Shaq Steals the Show at SXSW & Kisses Brian Solis

I’ve been to some fantastic sessions at SXSW, but the one I attended this afternoon with NBA star Shaquille O’Neal was particularly amazing. He was interviewed by Brian Solis, a well-known media strategist and principal at the Altimeter Group. The session touched on everything from education (did you know Shaq has a master’s degree and PhD?) to business to leadership.

And since it was Shaq, you know there was lots of comedy as well. In fact, from the moment he stepped on stage people were laughing. Why? Because he was carrying Brian Solis on his back!

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Shaq carrying Brian Solis on stage.

From there, the comedy just kept on coming. I managed to capture a few of the moments on video (I’ll apologize in advance about the lighting and baritone tenor of Shaq’s voice) and you can watch them below. You’ll see everything from Shaq having a hilarious phone conversation with an attendees’ girlfriend to him singing and kissing Brian on the cheek. Consider this your lighthearted blog post of the day.

In this first video Shaq calls an attendees’ girlfriend on the phone and it got plenty of laughs.

And here, Shaq gave Brian a kiss… and then sang a short rendition of a Katy Perry song.

Ever wonder if celebrities such as Shaq create their own social media content? Here’s his take.

All and all it was a fun session, and without a doubt, one of the more memorable sessions from this year’s SXSW Interactive conference.

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Ryan is Senior Manager, Online Communications, for Ketchum. He's an avid cyclist and blogger, and is proud of his Southern roots. Feel free to check out his personal website, or connect with him on Twitter - @RyanShell.