adam riches

Opinion: Why I Hate (Being Part Of) Audience Participation

Adam Riches brings his acclaimed Edinburgh show, Inane Chicanery, to the Soho Theatre this week. Riches is famous, among other things, for getting members of his audience up onstage to play an integral part in his sketches feeding him fruit juice or taking part in an impromptu hair-cutting session. It can be seat-of-your-pants stuff in numerous senses. You never know quite how far he will push things and for many, including me, you can never quite unclench your buttocks during his set for fear that you are about to be selected. 


Edinburgh Fringe Review: The Inane Chicanery of a Certain Adam GC Riches, Pleasance Dome

The thing about plucking someone from the audience to take part in your heavily immersive sketch is that you have to pick the right person. On the night I was in Adam Riches, who is usually spot-on with his choices, kicked off by pulling out the most awkward man in the room. I could see him flinch a few times when Riches got close and then after Riches tried to say they were friends he answered with a brusque “I’m not your friend. Fuck Off.” At least his victim sat down and didn’t leave the gig or punch the award-winning star.  


News: Adam Riches To Appear In West End Play

The 2011 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Adam Riches is to appear in a new West End play alongside veteran actor Peter Bowles. Stop!...the Play by David Spicer will open at Trafalgar Studio 2 for a 4-week season from Tuesday 2 June - Saturday 27 June. in which the worst night in the theatre becomes the most hilarious play in town.



Opinion: Comedy Goes Back In Time For Titters

Full-length comedy shows used to be the showbiz equivalent of the May fly. They did their runs in Edinburgh, London and then on tour, and then they were gone forever. The comedians moved on to their next project.

Review: Adam Riches, Soho Theatre

Editor's note: this is a review of Riches' performance at the Edinburgh Festival in August. He is doing the same show at the Soho Theatre until January 3. Tickets and dates here.

Preview: The Comedy Week Ahead – Dec 8 - Dec 14

There's always room for weird gigs in comedy and there are some partiuclarly werid ones this week. Tonight Karl Schultz and Joz Norris present their Over The Top Xmas Love-In at the Bloomsbury Theatre. While some of the alternative acts billed are simply great – Bridget Christie, Josie Long, Sara Pascoe, Tim Key, Liam Williams – this is also a line-up that boasts some of the oddest acts around.

Review: Adam Riches, James Acaster, Daniel Simonsen, The Invisible Dot

I was told to get in the trenches and cut back on the comedy godzillas by a reader recently so I made a trip to the the Invisible Dot's new regular Saturday Night Show last night. I'm not sure if this really counts as the trenches though. It's a swish, industrial room a spit from King's Cross station which attracts the coolest of comedy crowds (think Hacienda Club just before acid house kicked in but cosier) thanks to ID's skilful booking policy.

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