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.
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...
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 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 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...
Josie Lawrence in Whose Line's first ever tv episode.
This was the pilot of "Whose Line Is It Anyways?" but it wasn't included in the initial broadcasting. Here we've got the ever beautiful Josie Lawrence improv...
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.
South Wales Guardian
South Wales Guardian
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:27:53 -0800
COMEDY legend Paul Merton brings a night of hilarity and improvisation to the Grand Theatre, Swansea, on Monday, June 1, with his world renowned Impro Chums. Paul and his Impro Chums - Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki ...
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:43:21 -0800
Paul Merton to Launch UK Tour on April 24 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 ...
Isle of Man Today
Isle of Man Today
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 23:05:04 -0800
Paul Merton and his 'Impro Chums', Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster, will take to the stage at the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas on May 26. They will take suggestions from the audience and, according to his publicist, 'spin them ...
The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:59:51 -0800
Paul and those chums – Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster – take suggestions from the audience with the intention of spinning them into comedy gold, weaving fun and laughter together into a richly hilarious mesh of jollity.
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 ...
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:41:19 -0800
Paul, along with Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster, will take audience suggestions and (hopefully) create cascades of tumbling laughter. And because it's improv every show is a new and uncertain adventure. If some of Paul's ...
Fri, 29 Sep 2006 23:26:31 -0700
Improviser Richard Vranch is a Comedy Store Player, one of Paul Merton's Impro Chums, a Steve Frost Impro Allstar and co-founder of The YarnBards, improvised storytelling troupe. In 2004, he celebrated 25 years at the Edinburgh Fringe; first performing ...
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:41:15 -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.
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