*I need to update this, sorry!* Hello. I’m Rich Keeble writing in the third person as if someone else was doing it.
Rich Keeble is an actor, comedian, presenter, and voice artist. He is “bald”, “ginger” and “short sighted”. He studied acoustics and wanted to be a rock star, singing and playing guitar in one band, playing keyboards in another, and drums in two more. He did tour a bit, release some music and even play live on the proper radio a few times, but in the end it didn’t work out and he turned to acting and comedy. Let’s split this up a bit:
Rich’s first appearance on TV was in Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show on BBC3 in 2010, interviewing Simon Brodkin’s Jason Bent character. Since then he’s regularly starred in sketches on Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular (Channel 4), seriously freaked out some people in a lift on a couple of episodes of Dom Joly’s Fool Britannia (ITV), had an awkward conversation with Angelos Epithemiou (Dan Skinner) in the Feeling Nuts Comedy Night (Channel 4) and had some amusing interaction with Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Leslie Joseph in Birds of a Feather (ITV), directed by BAFTA winner Nick Wood (watched by nearly 8 million viewers you know). More recently he appeared in Green Wing creator Victoria Pile’s prime time ITV/Netflix sitcom The Delivery Man (ITV) with Darren Boyd, Paddy McGuiness and Aisling Bea.
He’s also starred in a number of high profile TV commercials. He can still be seen starring in the Topcashback advert, sitting on the hippo, and is the voice of the Property Partner advert with the people with houses for heads. In 2014 he starred in the first of a series of comic adverts for McDonald’s and the year before was in a recurring ident on the BBC (the one with the panda) where he worked with director Victoria Pile for the first time. He did pop up in the Lidl Christmas advert in 2015, although they cut most of what he did. He did a voiceover for a Carphone Warehouse campaign but they scrapped it. He still got paid though, so can’t complain. You should hear his voice in a DLC for the upcoming Total War: Warhammer video game later in 2016.
Rich also had a significant role in a semi-scripted teaser for E4, The Lovebomb, directed by Made in Chelsea’s John Pereira, and appeared in a pilot called Losing the Plot that also starred Andrew Harwood Mills and Ian Cullen (Z Cars). He played the lead in another sitcom pilot called Rules of Life which was shopped around by by Catherine Bailey Productions (Life of Riley, Quick Cuts) before being re-edited in a web series.
Rich co-writes his own semi-scripted comedy online show Rich Keeble Vanity Project (see watch page) which is currently filming its second series, and previously co-wrote the award winning All in the Method web series with Luke Kaile, as well as The Kaile & Keeble/Keeble & Kaile Sketch Show. He was a regular in Hunka Wunda, an online sketch show written by David Bussell, Matthew Stott and Madeleine Brettingham (IT Crowd, Mitchell & Webb) and also featuring comedy circuit familiar faces Mark Davison (Mr Susie), Kathryn Bond (That Pair), Jayde Adams (Funny Women winner 2014), Holly Burn, Ali Brice and many more.
Rich sometimes does stand up, and performed a sketch/stand up show at Edinburgh in 2014 with Luke Kaile (Kaile, Keeble & Kuntz), which was filmed and is currently being edited. He also produces two podcasts – Rich Keeble Vanity Podcast, and Backgammon on the Toilet, the latter of which involves him commentating on a game of backgammon he is playing on his iPhone, whilst sitting on a toilet. Rich also wrote and starred in the comedy short film A Slightly Exaggerated Reenactment of a Voicemail I Never Actually Left for Tom Lenk.
He has also done some “serious” acting in indie features like the award-winning Eva’s Diamond, where he played a violent gangster who actually gets involved with kicking a man to death, The Addicted (retitled “Rehab” in the U.S.) where he plays a rather disinterested TV executive, and M.O.N.E.Y starring Wil Johnson, where he has a lovely chat with a lady who then shoots him in his car. He was also in a play once as real life double agent Donald MacLean in A Morning with Guy Burgess at the Courtyard Theatre, London, which was featured on the BBC Review Show.
Music 2005-2010, 2016-present
Rich used to sing and play guitar in indie-rock band Goodbye Sergeants. They actually attracted a lot of fans (in Europe and the US) thanks to Myspace (remember that?), had some proper radio play and released the single “Boy Band Kind of Way” / “I Want to Get Fired” and the Live at the Bullet Bar EP in 2007. With a change of guitarists (Rich’s schoolfriend Matt Jarman replaced Matt Haynes), the band released the An Opuscule Worthy Of A Monstrance EP in 2009, and released a video for the song “I Used to be a Loner” which was taken from the new Three More Songs EP. However the EP never got released, and the band played their last gig in 2010.
Part of the reason for things winding down was Rich’s involvement in other musical projects. He played live keyboards for indie-rock band The Splendour on their 2008 UK summer tour in support of their album Best Way To Make Money (2008), the last performance of which was at Beachdown Festival in Brighton, which sadly no longer exists. The band went their separate ways after the tour.
In 2008 he joined the band Sergeant Buzfuz as their drummer to support their album High Slang that was released in 2009. The band played a number of gigs around the country including live session performances for BBC 6 Music – performing on both Marc Riley and Tom Robinson’s shows. He didn’t actually play on the album though. He played drums for Dr Strangely Strange during a London reunion show where Sergeant Buzfuz were supporting on 21 February 2009. Rich decided to leave the band and played his last gig with them on 21 March 2009. His replacement was Ian Button from Death in Vegas. They’re still going strong.
Rich also filled in on drums for trendy indie band Ratty Rat Rat for a gig at the Astoria 2 in 2008. Members of that band now play in Is Tropical who I think are doing quite well.
Rich has also played drums in The Pistol Gang & The Preacher on and off for a number of years. They are currently gigging again in London. Other members are Sam Legassick on guitar/vocals (who is also in Rich Keeble Vanity Project) and Matt Jarman on bass (who was in Goodbye Sergeants).
Rich is now also working towards two “solo” albums – an electro-pop album with electronic musician Warbatron, and a garage-punk album with the Jon Shortt, the drummer from Goodbye Sergeants. Rich is also trying to resurrect and release some unreleased Goodbye Sergeants material in the near future.
That’s enough isn’t it.
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Is this Richard Keeble, the professor of journalism?
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Is this Richard Keeble, the author, who is also a proffessor of journalism?
Sorry, no, and that’s not how you spell ‘professor’.
Will Rich be making any public appearances soon?
Technically, Rich appears in public most days.
I notice Rich’s Wikipedia entry claims he died in 1660, and his name is spelt differently. Why is this?
That’s a different person. An easy mistake to make though, so don’t beat yourself up.
Is Rich rich?
Is Rich in any way related to John Keeble, the drummer from Spandau Ballet?