Rick began his career on the standup circuit after graduating with a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. He now works as a journalist, presenter and screenwriter.
He actively campaigns for youth engagement in politics and voting and, in Summer 2014, delivered a hugely successful TEDx Houses Of Parliament talk offering some solutions to get more young people to vote. His first book, None Of The Above, was subsequently published in March 2015 by Simon & Schuster. In it he describes the basics of the political process in the UK, gives an overview of the issues facing the country, and explains the power of your vote.
Rick hosts the podcast Science(ish) alongside Dr Michael Brooks which delves in to the science behind popular culture. The series has proved such a hit that the duo have been commissioned to write a book of the same name for publication in Autumn 2017 by Atlantic.
As a broadcaster Rick has most recently made a foray in to the world of quizzing as the host of BBC1’s daytime show !mpossible which aired its first series in January 2017 followed quickly by its second series aired in May 2017. Rick will be filming the third series later this year. Amongst his other numerous presenting credits are: ITV2’s comedy roast Safeword, BBC Three’s live current affairs debate show Free Speech and Channel 4’s Paralympic Breakfast Show. As a writer his original film Burger Van Champion was commissioned as part of C4’s Coming Up strand in 2013 and was described by the Observer as ‘a remarkable debut’ and by Time Out as ‘funny, touching [and] superbly written’.
He has a monthly column in the Observer Magazine, and contributes regularly to the Evening Standard and Huffington Post. Amongst his other interests are the environment (he is a regular on the Observer Ethical Awards judging panel), mathematics (his mental arithmetic is impeccable), and snooker (highest break: 32).