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 in Covent Garden and for the first time he realised what all his friends had been telling him for years – he was a natural. Richard was an instant hit, 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 MTV’s 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, Richard’s 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 – Richard often showcasing his emerging lyrical talent to close the show.
In 2000, Richard embarked on a musical career and released his debut album, ‘You’ll Love To Hate This’. ‘Mama (Who Da man)’, a cover of his uncle Junior’s 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.
In 2004, Richard joined Choice FM – the UK’s number one radio station for hip-hop and R&B – to become one of the station’s biggest brand names.
In 2007 Richard became the sole voice of ‘RB’s Sunday School’ on Choice FM.