Writing and performing comedy for nearly a decade, Josh has shared the stage with the likes of Rove McManus and Wil Anderson across the globe; from the Perth International Comedy Festival to Los Angeles, 4 consecutive years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and 3 consecutive years at Australia’s National Science Week. With five different solo shows that include everything from space exploration to the science of Doomsday to a psychopathic ukulele-playing koala; he uses comedy to entertain, engage and educate audiences everywhere to critic acclaim.
Cosmic Nomad (2016)
Comedian, astronaut candidate and general troublemaker Josh Richards knows his days on Earth are numbered: short-listed from over 200,000 applicants for the first human mission to Mars in 2026, and launching without any hope of ever returning, it’s increasingly likely he’ll die on the red planet. So if YOU were leaving the planet in 10 years time, what would you do before you left?
Performed at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016, Cosmic Nomad Australian Tour 2016 (Including World Science Festival Brisbane, Melbourne, Launceston, Ulverstone, Hobart, and Perth), Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2016, International Space University SSP16 (Haifa, Israel), and World Space Week 2016 (Cork, Ireland).
“Richards is a natural raconteur” “intensely entertaining and a geek’s dream” – Broadway World
“Josh’s style is casual larrikin with hints of nerd” – The Plus Ones
“genuine insight and some inspired gags.” – The Clothesline
“Richards is a charming bad boy, an adrenalin junkie with a Russell Brand-style delivery” – City Beat
Becoming Martian (2014)
Join Australian physicist, comedian & astronaut candidate Josh Richards on an humorous and informative journey to the red planet, blending science, engineering and ethics with comedy as he shares at how colonising Mars will change humans in body, mind and soul.
Performed at National Science Week 2014 (Perth), and CultureTECH Festival 2014 (Londonderry, UK).
Mars Needs Guitars! (2013)
Comedian, physicist and former soldier Josh Richards is determined to become the first man on Mars, but he needs a team of three equally determined souls to come with him… and ROCK! With his distinctively warped comedic style, Josh invites you to join him on the greatest adventure of all time – the human colonisation of Mars – in a show that blends science, comedy and rock music with a dash of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. Want to take a ride?
Performed at National Science Week 2013 (Including Melbourne & Perth)
Keith Looks Back In Anger (2012)
After years as one of the Australian Army’s finest combat koalas, Keith didn’t adjust to civilian life easily. Between finding a new job, moving to the UK, and dealing with the daily prejudice of being a man-sized talking koala, the pressure of life outside the military started to become too much. Join Keith the Anger Management Koala on this open and honest story about a misunderstood marsupial, who after years of unchecked aggression learnt that when you hurt others, you’re really only hurting yourself… And others.
Performed at Artournament UK 2012 (Gloucester, UK), US West Coast Tour 2012, and Edinburgh Fringe 2012
“reminiscent of a young, skinny Jack Black” “hilarious and terrifying” 5 Stars – Cream of the Fringe UK
Video: Keith The Anger Management Koala – Mars One Application [Clip]
Apocalypse Meow (2011)
Josh Richards takes on judgement day in “Apocalypse Meow” – a solo show about life, love and extinction level events. Expect Mayans, possessed ex-girlfriends, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and possibly the creepiest baboon puppet to ever appear on stage. Doomsday shouldn’t be this much fun.
Performed at Edinburgh Fringe 2011, UK Tour 2012 (Including Stroud, Gloucester and London), and Perth International Comedy Festival 2012.
Video: PICF2012 performance of “Apocalypse Meow” [Full Show]