Heckling 101 With The Sklar Brothers
If there are two things that Randy and Jason Sklar know -- it's sports and comedy. The hosts of ESPN's Cheap Seats seemed like the perfect people to size up the LA sports scene so we decided to fire a few questions at them.
Since the Sklars comedy style is to speak…uhh…simultaneously, we won't bother to break down who answered which question - they share one gigantic brain anyway.
What's your favorite thing about LA sports fans?
It's the only town where if a fan gets called down to shoot a half court shot at halftime, you know that there's a really good chance that that footage will end up on that guy's reel.
What's the best joke you can write on the spot that includes Tommy Lasorda in the punchline?
The only thing less stable than Argentinian currency is Tommy Lasorda.
What's been your favorite sporting event to dissect on Cheap Seats?
Spelling Bee's tend to be the best for us. Number one because we get to make fun of 11 and 12 year old kids who are smarter than we are at 33. Number 2, it's just a perfect event replete with drama and pauses and competition and weird characters. We've done four of them now on the show out of nearly 50 episodes so we do like them. Two words, home school, and it may only be one word...we don't know...see how stupid we are.
Who wins when you and Jason play a game of one-on-one basketball?
Jason is more of a finesse shooter and Randy is more of a flagrant fouler, so it depends if our drunk uncle is officiating. He tends to not call ticky tack fouls as much. I would say that depending if either of us gets hot, (which usually neither of us do, that's who will win the game).
Give us your best heckle line for the following LA sports figures:
Kobe Bryant -- He's got less friends on his side than John Walker Lynd Veteran's day luncheon.
Phil Jackson -- Despite the Zen exterior, he's a bit of a control freak. He's always talking about how he's the only guy allowed to drive the "Buss."
Clippers' owner Donald Sterling - The Lakers had Showtime, the Clippers: Cinemax 2.
Matt Leinart -- He may never come out of college. He may stay for a fifith year. The only person more afraid to come out than Matt Leinart is Tom Cruise.
Eric Gagne -- ML Carr called, he wants his glasses back.
If Los Angeles gets an NFL football franchise, what do you think its nickname should be? And what should its mascot look like?
They do have an NFL franchise, the USC Trojans. If the Trojans were bumped up to being a true NFL franchise, (which they should be), but if they were, all they'd have to do is give the Trojan mascott breast augmentation, and you're there.
Seriously if LA had an NFL football team, it's mascot should be the depiction of a dying dream, because that's what this city means to so many people, the death of their dreams.
Since you guys are appearing at High Times Comedy Night, it only seems appropriate that we ask a ganja-related question. What's the best sport to watch when you're high (or at least, what do you "assume" would be the best to watch when you're high)?
The best sport to watch when you are high is a sport called Cycloball. It's basically Germans playing soccer on bikes. It's the kind of sport you'd invent in your basement with your babysitter, after he's touched you in an inappropriate way.
Another great sport is the Irish sport of hurling, it's like soccer meets Australian rules football, meets field hockey, meets cricket. It's basically like 19 different sports...and the LA riots.