Interview: 8 Out of 10 Cats' Jon Richardson discusses nidiots and being happy


'This is the first time I've gone on tour as a happy person. Fingers crossed that something goes wrong'

Perhaps it’s his obsessive nature that keeps him so intently focussed, but Jon Richardson shows few signs of slipping from the high spot he has earned in the top echelons of modern British stand-up. He had his own documentary on Channel 4 last year, A Little Bit OCD, but there’s no way he’ll be confined to his house as he takes Nidiot on tour.

First things first: what’s a Nidiot then? ‘It’s something different from an idiot. An idiot is someone whose problems are caused by not concentrating enough. A “nidiot” is someone who makes his life more complicated by thinking too much rather than not enough. I'm not an idiot, but I'm definitely a “nidiot”.’

And if you’re familiar with any of the live work from this popular comic who has gone, in relatively breakneck speed, from playing small huts at the Fringe to stepping out onto major stages such as the Playhouse and Theatre Royal, you know that he’ll have acres of examples to prove just how much of a nidiot he really is.

However, there’s one thing that has definitely changed for the 8 Out of 10 Cats team captain as he embarks on this national tour: ‘The main theme of the show is being happy. Because I now live with my girlfriend, this is the first time I've gone on tour as a happy person.’ A pause before hitting us with a typically deadpan line: ‘Fingers crossed that something goes wrong by the time I record the DVD in October.’

Edinburgh Playhouse, Sat 13 Sep; Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Sun 14 Sep.

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