WILLIE P.'s BIO plus COMMENTS FROM TALENT BUYERS, RADIO STATIONS & FANS
Since 1995, the humorist known as Willie P. Richardson has appeared in hundreds of live events throughout America and abroad, including; theatres, casinos, banquets, churches, store openings, corporate events, cruise ships, fairs, rodeos, radio and television programs, weddings, private parties and at countless other events and venues. Known to radio listeners as "The Phone Prankster," his recordings have sold more than 1.25 million copies and continue to be aired on hundreds of AM/FM and satellite radio stations. Mr. Richardson's humor is "clean" and is acceptable to all age groups.
Born on August 8, 1947, in Nacogdoches, Texas, he grew up and was educated in East Texas, an area with a very diverse ethnic makeup. At an early age, he learned to mimic the accents, phrasing and voice inflections of his friends and schoolmates; white "redneck," black, hispanic, middle-eastern and oriental. For years, he entertained friends and colleagues with innocent depictions featuring various accents and characters. His entertainment career began with parts in high school and church programs and he's been involved in the business for over 50-years. His background includes; radio station management, television production, concert production, trade show production, advertising, publicity, entertainment artist booking and management, voiceover production and record production/distribution.
Over the years, he has worked with; The World-Famous Platters, Percy Sledge, Ray Price, Mel Tillis, Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, The Oak Ridge Boys, The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Bob Wills' Original Texas Playboys, Cajun Humorist Justin Wilson, Hank Williams' Original Drifting Cowboys Band, "Brother Dave" Gardner, Governor Jimmie Davis, Johnny Lee, Johnny Rodriguez, The One and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, David Houston, Jimmie C. Newman, Jett Williams, John Conlee, Bill Anderson, T. G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang, Jeff Cook (Alabama), Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, The Uniques, Gene Watson and countless others.
His recordings of "Phone Pranks by Willie" began as a practical joke which he was asked to play on a "victim" suggested by a friend. The call to a local hospital's nursery featured Mr. Richardson insisting that the hospital had sent the wrong baby home with his daughter. After playing it for the victim and her co-workers, they suggested that he record an entire album of calls. The first album was mailed to radio stations in October of 1995 and received instant positive response from programmers and listeners.
Due to tremendous radio response, he decided to go on the road performing his stand-up comedy routine. In addition to his road dates, he worked at theatres in Branson, Missouri, and at almost every type of venue imaginable. He's hosted 'The Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree' and appeard on 'Opry Star Spotlight' in Nashville and was awarded the Cammy Award for Comedian of the Year at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC.
He resides in his hometown of Nacogdoches, Texas, with his family.
COMMENTS FROM TALENT BUYERS, RADIO STATIONS & FANS
"The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service sincerely appreciates you appearance at our meeting last week. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the clean humor and are still talking about your jokes!" Joey Knight - Agent
"Willie P. is the person we get the most questions about everywhere we go. Our listeners love you, Willie P!" Johnny Isley - "John Boy" of the "John Boy and Billy Big Show" - Nationally-syndicated on more than 100 radio stations
"Willie P. Richardson drew an overflow audience for his early show and patrons were standing back to the machines outside the room. He had an almost-full house for the 10 p.m. show. He and Lucretia worked the crowd before, between and following his shows. He is quite popular in this area, thanks in part to his radio airplay. I will book him again!" Al Henson - Entertainment Director - President Casino - Biloxi, MS
"Great show in Sanford, NC! It's good to be able to take the family to see an entertainer who can make you laugh and doesn't find it necessary to use vulgarity. I have nearly all of your tapes and bought both of your videos at your concert. Again, thanks for a great family show...We hope to see you and your lovely wife in North Carolina again real soon!" Randy & Cynthia Kimrey - Ramseur, NC
"From the night that I played the first album back in 1995, I was swamped with requests. It's certainly some of the funniest stuff I've ever heard! I was happy to program Willie P. on WBAP Fort Worth, on the "Midnight Cowboy Radio Network" and on Sirius XM Radio. Willie P.'s hotter than ever!" Bill Mack - DJ Hall of Fame Member, Grammy Award Winner and writer of country classics "Blue" (Leann Rimes), "Drinkin' Champagne" (George Strait) and many more hit songs.
