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Richard Vranch
Born (1959-06-29) 29 June 1959 (age 55)
Frome, England
Nationality British
Occupation comedian, actor, musician

Richard Leslie Vranch (born 29 June 1959 in Frome, England) is a British comedian, actor and musician.

Early life[edit]

Vranch graduated from Cambridge University with a PhD in physics.[1] While a first-year doctoral student, he joined the Footlights in 1981 and was a contemporary of Tony Slattery and Neil Mullarkey.[2] 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.[3]


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[4] 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.


External links[edit]

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86 news items

Bournemouth Echo

Bournemouth Echo
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:29:18 -0700

Paul, star of Room 101 and Have I Got News For You, was joined by four fellow comedians, Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Suki Webster and Richard Vranch for the Impro Chums show, which as the name suggests, is nearly two hours of entirely improvised ...
Broadway World
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:11:15 -0700

Paul Merton to Launch UK Tour on Today Following the publication of his autobiography, Only When I Laugh, and over a decade of sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Paul Merton will take to the road again in 2015 with his world renowned ...

Bournemouth Echo

Bournemouth Echo
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:00:00 -0700

Paul Merton, surely the greatest off-the-cuff comedy performer this country has ever known, puts his finger on why doing improvisation is quite such fun. “It's just doing what we all do as kids – playing endless, imaginative games,” says the immensely ...
West Briton
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 03:26:59 -0700

PAUL MERTON will appear at Hall For Cornwall on Tuesday alongside his world-renowned Impro Chums – Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster. The performers will create a new and unique comedy show, based entirely on ...

West Briton

West Briton
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 03:30:00 -0700

Performing alongside his world renowned Impro Chums: Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster, Paul will create a show based entirely on suggestions from the audience. Don't miss the chance for a great night out where the laughs ...

Keighley News

Keighley News
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 04:12:55 -0700

Paul and his chums - Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster - aim to weave fun and laughter together into a richly hilarious mesh of jollity. Paul has organised the tour following the publication of his biography, Only When I Laugh, ...

Luton On Sunday

Luton On Sunday
Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:00:00 -0700

This performance will see a different show every night as Paul, along with Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster, will be improvising based on suggestions by the audience. This is the first night of their 2015 tour, but don't fear ...

Herts Advertiser

Herts Advertiser
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 22:03:45 -0700

There are still a few tickets available for the show in which the Have I Got News For You star will be joined by Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Sukie Webster. Paul has taken to the road again following the publication of his ...

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