Milton Howery Jr., known professionally as Lil Rel Howery, is an American actor and comedian. Howery is best known for his roles as Robert Carmichael in NBC’s television comedy series The Carmichael Show and as TSA officer Rod Williams in the horror film Get Out. He also just appeared in Judas and the Black Messiah. Sit back, relax and crack a cold one with funnyman Lil Rel Howery as he interviews some of the greatest athletes of all time!
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FICTO.TV NEW SERIES NOT A SPORTS SHOW
No topic off limits, Lil Rel and his legendary guests have refreshing conversations about anything and everything, getting a glimpse into their lives away from the game. Watch Rel get them out of their comfort zones, with an impromptu sketch or challenge where we see these titans of sport shine on a brand new stage.
Do you ever wonder what athletes really talk about when they’re not playing their sport? So did Lil Rel! With a love of sports since he was a kid, Lil Rel found that his way to hang with the athletes was through his humor, and that spirit shines through each episode.
GUEST SPORTS TALENT ON NOT A SPORTS SHOW
Lil Rel takes us on a poignant and comical journey to get to know each guest, highlighted by Rel’s hilarious, cool and affable style, as he goes toe to toe with:
No topic off limits, Rel will also tackle timely and relevant issues within the sports world and our culture. Then, Rel takes the athletes out of their comfort zone, with a surprise challenge like a make-shift Lie Detector for Paul “The Truth” Pierce, a Poetry Slam with Sabrina Ionescu, a dance off with Chiney Ogwumike, an impromptu fashion show with Shannon Sharp, a grill challenge with Joc Pederson, a rap battle with Melvin Ingram, a nickname game with Kenny “The Jet” Smith, an epic Kung Fu fight sequence in a stadium between Lil Rel and Olympic gold medal snowboarder, Shaun White, to name a few!
Each episode also features a NASS original segment called: “Unsung Heroes.” A comedic, mini-biography about six characters, all played by Rel, who provided great value to the world of sport, but did not get the shine they deserved. Rel wraps up each episode in the stands, recollecting about his inspiring and hilarious time with his special guest athlete, on Not A Sports Show.
EPISODE DETAILS FOR NOT ANOTHER SPORTS SHOW ON FICTO.TV
Episode 1 – Paul Pierce “Paul Don’t Lie”
“Paul Don’t Lie” Part 1
In this episode of Not A Sports Show, Lil Rel Howery gets to know NBA Legend Paul “The Truth” Pierce. Comedic and enlightening, the conversations highlight a different side of Paul. As they chop it up over a beer, Rel learns about Paul’s background and how he got started playing basketball. Finally, we see Paul sweat it out in the hot seat during a surprise lie detector test. Rel grills him on everything from which NBA legends he thinks he was better than, to what really happened during the infamous “wheelchair” game.
“Paul Don’t Lie” Part 2
In this episode of Not A Sports Show, Lil Rel Howery and Paul Pierce have a beer and get into an intense game of Go Fish. As they learn more about each other, and talk over a beer, Paul talks about his love for The Bachelor, snowmobiling, and his close encounter with frostbite.
Episode 2 – Joc Pederson
“Young Guns” Part 1
In this special “Young Guns” episode of Not A Sports Show, Lil Rel goes on a journey to get to know two of the sports world’s brightest, young stars: MLB All-Star Joc Pederson of the Chicago Cubs, as well as WNBA superstar, and number 1 overall pick, Sabrina Ionescu of the New York Liberty.
Rel learns what it took for Joc to become one of the most clutch hitters in baseball. Then he challenges Joc to a culinary showdown behind the grill: who’s surf ‘n’ turf is better? Then they share their love of the cinematic classic, “Billy Madison”, with a hilarious homage…but nobody’s winning an Oscar for that.
Episode 2 – Sabrina Ionescu
“Young Guns” Part 2
Lil Rel Howery and Sabrina Ionescu have a compelling conversation over a beer as Rel learns where she might have gained her competitive nature (hint: watch her Dad in the stands during one of her games). Then Sabrina takes on Rel when he tests her competitive spirit in an impromptu poetry slam and foosball. Rel quickly discovers the same thing anyone who goes up against Sabrina does, she’s got game.
