Kenny Mayne To Appear In A Series Of Online Webisodes For ESPN

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


I still haven't really delved into the whole webisode game, so this idea seems a bit hinky to me, but ESPN is coming out with a series of online videos featuring Kenny Mayne doing the goofy things that Kenny Mayne does. According to TV Week, Mayne will even be acting out more scenes with the likes of Soprano's stars Tony “Paulie Walnuts” Sirico, Steven “Bobby Bacala” Schirripa and Dominic “Junior Soprano”....

Fans of ESPN’s Kenny Mayne know he’s got a dry wit and a deadpan delivery that trusts them to get the joke, whether it’s on him, his confreres at the sports network or the audience.

He stoically exercises his familiar funny bone in “Mayne Street,” which is opening new online territory on Oct. 2 as ESPN.com’s first scripted series.

Mr. Mayne plays his lanky, laid-back, authority-baiting self in the 15-Webisode series—produced on a budget that might cover the average prime-time pilot at a broadcast network—that aspires to hit a comedy sweet (and sour) spot somewhere between “Arrested Development” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

In one installment, he’ll fail to get to Beijing to do an Olympics feature and try to fake his report in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Also in the cast: Alison Becker as the producer constantly trying to save Mr. Mayne from himself; Jordan Carlos as a young p.a.; Ben Schwartz as the wunderkind new executive nobody at ESPN would admit to recognizing; and Aubrey Plaza as the executive’s assistant. And carrying the flag for ESPN are personalities ranging from Scott Van Pelt to Neil Everett.
It's witty/snarky Kenny Mayne, acting as witty/snarky Kenny Mayne, but in longer versions of pieces which he's already done before! I don't even know what to say. The stories and videos he does for Sports Center are cute and occasionally funny, but to expand on those in this format has failure written all over it.

ESPN’s ‘Mayne’ Thing (TV Week)

9 Comments:

of all the minutes (hours) cumalative i've watched kenny mayne, i think he made me laugh once.

i just never got him. and i enjoy dry humor as much as the next guy (i.e. charlie steiner and norman chad).

mayne never did anything for me but bore me.

steven wright he is not.

Anonymous said...
Aug 26, 2008, 4:20:00 PM  

I'm with anon, his schtick is played out. It has been for 5+ years.

GMoney said...
Aug 26, 2008, 4:28:00 PM  

This blog shoud be renamed Awful Commenters.


There is no substance, just jokes and whatnot and trolls. People like Gmoney can go fuck themselves.



You guys make Youtube commenters look intelligent.


Takes away from what is a great blog.

stupid commenters said...
Aug 26, 2008, 5:26:00 PM  

Wow, sorry about taking a shot at your husband, Mrs. Mayne.

GMoney said...
Aug 26, 2008, 5:46:00 PM  

"There is no substance, just jokes and whatnot and trolls. People like Gmoney can go fuck themselves."

Telling someone to "go fuck themselves" just oozes "intelligence" & "substance," doesn't it?

Tainted Alligator Souffle said...
Aug 26, 2008, 7:48:00 PM  

Re: Stupid Commenters
Man, the Hit By A Pitch Chick is getting more and more lazy with her criticisms these days.

Anonymous said...
Aug 26, 2008, 9:28:00 PM  

I'm kinda with angry poster here. I like Kenny Mayne, and think the this is one of those times when the folks here are just jumping on ESPN becasue it's ESPN. He does short form comedy videos, and they are asking him to do more of them. Obviously his humor is specific, but he also obviously has fans or he wouldn't be around for as long as he has. I dunno, doesn't sound like a bad idea to me.

/Mrs. Kenny Mayne.

/seriously though, kind of looking forward to it.

Anonymous said...
Aug 27, 2008, 7:36:00 AM  

My friend Camelia Todorova is an extra in one of the scenes!! Can't wait to see it!!! Heard it was hilarious!!!

Anonymous said...
Aug 30, 2008, 1:42:00 AM  

This is what I think: Kenny Mayne

Chus said...
Sep 28, 2008, 2:40:00 PM  

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