63336 Celebrity answers with Rick Edwards
A big welcome to our latest 63336 celeb fan, Rick Edwards. Part of the T4 presenting family, Rick started his career doing stand–up and sketch shows at University and has written material for BBC Radio and various TV shows. His credits include presenting on Xfm, E4, as well as C4's flagship youth music show Freshly Squeezed.
Rick's recently been working on the 'Track and Field Show' looking at UK athletics searching for the UK's up–and–coming athletes, and having a go himself! It kicks off on Sunday 26th July, Channel 4 at 8.30am.
We're told he's a great swimmer – once beating Britain's No 1 Triathlete in a race – and a very keen ten–pin bowler to boot. Let's see, we'll put some questions to him now:
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Q. Who is Rick Edwards?
A. Rick Edwards is the T4 presenter who isn't such a hit with the ladies that's Steve Jones. Rick has no sense of smell. He recently won his first bowling trophy (bowled a 239 game). He's taller than you think.
Q. What is the meaning of life?
A. I wouldn't really assign any deep meaning to life. It's brief and quite trivial but you may as well make the most of it by having fun with the people you love. And procreating, obviously. That in itself can be fun.
Q. Would you rather date a musician or an actress?
A. Truthfully, neither. They'd both be away too much. And I get lonely. But if I had to I suppose I'd date an actress. Musicians tend to be a bit too cool for me.
Q. What would you write in a lonely hearts ad, if you could only do it in one sms?
A. Tall, competitive boy prone to loneliness seeks non–musician, non–actress for competition, visits to cinema and walks in the park.
Q. Who would win a thumb wars fight between Alexa Chung and Miquita Oliver?
A. Good question. Alexa's hugely competitive but has very spindly limbs/fingers etc so I think that Miquita would have the edge. I wouldn't mess with Miquita.
Q. You were the warm up guy for Ruby Wax. Ever met an audience that wouldn't warm up?
A. I did stand–up when I was at university and also in London – you quickly realise that there are times when you will die on your ass. It's horrible, but everyone goes through the same pain at some point. Is what I told myself.
Q. As you've previously earned a living through your looks would you ever consider plastic surgery in the future?
A. No, I'm not into plastic surgery motivated by vanity. I hope to take the deterioration of my body in my shortening stride. In fact, it's already started. I should add that 'earned a living' suggests that I was a much more successful model than I actually was.
Q. You presented this year's T4 On the Beach – what's your most memorable experience at a festival?
A. Klaxons in the small tent at Wireless a couple of years back were absolutely unbelievable. I was jumping up and down like a fifteen year old. With a load of fifteen year olds. Alexa and I were working at T in the Park one year, and we were surrounded by angry Scots shouting abuse at us. That also sticks in the mind.
Q. What does a turkey and a six pack have in common?
A. There's a joke about birds here, surely. One impresses birds, the other is an impressive bird? That's awful. Sorry. I know that a turkey is three consecutive strikes in bowling – is a six–pack six strikes? (Not bad Rick – "63336: In ten pin bowling two strikes in a row is called a double, three is called a turkey, four is a four bagger, five a five bagger and six a six pack.")
Q. Who is the most impressive athlete you met in filming the McCain's Track and Field Show?
A. My hero Linford Christie. The man's a living legend. Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth 100m gold's. You can't argue with those stats. Also, he's 49, but looks about 34.
Q. Is it an advantage being tall for the pole vault?
A. It might well be, but it didn't help me much. My height certainly didn't compensate for a lack of upper body strength/lower body strength/flexibility/coordination/speed.
Q. What would be the sport you'd most likely get through qualifications for the Olympics in 2012?
A. I would have said archery until a disastrous recent showing on the range at a recent trip to Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest. Is pool an Olympic sport? And if not, why not? I'm quite handy at that.