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‘Celebrities in Golf Carts’ wheels out Rob Riggle, Kunal Nayyar, and more

Will Zack Morris be as good on the green as he was with the ladies?

Feb 29, 2020, 5:43 pm*

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Tom Harrington

Don’t ever let me hear you say that the Southern California Golf Association hasn’t done anything for you lately. Because for your viewing pleasure it’s transported a bunch of entertainers out to a golf course, switched on the cameras, and guaranteed a “ton of laughs.”

Hosted by sports radio host Mark Willard—who oddly, for a man in his position doesn’t seem to know what badminton isCelebrities in Golf Carts involves following luminaries of the caliber of Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Haley Joel Osment around nine holes, finishing with a chat and a quirky skills test.

While you’ll have to wait to see whether Zack Morris is as good on the green as he was with the ladies, episodes featuring Marine-turned-comedy actor Rob Riggle and the Big Bang Theory‘s Kunal Nayyar are ready to go.

The episodes are somewhat hamstrung by Willard’s tone-deaf sensitivity toward comedic flow—both guests are repeatedly cut off just as they’re building up—but as Riggle and Nayyar are both reasonably competent from the tee they’re comfortable on the course which leads to relaxed and natural interviews.

While it’s a nice series, one thought lingers. The purpose of the series seems to be to promote the congenial and accessible nature of a sport that perhaps has a reputation for being stuffy and exclusive. But how that point is progressed by featuring a former Saturday Night Live cast member and the third-highest paid male television actor in the world is beyond me. 

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*First Published: Oct 16, 2015, 10:03 am