Shaquille O’Neal might be the greatest comedian since Andy Kaufman. All of that crap the media has dug up about his supposed problems with ex-wives, IT guys, and fumbling police detectives? That’s the masterful art of staying relevant postbasketball, and Shaq is still in the news because of it. Who’s a sucker now, Gus Garcia-Roberts? Every alleged problem, scuffle, lawsuit, and piece of print, web, and airtime Shaq has had in the past five years has been orchestrated to build hype for Friday night’s All-Star Comedy Jam at the Fillmore. When the lights go down at 8 p.m. and Bill Bellamy, Gary Owen, Spinderella, Capone, and Corey Holcomb hit the stage, you’ll have joined the ranks of America’s laughingest audience since comedy was invented. For the low, low price of $39.50 to $65.50 per ticket, you can be present for a show that historians will still talk about 300 years from now as the peak of American comedic excellence. And you can thank Big Shaq for making it happen.
Fri., March 2, 8 p.m., 2012