Rich studied French and German at Cambridge University back in the 70s, when a degree had nothing to do with anything sordid like getting a job. Instead, he has written numerous TV and radio sitcoms, done a bit of acting and written links for The Big Breakfast and some of the worst TV game shows ever. He once accepted the job of Script Editor for BBC Radio Comedy to find out what a job is, though he never did find out. He is the owner of the world’s oldest mobile phone outgoing voicemail message (recorded and unchanged since 1994), he devised what is officially recognised as The Greatest TV Stunt Of All Time (Beadle’s About’s famous UFO hoax) and also co-wrote the poem 'What Are You, Theatre?' with Rik Mayall – though he never, ever mentions that.
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