Jason and Randy Sklar. Or is it the other way around?Cheap Seats
is a show on ESPN
Classic that is hosted by twin stand-up comedians Randy and Jason Sklar. The two watch old campy sports and make funny comments about them.
The Back Story
goes that a long time ago (on February 4, 2004) a man named Ron Parker (Michael Showalter), "an anchor with attitude", was filming the first episode of Cheap Seats with Ron Parker
. The show was slated to go big. However, moments into filming, he was buried under a stack of tapes and his loyal but poorly treated assistants, Randy and Jason Sklar, had to fill in for him (like Gehrig for Pipp
or Brady for Bledsoe
) as they were the next people in line before Ryan Leaf. Thus the show became Cheap Seats Without Ron Parker
The show itself ran for 77 episodes and the finale aired on November 19, 2006. The first ten episodes were an hour long, with the remaining running 30 minutes. The hour-long episodes were edited down, with some scenes reshot, to allow reruns in the shorter time slot. Occasionally, this leads to orphaned jokes or other discontinuity note
The show featured several recurring segments:
- "Do You Care?", used in every single episode, in which the brothers provide obscure facts about the show's subject or participants—in extreme facial close-up.
- "The Cheapies", in which awards are granted for outrageous categories, like "Least Valuable Celebrity" and "Weakest Drop".
- "What to Look For" and "What Got Cut", which show clips that the Sklar brothers find ironic or funny. "Look For" acted as a preview for the show, and "Cut" highlighted things that got clipped for time.
Guest segments were also common, either with recurring characters like The Answer Dog or The Score Settler, or with characters tangent to the action (as portrayed by comedians). Other segments took more of a documentary approach, but were still ficitious and played for laughs, like the history of a labor strike in the world of professional miniature golf, or a profile of Bruce Jenner's less-talented nephew.