TV tonight: ‘Shaquille O’Neal’s All Star Comedy Jam’ on Showtime

Shaquille O’Neal: big man with a big heart treats us to a night of comedy

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WASHINGTON, June 28, 2013 —Most NBA greats take jobs as TV commentators or ride off into the sunset with their millions after retiring from the game. Shaquille O’Neal has definitely bucked this tradition by having his hand in everything from law enforcement to comedy to an incredible list of charitable concerns that grows each year.

Tonight his latest installment of “Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam” at 10 p.m. on Showtime promises to be a welcome comedic relief from the summer reruns, and the ongoing sagas of Paula Deen and George Zimmerman. But this is just the tip of the O’Neal iceberg.


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Last year “The National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council” honored Shaquille O’Neal as a father of the year. This award was given in recognition of his ongoing work with children’s charities, and the positive example he sets for his own children.

In just one week last September O’Neal attended various events in New York to support everything from the “United Nations Every Woman Every Childinitiative to the “Toddler Rally For Global Health’s Big Push.” He also attended the “27th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner” to benefit the “Buoniconti Fund” to cure paralysis.

The list goes on: O’Neal also supports “The Phoenix House,” “Be the Match,” “Make a Wish,” “Feed the Children,” “O’Positive Foundation,” “GreenMyParents(GMP),” “Toys for Tots,” and a host of other educational, environmental and children’s charities. He is always willing to use his celebrity as a means of bringing awareness to the causes he believes in.

But the charity nearest and dearest to his heart is the “Boys & Girls Clubs of America.” O’Neal cites this organization as his savior during the time he was growing up in the projects. It was his refuge from the mean streets, and the place he developed his now legendary skill on the basketball court.


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In 1998, O’Neal pledged $1 million to “BGCA” to help build technology centers in clubs across the country. He also collaborated with “BGCA” and “Microsoft” to create an online safety program for kids. Today, O’Neal’s legacy has grown to include more than 2,000 technology centers in Boys & Girls Clubs, which have produced thousands of tech-savvy young people.

Tonight when O’Neal takes center stage to present some of today’s best comedians on his “All Star Special,” be grateful for the many laughs it will provide, but don’t forget that his real love is helping those in need. Eventually O’Neal’s legacy as one of the best NBA players of all time will take a back seat to his legacy of concern for his fellow man.

It is an example we can all follow.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Shark Tank: (Repeat) Unique eyewear made of sustainable wood; a camouflage clothing line for duck hunters; a premium denim line; high-end bedding for girls.

CBS: Undercover Boss: (Repeat) Retro Fitness CEO Eric Casaburi works undercover at his exercise centers.

FOX: Bones: (Repeat) Hodgins fears that Christopher Pelant is back for revenge after he and Angela are drugged, and a corpse is found in their bed canopy while flower petals are spread around their son’s crib.

NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) A story of survival unfolds when an accident traps a mother and her young daughters inside a wrecked car and rescue efforts prove too dangerous to continue. Also: the slaying of a professor. Keith Morrison is the correspondent.

CW: Cult: New) Stuart invites Roger to a weekend getaway. Meanwhile, Skye discusses the past with her mom over lunch.

9 p.m.

ABC: What Would You Do?: (New) Hidden cameras capture reactions to a person removing coins from a casino fountain, people discovering a wallet full of cash and credit cards, a pastor refusing to marry an interracial couple, and a woman taking her young son for a manicure. 

CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (Repeat) Catherine works undercover at a local roller derby to find a killer after a victim falls onto Dog the Bounty Hunter’s SUV.

FOX: The Following: (Repeat) Claire receives a call that might lead her to her son; Carroll turns to a lawyer from his past.

CW: Cult: New) Skye infiltrates a meeting of new initiates to the True Believers.

PBS: Annie, It’s a Hard Knock Life, From Script to Stage: (New) The evolution of “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” in the 2012 Broadway revival of “Annie” is chronicled from its initial stages to opening night, including early discussions between the set and costume designers; the casting of the actors; and rehearsals. Lending insight into the process are choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, costume designer Susan Hilferty and set designer David Korins, as well as director James Lapine and young actors Tyrah Odoms, Emily Rosenfeld and Jaidyn Young.

10 p.m.

ABC: 20/20: (New) No description available

CBS: Blue Bloods: (Repeat) Danny investigates the murder of a college student who may have been dealing drugs.

NBC: Ann Curry Reports: A Face in the Crowd: (New) Ann Curry explores the story of Richard Norris, who was disfigured by a shotgun blast in 1997 and underwent successful, groundbreaking face-transplant surgery.

PBS: Lidia Celebrates America: (New) A look at freedom and the immigrant experience through food and cultural traditions, featuring Anna Deavere Smith, Renée Fleming, Jacques Pépin, Martha Wainwright and Alec Mapa. Included: a July 4th naturalization.

Showtime: Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live From Atlanta. Funnyman Faizon Love takes on hosting duties for the latest installment of ‘All Star Comedy Jam’. This time around, NBA All Star and celebrity personality, Shaquille O’Neal has handpicked some of stand-up comedy’s funniest up-and-coming talent and paired them with veterans of the comedy stage. The line-up includes Red Grant, Finesse Mitchell, Gina Yashere, Robert Powell, and 2012 Miller Lite stand-up champion Lavar Walker. Filmed at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in front of a live audience during the 2013 NCAA Final Four weekend.

Basic cable:

New episodes of: 

WWE SmackDown at 8 p.m. on Syfy

Tanked at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet

Extreme Homes at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Magic City at 9 p.m. on STARZ

Marriage Bootcamp: Bridezillas at 9 p.m. on WE

Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC

Treehouse Masters at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet

Randy to the Rescue at 10 p.m. on TLC

Mystery Diners at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Continuum at 10 p.m. on Syfy

Bridezillas at 10 p.m. on WE

The Dead Files at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel

72 Hours at 10:15 p.m. on TNT

Maron at 10 and 10:30 p.m. p.m. on IFC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Rock on ENC

Phantoms on FLIX

X-Men Origins: Wolverine on FX

Horrible Bosses on HBO

Gone on SHO

Don’t Say a Word on SUND

Transformers on TBS

The Leopard Man on TCM

Red on TNT

9 p.m.

Zookeeper on ABCFAM

Ocean’s Thirteen on BRAVO

Vampires Suck on FXM

Dream House on HBO

The Darkest Hour on TMC

Later tonight:

Deadline at Dawn at 9:30 p.m. on TCM

The Big Lebowski at 9:35 p.m. on SHO

Hard Rain at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX

Waterworld at 10:20 p.m. on ENC


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