Shaq’s ‘Fun House’ draws large crowds with Lil Wayne headlining

LOS ANGELES — Shaquille O’Neal threw a big party, but with two different experiences.

O’Neal held his “Shaq’s Fun House” carnival-themed event Friday night in downtown Los Angeles ahead of the Super Bowl this weekend. The self-proclaimed “Best Party Launcher” lived up to the hype with an outdoor space featuring several attractions, including an 80-foot waterslide, human claw machine, upscale open bar, free food, bumper cars and a Ferris wheel.

Inside, O’Neal – who moonlights as DJ Diesel – was one of the featured artists, including Lil Wayne, Zedd, Diplo and even NBA legend’s son Myles, who performed several records in front of an energetic crowd. The event was filled with several popular artists and athletes, including Floyd Mayweather, Torey Lanez and Brandon Marshall.

The event took place in the spacious Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in a city where O’Neal helped the Los Angeles Lakers win three consecutive championships.

“I love you LA Let’s (expletive) go,” shouted O’Neal, who stood behind a soundboard and then played a rendition of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” to represent the championships that he helped deliver to the city. He played electronic dance music and then weaved several big records such as “Way 2 Sexy” by Future, “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” by DMX as well as “Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow.

Lil Wayne closed out the multi-hour event by performing some of his greatest hits. His hour-long set — which ended after 2 a.m. PT — included classics such as “A Milli,” “Go DJ,” “6 Foot 7” and “Lollipop.”

Wayne thanked O’Neal for wanting him to perform at “Fun House”. The rapper then asked the crowd about their Super Bowl favorites between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams, which drew the most applause.

Ahead of filming, O’Neal said he wanted to cause more of a stir with “Fun House” than other parties in town – especially with his in-person event after it took place virtually last year in due to issues related to COVID-19.

Tickets for the sold-out event started at $400 apiece, which included unlimited food and drink from LA favorites like Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and Pink’s Hot Dogs.

“Everyone else gone, you come, stand and shake hands,” he said on the red carpet. “You go, ‘Hey Tom, hey Bob, hey Jamal.’ This party is a carnival with rides, favorite restaurants, the best restaurants in LA… The Ferris wheel. I paid a lot of money to have this thing here.”

The investment was definitely worth it.

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