Jon Joel Richardson (born 26th September 1982) is a Lancaster-born, Swindon-based British comedian who attended Lancaster Royal Grammar School. He co-hosted a Sunday morning radio show on BBC 6 Music with fellow comedian and friend Russell Howard, and continued to present the show himself after Howard left, until 7 March 2010. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2007 if.comedy awards for his first full-length solo show 'Spatula Pad' which he performed at the Pleasance Courtyard. He won the award for Best Breakthrough Act at the 2008 Chortle Awards, and was nominated for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2009 for 'This Guy At Night'.
Richardson started out in comedy after dropping out of Hispanic Studies at Bristol University. After a year working as a chef, he realised that he wanted to do stand-up, and entered and won his heat of the BBC New Talent Comedy Search in May 2003.
He reached the semi-finals of the Laughing Horse New Act of The Year competition in 2004. Quickly developing throughout 2004, he was one of six acts to reach the final of the J20 Last Laugh Comedy Search. Having impressed a sell-out crowd in Bristol he marked the end of his first year in comedy with a performance at the Criterion Theatre in London's West End. Judges Jasper Carrott and Dave Spikey were both "extremely impressed" with Richardson's performance.
In 2006 he appeared on the Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Festival, completed a 60-date UK and Irish tour with Alan Carr and made an appearance on Paramount's The Comedy Store. In 2007 "Spatula Pad", Richardson's first solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, earned him a Best Newcomer nomination for the if.comedy Awards (formerly the Perrier, now known as the Edinburgh Comedy Awards). In 2008 he was a winner at the 2008 Chortle Awards as Best Breakthrough Act, and he performed his second solo show, called "Dogmatic", at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and later took this show up and down the country in his first solo tour. In early 2009, Richardson's show "This Guy at Night" was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards main prize. That year, he appeared on the BBC music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. He also appeared on Have I Got News For You in December 2009 and October 2010. He was a guest on David Mitchell's The Bubble. On March 21, 2010 he presented a thirty-minute long BBC Three programme about compulsions and weird habits, entitled 'Different Like Me'. Richardson made his debut appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live show Fighting Talk in February 2010. He has been appointed curator of The Museum of Curiosity for its third series. He also appeared as a team captain, in a series hosted by Simon Mayo in 2008 called Act Your Age on BBC radio 4; he appeared in every episode. He now works regularly at Brighton Komedia, Just The Tonic Nottingham, The Glee Club and Bristol's Comedy Box and Jesters. He has performed at festivals in Leeds, Guildford and Bristol and has headlined university gigs for Off The Kerb and Avalon. Abroad he has compered in the French Alps, headlined in Barcelona and performed a one-man show in Greece. In May 2011, it was announced that Richardson would take over from Jason Manford as captain of Channel 4 panel show, 8 out of 10 Cats for the programmes 11th series. He was said to be 'delighted' to be given the chance to work with Jimmy Carr and Sean Lock on the show. Filming for the series begins in June.