Richardson freely admits that this down-in-the-mouth persona was only half constructed for the stand-up stage: away from the cameras, he spent much of his twenties dusting skirting boards and drinking port alone while his friends were out enjoying themselves.
Like many other men, Richardson was struggling with the notion of growing up.
A title displayed at the end of the first episode of Jon Richardson Grows Up, broadcast last night on Channel 4, confirmed the news, after the comic had suggested he would pop the question.“I didn’t want to be there on my own, there was sex everywhere,” says Richardson, forced to fly solo as Forde was playing a show elsewhere (“I was gutted! “They’ve got a sex swing in their loft and just the thought of it is horrific – even saying it now brings a sort of Vietnam flashback.“I put my head in the stocks,” Richardson continues, “because I was too shy not to.’Before the show Richardson said: ‘I’ve got good friends, a good family and a job that I adore, that pays me enough to live comfortably. [But] I struggle with the guilt of that, and force this long-term doom on it, almost like saying “Well, you’re happy now, but it might all end.” What I’ve learned is that while those are your circumstances, you should be grateful.’Beaumont – who won the BBC Radio New Comedy Award in 2012 and was nominated for best newcomer at this year’s Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards, – tweeted this morning: ‘If you tweeted me about "you know what" thank you very much, very sweet and I'm very lucky.’Richardson, who previously made the 2012 Channel 4 documentary, A Little Bit OCD, in which he met sufferers of the condition and explored his own fastidious behaviour, acknowledged that the 'major hurdle' to his relationship with Beaumont is 'how difficult I am to live with'.He joked that when she raised the question of marriage after their year-long courtship, he would respond ‘if we get married’.