Jon Richardson is on the road – and waiting to tickle you funny bones.

The 8 Out of 10 Cats team captain kicked off a huge tour, Funny Magnet, in spring performing his latest material, writes Nick Hitchens.

Speaking before the hectic schedule began, the comic was in high spirits.

He says: “Live comedy is such a rush. That’s why I’m not a writer or an actor or a painter.

“There is simply nothing like the urgency of having 500 people look at you and expect you to be funny. I love writing, but it’s a totally different experience. You know that on a 60-date tour, every single night will be different.”

The comic, who last year wrote a best-selling book entitled It’s Not Me, It’s You! is also known for regular appearances on panel shows such as Have I Got News For You, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Much of his new show is devoted to a contemplation of growing older.

Richardson says: “The core element of every show is about trying to be happy. This year I’m turning 30. It doesn’t mean a great deal to me.

“I’ve always felt a lot older than I am, and I’ve grown more comfortable with myself as I’ve got older.”

Richardson’s comedy is distinguished by its honesty.

He says: “If you’re discussing something on stage, you have to mean it. You can’t spend your life deliberately ordering the wrong things in restaurants just so you can get a routine out of it.”

Jon Richardson; Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon; September 7, 8pm; £17.50; call 020 8688 9291, visit