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Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

  • Premiered: 
    October 29, 2013
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  • Network: Hulu
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Josh Greenbaum 
  • Subject Matter: Sports
  • Tags: mascot

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Plot Synopsis

Emmy award-winning filmmaker Josh Greenbaum follows four sports mascots for one year, revealing their colorful and unusual worlds. Whether they're working through injuries, performing community service, or aspiring to reach the next level professionally, these four personalities balance their dynamic lives as sports mascots with their often quieter personal lives. BEHIND THE MASK followed these four mascots in Season 1: Jon 'Jersey' Goldman, a 23-year-old communications major, who is UNLV's Hey Reb mascot and has also been a viking at his high school, as well as a shark, a bear and a kangaroo; Kevin Vanderkolk, a former gymnast, who is Bango for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and who was unasked on a September 2010 episode of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL; Chad Spencer, who has been Tux the Penguin for AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins since 2006, after starting his career as mascots for the Medicine Hat Tiger hockey team and the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League; and Michael Hostetter, a senior at Lebanon High School, who is Rooty the Cedar Tree at school sports events. On October 29, 2013 Hulu released the first three episodes of this 10-episode series.
On Thursday, February 26, 2015, Hulu released all ten episodes of the second season of BEHIND THE MASK, with the Season 2 opener available for free and the remaining nine episodes as part of HuluPlus. The second season dives into the world of four mascots at very different stages of life: minor-league mascot "Tux," who returns for a second season, as Chad Spencer gives it one last shot to make the pros; the SF Giants' "Lou Seal," with Joel Zimei keeping his 15-year attendance streak intact while being the best father he can be to his three-year-old daughter; freelance mascot Chris Hall, who struggles with his autism and severe anxiety but finds inner strength and confidence when inside a mascot suit as "Bucky the Blood Drop," "The Easter Bunny," "Fantasy Dragon", "Wally Goose" and more; and "The Tiger" from Gilbert High in Arizona, who is brought to life by 17-year-old Navey Baker, the first female mascot to appear on the show, as she competes to become the National High School Mascot of the Year.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Occupant Entertainment