“Had to Wear a Baby Bunny Once”: When Charles Barkley ‘Hilariously’ Played Shaquille O’Neal While Hosting SNL

Charles Barkley has had the good pleasure of internet hosting SNL on 4 events. Given all these alternatives, it’s arduous to imagine that Barkley wouldn’t take his time to poke enjoyable at his lifetime nemesis, Shaquille O’Neal. The second got here throughout Barkley’s 2012 return to the present, the place he performed his TNT co-host in a skit. Barkley appeared on the present, dressed up as Shaq, and did an impeccable job at it, whereas Kenan Thompson performed Chuck.

The SNL actor did a nice job taking part in Sir Charles, as he roasted Shaq [played by Barkley] on each doable event. On the flip facet, Barkley performed a relatively dumbed-down model of O’Neal, a trope that will observe O’Neal for the remainder of his profession. In one such phase, the crew confirmed a model of Shaq who was dangerous at storytelling.

As quickly because the co-host pulled out a “child hat” to provoke a dialogue, Shaq began one other “dumb” story as Barkley (portraying Shaq) stated,

“I had to put on a child bunny as soon as, once I was a child.” 

Unknown to many, O’Neal had a arduous time launching his profession as an analyst on ‘Inside the NBA‘ in 2011-12. He wasn’t practically as articulate, attentive, and proactive as now. He was typically relegated to being Barkley’s punching bag, which might typically lead to heated arguments on the set of the present.

Returning to Barkley’s 2012 SNL Show, the previous NBA participant could be joined by SNL legend Bill Hader, who performed Ernie Johnson, and Jay Pharoah, who performed Kenny ‘the Jet’ Smith. The trio would find yourself ganging up on Shaq, as he (Barkley) took insult after insult whereas sustaining an absolute stoic expression. The present additionally used strains from the present, ‘I’d relatively be watching Free Willy 2 than Kazaam 1’, making followers relive iconic moments from that present.

Shaq blossomed into a lovable large

After 19 seasons within the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal hung up his sneakers and determined to be a part of the broadcasting world. After retiring from the Boston Celtics, Shaq already had his eyes set on it, as he had already signed onto ‘Inside the NBA’ as a studio analyst.

Shaq rapidly made the TNT gig into a full-time job, because the present started to morph positively. O’Neal had his rookie moments throughout his first few seasons, however slowly caught his grove.

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Shaquille O’Neal quickly sufficient received his phase referred to as “Shaqtin A Fool”. It was an immediate hit and even continues to at the present time. It’s secure to say that Warner Brothers made no mistake in drafting Shaq into the TNT fold. In reality, with out Shaq and Charles, the present would have had a arduous time combating ESPN, with Skip Bayles and Stephen A. Smith.

But the whole lot labored out simply advantageous, because the TNT crew has received over six Emmy awards for his or her incredible contribution to the game of basketball, and the artwork of broadcasting.

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