Kevin Flynn is currently the host of ESPN’s popular, Over the Ball with Kevin Flynn podcast. Each week Flynn seamlessly combines the worlds of soccer and comedy into a fun and entertaining hour. To quote one recent publication, “Flynn is an extremely likable, funny and engaging host, well worth a weekly listen.” Over the Ball is the first soccer specific podcast at ESPN and one that has shown tremendous growth since arriving at the sports network in the spring of 2014.
Before landing at ESPN, OTB was the most popular program on “SiriusXM FC” (the full time soccer channel) after only 9 short months of its existence. Before departing for ESPN, OTB was awarded the prestigious “Major League Soccer Talk Show of the Year.”
After graduating from the University of Massachusetts where he was two time captain of the soccer team and who was most recently named that schools, Player of the Decade,” Flynn went on to play three years of professional soccer in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL/NPSL). Following his soccer career, Kevin transitioned from pro-athlete to professional sportscaster, host and entertainer. He covered World Cup Soccer for Fox Sports, ESPN and ABC. Flynn’s Sports Figure’s show on ESPN received the POLK Award for excellence in children’s programming all while working on his masters at Boston University, where he was also the assistant soccer coach. .
Flynn is also an accomplished standup comedian. Kevin has thrilled audiences for years with his comedy performances having headlined at clubs and colleges across the country. Flynn’s career as a comedian took off after winning the Boston Comedy Riot in 1988, where he then began appearing on numerous comedy specials. He has since added several film and television credits to his name appearing in The Heartbreak Kid with Ben Stiller; Me, Myself and Irene with Jim Carrey; Osmosis Jones with Billy Murray, and Sex and the City.
In 1996, Kevin became the host of The Discovery Channel’s Go For It, an extreme outdoor adventure show where he swam with sharks, jumped out of airplanes and scaled dangerous peaks. The show led Kevin to create his one-man show Around the Kitchen Table, which won the “Best of Fest” at the Boston Comedy Festival and HBO’s prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.
Along with continually performing and producing the Over the Ball podcast and his stand-up comedy, Flynn also works as the co-founder and executive director of the Nantucket Comedy Festival and is the founder of the children’s educational program Standup & Learn.