How the ‘Rich Eisen Show’ Mixes Sports and Showbiz in an Entertaining Mix

Variety | 2/22/2019 | Andrew Barker
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Walking through the El Segundo studio where veteran sportscaster Rich Eisen tapes his daily “Rich Eisen Show,” the sheer density of sports memorabilia is overwhelming — everything from game balls to jerseys, gear, autographs and uncountable photos are crammed onto every inch of wall and desk space. But step into Eisen’s dressing room, and the focal item next to the host’s mirror tells a different story: An ancient Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner comedy LP, signed by both.

Indeed, a closer look at some of the guest snapshots along the walls reveals a striking number of Hollywood figures among the expected who’s-who of football legends. Ever since launching “The Rich Eisen Show” in 2014, Eisen has been striving to make his show an unlikely meeting point between the worlds of sports and showbusiness, combining the deep-dive debate of sports talk radio with the breezy banter of late night TV. So far, it’s working: the three hour multiplatformer — which airs on DirecTV’s Audience Network and is broadcast on Fox Sports Radio — has increasingly become a destination for stars on a media swing. Repeat guests include Matt Damon, Ice Cube and Matthew McConaughey, while the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Foster, Jane Lynch and Michael Douglas have all stopped by over the past several months.

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Visiting the set of his show late last year, it’s clear how naturally the combination can work with the right guests — early in the day, former Warriors and Clippers star Baron Davis shows up with costumes in tow; later on, Will Ferrell arrives for an interview clad in his AYSO soccer referee’s uniform.

“Every athlete wants to be a musician or an actor, and I suspect the inverse might be true too,” Eisen reasons.

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