Richard trained at Welsh College of Music and Drama and the National Theatre Studio after leaving Oxford.
Writing includes three series of Bluestone 42 (BBC3 / BBC1 / BBC2), co-written and created with James Cary, three episodes of Secret Diary Of A Call Girl (ITV2 / Showtime) and co-writing seventeen episodes of the multi-award-winning Miranda (BBC2). He also co-wrote This is Pop! (BBC Choice) with The Four Horsemen.
On stage, co-wrote and directed the Olivier Award-nominated Potted Panto and Potted Potter; also Potted Pirates; Bill Hicks: Slight Return; The Edinburgh Love Tour and Violent Night.
In 1997 he was one of founders of sketch group The Four Horsemen, all of whose shows in London and Edinburgh he wrote for and directed. Other comedy as a director includes Jan Ravens: A Funny Look At Impressions, Cabaret Whore Encore, Pegabovine: Coat of Arms, Miranda Hart's House Party and Miranda Hart-Throbs!; Play Wisty For Me: The Life Of Peter Cook and Newsrevue.
He has also directed The Art Of Success; Hamlet; Women Beware Women; Phaedra's Love; Twelfth Night; The Tempest; As You Like It; and Madame Butterfly's Child. He adapted and directed Ripley Bogle and adapted Hard Times for a national tour.
He has worked for the National Student Drama Festival since 1997 as a selector, workshop leader, and co-ordinated their National Workshop Programme for three years. He also worked for the BBC writersroom.
At the NSDF he won the Harold Hobson Student Drama Critic Award, and the RSC Buzz Goodbody Director Award for Violent Night, which was subsequently runner-up for the Guardian Student Drama Award. Miranda, which he co-wrote, has been nominated for a BAFTA and has won RTS and British Comedy Awards. Potted Panto was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in 2011 and Potted Potter was nominated for the same award in 2012.