After struggling for years on the circuit, Capone finally got his break.
"For somebody like Shaq to recognize that is really big," Capone said.
Though his passion is comedy, O'Neal is still involved in basketball — as an NBA analyst on TNT. O'Neal isn't shy to speak his mind: Before the season started, he said Los Angeles Lakers' newly acquired center Dwight Howard wasn't the game's most dominant at his position.
O'Neal caught a lot of flak for the comment, but stands by what he said.
"He's taking it personal, but I want him to get mad so he can dominate," O'Neal said of Howard. "You push your employees' buttons and either they go to the next level or they decline."
While brazen and often funny on television, don't expect O'Neal to get up on a comedy stage anytime soon.
"I know my limits. In my bathroom I'm funny as hell. I can give you seven, eight minutes straight. That's different from going onstage and looking at the guy in the front row and he's looking at you like this," he said, making a blank stare. "So that's always been my fear."
John Carucci covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow him at http://www.twitter.com/jcarucci_ap