After years of drifting aimlessly and alone, Richard Herring is now settled down with a wife and a tiny baby. Is he finally happy now? Or does responsibility for the lives of others come with its own terrors? In his twelfth solo stand up show, Richard examines whether we can ever hope to be or are meant to be truly content. If we were never unhappy would happiness have any meaning? Why do our brains force us to envision the worst possible outcomes even on a day when everything seems fine. How likely is it that Richard's baby will be skewered by a stalactite of frozen urine falling from a plane and is it really worth him wasting his time thinking about it? Does being happy mean a comedian loses his edge and true belly laughs only come from depression? How much pressure was there on Happy the dwarf to live up to his name? Is there any system that will guarantee us eternal bliss or should we just embrace the fact that life is a vale of tears and our only option is to laugh in its face?

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Skinny review of Glasgow Happy Now?

Craig Angus gives a mainly positive 3 star review

Broadway Baby review Glasgow Happy Now?

Ryan O Connor gives the show 4 stars March 21st 2016

Midlands What's On reviews Birmingham Glee gig

Heather Kincaid gives the show 5 stars. 16th March 2016

Rotherham Advertiser review of Happy Now?

Michael Upton liked the show in Sheffield

Bolton News reviews Happy Now?

Andrew Bardsley likes the show

Brickbats and Bouquets review and interview

Philip Caveney and Susan Singfield give the show 5 stars.

Manchester Evening News review of Happy Now?

Annaliese Watkins gives a positive 3 star review

London is Funny review of Happy Now?

Paul Fleckney gives 3.5 stars

Coney's Loft website interview

Sam Turner asks the questions. Feb 2016

Beyond the Joke reviews Happy Now?

Bruce Dessau 12 Feb 2016

Guardian Guide

12th February 2016

Happy Now Programme

The pdf of the free charity programme given out at Happy Now? and 12 Shows of Herring gigs


Happy Now? Leaflet 1st draft

The first draft of the Happy Now? leaflet

Photo by Steve Brown

Design Steve Newman