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Jon comments: “The main theme of


‘Nidiot’ is being happy. Because I now live with my girlfriend, this is the first time I've gone on tour as a happy person.” Unable to resist a gag, he adds: “Fingers crossed that something goes wrong by the time I record the DVD in October! “No, the show is about me looking back


and realising that nothing was really wrong. I created problems for myself by over- thinking things. For instance, I railed against the idea of relationships without understanding that 99 per cent of people go into relationships because they make you happy. As soon as I stopped fighting, I felt like a fish that had given up wriggling in a net.”


The turning point came when a group of


Jon’s friends gathered together in the US for a wedding persuaded him to join them on a day trip on a speedboat. He says: “In the past, I wouldn't have touched a speedboat in a foreign country with a bargepole. High- speed mechanical equipment you could die on was not my idea of fun. “But that day I came to the realisation


that I hadn't been happy for the last ten years because I’d thought too much about risks rather than putting on my swimming trunks and just having fun. Now I fight less, but I tut a lot more.” Even so, Jon admits: “I was worried this was not my natural comic voice – people associate me with being pernickety and down. In the past, I was guilty of keeping myself like that just to maintain my comic voice. That was insanity. But I'm not that type of comedian anymore.” However, Jon is quick to reassure us that:


“Comedically nothing has changed in this show. I may have a girlfriend, but I still


shout at the TV and at the squirrels in my garden. If anything, the list of things I shout at is even longer now. Sadly, I think the leopard can't change his spots. It's just that my perspective is different now. I'm complaining from the other side of the coin.” Happiness has, if anything, made Jon an even better comedian. He is certainly keen to accentuate the positive. “My relationship has given me a focus outside comedy which I've never had before. My twenties were incredibly career-driven. But there are times now when I even forget


I’m a comedian. That's essential for my mental health.”


Jon concludes with a laugh: “I shouldn't still be working out how to be a misanthropic singleton comic when I’m 60. I should have moved on by then. I feel I may have betrayed people by being in a relationship and being happy, but hopefully they'll still come to see me and love the show.” Whether or not his fans will love his show


is one thing Jon definitely does not need to worry about.


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Tickets for Jon Richardson's ‘Nidiot’ tour can be found at www.offthekerb.co.uk. He will be appearing at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking on Monday 13 October. Jon’s anticipated second DVD will be available in November 2014. Released by Universal Pictures (UK).


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