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Ron Artest talks lockout, stand-up comedy

Jul 20, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

Ron Artest Parade

Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick recently did an absolutely classic interview with Ron Artest (whose name has not been changed to Metta World Peace yet), and the Laker forward talked about his television career, why he would want to play in the UK in a lockout, and his budding stand-up comedy career. Here’s a quick excerpt:

SI.com: You never brought comedy up as a possibility when we had that chat. How did it come about?

Artest: I never knew I would do that. But all the comedians see you on TV, so I’m dealing with some agents who have the top comedians. One [agent] reached out to me.

SI.com: So that first phone call you got about standing up on stage and being a comedian — what was going through your head?

Artest: I was super nervous. I knew I would do it — I’ll do anything. I’m not afraid of nothing. I was more nervous about [coming] to grips with [the fact that] I’m going to suck, you know? I’m like, “You’re going to be horrible.” And once I knew I was going to be horrible, I was like, “[Expletive] it. Let’s do it.” I was expecting boos.

For more of Artest’s thoughts on his joke-writing process, his acting career, how he thinks his first stand-up gig went, and why he wants to play in the UK, click through and read the full interview. As always, shine on, Ron Artest.

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