Ricky Smith has become a social media celebrity tweeting about his daily life and his witty observations on pop culture. He has also become somewhat of a cult legend by crashing parties and meeting some of the hottest celebrities in the business. Now Ricky is taking his “Rickonia Experience” on the ultimate road trip, and he is going to be filming all the way. Follow Me: The Rickonia Experience is a Kickstarter project to raise money to help produce the film that will not only showcase Ricky’s comedic exploits, but also follow him around the country as he takes a social media journey to meet followers, crash parties, and do whatever. I had the chance to chat with Ricky about life and how he likes to live it.
Ari: Your motto is “Live life to the fullest.” Can you explain a little bit behind the personal meaning of that phrase to you?
Ricky: I think people think way too big when it comes to living life to the fullest. It’s not always about becoming this big time famous ‘xyz’ or doing something crazy. I think living life to the fullest is about enjoying life. It is about being grateful. Whether it’s enjoying a beer or just taking a walk. It is knowing that life is good and could be so much worse. If you always keep that at the forefront of your thinking, then good, fun things will follow.
Ari: Who is your favorite comic book hero, and did you ever dream of being a superhero when you grew up?
Ricky: That’s an easy one! BATMAN!!! Only because he is just an ordinary guy (all be it rich as hell) with no super powers. I honestly thought I was going to grow up to be his eventual replacement.
Ari: How would you classify your brand of comedy?
Ricky: I honestly wouldn’t say what I’m doing is comedy. I think it’s more living in the moment. Just knowing that tomorrow is not given, so why not just live for today. When people TRULY live by this motto, comedy and laughter is sure to follow.
Ari: What was the craziest thing you ever did on your Rickonia Adventures?
Ricky: That’s a hard one. Ummmm probably drinking 10 vodka shots in a minute. Or snuck into the MTV Awards pretending to be a certain celebrity that people think I look like.
Ari: Do you get star struck when meeting famous people and crashing parties?
Ricky: No. Half the time I’m too drunk to remember until someone shows me the pictures online the next day.
Ari: Who have you met who has impacted you the most?
Ricky:I met Selita Ebanks many years ago and we have remained close close friends ever since. Tichina Arnold is another good friend that my antics has allowed me to meet and become really close with. Oh and I can’t forget Redfoo and the entire LMFAO crew. Michael Irving and Suge Knight might have given me the coolest stories.
Ari: What are some of the places you are planning to go on your cross country trip for the film?
Ricky: I plan on going some of everywhere! I am excited about seeing the entire US. I think every place and everyone has a great story. Not just the big cities like NYC and LA, but the small town with two traffic lights and a gas station. Those are the places I think the best stories will come out of.
Ari: Is there any place you will refuse to go or anything you will refuse to do on this trip?
Ricky: Nope. I am open to going everywhere and doing everything as long as my life and anus aren’t in jeopardy, I’m down.
Ari: What is your best recommended method for getting over a hangover, and does it really work?
Ricky: Drink more. Can’t have a hangover if you stay drunk.
Ari: What warnings or advice do you have to give people, especially women, about the hard partying lifestyle?
Ricky: Know your own personal limits. Partying is fun but only if everyone is having fun. Nobody wants to babysit the drunk mofo in the corner throwing up. If you are a lightweight, get your weight up in the off season, but leave the weak stuff at home.
Ari: What other projects besides the film are you working on?
Ricky: Working on a coffee table book and getting a date with Tatyana Ali.
Ricky has met his goal for funding but he could use everyone’s help in getting to at least 500 backers on Kickstarter. Pledge just a dollar for the chance to just be in on the hilarious updates on the project that are sure to follow!