Terry Morrow: Shaq's 'Upload' piles up on comfortable chemistry

Comic Kevin Hart, left, laughs with Shaquille O’Neal during the NBA All-Star basketball game recently.

Photo by Eric Gay

Comic Kevin Hart, left, laughs with Shaquille O’Neal during the NBA All-Star basketball game recently.

Comic Kevin Hart, left, laughs with Shaquille O’Neal during the NBA All-Star basketball game recently.

Photo by Eric Gay

Comic Kevin Hart, left, laughs with Shaquille O’Neal during the NBA All-Star basketball game recently.

Comedy can come in all sizes apparently.

On “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal” (10:30 p.m. Thursday, TruTV), 7-foot-1 O’Neal — yes, THAT O’Neal, the retired pro baller — headlines the mocking of an assortment of silly and slapstick web videos are targets for O’Neal and co-host comics Gary Owen and Godfrey.

They also sprinkle the web videos in with their own sketches and videos.

The opener isn’t particularly funny, but the interaction among the three hosts seem genuine. O’Neal, Godfrey and Owen have a nice, natural camaraderie of pals who love nothing more than to rib each other.

Since “Upload” is a mixture of “The Soup” and “Chelsea Lately,” “Upload” has a much better viewer friendly demeanor that either of those shows.

Also, O’Neal shows a far different side of himself. He’s never been a daunting figure. He’s worked hard to soften that image given his size.

So, as a whole, Upload” has that going for it.

However, “Upload” has a long way to go in the comedy side. The videos are hardly anything daring or innovative.

It’s a string of dumb young men hurting themselves performing painful stunts (like chopping a board with a bare hand or jumping off a roof onto a water slide, only to have one man miss the slide completely).

And like “The Soup,” “Upload” has “categories” for its videos (akin to “dumb white kid of the week”).

For that part, “The Soup” does it much better, though its specialty is more awful TV rather than dim-witted web videos.

If “Upload” can find better and more interesting videos that matches the good-natured chemistry of the hosts, it might be on to something.

Score: HHH (out of five)

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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