Kevin Hart has brought the ice tubs back out for his streaming comedy interview series, Cold As Balls. The show, in which the comedian interviews figures from sports and sports media while sitting in ice baths, is now in its third season.
Season 3, which debuted Nov. 12 with Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul, appears to have a more intriguing guest list than Season 2, which leaned heavily on basketball stars. This time around, Hart’s interviews include pro wrestlers, gamers, Olympians, and TV personalities, in addition to current and former professional athletes. In addition, Season 3 will be 10 episodes, while the previous two seasons each included six episodes. (Seven “All-Stars” episodes were also produced.)
On the Season 3 premiere, Hart and Chris Paul discuss being the shortest person in the room, involvement in big NBA trades, the “Lob City” days with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Banana Boat frivolity with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony, and Paul’s career achievements.
Check out the Season 3 trailer:
In addition to Paul, Cold As Balls, Season 3, features Dennis Rodman, Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews, DeMar DeRozan from the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, professional gamer Ninja, Charles Oakley, the Bella Twins, Lolo Jones and JR Smith.
It’s worth noting that Hart will have three interviews with female guests, more than he’s had in previous seasons. (Season 1 featured Candace Parker and Gabby Douglas, while Lisa Leslie and Ronda Rousey appeared on “All-Stars” episodes released with Season 2.) Sure, there’s obvious aesthetic appeal in Hart having attractive women in such a setting. But a woman contesting the sometimes overbearing masculinity of Hart’s persona (and a sports-themed series) and taking him down a notch makes for some funny moments too.
“We keep looking for ways to elevate the show season over season and with Kevin at the helm, we’ve managed to make the series continuously funnier, deeper, and more informative for our increasingly growing audience,” said executive producer and director Michael D. Ratner, whose OBB Pictures developed and produces the series.
New episodes of Cold As Balls will be available every Tuesday on the Laugh Out Loud Network’s YouTube channel, the Laugh Out Loud app and at LaughOutLoud.com. The series has drawn 320 million views on YouTube since debuting in 2018. If you want to show your love for the show, merchandise tie-ins including bathrobes, shower slippers, towels, and backpacks will soon be available. Maybe in time for the holidays.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Season 2 had no female guests. Lisa Leslie and Ronda Rousey each appeared on “All-Stars” episodes that coincided with the second season.