Not A Sports Show With Lil Rel Howery

By: Mike Esola

March 27, 2021

Lil Rel Howery

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!


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. Then, 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.


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:

  • Paul Pierce
  • Joc Pederson
  • Sabrina Ionescu
  • Shaun White
  • Kenny Smith
  • Chiney Ogwumike
  • Melvin Ingram
  • Shannon Sharpe

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 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. Then, Rel goes head to head with the man himself to debate some of the hottest sports topics of the day. Finally, 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 the welcomes in Melvin. 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. Rel and Mel then hit the stage to record Not A Sports Show’s first ever freestyle hip hop music video.

Fun Facts

The show was originally planned to shoot much earlier than December 2020, but was delayed due to COVID-19 production restrictions.

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.

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


  • 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


  • Camara Helps – Key Makeup 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


  • 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
  • APM Music
  • Extreme Music
  • Sonic Culture

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