Garry Richardson has worked for the BBC for 41 years, starting as a “tea boy in the BBC Archives! He is best known as the Sports Presenter on Radio Four's prestigious "Today" programme. He‘s been appearing on the programme for the past 35 years and is now the longest serving member of the team.
Garry also presents "Sportsweek" on Five Live every Sunday morning and is a regular contributor on BBC Television. He has reported on seven Olympic Games and has interviewed some of the world‘s most famous names including Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Bobby Moore, Sir Stanley Matthews, David Beckham, Tiger Woods, John McEnroe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller.
Garry's big love is performing on the after dinner circuit. 2016 will mark his 30th year as one of the country's funniest speakers. This review after a performance by Garry during 2015 captures his ability as a speaker perfectly.
“ Garry is a first class and genuinely funny after dinner speaker whose subject matter has appeal across a whole variety of audiences. He is sharp and witty, in a modern way, without ever giving offence. He reminds all the men that they were once boys dreaming of being sports stars and he briefly brings their dreams within touching distance. His wholesome,self deprecating humour appeals equally to men and women in the party, something not always mastered by his peers. He is a man who clearly takes the trouble to understand his audience and prepare his material and delivery accordingly. At the same time he is alert and fleet of foot deftly picking up and responding to the audiences reaction. He entertained and charmed at the Health Shield AGM, not the easiest of things to do.
With 30 years of experience as a speaker and Awards host Garry has spoken with some legendary names from the world of show business. They include Steven Fry, Dame Diana Rigg, Sir John Mills, Bob Monkhouse and Ken Dodd, He has appeared on stage with Jasper Carrot and Alistair McGowan and appeared in a comedy show with Miranda Hart and Alan Carr.
Garry will always liaise with clients ahead of functions making sure nothing is left to chance. His mixture of anecdotes proves time and time again to be a hit with his audience.