An Open Letter of Gratitude and Apology

This is addressed to anyone who has shown any faith in me and my creative output, dear friends and associates who have supported me down the years. I have been trying hard to achieve something…anything that would be an affirmation that your tremendous belief in me had somehow paid dividends. I have been plugging away with my “comedy” writing over the years, especially with a certain Ben Bernard – twenty years this year! I’ve been creating little sketches and sketch shows for over thirty years, pretty much juvenile attempts to emulate my great comedy heroes. Rejection, fear and deep anxiety go with the territory, and as the great Dirk Maggs once told me, comedy is a serious business.


Buoyed by the spirit of faith, and with a sense of dogged determination, I have always kept diligently pressing on. Always nearby to the space in which I write is a picture of my Grandma and I in happy times, and I keep a little card with it containing a little poem ‘Don’t Quit’ it is a great sentiment, and I have held the concept dear. Where Mr Bernard is concerned, he would never quit – always determined to make some kind of impact on the world of comedy. Several well-known folks from the world of television and radio have been incredibly kind about dear old Ben, one famed magician even asking if there was a part for him. A successful composer and arranger who’d worked with the likes of Dusty Springfield and written scores to famous TV shows even offered to write a theme tune and gave me a lot of very, very useful feedback notes. It is sad that most of these lovely, talented people have passed on, never seeing the fruit of their sage advice and knowledge. “The funniest thing not on TV” is how one household name described one of my little pilot efforts. I’ve embraced as many different ways to get Ben and my other “comedy” material out there: podcasts, radio, animation, vlogs, short films, and even live stand-up in full costume.


Something is missing in the equation, and I have no idea what it is. The truth is I simply do not know what to do, how to proceed towards making my dreams a reality. Oh, I know technically how you are supposed to do it, sure that’s something you learn – and yes, I’ve tried that route. I know the vagaries of how you are supposed to try and get a project commissioned. It is all part of the game, the big media Monopoly or Game of Life. I’m not very good at games – I seldom win. I am coming to the conclusion that just like Ben Bernard I am one of life’s losers, perhaps with a misplaced faith that I have the talent to create funny things. This makes me feel that I have let a lot of people down terribly, and I am most dreadfully, sincerely sorry for not having what it takes to live up to any kindly conjured expectations. Just today I received some original artwork from my dear friend, mentor and collaborator, Geoff Motley, beautiful cartoons he’d taken the time to create for me and my luckless alter ego. They should be out there in the world, celebrated and animated, and the talented team who helped bring my radio pilot to life should be gainfully employed voicing the series I’ve so far failed to deliver. It is not ground-breaking, it doesn’t push any boundaries, nor does it pander to any particular demographic – my writing is just gentle, silly and at times a bit unreal (grotesque even), hopefully with universal appeal. Sadly that kind of thing is no longer wanted in a cynical and box ticking society.


I am incredibly, inestimably grateful to you all for years of kindness and belief. I will never forget the support I’ve received. I am far from certain where the story goes next. Perhaps it should end here and now? Time I got a “proper” job. Or perhaps I should just “stay on the bus” as another friend puts it so well. The price of the fare feels a little too high just at present, and there’s no timetable, or route map.


Thank you once again, I am blessed to have followed my dreams this far.

Warmest Regards,

Richard
(And Ben Bernard, et al)

Twistory Tales! Episode Twenty One: March

Welcome to another edition of Twistory Tales, the Richard Usher one-man comedy Podcast! Featuring recreations of history for March, including the tragedy of Romeo & Juliet.

Written and Performed by Richard A. Usher

Jazz Comedy Theme music courtesy of www.bensound.com

All sketch and linking material © 2018 Richard A. Usher

Cover Artwork by Geoff Motley

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Twistory Tales! Episode Twenty: January 2018

Welcome to a brand new season of Twistory Tales, the Richard Usher one-man comedy Podcast! Featuring recreations of history for January, including the ill-fated Scott expedition to the South Pole.

Written and Performed by Richard A. Usher

Jazz Comedy Theme music courtesy of www.bensound.com

All sketch and linking material © 2018 Richard A. Usher

Cover Artwork by Geoff Motley

 

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Twistory Tales – Episode Nineteen: October & November

Welcome to a double-month omnibus edition of Twistory Tales, the Richard Usher one-man comedy Podcast! Featuring recreations of history for October and November down the ages from ‘Dr Who’ and the Orient Express to the publishing of the very first book.

