Garry Richardson has been a broadcaster for the BBC for over 35 years. He is best known as the sports presenter on Radio Four’s prestigious “Today” programme over a million people wake up to Garry as he interviews whoever is making the back page headlines.
He also fronts the Sony award winning ‘Sportsweek’ on 5 Live and the radio comedy show ‘Look Away Now’, a fast moving mix of sporting sketches, news and impressions. Garry has also reported from four Olympic Games and over 100 world title fights. He is a regular contributor to BBC TV sport.
Garry Richardson has interviewed a galaxy of stars. In tennis alone, he has recorded features with Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Venus Williams. It was Garry who interviewed Bill Clinton on live television, with no time to prepare, when rain once again stopped play at Wimbledon. He then had less luck the following year with Anna Kournikova.
A hugely entertaining speaker, whether or not the audience has an interest in sport, Garry Richardson weaves topical gags with behind the scenes stories. Like what happened when Seb Coe arrived late for an important match at Chelsea Football Club. He has also toured theatres with the late George Best and Rodney Marsh, and regularly conducts live on stage interviews with sporting legends.
Garry’s big love is performing on the after dinner circuit and 2012 marked his 26th year, as one of the UK’s funniest guest speakers. His speech is a rich mix of stories and anecdotes, about his life in broadcasting. Including his incredible interview with President Clinton in Wimbledon’s Royal Box. In front of 18,000 tennis fans sitting under umbrellas and 10,000,000 viewers on BBC1.
Garry Richardson has proved to be a huge success at corporate dinners – his mixture of anecdotes, coupled with his attention to detail and his ability to deliver a well crafted and humorous speech, have made him a very popular choice.
Over the years Garry has performed to a wide range of clients on the after dinner circuit, and he believes that his popularity as a speaker is down to his routine. As he says “All audiences will contain sports fans, but even if you are not a sports fan, my stories are so general it doesn’t matter.” This point is underlined by an appearance for the National School Bursars Association, where 80% of the audience (of 250) were women. The group were so happy with Garry’s speech, they booked him for their national event.
He has entertained many corporate clients including:
- The Automobile Association
- British Airways
- The Society of Chartered Accountants
- The Heating & Ventilating Association
- Savills Estate Agents
- The Freight Transport Association
- British Precast Concrete Federation.
…and many more.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of Garry Richardson
British Beer & Pub Association
He did an outstanding job and kept the audience engaged and amused throughout. Very professional and a joy to work with. I would highly recommend him and will most certainly be booking him again for future events.
The Home Builders Federation
Garry proved an excellent choice as a speaker for our dinner. His speech was entertaining and funny and he went out of his way to ensure he did all he could to make the evening a success from the moment he arrived.
Our decision to engage Garry for our Regional AGM and Raceday proved to be a good one. Garry is a consummate professional and asked detailed questions about our organisation and guest make up before the event. He was obliging when I asked if he might run a short auction at the end of his talk and kindly offered to donate an experience visit to boost our charity appeal for Teenage Cancer Trust, which added substantially to our collection. Garry amused and held our audience with a seamless flow of anecdotes gathered over his 42 years with the BBC. Finally he was happy to linger and chat with guests that wanted to say hello. Many thanks Garry it was a pleasure engaging you.