Oct. 10, 2008
LAS VEGAS -
ESPN's Kenny Mayne is the funniest man in sports. He is a 1982 graduate of UNLV, played football with the Rebels and will be hosting the Runnin' Rebels' FirstLook 2008 basketball practice event via video on Oct. 17 at the Thomas & Mack Center at 9 p.m. We had a chance to catch up with Kenny earlier this week:
UNLVRebels.com: What is your favorite memory from your time at UNLV?
KM: One single memory might be hard to pick out, as mostly I value all the many good relationships I made while at UNLV. But if you want me to name one moment in time it would have to be the night I got to act as an usher at the Ali-Holmes fight in October of 1980. I was rooting for Ali so that part was a downer but the electricity of the night is something I'll never forget.
UNLVRebels.com: Where do you get your humor from?
KM: I used to stay up to watch Johnny Carson most nights. That viewing, my father and my friends are what made me turn out this way.
UNLVRebels.com: How has your life changed since your time on Dancing with the Stars?
KM: Old ladies at airports recognize me. Other than that the only change is that I've continued to be associated with that program. In fact, I'm shooting new material with the Dancing folks in a couple weeks. It will air in late October. I still don't dance. Except when it's Stevie Wonder or the B-52's LoveShack at weddings.
UNLVRebels.com: Tell us a little bit about "Mayne Street," your scripted web series on ESPN.com which debuts Nov. 11.
KM: We're hoping it's 10% as good as any Larry David episode or Christopher Guest film. It's a series of 15 mini-movies, 4 minutes long or so. I'll be surrounded by real actors in these episodes. I just had to play myself, which I think I've almost perfected at this point. We think it turned out funny. If others disagree we will tell them it was supposed to be serious.
UNLVRebels.com: What's been the best thing about your experience as an author, writing An Incomplete And Inaccurate History Of Sport.
KM: The best part was the freedom in the writing. The next best part will be when people actually start buying the book. I think there were a lot of late arrivals at the book stores.
UNLVRebels.com: Who is the funniest person you know?
KM: It's a tie between Chris Rock and my best friend Mark Sansaver. Mark's career defining moment was back in 5th grade when he put on Mr. Bell's sportscoat when Mr. Bell left the room for about 20 minutes. The coat went down to the floor while Mark used Mr. Bell's pointer and pretended to teach World History. As good as Chris Rock is, I've never seen him use that in his act.
UNLVRebels.com: Is hosting FirstLook 2008 the greatest honor of your life? Well, is it at least in the Top 10?
KM: It's a high honor, no doubt. I'm just disappointed I couldn't be there in person. For that, blame ESPN. But then, without my attachment to ESPN you probably wouldn't have asked me to be involved. UNLV's had a whole bunch of 2nd string quarterbacks.