Richard was a grand finalist in the UK Musical Comedy Awards in 2020, which finds the best musical comedians each year from hundreds of participants. Richard had a big impact during the heats of the competition and was put straight to the final. Richard was unable to perform due to COVID implications, but he was tipped by judges as a favourite to win.
Richard’s comedy is an onslaught of foolishness including flutes, jokes, flutes, flutes, jokes, other obscure woodwind instruments, clowning, flutes, and jokes. And then sometimes for good measure he throws in more jokes. It’s very silly indeed and the audience often become willing contributors to the silliness.
Richard’s style is charming and inoffensive, not for any moral reason, but because he is worried that one day his Mum will sneak into the audience without him knowing. And if his Mum heard him say a naughty word she’d almost definitely demand he paid her back for all the hundreds of hours of childhood flute lessons.
Richard grew up in small seaside town in New Zealand and gained early notoriety by becoming the coolest boy in his school ever to get into the flute band. Later he found out that it was actually because the school only had a single flute, so in dismay he left to find his fame elsewhere.
His first move was to Sydney, where he accidentally took place in a comedy show by finding himself on stage after taking a wrong turn when trying to find the toilets. Armed with just a $10 recorder and zero jokes, his first performance wasn’t conventionally funny but he sure did get laughed at. Some might ask why he was taking a recorder to the toilet but that’s another story.
Richard then travelled throughout the UK and Europe, performing in comedy clubs, comedy festivals, and in front of his mirror. Although he became an audience favourite at the clubs and festivals, the mirror was not a fan.
So if you have never experienced flute comedy before (and chances are that unless you’ve seen Richard already that you have not) then it is time you came to see the joyousness of Richard’s comedy in action. And Richard will give you extra bonus cool person points if you bring your flute along with you.
Comedy Promoters and Media Reviews
⭐️ "Richard entered the 2020 WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards as one of the top 40 entries and stormed his way through the heats straight to the final at his first attempt. The competition celebrates the best emerging musical comics based in the UK and is always hugely competitive with a very high standard of acts. Before the pandemic hit, Richard was set to perform at the final in the gorgeous 535 seater Bloomsbury Theatre in central London, where he was one of the favourites to win the competition.
⭐️ His unique and highly original brand of flute and recorder based musical comedy made him a hit with both judges and audiences alike and we are certain that his success will continue in New Zealand and Australia. For all bookers and promoters looking for a hilarious and unforgettable act for your shows, we highly recommend that you book Richard. You won't regret it." Ed Chappel - Organiser of the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards, UK
⭐️ "Richard is a comedy wunderkind!" Tim Ferguson, Doug Anthony All Stars, and Writer/Director of "Spin out"
⭐️ “Consistently engaging and hilarious, Richard is always popular with our audiences.” Sean Morahan, A Laugh And A Half, Sydney
⭐️ "I have booked Richard twice for my night in Swindon (Chappers Comedy) and both times he has blown our audience away with his unique comedic style. What is so appealing about Richard's act is that it is so inclusive and resonates with everybody. Laughs come thick and fast in what is always one of the most entreating sets of the night. Highly recommend." Chappers Comedy
⭐️ "Richard Lindesay is a master of the of art of one-liners. He brings both content and delivery that can easily go toe-to-toe with the heavy punchers in the game. And on top of that, his flute playing antics will leave you holding your jaw, and grabbing at your gut." Tickles & Tarts
⭐️ "'Richard has wonderfully unique and charming humour, brilliantly composed material, and an appreciation for flutes that I’ve never seen before. A top act." Heckle and Squelch
⭐️ "Richard absolutely smashed at Ffandangos. He had the audience hanging on every word / Note. I thoroughly recommend booking him." Steffan Evans, Comedy Promoter
⭐️ "Richard mixes surrealism, a truly inventive use of the flute, brilliant one-liners, and perfect timing to produce comedy gold that you do not want to miss!" What the Fork
⭐️ "Richard is consistently funny. Wonderful one liners delivered impeccably! The audience loved him!" Chapter 12 Comedy
⭐️ "His exquisitely crafted wordplay is delivered with a style that sets him above other one-liners - my audience loved him!" Wimborne Comedy
⭐️ "Richard is a rapid one-liner with perfect timing, a must for any lineup" LMAO Comedy
⭐️ "Richard has headlined for me before and did a fantastic job - very engaging, a great variety of jokes and hilarious. Highly recommend him!" Connor Armistead
⭐️ "His exquisitely crafted wordplay is delivered with a style that sets him above other one-liners - my audience loved him!" Richard Jay, Wimborne Comedy
⭐️ "Lindesay is a one liner machine. Trying to recall memorable lines is impossible, they’re all that good" Tim George 'Theatrescene'
⭐️ "A barrage of great gags, displaying a high level of wit and wordplay" Oliver Smith ‘Speakeasy’
⭐️ "Richard Lindsey will charm your socks off with his dry, brilliant one liners. A very funny man." Tim Powell, Comedy Mash Folkestone.
⭐️ "A rare combination of uniqueness and broad comedy appeal" Iron Mic Comedy Clubs
⭐️ "Who couldn’t love his left of centre one-liner style especially with his sweet New Zealand accent.” Craig Annis - Star 104.5 FM
⭐️ 'He's surely heading for big things' Vienna Chuckles
⭐️ "I’ve gigged with Richard Lindesay and he’s been booked to play at the gigs I put on and one thing is certain, the guy is funny!" Mark Palmer, Comedy Promoter
⭐️ "I have booked Richard several times for various shows, which is testament to how highly I rate his comedy. He has a wonderfully unique charming humour. Brilliantly composed material and he has an appreciate for flutes that I’ve never seen before. “I mean literally never”. A top act. " James Robinson
⭐️ "Richard uses perfect timing, a great command of the crowd, fantastic surrealism and some excellent flute stills to leave the audience in stitches. He really appealed to my sense of humour and instantly became one of my favourite comedians. Go see him!!" Andrew Foster
⭐️ "He made me laugh!!! The only thing that matters!" Gilly Webb
⭐️ "Richard won’t below his own trumpet - primarily because he’s a flute player but genuinely one of the funniest comedians I know. I love his skill at word play and pointing out comedy in every day life. Top comedian top bloke." Rich Waterman
⭐️ "A very fine and funny gentleman! I saw him once and absolutely enjoyed his comedy." Jucie Machackova
⭐️ "The flute dude was awesome!" Christie
⭐️ "The flute was hilarious!" Monique
⭐️ "I’ve never looked at a flute so sexually before. A Good Laugh." Brianna
⭐️ "Richard’s recorder touched me in a special way!" Di
⭐️ "Loved the flute!" Sharon
⭐️ "Richard Lindesay provided witty one-liners, cracking jokes and comical stories. And let's not forget his awesome rendition on the flute too. Definitely added spark to this years Xmas party." Laura Mercurio, Global Front Room
⭐️ "Richard's icebreaker comedy set was spot on!" Andrew Dingley, CTO, Westpac Bank