Described as 'God’s gift to comedy…', Richard Tyrone Jones, is known as 'astonishingly assured and uncompromisingly intelligent…fantastic, in every sense of the word” (The Observer). He is a poet, comic, raconteur, writer and organiser! His poetry ranges from silly to sublime, and includes evolution, life, death, kittens, dating...' ...he fuses the intense imagery of William Burroughs with the poetic anarchy of Spike Milligan. Tyrone Jones' poetry and prose display a merciless wit and an infectious sense of fun matching his already formidable reputation as a spoken word performer' (Niall O'Sullivan, host of 'The Cellar & Poetry Unplugged, Poetry Cafe')
He's also known as 'the hardest working man on London’s poetry scene'; his poems, stories and articles have appeared in his book, 'Germline', as well as ' The Fix', 'Rising', 'Brittle Star', 'Litro', 'Trespass and London's 'The Delinquent, Irk, Utter, 'Stop Me and Buy One'. Also on 'The-Errorist.com', 'Metaroar.com', 'Decongested.com', , 'Tales of the Decongested Vol 11' and 'Poems for a Better Future', etc.
He speaks of pseudo-science, sophistry, urban myth, random cruelty, equal-opportunities, misanthropy and whatever comes spontaneously - ranging from the downright daft, the witheringly self-deprecating, to the poignant and formal, always edged with a strong vein of sardonic humour, bold leaps of the imagination, strident voice and a deft touch. He is Organiser and Director of Time Out magazine's recommended 'Utter!', a raucous mix of comic poetry, storytelling, music etc, - almost in its 10th year - Camden, London, and Director of spoken word at the Edinburgh Festival Free Fringe. He won Three Weeks Magazine's Editor's Choice award for his part in programming fifteen spoken word shows and forging a new section for spoken word in its brochure.
Richard's appeared, in various guises, at 300+ gigs, including performing his alter-egos, (55-year-old alcoholic anarchist Punk Poet 'RITCHIE SCURVEY'), big-mouthed Pam Ayres tribute act 'PAM SWEARS'.
He's run slams (Hackney Empire) and appeared in the Edinburgh fringe. Also won a prize in 'Short Fuse', National Poetry Day, the 02 Wireless Festival, The Poetry Cafe, Clerkenwell Literary Festival, Chelsmford, Tottenham and Ambient picnic Festivals, Bloomsbury Fete, Poetry at The Room, Hammer & Tongue (Both as slam-winner and featured act) and lots more!
And, he's hosted over 50 events including the legendary UK Anti-folk festivals, his own popular '(Mis)Guided Literary tours of London's suburbs, (fusing performance, poetry and the research skills of his Cambridge History Degree), in almost every borough of London, plus a packed out US Abstract Special.
His shows include 'Fat Fat Pope' and 'Asbestos Uncle Eggs' (Edinburgh Festival), ‘Asbestos Heroin Rewind’, ‘All Our Heads on Toddlers’ Bodies’, ‘Opus’ and ‘Monkey Nuts’ at Cambridge as well as. writing and performing stand-up and sketches with 'Cambridge Footlights', shown on Japanese TV.
He wrote, performed and produced a one-man show 'Richard Tyrone Jones Has a Big Heart', (2012) - (hospitalisation and recovery from heart failure, age 30). 'Fascinating, sobering, hilarious and ultimately uplifting' (New Scientist Magazine), 'Raw, at times graphic, and very funny. (BBC Ouch!) . It received 4 star reviews (The Skinny, Fringeguru.com, Sabotage and Broadwaybaby.com) and 5 stars (Remotegoat) It toured the UK, Canada (Victoria and Vancouver), was featured as a spoken word sitcom, and featured as Radio 4's 'Pick of the Week'. His other solo shows include 'Richard Tyrone Jones Reads stuff off Bits of Paper' and 'What the F*** is This' in which he says only those words and nothing else for an hour! It won a 5 star review at Edinburgh Fringe 2012, and two 4-star reviews at '13 Camden Fringe (Performance Reviewed) (Broadwaybaby.com).
"Richard's poetry and stories, built around his heart, are truly full of heart and he performs with confidence and emotion." Life in Petersfield
“more talent in his little pinkies than a month of stand-up hacks” - The List
"….self important brats'" - The Independent
"Five Star Performance" - Ham & High
"Witty, sometimes unsettling and always smart...a raw and salty selection from a thoughtful and ginger poet" - Tom Keys
"Wonderful compere and poet" - Daljit Nagra