The World’s Worst Bandwagon Fan Makes His Debut On New Sports Comedy Site, ‘The Kicker’
I think that we all know this guy. Ricky Richards is the brainchild of Austin, TX, filmmakers David Ward and John Ramsey, who put together this short video for The Kicker, a new comedy sports site from Saturday Night Live co-head writer Bryan Tucker.
It's one of their best videos to date, chronicling a rather clueless fan whose allegiances lean whichever way the wind blows.
Ricky (played by Byron Brown): "Now I've been a Lakers fan my whole life, except for when my uncle lived in Chicago, when I was a Bulls fan, you know, from, say, '91 through '98."
"I've been a Yankees fan for twenty years -- since 1996. Stayed with them all through '97 ..."
"This is the second video we've done for The Kicker," said Ward by phone to SportsGrid. "They liked the first one, and called us and asked if we could turn around another one really quickly. We shot and edited this in a day."
And it was one character that was easy for them to write.
"We all know that guy who's in denial about the teams he roots for," Ramsey said. "He may not have all the characteristics that we show here, but he has a lot of them. He crosses the line with his trash talking and doesn't realize it. Goes on sports radio and gets way too into it."
"We were partly inspired by that guy who stole the puck from the little kid the other day," Ward said. "Ricky would totally do that."
Ward and Ramsey's first video for The Kicker was a sports press conference parody featuring Weird Al Yankovic that was released on Oct. 26.
Other videos for The Kicker have featured Andy Samberg, Perez Hilton, Wyclef Jean, Jamaal Charles, Odell Beckham Jr. and Eric Decker. It will have daily content on its website and across its YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter platforms.
"We’d done some sports comedy on SNL, but I thought maybe it was time for sports fans to have their own place to laugh," Tucker told Mashable.
"I know lots of comedy websites that do some sports content and some sports websites that do content that is funny," he said. "But I don’t know any sites that take on the world of sport for laughs."