IF there is trivia he doesn’t know, then it’s not worth knowing.
Camperdown’s Brydon Coverdale’s love of trivia has landed him a lead role in Channel 7’s latest quiz show offering, The Chase Australia.
Launched in prime time yesterday (Monday), Mr Coverdale has been dubbed ‘The Shark’ and is one of four quiz masters to lead the new series.
He joins Britain’s The Chase quiz queen Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty, along with Issa ‘The Supernerd’ Schultz and Matt ‘Goliath’ Parkinson to head up the show with host Andrew O’Keefe.
Contestants pit themselves against one of the Chasers at a time and must answer a series of general knowledge questions to stay one step ahead.
If they make it to the Final Chase, they could win thousands of dollars, but if the Chaser catches them, they’re out of the game.
All four Chasers are supremely self-confident and have adopted threatening personas to intimidate the contestants and add an extra element of entertainment.
Mr Coverdale is billed as being “confident and cocky”.
“He is better than you and he knows it”, according to the show’s promotional spiel.
“Imagine an Australian cricket team, completely full of Dave Warners and Shane Warnes… that’s The Shark.”
Mr Coverdale said the personas were designed to inject more fun into the quiz show.
“It gives us plenty of room for banter and to intimidate the contestants,” he said.
“As Chasers, we have to be confident and believe in our own abilities, so the persona helps.
“But at the end of the day it’s all about having fun with the contestants.”
Mr Coverdale said the program was a “huge amount of fun”.
“Having been on a few quiz shows myself, it’s been interesting being on the other side and, effectively, trying to stop people from winning money,” he said.
“But in saying that, there are plenty of contestants that are skilled enough to win, our job is simply to make them work for it.”
Since a different Chaser leads the program each episode, Mr Coverdale said he would appear in about one in every four episodes.
The quiz show king landed the regular gig after winning $300,000 as a ‘Million Dollar Minute’ contestant last year.
He previously won $32,000 on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’, won a car on ‘Pass the Buck’ and appeared on ‘Sale of the Century’, ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘Letters and Numbers’.
“I’ve always been a fan of trivia and am constantly swatting up on topics and information,” he said.
“These days I tend to pick subjects that I wouldn’t normally be interested in.”
The Chaser airs at 5pm.