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The FishbowlDC Interview with Funnyman Rich Edson

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Rich Edson.jpg Say hello to Rich Edson, a reporter for the FOX Business Network who last week was named co-winner of the Commedia del Media comedy contest for journalists at the National Press Club. Edson shares the winning spot with Military.com’s Jamie McInytre. Edson, ever humble about his win, practiced his routines (British, Scottish accents and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) in the office and on his way the work each morning. En route to work, practice happened in his head – not aloud. Hopefully he didn’t scare people.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Something in between Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises Blanc de Noirs Champagne and Orange Fanta.

How often do you Google yourself? I’ve never Googled myself. I Binged myself once.

Who is your favorite working journalist? There are a number of journalists who risk their lives, sacrifice time with their families and work like hell to make sure our society knows what’s going on. I work with plenty of these reporters here at FBN and FOX.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)?
“I’m not sure there’s enough pad off top of this SOT, and the outcue is a little rough because no one rolled on the iso. The switched feed goes back to you before he finishes.” I’m not sure I really know what our editors are saying. I guess they’re not talking bad about me.

Do you have a favorite word? Win

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin?
Can I invite both? Alaska salmon, vegetables from the First Lady’s garden? Sounds good. Maybe some left over beers from the summit?

When did you last cry and why? Happy Cry: The Yankees got their World Series rings Tuesday. Sad Cry: “Coming up next, Real Housewives of New York City.” – My wife and I have only one TV.

What word do you routinely misspell? “Edson”. No, wait, that’s everyone else. I don’t hold nearly as many patents as that other guy.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I’ve selected the Blackberry ‘Sonar’ ring. It pings me on incoming calls and alerts me when enemy subs are operating in my area.

What swear word do you use most often? “Ohhhh Peaches!”

What word or phrase do you overuse?
“Take a listen.”

What TV show do you have to watch?
E!’s “The Soup”: 1) clues me in to what non-news programming people are watching. 2) ensures I haven’t made their rundown. Yankees, Devils and Giants games. I’ll also tune into to Caps playoffs.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? My mailbox.

Who do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? Other than that episode when Tyra broke down Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the House Financial Services Committee on allowing temporary liquidity swap lines with foreign central banks to expire, I really don’t get a chance to tune in to any of them.

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? >Letterman, though Triumph or Conan’s old time baseball sketch have left a sentimental spot for Coco. (Coco is Conan for the uninformed.)

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Chairman Elijah E. Cummings. Why? He’s gotta know someone with a boat, no? Note: This answer is contingent on MacGyver never getting elected to Congress. If he ever does, I would choose MacGyver.

Who was your mentor? Different people for different aspects of my life. My character – that’s my grandfather, at least, that’s what I’m shooting for. Professionally, a long line of professors and colleagues I’ve been incredibly lucky to come across.

Read more about Edson and find out what expletive-laden response he sometimes endures in the course of his job…It begins with, “Wait, is this for television?”


What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? ‘For your information, the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint.’

What and where was your first job in journalism? A freelance gig writing a Dolphins-Jets recap at Giants Stadium for the Palm Beach Post.

What’s your most embarrassing career moment? Stand up comedy? That sounds fun.

Which one interview of your career did you enjoy most? Paul Tibbets, Pilot of the Enola Gay.

Which one interview of your career did you enjoy least? Anyone who’s opened with, ‘Wait, this is for television?’ or ‘Get that (expletive) camera out of my face.’

What’s the biggest scoop you’ve ever had? Sen. Dodd exempting some big bonus money from his crackdown on big bonus money. I just Binged myself again and at least that’s the scoop that comes up first.

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