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Shaquille O’Neal to host comedy tour

06.20.11 at 1:22 pm ET

Shaquille O’€™Neal, no stranger to comedic roles himself, is set to host the All-Star Comedy Jam tour, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported.

The tour begins on Sept. 9 in Memphis. Tickets go on sale at on Friday at 10 a.m.

“I played with many all-stars on the court and laughed with these all-stars off the court,” O’Neal said Thursday. “I’m happy to present this hand-picked lineup as the first Shaq All-Star tour.”

The tour will also be filmed for the “All-Star Comedy Jam Backstage Pass” reality show.

In unrelated O’Neal news, Robert Ross, the man beaten and kidnapped allegedly due to his possession of a sex tape of O’Neal, testified in court Monday. Ross testified that security cameras at his home recorded O’Neal having sex, but the footage was then recorded over.

Hip Hop Wired’s C. Vernon Coleman II wrote that Ross reiterated his claim that the seven members of the Main Street Crips on trial said they attacked him because of the tape. He said one gang member mentioned O’Neal and business partner Mark Stevens as having sent them.

Both O’Neal and Stevens have denied involvement with the incident, and to date neither have been charged.

Testimony will resume when the hearing commences on July 6.

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