
Sun, 11 Aug 2013 05:43:41 -0700
I've performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe almost every year since 1979. The biggest arts festival in the world has given me a platform to write and act in plays, sketch shows, a one-man show, children's shows, a risque dance act, verbatim theatre ...
Fri, 29 Sep 2006 23:26:31 -0700
With the aid of Comedy Store Players Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and his missus Suki Webster, he shoehorns a couple of proven games into the show, such as the three-headed expert, hilariously explaining penguin ski-jumping, one word at a time. But it's ...
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:18:35 -0700
The first line-up in a rotating cast - Josie Lawrence, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops and Stephen Frost (Mike McShane, Phill Jupitus, Marcus Brigstocke and Richard Vranch appear on other dates) - was a strong one. Edinburgh Festival 2014. This being a live ...
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:07:30 -0700
Lee Simpson is a founder member of Improbable, one of the country's foremost theatre companies, and along with Richard Vranch he wrote and performed on Paul Merton – The Tour and Paul Merton – The Palladium. He also directed Paul Merton – And This ...
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:37:21 -0700
Paul and his Chums are wonders of nature. They take audience suggestions and create cascades of fantastic tumbling laughter... Most of the time. Paul's Impro Chums are Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster and together they will ...
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 07:51:49 -0700
The performance will also feature Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster. Deputy theatre manager Kate Wigmore said: “Each performance is a new and unique comedy show, based entirely on suggestions from the audience, and the ...
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