Written and Presented by Richard A. Usher

Sketches Performed by Richard A. Usher

Jazz Comedy Theme music courtesy of www.bensound.com

All sketch and linking material © 2017 Richard A. Usher

Cover Artwork by Geoff Motley

(Please note that use of additional music from a variety of sources is for creative purposes only and not intended as a breach of any copyright)

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Twistory Tales – Episode Eighteen: September

Welcome to Twistory Tales, the Richard Usher one-man comedy Podcast! Featuring recreations of history for September down the ages from ‘The Shape of Things To Come’ to the Blackpool Illuminations…and a little bonus extra from one Ben Bernard…

Written and Presented by Richard A. Usher

Sketches Performed by Richard A. Usher

Jazz Comedy Theme music courtesy of www.bensound.com

All sketch and linking material © 2017 Richard A. Usher

Cover Artwork by Geoff Motley

(Please note that use of additional music from a variety of sources is for creative purposes only and not intended as a breach of any copyright)

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Twistory Tales – Episode Seventeen: August

Welcome to Twistory Tales, the Richard Usher one-man comedy Podcast! Featuring recreations of history for August down the ages from Saxon gravestones to the horrors of the Dentist chair!

Written and Presented by Richard A. Usher

Sketches Performed by Richard A. Usher

Jazz Comedy Theme music courtesy of www.bensound.com

All sketch and linking material © 2017 Richard A. Usher

Cover Artwork by Geoff Motley

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Twistory Tales – The Richard Usher Comedy Podcast Episode Sixteen – July

Welcome to Twistory Tales, the new name for the Richard Usher comedy Podcast! Featuring all your favourite items with recreations of history for July down the ages, and the grumblings of the “Master of Mirth”, Ben Bernard.  So, prepare for something new, something familiar, and a lot of quirky comedy re-imagining events from the execution of Sir Thomas More to the first vehicle to drive on the moon.

Written and Presented by Richard A. Usher

Sketches Performed by Richard A. Usher

Ben Bernard Theme composed & performed by John Ryan

Jazz Comedy Theme music courtesy of www.bensound.com

All sketch and linking material © 2017 Richard A. Usher

Cover Artwork by Geoff Motley

(Please note that use of additional music from a variety of sources is for creative purposes only and not intended as a breach of any copyright)

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Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Welcome to an early summer double-bill edition of ‘Richard A. Usher – The Podcast!’ featuring more oddball sketches for May and June, plus seasonal irritations for Ben Bernard. So, pull up a deckchair, grab an iced cocktail and tune your listening ears to the events of the fifth and sixth months across the ages with a Twistory take on everything from convicts heading for Botany Bay to the Princes in the Tower.

Written and Presented by Richard A. Usher

Sketches Performed by Richard A. Usher

Ben Bernard Theme composed & performed by John Ryan

Jazz Comedy Theme music courtesy of www.bensound.com

All sketch and linking material © 2017 Richard A. Usher

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From the Sword that Knighted a Famous Scientist to the Lance that Slew the Dragon…

Welcome to a special omnibus edition of ‘Richard A. Usher – The Podcast!’ featuring more oddball sketches for March and April, plus medical irriations for Ben Bernard. So, sit yourself down somewhere comfy, put on your listening ears and expect the unexpected as we reflect on the events of two months across the ages with a Twistory take on everything from first electric trams to the first President of the USA.

Written and Presented by Richard A. Usher

Sketches Performed by Richard A. Usher

Ben Bernard Theme composed & performed by John Ryan

Jazz Comedy Theme music courtesy of www.bensound.com

All sketch and linking material © 2017 Richard A. Usher

(Please note that use of additional music from a variety of sources is for creative purposes only and not intended as a breach of any copyright)

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Your Ticket to a New Utopia

Welcome to the first anniversary edition of ‘Richard A. Usher – The Podcast!’ featuring more oddball sketches and more irriations for Ben Bernard. So, sit yourself down somewhere comfy, put on your listening ears and expect the unexpected as we reflect on the events of the second month across the ages with a Twistory take on everything from The Times Crossword to the discovery of New Britain.

Written and Presented by Richard A. Usher

Sketches Performed by Richard A. Usher

Ben Bernard Theme composed & performed by John Ryan

Jazz Comedy Theme music courtesy of www.bensound.com

All sketch and linking material © 2017 Richard A. Usher

(Please note that use of additional music from a variety of sources is for creative purposes only and not intended as a breach of any copyright)

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