Hank Azaria to reprise his role from IFC comedy Brockmire in a 10-episode podcast produced by Dan Le Batard and John Skipper’s Meadowlark Media.
Brockmire ran for four seasons, ending in 2020. Azaria played the title character, a simple-voiced sports reporter in the plaid jacket and booze. The Jim Brockmire podcast will see Azaria-as-Brockmire interviewing guests from sports and entertainment, starting with NBA star and TNT analyst Charles Barkley on April 7.
Azaria and Brockmire Producer Sheena Datt teams up on the podcast.
Meadowlark was formed in January by former ESPN colleagues Le Batard and Skipper. The latter, whose long career at ESPN included several years as chairman, had served as executive chairman of DAZN. The parent company of sports streaming service, Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries, has pledged to invest in the new content business. After signing up as an ESPN host Very questionable in January, Le Batard launched the Le Batard & Friends podcast network under the Meadowlark banner.
Disney Alun Kevin Mayer to lead streaming service DAZN as president, replacing John Skipper
Datt will co-host and produce the podcast with Dave Thomason on board as the show’s writer. Mike Ryan Ruiz is executive producer.
“Hank is one of the most versatile talents the entertainment industry has seen in decades,” Skipper said. “Jim Brockmire’s character is both funny and refreshing. We are fortunate that Hank and Sheena share Meadowlark’s vision and look forward to working together on this project.
The press release announcing the podcast included a comment attributed to Brockmire. “I had to ask a youngster to explain the difference between a podcast and a radio show,” he explained. “Several hours later, I still didn’t understand, but apparently I had agreed to do it. I’m pretty sure I was drunk. Anywhoodles, I’m delighted to report it’s here.
Azaria added: “What Jim said.”
Known for his voice work on The simpsons, Azaria recently appeared on Showtime’s Ray donovan, earning an Emmy victory for a guest performance and also an Emmy nomination.
“Honestly, I can’t believe we get to add someone with Hank Azaria’s credentials to our stable of stupidity,” Le Batard said. “He is the voice actor of our generation on The simpsons, an incredibly funny actor and, above all, our friend. I can’t wait for alcohol and drug-soaked Brockmire to urinate on every sacred thing in the sport. Hank, Sheena and Dave are going to cook something special…. I just hope it’s not meth.