All of us at Mirth Control send our love to Gareth Richard's family at this very sad time. We would like to give them some privacy and would ask that everyone else does the same where possible, at such a difficult moment x
‘It is with great sadness that I have to share that Gareth passed away on Friday 7th April (Good Friday) at 6:30pm. He was in a terrible car accident on Monday 27th March at 11:30pm and sustained serious brain injuries. It was a miracle that he arrived at the hospital alive. Since then, the doctors and nurses have been incredible and have kept him in a stable and sedated condition.
However, the latest scan revealed that the extent of the damage was so severe that they would have to remove all of the supportive medications and allow him to be at peace. There will be details of the funeral and other ways to remember Gareth to follow, as I know that he was well loved. At the moment the grief is a lot to cope with. Thank you all for your support and kindness.’
In October 2004 Gareth Richards did his first ever gig aboard the Wibbly Wobbly boat, a notorious venue compered by alternative comedy veteran Malcolm Hardy.
After his set Malcolm shook his hand and said....was that really your first gig?
Yes said Gareth.
Yeah, I thought it was....
Gareth Richards' hilarious stand-up and "gorgeously low-key comedy songs" (The Guardian) made him a favourite on the comedy circuit. He was a finalist in the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2007 competition, and was runner-up in the Amused Moose Laugh-Off 2007. In 2010 he took his first solo stand up show, "Stand Up Between Songs" to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was nominated for the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer award.
On Television Gareth appeared on Russell Howard's Good News (BBC3), Live at the Electric (BBC3) and the children's TV panel show The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC). He performed Live on BBC Radio 1, and recorded stand up sets for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2.
Gareth co-hosted Frank Skinner's Sony award-winning Absolute Radio show for two years and supported Frank on his 2014 and 2020 tours.
A delightful hour of comedy......The Guardian
A quietly clever craftsman with a big future......Bruce Dessau; The Evening Standard
An effortlessly assured act... exceptionally inspired and truly memorable......Steve Bennett - Chortle
We laughed until we couldn't catch our breath......Grazia.