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The Sklar Brothers’ Thursday News and Views

Our friends Jason and Randy Sklar just released a new comedy special, What Are We Talking About?, a one-hour stand-up routine full of laughs that I really think you’ll enjoy. It comes with its own NFL-like pregame/halftime/postgame studio show, featuring host Rich Eisen and a panel of Omar Dorsey, Dwight Freeney and Terrell Thomas. Bonnie Bernstein is the field reporter, handling the interviews with the twins in their locker room prior to taking the stage. The studio analysis is a first for a comedy special, as far as I know, and really adds to what the Sklars bring during their routine.

We got a chance to catch some of the material at Comedy Off Broadway last fall when the Sklars visited Lexington and the laughs were just as good the second time around when I watched What Are We Talking About? on Netflix over the weekend. I won’t spoil any of the bits for you, but I will say they have a surprisingly good impersonation of Stephen A. Smith, which may be my favorite part of the show. That bit alone is worth giving it a shot.

And in case you missed it, the Sklar brothers were guests on Kentucky Sports Radio this morning to discuss what it was like seeing their Michigan Wolverines lose to Kentucky in the NCAA tournament and to congratulate Big Blue Nation on the return of the Harrison twins and Pat Riley.

Have a listen to their interview below:

Be sure to check out What Are We Talking About? on Netflix or download the audio version in the iTunes store if you’d rather listen on your drive.

Let’s get to these News and Views…


Southern Miss makes a hire, it’s not Kenny Payne.

Iowa State assistant Doc Sadler will replace Donnie T in Hattiesburg, meaning we get to keep Kenny Payne in Lexington a little longer.

A fun Sadler fact: he replaced Billy Gillispie at UTEP after serving as his assistant for two seasons. He was also the head man at Nebraska before coaching under the Mayor at Iowa State.

Mark Stoops feels good about his options at quarterback but not ready to name a starter.

On Wednesday morning’s SEC coaches teleconference, Mark Stoops addressed his quarterback race, saying he likes his options but still doesn’t have the guy. Patrick Towles played well as the starter in the spring game, but he also liked what he saw from Reese Phillips and Drew Barker that afternoon. He said Phillips is the most consistent of the bunch and is “very much in the hunt.”

Stoops also had very good things to say about his defensive line. That group will be the difference maker on that side of the ball, no doubt.

Calipari met with his team on Monday.

Coach Cal announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he met with his team earlier in the week. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss what each player needs to improve over the summer and the vision for the entire squad in 2014-15.

Cal also said he finally sat down with Marcus Lee, Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, and E.J Floreal individually for the first time since the season ended.

“I am totally dedicated to each of these young men,” he wrote. “I believe in them and I’m committed to doing the best for them as individuals as we build this team into something we can all be proud of.”

The Lakers need a head coach.

Mike D’Antoni resigned on Wednesday, paving the way for John Cali… Kidding.

Kentucky football added a walk-on.

Ryan Kendall, a quarterback/wide receiver out of North Carolina, has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the Cats. One would assume they will give him some run at receiver, a position that needs depth, which could pave the way for a bigger commitment on down the road. Ryan’s younger brother Austin is a highly sought-after quarterback in the class of 2016 with offers from Tennessee, Clemson and UK. 247Sports ranks Austin as the eight-best quarterback in the class and the Cats’ offer has to stand out a little more now that his big brother will be wearing blue in Lexington next fall.

Nice recruiting move by Stoops and, who knows, maybe Ryan can offer some help of his own.

Stephen Zimmerman trimmed his list to eights, Cats still alive.

Days after playing in front of John Calipari and Barry Rohrssen in Sacramento, Stephen Zimmerman announced his top eight schools on Wednesday and Kentucky survived the cut. One of the top players in the 2015 class, Zimmerman has received interest from everywhere and UK has made at least three trips out to Las Vegas to see him since offering him a scholarship last summer.

At 6’11”, Zimmerman is’s No. 2 center in the class and the fifth best player overall. He is also considering Arizona, UNLV, Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA, Louisville and, for reasons beyond me, Indiana.

Myles Turner is going to Texas.

Rick Barnes lands another elite talent with endless potential, and won’t do anything with it. I guess we can be glad he didn’t pick Kansas.

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Kentucky beat Louisville in softball because Kentucky is beating Louisville in everything.

The Kentucky softball team picked up a two-game season sweep over the Cards with a 7-3 win in Louisville. The Cats scored four runs in the eighth inning to carry on life’s cycle of owning Louisville.


That’ll do it for tonight. Remember to pay for your crab legs, everybody.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

13 Comments for The Sklar Brothers’ Thursday News and Views

  1. Marcus
    12:32 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

    no one seems to care about the Sklar brothers.

    • Drew Franklin
      1:34 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

      They should. I’m not just pumping up our friends; it’s really funny.

    • No It's Not
      8:27 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

      It’s actually not funny and they shouldn’t waste their time caring.

  2. Cousins Fake Tooth
    3:13 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Wonder why this post has 2 comments after 5 hours? BECAUSE PEOPLE DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE SKLAR BROTHERS! They are not funny. Stop with posting about them.

    • Wild Blue
      5:20 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

      And it’s rehashed news. Come on Drew, give us something more than what we have already read on KSR. Like the softball post.

    • Haha
      5:56 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

      @Wild Blue, What do you want him to post? There is only so much UK news in a day. Should he just make sh!t up so it’s all fresh news?

  3. King Rex Knows
    7:11 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Cal to LA, don’t ever doubt King Rex!!!

  4. HaHa
    8:34 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

    That’s because ul sucks at everything. Only seems right that we beat them in football this year. As a university they are ranked near the bottom in the good categories and near the top in bad (like on campus crime) and as a city they are a disgrace to the state.

  5. Facts are optional
    8:34 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Sklar Bros. are not funny @ all….just another person or persons for Drew to be a silly Groupie over like all the others in the past.

  6. Steve
    8:42 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Boycott Churchill Downs because of the increased take out the track has chosen this meet. Took more money from their customers, the bettors and increased the salaries of management many times over this past fiscal year.

    • common sense
      8:56 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Wait you want us to boycott Churchill Downs because they, a private business, are distributing the money they bring in to their employees, how dare they. It’s not like they changed up the odds of winning a bet. You still have the same chance of losing your money. If you don’t want Churchill keeping your money, just win.

    • Steve
      9:03 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

      part-mutual wagering consists of a pool of money distributed to winners AFTER a % is taken by the track. The track decided at this meet to take MORE money from the pool BEFORE distribution to the winners thus less money is distributed to the winners and more money is kept by the track.

      Check the internet for the current boycott by longtime bettors of horse racing of Churchill Downs racing and you will find a detailed discussion of this topic!

  7. Except in football
    11:27 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Except in football