Richard Glen Lett aka Optimus Rhyme is CFSW 2013 National Slam Poetry champion, and recent recipient of Lead Actor Award at the LA WebFest for his starring role in the WebSeries “Pay Up”. As an internationally touring headliner stand-up comedian for 25 years, he has worked with Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle, Janine Garofalo and Zach Galifianakis and acted in television with Jessica Alba and Michael Chitlis. As Toronto’s 2013 Grand Slam Poet Champ and captain of the 2013 Toronto Poetry Slam Team, he received rave reviews for his enigmatic style at the National Poetry Slam in Cambridge, Mass., and won the Toronto’s 2013 Word On The Street Slam. In November he and his TPS team mates won the 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word National Championship. His comedy is heard regularly on Sirius XM radio. His newest CD is entitled “Sober But Never Clean”. He is seen on TV shows “Supernatural” ”Dark Angel” and “The Firm”.
Toronto’s “Word On The Street” Poetry Slam Champ 2013 and 2014, and runner up Champion’s Cup Slam 2013 and 2014, Richard remains a prominent and dominant force in Ontario, Canada and North America Slam Poetry and Spoken Word Community.
Richard continues touring as headline comedian for YukYuks, but most recently debuted a new one man show – developing a show using a variety of spoken word – story-telling, poetry, stand-up comedy and original music. The show called “Sober But Never Clean – recovery has never been this entertaining” tells how Richard got into stand-up comedy, how it almost killed him, and how he does it sober now. This show was performed at the King Haven Treatment Center for Men in July, 2014, (where Richard’s recovery from alcoholism and addiction began) and is now slated to tour nationally in Fringe Theatre Festivals, as well as in Treatment Centers in the Spring and summer of 2015.