Interview: Rick Andrews

rickandrewsToday’s interviewee is what I call “improv famous,” meaning if you’re into improv, you probably know who he is. He’s also “improv nice” and “improv intelligent.” I can’t speak for him outside the context of improv.

Rick Andrews teaches and performs at The Magnet Theater in New York and has taught and performed across the country at festivals and the like, including at The Improv Shop and for Compass Improv Festival in St. Louis.

More important than any of that, though, is the fact that Rick has met Amy Poehler. So, if Rick has anything to say about it, you’ll be seeing an interview with Amy Poehler on the blog soon. Right, Rick? …Rick??

Meet Rick Andrews.

What is your name?
Rick Andrews

How long have you been a non-vegan?
About 27 years now.

Why have you decided not to be vegan? Describe your journey to veganism and where you got stalled.
It’s been a long and interesting journey, I was a picky eater as a child and so going vegan was hard. Plus, the Bolt Bus I’m on just pulled off at a Burger King.

Where do you get your protein?
Other than “The King,” I have an LD50 of honey roasted peanuts weekly. Chocolate milk is my jam, too.

What vegan food do you fear you’re missing out on as a non-vegan?
What’s that cheese that’s not cheese? You know, the stuff that the Loving Hut makes its quesos with?

Do you eat fish? You eat fish, right?
I don’t! Too salty and fish tasting…

If you had to take one step toward becoming vegan, what would it be and why only one?
I’d probably stop eating Burger King as soon as I got off this bus. Only one step because I’m weak willed.

Are there any animals in your life, such as pets or funny neighborhood squirrels? Tell us a story about them.
There’s a pretty sweet Hawk who lives in Prospect Park. He’s not my pet, but if it really hit the fan I believe he’d come to my aid and, in a fowl swoop, say, pick up a mugger by the trench coat and drop him in the Gowanus Canal.

What do you do for fun besides eating meat and dairy?
Sometimes I’ll go outside.

Do you have any upcoming projects you want to plug? Tell us about them.
If you live in New York, I can teach you how to do improv and drink chocolate milk.

Make up a question of your own and answer it.
What’s the future of the hotel industry?
Great question. I think if current trends continue we’ll see the technological advancements of the early 21st century turning the hospitality industry on its head within a few short earning quarters. First, sites like Kayak and hold on I’m having a stroke.

Song: “Hymn 1: Of Wolf and Fear” By Ulver
Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Milk

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