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Written by Nathan Wilkins   
Friday, 05 February 2010 18:08

RICHARD BLACKWOOD

 

Stand-up comic, Broadcaster, Actor, Presenter, Inspirational Leader

 

Richard Blackwood first set his sights on entertaining at the tender age of

eight after watching comic, Richard Pryor live in concert on BBC 2.

 

At the age of 20, Richard graduated from university with a BA honours in

Business Studies, but instead of donning a suit and commencing the 9-5

routine, he decided to pursue his dream in the world of entertainment.

 

In 1993 Richard performed his first stand up show at The Spot in Covent

Garden and for the first time he realised what all his friends had been

telling him for years ñ he was a natural. Richard was an instant hit at the

intimate venue, but his popularity took a sudden rise when he began

touring across Britain with fellow comedian, Geoff Schumann.

 

A break in television was inevitable for this rising star, and brief

appearances on the 90s hit shows, The Real McCoy and Blouse and Skirt

not only added yet another dimension to his growing list of talents, but

also cemented his presence on the screen. For it was here that he was

spotted on by music channel, MTV.

 

In 1996 Richard joined forces with presenter, June Sarpong to front MTVís

prime-time music request show, MTV Select. Every Saturday afternoon the

duo entertained young London from the Leicester Square studio, but after

a four-year run the show reached a natural end. However, Richardís

television career was far from over.

 

In 1999, Richard secured his own weekly show on Channel 4. The Richard

Blackwood Show was a culmination of comedic improvisation, celebrity

interviews and music ñ Richard often showcasing his emerging lyrical

talent to close the show.

 

In 2000, Richard embarked on a musical career and released his debut

album, Youíll Love To Hate This. Mama (Who Da Man), a cover of his

uncle Junior Giscombeís 80s hit Mama Used To Say, was the first single to

be released from the album and reached an astonishing number 3 in the

UK charts. His tongue-in-cheek approach to the hip-hop exposed him to

an array of new fans searching for light relief in a genre usually associated

 

 

with gang culture and had critics dubbing him, ësouth Londonís answer to

Will Smithí

 

In 2004, Richard joined Choice FM ñ the UKís number one radio station for

hip-hop and R&B ñ to become one of the stationís biggest brand names.

Together with fellow broadcaster, Kat B, the duo culminated a huge

following resulting in the most-listened to show on the stationís weekend

schedule.

 

In 2007 Richard became the sole voice of RBís Sunday School, a brand-

new show on Choice FM, which continues to broadcast every Sunday

between 1pm-4pm. The show currently holds the number one position on

Sundayís schedule with Richardís comedic nature and his no-nonsense

approach to community issues proving to be ever popular amongst his

audience. So popular in fact that the station launched a series of monthly

seminars to empower, inspire and motivate young people based on this

model.

 

RB Real Talk was launched in May 2008 at the Porchester Halls, Bayswater,

in a bid to highlight community issues and give a platform for solutions.

Richard hosted each of the popular seminars with a panel of invited guest

speakers.

 

In the same year, Richard received rave reviews for his starring role in the

Agatha Christie play, The Unexpected Guest. It was the first time critics

had seen him in such a role and as a result, had them touting him as one

to watch on the stage.

 

Richard then went onto play co-lead alongside Mark Monero in the 2008

play, Angel House, written by acclaimed author, Roy Williams (Fallout/Joe

Guy).

 

Earlier this year Richard appeared on ITV1ís Ant and Decís Saturday Night

Takeaway in the shows most popular and physically demanding feature,

Takeaway Prison. When the show aired, viewing figures exceeded 7

million.

 

Last month Richard joined an all-star cast for the West End production of

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Tennessee Williamsí Pulitzer Prize-winning classic,

which enjoyed a sell-out run on Broadway, also stars Sanaa Lathan (Love

& Basketball), Adrian Lester (Hustle), Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show)

and James Earl Jones (The Lion King) and has been adapted by

celebrated choreographer and actress, Debbie Allen (Fame.) The

 

 

production has received rave reviews since opening, with renowned

theatre critics at The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent and The

Daily Express awarding the show an impressive 4 stars.

 

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof will run until April 2010 at the Novello Theatre.

 

RICHARD BLACKWOOD

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 May 2010 08:30