Jon Richardson & The Futurenauts

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Humanity stands at a crossroads. The mighty forces of progress have lifted billions out of poverty. Energy has lit and warmed (or cooled) our homes and powered us overland, sea and into the air. We grow enough food to feed 10 billion people. And for the first time ever in history the internet is poised to connect every single person on the planet. Together. As one. What could possibly go wrong? 

If only it were that simple. Unfortunately there is also a lot to be very worried about. Our engine of progress is out of control. We’re destroying beautiful wild and natural habitat at a rate of knots. Humankind has kick-started the sixth mass extinction of biodiversity. Burning billions of years of fossilised sunshine as coal, oil and gas is overheating the planet. Industrial agriculture is destroying our soils, with less than a hundred harvests left. Nationalism, populism and factionalism bubble up from a toxic online culture swimming in ‘fake news’. Has it all gone irrecoverably wrong?

Comedian Jon Richardson – the ‘Ultimate Worrier’ – is going to try and find out.

Jon doesn’t sleep much at night. The questions he is asking himself in the small, dark hours see to that. Are we going to run out of food? Is it already too late to stop climate change? Should I start learning Mandarin? Are killer death robots from the future already among us? Will my kids grow up to see a real tiger or giraffe? Could Trump become ‘President for Life?’ Why hasn’t anyone yet made an intelligent hairbrush? Oh they have? As you were…

Playing on his own paranoia Jon will discuss his fears with guarded optimists Ed Gillespie and Mark Stevenson aka ‘The Futurenauts’. Authors, futurists and provocateurs, to ease Jon’s angst Ed and Mark take him on adventures through the futures we need that already exist today.

Listen below, or catch up with all episodes on Apple Podcasts here.

Lockdown Parenting Hell

Parenting… just not as you know it…

Jon joins Josh and Rob in the studio this to discuss the highs and lows of parenting (and life) during the lockdown.

Listen below, on Apple Podcasts here.

Gossipmongers

Jon stops by the Gossipmongers podcast, where David Earl, Joe Wilkinson and Poppy Hillstead read out unsubstantiated rumours sent in by listeners. At the end of each episode they choose their favourite piece of gossip and help spread it further by getting Poppy to shout it out the window.

Listen below, or get it on Apple Podcasts here.

Meet The Richardsons

Stand-up comedians Richardson and Beaumont play exaggerated versions of themselves as viewers get a glimpse into their home and work lives, surrounded by their celebrity friends and their Hebden Bridge neighbours.

Meet the Richardsons shows what their neighbours really think of them, the type of birthday party they should have for their daughter Elsie, caravan holidays, and Jon’s constant refusal to do or go to anything, much to Lucy’s annoyance (that part isn’t scripted).

You can find more information and catch up on the show here.

The Knitwit

Will the recycling be put out on the right day? Who is going to smooth over the top of the margarine? How many lights are on upstairs when everybody is downstairs? Watch Jon Richardson pretend that these aren’t his foremost concerns as he leaves home on his first tour since the last one.

Jon Richardson is one of the UK’s finest live comedians, and he is back this autumn with an all new stand-up tour – The Knitwit. Be sure to catch him as he performs at some of the country’s top live venues, beginning at Chester Storyhouse on Tuesday 8th September, and ending at Warwick Arts Centre on Friday 11th December. 

Jon has risen to the top of the comedy rankings with his brilliantly sophisticated, fastidious humour. His last tour, the critically acclaimed Old Man, saw him tour the UK for eighteen months between 2017 and 2018, and release his third best-selling comedy DVD. Jon has released two further DVDs of his earlier sell-out tours: Funny Magnet in 2012, and Nidiot in 2014. 

As one of the most in demand comedy acts on TV, Jon is best known as team captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Cats Countdown as well as host of two series of Dave’s Ultimate Worrier. His other recent TV appearances include occasional host of The One Show, Would I Lie To You, Have I Got News For You, Insert Name Here, Hypothetical, Taskmaster, 2019’s The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, Jon Richardson’s Guide To The End Of The World, plus the upcoming Channel 4 series Kevin McCloud’s Rough Guide To The Future.

Full details of dates and venues can be found here.

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Sean Lock and Harry Hill take on Jon Richardson and Rose Matafeo in the first episode of a new series. Alex Horne and the Horne Section join Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner. Jimmy Carr hosts. Rachel Riley takes care of the numbers.

The show is coming back for a nineteenth series with six episodes on their way.

You can catch up with all episodes on All 4 here.

Ultimate Worrier

Jon has his own show which allows him to do what he does best: worry. A self-confessed obsessive worrier and organiser, Ultimate Worrier sees Jon attempt to analyse, assess and log every single one of his many, many worries.

You can catch up with all episodes on Dave here.