Richard Herring Newsletter
June 2015
The Moon in June stays mainly in the spoon
  Hello, it's nearly June. How in the name of heck did that happen? My life is a swirl of nappies and baby sick and a tiny chuckling idiot. It's pretty sweet. Or maybe this is just hysteria induced by lack of sleep. I don't know. Phoebe is gurgling and smiling beside me. She is a flipping idiot.
Lord of the Dance Settee Tour
Only seven more chances to see this show live. Thanks to those of you who have come to see it so far, it's really been one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling tours that I've done. And I've made enough money to pay off my Edinburgh debt and have some left over. I don't know how I survived in the competitive market place, but I genuinely want to thank you for your loyalty. I will do my best to keep delivering the goods.
Here are the gigs coming up in
30th June Hedben Bridge
Happy, Now?
My new show is going to be called Happy Now? and will premiere at the Leicester Square Theatre on the 12th September (tickets already selling well), though there will be some previews before that and another nationwide tour (mainly in 2016). I am doing the photo shoot at the beginning of June so should have a poster image for you in the next newsletter.
Here's all I have written for it so far:
Richard Herring – Happy Now?
After years of drifting aimlessly and alone, Richard Herring is now settled down with a wife and a tiny baby. Is he finally happy now? Or does responsibility for the lives of others come with its own terrors?  In his twelfth solo stand up show, Richard examines whether we are can ever hope to be or are meant to be truly content. If we were never unhappy would happiness have any meaning? Why do our brains force us to envision the worst possible outcomes even on a day when everything seems fine. How likely is it that Richard’s baby will be skewered by a stalactite of frozen urine falling from a plane and is it really worth him wasting his time thinking about it? Does being happy mean a comedian loses his edge and true belly laughs only come from depression? How much pressure was there on Happy the dwarf to live up to his name? Is there any system that will guarantee us eternal bliss or should we just embrace the fact that life is a vale of tears and our only option is to laugh in its face?
Happy Now Charity Tour Programme
As usual I will be producing a free tour programme, with donations going to SCOPE. If you want to get your name in the programme then donate £15 or more (the more you donate the bigger your name will appear) on my justgiving page. Then email me your address to and when they're ready you will be sent your own signed, limited edition programme in the post. I haven't got a closing date on this yet.
If you want to advertise your business or website or whatever in the programme there are reasonable rates for quarter, half and full page ads. Email me to discuss. All the money raised will go to Scope.
Thanks very much to everyone who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign. We hit our target (though Chris Evans, not that one, forgot about VAT so we'll have to find a couple of grand more from somewhere) so all 18 shows will appear on youtube, vimeo and iTunes on video for free (as well as audio on iTunes and the British Comedy Guide)
We've got some amazing guests lined up with more to come (and some very exciting names in the frame). Some of these are sold out, but the Leicester Square Theatre has a reserve list, so get in touch with them. Book your tickets here.
June 1st Bob Mortimer and Lou Sanders
June 8th Emma Kennedy and TBA
15th June Louis Theroux and Robert Webb
22nd June Johnny Vegas and Roisin Conaty
29th June Robin Ince and Mark Watson
6th July  TBA and TBA
13th July Bridget Christie and TBA
20th June TBA and TBA
27th June Limmy and TBA
Remember monthly subscribers will be the first to find out the big name guests via their own secret newsletter, but if the names I've got come off then you will want to book for those last three. Keep your eye on my Twitter feed and the LST website for details.
And we got a few episode sponsors via the kickstarter, but if you'd be interested in promoting your website or small business to up to 150,000 listeners and/or over 30,000 viewers (and don't mind me slightly taking the p*ss) then get in touch via and we can discuss rates.

The King of Edinburgh Fringe
I am doing all 11 of my solo shows, plus Happy Now? over six weekends in August and September. You can get tickets to individual shows, but you get discounts if you buy for three or more, or six or more and to see all 12 is only £100 plus you get a one-off hand-drawn and signed T-shirt that I will have created for you.
I will be previewing some of this stuff throughout June and July - keep your eye on my gig guide.
Other June gigs
17th June - trying out new material at Dirty Dicks
18th June Greenwich (this one was meant to be in Wycombe but it got moved)
25th June  South Bank - Best of show part 1, (part 2 on July 2nd with all different material)
28th June   Tring - Pub crawl gig.
Punk's Not Dead
An amateur group are putting on a production of Punk's Not Dead at the Court Theatre in Tring from 25th to 27th June. I will be doing a Q and A after the play on the 27th. Info and tickets here.
Here's all the lowdown on the podcasts and also all the highup:
We're putting up retro RHLSTP videos on my Youtube channel, but they're also available on vimeo and iTunes
There is a semi-regular, Lord of the Dance Settee podcast giving an insight into life on tour and how I put the show together at the British Comedy Guide and iTunes.
I am recording Warming Up when I can. It's on Soundcloud and iTunes.
And I am getting in the occasional frame of self-playing snooker in Me1 Vs Me2 Snooker.
You can buy longer versions of all six episodes of Meaning of Life on video and/or audio at gofasterstripe. Or watch the 45 minute free versions on Youtube or iTunes.
Other attempts to make money to create brand new internet content and hopefully a new monthly series of AIOTM in 2016 include:
My ebay page - weekly additions of old scripts, Lee and Herring memorabilia and poorly drawn T-shirts and signed snooker balls. All the money goes to future internet projects.
Monthly subscriptions - Pay a pound (or more) a month (or make a one-off donation) in return for a badge, entry into a monthly prize draw, access to a secret channel of exclusive extras (like additional backstage interviews at RHLSTP) and a badge.
I am on a couple of episodes of Best Behaviour on Radio 4. I turned on the radio last night and heard a familiar voice that I couldn't quite place. Then I realised that it was me. You can listen again to them. Here's this week's
I have been commissioned to write a new sitcom pilot for Channel 4, with an idea that combines my love of Goodnight Sweetheart with my hatred of Sliding Doors and takes it all to a whole new level. I also wrote an episode of the new series of Man Down, although the script was mainly stuff for Rik Mayall to do, so I don't think much, if any of it, has made it to screen. But that show is brilliant and it starts on June 1st, so do watch it.
Phoebe is doing very well and is laughing lots which makes me very happy. I don't care if none of you ever laugh at me again as long as she finds me funny. Which should be for the next two years. Thanks to whoever it was who gave her this T shirt.
Also I have scored over a billion on Addams Family Pinball twice now, so my life is pretty much complete.
Thanks for reading. Hope to see you at a gig at some point. Do spread the word about this stuff to anyone you think might be interested.
See you next month
Richard Herring