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WWE Superstar The Big Show Talks About Comedy And Kissing Guys

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 1st 2010 4:30PM
WWE fans know the 7-foot, 400-plus pound Paul Wight as The Big Show -- one of the most dominant wrestling superstars of the last 15 years.

But through the years, Wight has shown he's not just a looming ogre. He is also a gentle giant with a knack for comedy, appearing regularly on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' and stealing scenes with cameos in movies and TV shows.

The Big Show has his first starring role in the upcoming film 'Knucklehead,' the first comedy produced by WWE Studios. To promote the film as well as 'WWE Friday Night SmackDown's' move to the SyFy network, The Big Show talked to TV Squad about getting laughs, his favorite Conan O'Brien moment and kissing dudes.

First of all, I have to ask, how did they ask if you would kiss a guy in 'MacGruber'?

I got the script and saw the part in it. None of the others guys wanted to do it. Obviously. And I'll do anything for comedy, so I went for it. I've been married 12 years, so I wasn't worried about what people thought about my sexuality. It gives my friends something to tease me about. But as any of my friends will tell you, I'm the first one in a room to joke about myself. I love to get everyone laughing. So, yeah, I really appreciate everyone at 'MacGruber' for giving me such a memorable part in a hilarious movie.

Have WWE fans given you flack about it?
No, not really. It's mostly been my friends just busting my chops. I feel like wrestling fans just laugh and say, "Big Show, you're crazy." They know me by now.

Some of my favorite TV moments of you took place on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien.' Do you have any favorite appearances from those shows?
Yeah, I loved doing 'Conan O'Brien.' Conan started as a writer, so he is always thinking of ways to make his guests funnier. He just constantly feeds you lines. I think my favorite was when I played a babysitter for hire. The premise was if you're kid is acting up you can hire a WWE superstar as a babysitter to set them straight. That one still makes me laugh.

When you began doing sports entertainment, did you have any aspirations to do comedy?
I don't think so. I've always been a fan of it. But when I started back in 1995, humor was not as much a part of sports entertainment. Especially my character, you know, I was The Giant, the force to be reckoned with, the baddest new guy around. My character has been an evolution, where my own natural personality started to shine through more and more. I always go for the laugh in my everyday life.

Are there any comedians you look towards for inspiration?
When I was younger, I loved the big physical guys, Chris Farley, Belushi, John Candy ... Louie Anderson tells one of my favorite jokes: "Sorry I sweat so much but, if I don't, I'll explode." And then I've been through the same stages as everyone else with Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Robin Williams ... Actually one of my favorite comedians was Robert Schimmel. I love his and Dennis Leary's ability to rant and make it so funny.

Watch The Big Show take on Jack Swagger on Friday Night Smackdown!

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Loved him as a wrestler and it seems he's a good guy too, well in Big Show.


October 03 2010 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When allowed to do so, he always shows an incredible intelligence and understated delivery. He oughta do gret in any role in any movie. Being able to not be afraid is such a gift. I hope he follows The Rock as a true movie actor. He seems to have gotten early fitness issues behind him. Nothing but good wishes

October 02 2010 at 2:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love the reference to the late Robert Schimmel.

I haven't watched wrestling in years, but I appreciated Big Show back then and still do now for his comedy chops.

October 01 2010 at 7:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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