Episode 3 – Shaun White “Slow Clap”
In this episode of Not A Sports Show, Lil Rel gets snowboarding legend Shaun White in the hot seat.
Shaun shares what it’s like to grow up in the spotlight as an Olympic gold medalist, why he always chose the can of chili after wins, and what it felt like to get a slow clap at the airport after he won his first Olympic gold medal.
Then, things heat up when Rel challenges Shaun to a hot chili eating contest, followed by a throwback karate movie fight scene, under the stadium lights, worthy of a slow clap itself.
Episode 4 – Kenny Smith “Family Business”
In this episode of Not A Sports Show, Lil Rel sits down and has a beer with NBA Legend and award winning commentator on Inside the NBA, Kenny “The Jet” Smith.
Rel learns about the best player Kenny has ever seen, then they test Kenny’s acting chops, taking on an iconic scene from one of Kenny’s favorite movies! Next, Rel puts Kenny’s nickname generating skills to the test with an impromptu challenge on the stadium’s Jumbotron. Kenny will be droppin’ names and knowledge on this fun filled episode of Not A Sports Show.
Episode 5 – Chiney Ogwumike “Making Herstory”
In this episode of Not A Sports Show, Lil Rel gets to know one of the most trailblazing female athletes in the game today Chiney Oguimike, the first black woman and WNBA player to host a national radio show for ESPN, while still playing in the WNBA.
Whether they’re talking about Chiney’s special bond with her sister, fellow WNBA superstar Nneka Ogwumike, her love of being an analyst, or showing Rel how to dance to Afro beats, it’s easy to see how Chiney is inspiring young women around the world to make herstory.
Episode 6 – Shannon Sharpe / Melvin Ingram “Drop The Mic”
In the loaded season finale of Not A Sports Show, Lil Rel interviews NFL Hall of Famer, and legendary sports commentator Shannon Sharpe and two time NFL Pro Bowler, Melvin Ingram.
First up, Rel sits down with Shannon to talk about how Shannon’s childhood shaped him into the person he is today. Second, Rel goes head to head with the man himself to debate some of the hottest sports topics of the day. At the end, Rel and Shannon conclude their interview with an epic fashion walk-off, showing that Shannon has style in the booth and on the runway.
Rel then welcomes in Melvin. To start with, they crack open a cold one as Rel learns that Melvin uses rapping to get over tough obstacles in his life, whether it’s the loss of a loved one or rehabbing from injury. After that, Rel and Mel then hit the stage to record Not A Sports Show’s first ever freestyle hip hop music video.
Initially, the show was planned to shoot much earlier than December 2020, but was delayed due to COVID-19 production restrictions.
For instance, the bar was designed specifically for this production and as you can tell from watching the shows, there is no bartender on duty at any time.
Joc Pederson was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to Chicago during the development and production phases of Not A Sports Show.
Moreover, a few other titles were considered for this series including “Not Another Sports Show” but was ultimately ruled out.
Full Cast & Crew Details
Shot at the beautiful new home of the LA Rams and the LA Chargers, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The show had a full cast and professional crew as noted below:
Walt Becker – Director
Andrew Panay – Executive Producer
Adam Glass – Executive Producer
Lil Rel Howery – Executive Producer
Nate Tuck – Executive Producer
Brian Klugman – Executive Producer
Greg Silverman – Executive Producer
Jared Iacino – Executive Producer
Spencer Gordon – Executive Producer
Brent Goldberg – Executive Producer
Howie Young – Producer
Corey Cambridge – Co-Producer
Greg Garthe – Co-Producer
Drew Tholke – Associate Producer
Cam Squires – Associate Producer
Bradley Stonesifer – Director of Photography
