Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch has found a new calling in life, and that is performing in disguise as a famed Canadian hockey commentator named Tony Babcock. Middleditch debuted the character amid Fox Sports West’s broadcast of the L.A. Kings game throughout the weekend, which was teased on the Kings’ site. There was likewise a backstory for the character like how ABC presented Mike Myers’ Gong Show host character Tommy Maitland in 2017.
Described as “a mysterious fellow,” Babcock’s games sports-expert résumé includes “over seven months as a PeeWee equipment coach for the Surrey Thunder A2” and a little bit of one game as a sports broadcaster. “He filled in for his father, a longtime announcer, who was sidelined by a freak press meal. Throughout the hockey community, it’s rumored that undercooked salmon was the culprit,” the L.A. Kings website reveals. “Babcock called the final four minutes of the game, exemplifying that quality takes precedence over quantity.”