With my endless knowledge about all things sports and that thing where I listen to podcasts sometimes, I knew that I was well qualified to evaluate the merits of The BIG Podcast with Shaq. It's also worth highlighting just how badly this country needed me to render this service. Shaquille O'Neal is a very obscure figure that few are familiar with, a figure cloaked in shadows, a figure that requires a particularly keen eye to truly comprehend, so I...
Okay, I'll stop now. This podcast's premise is "Shaq says funny things and sort of addresses current events" and it rarely strays from that. For the most part, it made for a goofy, breezy listen.
Although two generic radio-host-type dudes were along for the ride in the episode that I sampled, this was clearly the Shaq show. Some segments involved the other guys playing old YouTube videos just to see Shaq's reaction. Some segments involved taking relationship questions from the audience in order to draw out Shaq's sage advice. Ross Perot was discussed for a surprisingly lengthy amount of time. Oh, and after one of the host made a snarky aside about Shaq sounding like Confucius, Shaq asserted that he should be addressed as "Shaq-fucius."
Shaq is simply funny and unpredictable to listen to. This is due less to his adroit sense of comedic timing and more due to his apparent lack of any filter. On a show that is mandated to bleep out swear words, he was casually dropping "fucks," often several of them in a row. He also went on multiple tangents about his own career in basketball, including some specific stories about his fights with previous team management figures that made me wonder if he was even supposed to bring them up. While his co-hosts read off some ad copy for Wix.com in a perfunctory way, Shaq noted that the site was as stunning as his co-host's booty.
The only stretch that felt dull was a brief interview with Mark Cuban that rendered Shaq incapable of saying much beyond "you're awesome, Mark Cuban." But hey, Shaq certainly came across as sincere in his admiration, and it was endearing to hear him repeatedly bring up that he had wanted to play on Cuban's team. For something that I will probably never feel the need to revisit, good times were had.