Cristobal Valecillos – Production Designer
Howie Young – Unit Production Manager
Freddy Childress – First Assistant Director
Wally Parry – Second Assistant Director
Greg Garthe – Production Supervisor
Amy Stierasuta – Assistant to Andrew Panay
Gina Tomasino – Assistant to Nate Tuck
Brooke Finegold – Writers Assistant
Antonio Calderon – Production Assistant
Orlando Munoz – Production Assistant
Stefan Toskovic – Production Assistant
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR DEPARTMENT
David Liehn – Second Second Assistant Director
Thomas Cross – Key Set Production Assistant
Autumn Griffin – Set Production Assistant
Paul Marino – Set Production Assistant
Aidan Glass – Set Production Assistant
Adriel Gonzalez – First Assistant Camera
Denis Zemtsov – Second Assistant Camera
Dan Butovsky – Second Assistant Camera
Drew Lauer – Drone Operator / B Camera Operator
Nick Savander – C Camera Operator
Marty O’Neill – BTS Camera Operator
James Hammond – Additional Operator
Isabel Aranguren – Art Director
Phoenix A Lopez – Prop Master
Jean Paul Wightman – Leadman
Alex Gallo – Set Decorator
Nicholas De La Rosa – Set Decorator
Jessica Shaefer – Art Department Coordinator
Lucia Yajaira Aranguren – Art Assistant
Maya Oloe – Art Assistant
Genevieve Tyrrell – Costume Designer
Ivy Thaide – Assistant Costume Designer
MAKE UP & HAIR
Camara Helps – Key Make Up Artist
Corey “Chill” Hill – Key Hair Stylist
Meagan Hester – SFX Make Up
Michel Tyabji – Production Sound Recordist/Mixer
Mike Dunitz – Locations Manager
Sam Dunitz – Locations Production Assistant
Mark Rojas – Layout Technician
Shane Salyards – Key Gaffer
Julian Tuzzeo – Best Boy Electric
Casey Bauer – Electrician
Casey Bauer – Electrician
David Veerman – Electrician
Robert Eras – Electrician
Elias Gutierrez – Key Grip
Juan Manzo – Best Boy Grip
Hawke Clothier – Grip
Charles Daulo – Grip
Oscar Garcia – Grip
Shawn Aguilar – Digital Imaging Technician
Johanna Salo – Digital Imaging Technician
Chris Polczinksi – Video Assist
Tia Jai – Teleprompter Operator
Fabian Centeno – Head Chef
Richard Talledo – Chef Assistant
Jose Ventura – Chef Assistant
Jose Bran – Chef Assistant
Dylan Centeno – Chef Assistant
Antonio “Speedy” Marcos – Key Craft Service
Samuel J. Rincon – Craft Service Assistant
COVID HEALTH & SAFETY
Eugene Silva – PURE Sets Operations Lead
Megan Murphy – PURE Sets Testing Coordinator
Jason Bowe – Covid Compliance Officer
Matt Duran – Assistant Compliance Officer
Danica Morrison – Assistant Compliance Officer
Drew Jeffries – Unit Medic
Phil Price –Editor
Bill Chessman – Editor
Ko Massiah – Editor
Carey Keeney – Head of Post Production
Summer Sullivan – Post Supervisor
Jason Altshuler – Music Supervisor
Josh Jason – Post Coordinator
Chris Taylor – Art Director
Mariko Ishihara Metze – Lead Motion Graphics Designer
David Kolb – Graphic Artist
Neal Wynne – Graphic Artist
Mat Griffith – Graphic Animator
Jason King – Graphics Animator
Hunter Mayer – Graphics Producer
Ivy Henderson – Cosmo Street Producer
Sean Thomas – Lead Assistant Editor
Ciaran Redmond – Assistant Editor
Aaron Gunther – Cosmo Street Assistant Editor
Stewart Huey – Editorial Assistant
Michael Bell – Assistant Editor
Joy Fu – Assistant Editor
Dominic Wendel – Assistant Editor
Evelyn Kleinkopf – Online Supervisor
Emil Moss – Online Editor
Roberto Campos – Online Editor
Zin Chiang – Online Coordinator
Benny Van De Griek – Online Assistant
Erica Headley – VFX Production Manager
Kimberly Alfrey – VFX Coordinator
Isa Alsop – Compositor
Jeri Cruz – Compositor
Kris Widger – Compositor
Kevin Conlon – Compositor
Michael Cisneros – Compositor
Raphael LaMotta – Compositor
Sean Kinnear – Compositor
Patrick Sexton, CAS – Re-Recording Mixer
Quinn Alvarez – Colorist
La Rue Anderson – Apache Executive Producer
Kirsten Harris – Apache Producer
Music Provided By
21 South Music
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