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Richard Allen – comic poet, poetic comic

"inspired comic narrative...comedy which weaved around the audience's
defences and delivered the killer punch" – The Independent

"The thinking man's comedian" – The List

Richard Allen was born in Liverpool, in 1964.  He did not write the "Skinhead" books, and has never played drums for Def Leppard.  He is, however, a comic poet of true genius – think John Hegley meets John Cooper Clarke, gets drunk with Spike Milligan, and vomits through T. S. Eliot's letterbox – as well as an accomplished jokesmith.

Having moved to London in 1987 Richard spent most of the 1990s honing his twin crafts of comic poetry and stand-up comedy through constant gigging at all the UK's top venues including the Comedy Store, Jongleurs, and Up the Creek, as well as promoting and compering his own West End comedy club.  He won the Nuyorican Poets' slam - the first ever in the UK - at the ICA in 1994, and has become a firm favourite at festivals of all descriptions.

He moved to Scotland in 1998 where he continued gigging as well as setting up, promoting and compering comedy clubs in Stirling, Dunfermline and Falkirk, and playing in an electro hip hop punk band.

Richard returned to London in 2005 and, having taken a break from the comedy circuit for a while, he is now back, recharged and ready to wreak further havoc on the laughter glands of audiences everywhere with his unique brand of preposterously propulsive music hall hip hop.

Festival performances include:
Forest Fayre, Forest of Dean, 1994
Carnival Against the Nazis, Brockwell Park, Brixton, 1994
Glastonbury Theatre Stage 1994, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2008 (also Jazz Stage 1997)
Deptford Urban Free Festival, co-promoter and compere 1994 and 1995
Phoenix Festival, 1995
Punchline Poets, Edinburgh Fringe, 1996
Megadog Eclipse Festival 1997 and 1999
Apples and Snakes show, Edinburgh Fringe, 1998
Endorse It In Dorset, 2008
Beautiful Days, 2010

Upcoming:
Glastonbury Blazing Saddles Stage, 2011
Endorse it in Dorset, 2011
Beautiful Days, 2011