If ball is, indeed, life, it’s clearly also comedy. Former Division II basketball player Carlos “Famous Los” Sanford has blown up as a commentator/performer thanks to his relentless stream of social videos that have earned him the title “da funny sports analyst.”
The method to Los’ madness? He blends sports highlights with his unique potluck of sarcasm and barbershop-like relatability. Where a normal sportscaster might simply narrate a highlight, Los brings his blacktop personality. For example, there’s the funny one about having to stop a pickup game in order to get a friend who doesn’t have a membership into the gym. With over a million followers on Instagram — some of whom include Odell Beckham Jr., Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, Ezekiel Elliott and Stephen Curry — Los’ brand of wit and hoops knowledge is clearly infectious.
The Durham, North Carolina, native — who played at Lincoln Memorial with fellow sports funnyman Brandon “BDotADot” Armstrong and then Union College — now resides in Los Angeles and has plans to expand his portfolio in 2018. Fresh off an appearance on NBA TV, Los opens up about his own hoops dreams, his Netflix recommendations and why the topic of this year’s Celebrity Game during All-Star Weekend is a sore topic.
Describe your college basketball career. Did you think about the pros? And how did playing turn into what you’re doing now?
My life growing up, it was nothing but basketball. It’s levels. I did the first level, and then I got to college. The transformation to college really set me back. I scored a lot of points in high school. Then I came to college … and, of course, you have to play in other people’s systems. So I stopped shooting and I just passed a lot. I guess it wasn’t effective … so I didn’t play a lot. I transferred to my other school [Union College]. I played there, but when I hurt my knee again, that’s when I stopped. … After a while, I just started making videos.
Were you always kinda known as the comedian on the team?
Always! Always a jokester. I was on the same team with BDot. We both always kept the team rolling.
Did y’all ever get in trouble?
We were always in trouble — but we won a lot, so it didn’t matter.
Who was your childhood hero?
Hmmmm. I have no idea, but I only look at the basketball players. Either Magic Johnson or Kobe Bryant.
What are you looking forward to achieving the most in 2018?
Well, I was just on TV last night. Can I still say that? I guess so. Yeah, just more TV appearances. [I’m] trying to get in a movie. More work outside of just me. More work in the culture.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Favorite throwback TV show?
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!
What’s the last show you binge-watched?
(Laughs) Dude, everything. Lemme think. What was that show I just watched? Oh, 13 Reasons Why. And this show [on Netflix] called Glitch. All I do is sit here and watch movies. I binge-watch everything.
What’s your favorite karaoke song?
(Laughs) I don’t do no karaoke. But I’m always down to have a good time, though.
Last concert you went to?
Drake. Out here at The Forum [during Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour].
When was the moment you realized what you’re doing is catching on and making waves in the culture?
When I realized I had all the NBA players loving what I did. I just had to figure out how I could make money from it.
How did your friendship with Odell Beckham Jr. begin?
He just tweeted me telling me I’m funny. I hit him back, and from there it was all good. He’s good peoples.
Have you ever had a player come to you and say, ‘I don’t like what you said about me’?
If I’ve done it, it might have been in a funny way. But nah, it’s never been anybody actually mad at me.
Is there anyone that’s a fan of you that you were starstruck by?
Ummm … **long pause** … no. I’m a star (laughs). But Kobe, Drake and Magic Johnson? Them three? I would be starstruck. All the way.
What streaming services do you use on your phone?
I use Apple Music.
Two or three songs you’ve recently downloaded?
What’s a place you want to visit that you’ve never been before?
The Bahamas. I still ain’t been there, and I don’t even know how.
State your case for being in this year’s Celebrity Game during All-Star Weekend, especially since it’s in L.A.
Well, I’m not in it so far and I don’t know why. I wanna be in it. I’m mad about that. I’m in my feelings about that.
What would the near 28-year-old Los tell his 15-year-old self?
There’s gonna be a lot of obstacles in front of you, but don’t let them stop you. Keep going. Push through any door that’s closing.
We don’t know who’s on the teams yet, but if you had to pick an early All-Star Game MVP, who are you going with?
I need my boy Steph [Curry] to get it! Steph need to do it!
What will you always be a champion of?
Winning. I’m a winner.