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 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.
Richard Vranch at the piano
Small sketch from Paul Merton Live at the Palladium.
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...
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 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.
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 - 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.
WLIIA etc - Paul, Tony, Stephen, Hugh, and Richard are Filthy, Gorgeous
I finally made a video to one of the songs used in my WLIIA AMV Hell - one of the videos I wanted to do and wasn't sure if I could and had enough footage to ...
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 - 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...
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:21:58 -0800
Paul and his chums, Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster will create a new and unique comedy show every single night, based entirely on suggestions from the audience, their own finely honed improvisational skills and an almost ...
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 03:40:58 -0800
The show, in front of a near-sell out crowd, was another rare test of the sharp skill and talented wit of its five stand-up comics Paul Merton, Suki Webster, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Mike McShane. Entirely relying on suggestions from the crowd ...
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 02:07:30 -0800
He puts those skills to good use in this evening of comedy improvisation, in which he's joined by a quartet of fellow improv comics (Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster) who've all played alongside him at various times during his ...
Sat, 23 Nov 2013 02:48:44 -0800
So helped by old Whose Line pals Richard Vranch and Mike McShane along with Lee Simpson, Suki Webster and Steve Steen, his unscripted two hours of clever comedy went entirely to plan, thanks to his 'extra man' - the audience. We fed him the settings ...
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 03:59:07 -0800
Four of the Comedy Store Players' regular performers entertained guests in an evening of improvised comedy sketches, which invited the audience to contribute ideas to a number of bizarre scenarios. Comedians Andy Smart, Neil Murllarkey, Richard Vranch ...
The Good Review
The Good Review
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:56:25 -0800
Firstly, Richard Vranch – a curtain-haired pianist who weaves intelligent puns like a… Well, someone who weaves things very well. A weaver? He's funny, in other words. Then, there's Mike McShane, an American comic powerhouse who you'll recognise as ...
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 04:56:15 -0800
Paul will be joined by Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster, and one thing's for sure: even when the same crew assemble again for the next date on the tour, you'll never again see a show exactly like the one we're going to get in ...
Cult Hub Magazine
Cult Hub Magazine
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 01:30:10 -0800
The improve group (Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Lee Simpson and Neil Mullarkey) performed a several short form improve games with suggestions from cynical journalists before moving on to a taster of “The Comedy Car”, the improve comedy show on ...
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