"We had the biggest sales volume day in our company's history when Willie P. spent the afternoon at our lot. He was so nice to our customers, very cooperative with our staff, the radio station personnel and was friendly to everyone. He must have signed 500 autographs. People are still talking about it and want him to come back next year for our annual Spring Sale." Don Woodward - Colonial Homes Center - South Boston, VA
"I catch The John Boy and Billy Big Show every morning on my way to work. When they play your stuff, you make me late because I have to pull off the side of the road to listen and laugh!" Scott Smith - Charlotte, NC
"I didn't know what to expect in the beginning, but after I played one of the prank calls on my show, the listeners began to call wanting more. You have a hit record, Willie P!" Hairl Hensley - DJ Hall of FameMember & Grand Ole Opry Announcer - WSM 650 AM Radio - Nashville, TN
"We saw Willie at the Festival House in Roxboro, NC, and we think he's the funniest person we've ever heard! We can't wait to see him again when he's in our area." Mandy Lyles - Roxboro, NC
We love Willie P. in Pensacola! The first morning we put him on the show, the phones went nuts! Everybody wants to buy the CD! It's great stuff!" Marty White - Morning Show 102.7 WXMB FM - Pensacola, FL
"We attended your concert on April 7th in Jackson and loved it. We literally laughed until we cried. And, your singing ain't too bad, either!" Danny & Cheryl McKeever - Vicksburg, MS
"I think I cracked a rib or two laughing at you...Thanks, Willie!" Steve Kreig - Valley, AL
"We have never had as many people in our store as we did when Willie P. Richardson made his appearance here on September 23. We were very pleased and impressed." Pressley White - White's Sales - Statesville, NC
"I've received great response from our listeners to Willie P. I've also heard him a number of times on other powerful all night radio shows around the country. Please accept my thanks for sending us some playable humor for radio!" Billy Parker - DJ Hall of Fame Member - KVOO - Tulsa, OK
"Willie's concert in our Municipal Auditorium was wonderful! He had everyone in stitches for the entire evening. It was a very successful event!" Candi O'Rielly - WKAK FM - Albany, GA
"On behalf of our members, we had a wonderful time last evening at our Christmas Party. Several people have called to express their delight at havng been a part of such a good party...All agreeing that the entertainment was superb!" Cecil & Mary Cunningham - First Baptist Church - Nacogdoches, TX
"I wish you could sit here with me and hear the requests I'm getting for Willie P. I remember when Jerry Clower and Wendy Bagwell came on the scene in the early 70s. The phones wouldn't stop ringing. Well, Ol' Willie P. reminds me of those days. You've got a winner!" Larry Scott - DJ Hall of Fame Member - KWKH - Shreveport, LA
"Savannah Harley-Davidson wil never be the same! Willie P. Richardson's presence at our Christmas Sale helped us to set a new record. Our store was packed with customers from opening until closing and we were very happy with the entire day." Rick Buckley - Savannah Harley-Davidson - Savannah, GA
"Willie's Phone Pranks are at the top of the telephone requests for comedy by listeners...This is FUNNY, FUNNY STUFF! Dave Donahue - KFDI - Wichita, KS
"Willie P. keeps me and my band laughin' while we're roollin' down the road! We think he's the best!" Little Milton - Memphis, TN
"Laughing out loud, rolling on the floor, tears running down my face and stomach in cramps!" Laura Morehead - Austin, TX
"Just a note to let you know what a gret job you did at our company Christmas Party. Thank you also for staying and siging autographs afterwards. That was an added bonus to those of us who've listened to you on the radio for so many years." Keith Honeycutt - Hollar & Greene Produce Co., Inc. - Boone, NC
"I don't know when I've seen so many people wiping tears of laughter from their eyes! Your humor was clean, down-to-earth and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. It was such a pleasure and so easy to work with you and your staff. You easily adapted to our facility and made the evening a fun-filled time for all!" Sarah House - Executive Director - Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce - Many, LA
"The show you did to benefit the victims of the 9-11 tragedy was wonderful! It was the largest crowd we've ever had in our club and all of the comments were positive." Mary Thompson - Oasis Club - Etoile, TX
"I wanted to let you know how much my family enjoyed your performance in Rockingham, NC. It was great to be entertained in a wholesome, family atmosphere. Thanks for making us laugh!" Greg Shelley - Hamlet, NC