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Richard Sparks is an English-born comedy writer, lyricist, librettist, author and director now living in Los Angeles. He has written extensively for television, film, radio and the stage as well as theater and the opera. His opera libretti include original works, mostly commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera, and translations/adaptations of Classic operas.  He is the author of three books. Richard wrote the Schoolmaster sketch for Rowan Atkinson (The Secret Policeman's Ball).  He was also a staff writer on Not The Nine O'Clock News.  He had previously written two Edinburgh Fringe Oxford Revues starring Mel Smith.

Richard is also the owner of Sporting Life Bar in Las Vegas, a multi-award winning Nevada tavern that has been named Sports Bar of the Year every year since it opened in 2014.