Get ready for the funny, America, because Metta World Peace and his comedy could be heading to a city near you.
A day after signing with the New York Knicks, the former Los Angeles Lakers forward/current crazy person has announced his plans for his second "Ultimate Comedy Tour."
Peace made the announcement on Twitter, where it was picked up by Ronald Haraka of Next Impulse Sports.
As you can see, the promotional poster doesn’t list any dates or venues, just simply that some type of tour involving Peace and “the country’s top comedians” is currently in the works. It also lists Peace as “Ron Artest,” which we can only presume is now his stage performance name.
Peace’s first comedy tour occurred during the 2011 NBA lockout, with “Ron Artest: The Ultimate Comedy Tour.” The temporarily out-of-work ballplayer did gigs on both coasts, including a two-night stint at Caroline’s on Broadway—a prestigious standup nightclub in New York City.
Here’s a bit of Peace’s standup routine from 2011.
It’s not the best, but it’s also not easy to get up in front of a group of strangers and try to make them laugh. Playing professional basketball on a national stage is pressure-packed, but a close-quarters setting with a small audience at the Improv is a whole other animal.
So there you have it—the Summer of Peace is just ramping up, and it’s good to see him transitioning smoothly from his former life with the Lakers.
Whether you want him to or not, Metta World Peace was born to entertain. Lets just hope he waived his old joke writers and picked up some new material over the last few years.
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