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4 February 2004 (USA) See more »
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Randy and Jason play fictitious ESPN research assistants who end up hosting comedy as they comment on the game action and announcers.
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Good idea, bad execution. See more (13 total) »

Cast

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Jason Sklar ... Host (77 episodes, 2004-2006)

Randy Sklar ... Host (77 episodes, 2004-2006)
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Series Directed by
Alex Tyner (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Anthony Del Broccolo (26 episodes, 2006)
Michael Schmidt (25 episodes, 2004)
Jordan Kranis (14 episodes, 2004)
Mike Upchurch (13 episodes, 2005)
David Puner (9 episodes, 2005-2006)

Jon Glaser (unknown episodes, 2005)
Matthew Belinkie (unknown episodes)
Edward Butler (unknown episodes)
Bill Corbett (unknown episodes)
Wayne Federman (unknown episodes)
Zach Fox (unknown episodes)
Brian Frazer (unknown episodes)
Eric Friedman (unknown episodes)
Eric Immerman (unknown episodes)
Dino Markus (unknown episodes)
Kevin Murphy (unknown episodes)
Michael J. Nelson (unknown episodes)
Todd Pellegrino (unknown episodes)
Matt Price (unknown episodes)
Jeff Rosenthal (unknown episodes)
Jason Sklar (unknown episodes)
Randy Sklar (unknown episodes)
Lane Strauss (unknown episodes)
Jason Weber (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Edward Butler .... producer (78 episodes, 2004-2006)
Jordan Kranis .... producer (19 episodes, 2004)

Bart Coleman .... field producer (unknown episodes)
Jory Hirsh .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Todd Pellegrino .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Jason Weber .... producer (unknown episodes)
Ari Yolkut .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Matt Crocco (unknown episodes)
Mark Rivers (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Dave Solomon (unknown episodes)
David Solomon (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Jesse Ehredt .... sound editor / sound re-recording mixer (77 episodes, 2004-2006)
Billy Gardner .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Crista Giuliani .... lighting director (20 episodes, 2004-2006)
Chris Rider .... video playback operator (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Other crew
Joseph Maar .... coordinating director (78 episodes, 2004-2006)

Todd Mason .... production executive (unknown episodes, 2005)
Matthew Belinkie .... researcher (unknown episodes)
Zach Fox .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Tara Michalowski .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Omar Reid .... researcher (unknown episodes)
George Sample .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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"Cheap Seats" - USA (short title)
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USA:30 min
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Crow T. Robot:You know, this is just a great idea - a cable show where you make fun of other people's videos.
Tom Servo:Shameless!
Mike Nelson:It'll never last.
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8 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Good idea, bad execution., 19 February 2004
Author: FeverDog from Center of the Universe

It's like "Beavis and Butthead" or MST3K, but with sports: Two geeks watch some old game while making snide jokes about it. It could be great, but the writing seriously sucks and the twin co-hosts are not at all likeable.

Take the infamous final moments of the 1982 Cal/Stanford football game. The hosts fixate on a guy in the crowd leaving before the big upset. Some fine mocking could have been had, but what do the hosts do? They bring in that fan (not really him) for a studio interview to ask him why he left before the end. His response? He wanted to beat traffic. Wow, guys, that's brilliant - I peed my pants, it was so funny. Since that probably was the real reason the fan left early, why not concoct some elaborate lie for him to tell before he succumbed to the humiliation and buried his face in his hands, weeping?

The other show I caught part of was a wrestling clip from 1980. One wrestler was playing an Iranian Sheik, so one of the hosts dressed liked him in front of a blue screen while blabbering in the same dodgy Arab accent. FYI, guys: Acting funny is not funny.

After the clip the writers thought it'd be funny to see this Sheik wrestler's resumé, which showed to include a stint as a playground bully. Hardee har har. Is there anything deadlier than comedy that isn't funny?

But the mediocrity of "Cheap Seats" can't be solely pinned on the writers. Jason and Randy may be superficially attractive, but neither show any ability in comedy, and their combined lack of screen presence makes the show that much unbearable. Earlier this week I saw them on an episode of "Action," where they were almost but not quite as annoying. (It didn't really bother me then since a) they were in only one scene, and b) that show had kickass writing.) They lack the timing and delivery necessary to make a joke work even if it were funny. They're not as cretinous as B&B or as erudite at Joel/Mike and the 'bots; they fall somewhere in between, which, as seen here, is deathly boring.

Shame, since the show has potential. It's got a good premise, and, being on ESPN Classic, a bottomless archive of sports clips. I'd love to see what could be done with, say, the '62 Mets or a shot of Pete Rose on the dugout phone. Get better writers and truly funny sports geeks/pop-culture savants to host (how about Bill Simmons? His column on ESPN.com's Page 2 is always good for a laugh), and I'll give "Cheap Seats" another shot.

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