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Hoops legend bounces comedy into Venue at Hammond casino

Shaquille O'Neal is not only basketball grehe's an entertainment
biggie. O'Neal delivers his All Star Comedy Jam Hammond Nov. 4.

Shaquille O'Neal is not only a basketball great, he's an entertainment biggie. O'Neal delivers his All Star Comedy Jam to Hammond on Nov. 4. | AP photo

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Updated: October 26, 2011 12:38AM



Just call it a “Shaq Attack” at Horseshoe Casino.

Shaquille O’Neal’s All Star Comedy Jam is coming to The Venue at the Hammond casino at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

O’Neal, of course, is the recently retired basketball legend who made his biggest splash with the Los Angeles Lakers. The “Comedy Jam” features some of Shaq’s favorite comedians. Publicity material calls it a “no-limits sketch revue.”

Tickets are in the $29.50-$49.50 range. Call 473-6060.

Think turkey

If you want to take parade watching to the next level, you’re going to be able to buy the “VIP Experience” for the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade on Nov. 24 in Chicago.

That’s right, $50 — plus $3.50 in handling and processing fees — gets you access to VIP grandstands, a light continental breakfast and access to private VIP restrooms, among other amenities. That’s according to a press release I got from the parade’s publicity machine.

Visit www.chicagofestivals.org for more information.

No Monkee mania

The Monkees are coming Merrillville’s Star Plaza Theatre on Thursday, June 30.

It’s the popsters’ 45th anniversary tour, but I don’t sense a big media buzz over it. There’s really been no catalyst to breathe new life into the boys, like MTV once did. As usual, Michael Nesmith is not touring this time around with Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones.

The tour already hit Liverpool, England, in May. Liverpool, as you may recall, is the home of the Beatles, whom the Monkees clearly copied. They were not the Beatles, of course, but the Monkees did dispense some nice pop music, courtesy of top-notch songwriters.

For instance, there was “Pleasant Valley Sunday” (Carole King), “I’m a Believer” (Neil Diamond), “Cuddly Toy” (Nilsson) and “Last Train to Clarksville” (Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart).

According to the booking agency handling the 45th anniversary tour, the Monkees are playing more than 30 cities on the North American leg of their 2011 road show.

Critics often dumped on the Monkees, but they were a fun dollop of the kaleidoscopic 1960s, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The Monkees first made their mark with America’s youth in 1966 when their NBC television show debuted.

By the way, tickets for the Monkees’ 7:30 p.m. Merrillville show are $47 and $62, but those prices don’t include Ticketmaster service charges.

Bob Kostanczuk talks entertainment with Steve “The Preacher” Glover from 4:15 to 5 p.m. each Friday on WJOB-AM (1230) and online at WJOB1230.com.



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