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Mike Tyson One Man Show Debuts in Vegas to Mix Reviews

by Robert Littal | Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012
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Anything Mike Tyson related people are going to be interested in.

Since, this was the first show I can understand how there could be some speed bumps along the way. The one thing they definitely should change is allowing Tyson to take some questions from the audience.

The one thing that has made Mike Tyson such a great quote over the years, is that you never know what he is going to say.

By scripting his show, it keeps him on track, but also takes away one of his greatest talents.

What the gala premiere of Tyson’s show produced Saturday night. A highly interesting, if long-running, monologue narrated by Tyson himself. For a man whose explosive, quick-strike knockouts were the hallmark of his career, there was not a true haymaker to be found.

It is impossible to resist the temptation to liken the experience to a fight, and there were very few power punches landed as Tyson squared off with his past.

Tyson did all he could, too, to knock us dizzy. He continually set the audience up for the knockout by swearing and attempting to shock with repeated use of the “N” word. Instead, he won the night with a frequently methodical decision. It was jab, jab, jab, for about 2 hours.

Tyson was alternately playful and somber in reciting his remarks from the text written by his wife, Kiki, and screenwriter Randy Johnson. That approach kept Tyson on task and allowed him to convey his thoughts in an organized, chronological manner. But disappointingly, there was not sufficient video or photo footage of Tyson’s life and career to sustain the narrative.

Don King owns most of the footage, so that is one of the issues.

Similar to Charlie Sheen’s one man show, I think adjustments will be made and it will get better as it goes along. I hope that it is still running when I am in Vegas for the Mayweather vs. Cotto fight, so I can give an in person review.

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