Slapstick Saturday presents: Dolph Ziggler ... the stand-up comic?

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Blanche would be proud! (Knott)

WWE superstar and former World Heavyweight Champion, Dolph Ziggler, is going to be in Los Angeles for five days, one of which will be devoted to this Sunday night's (Aug. 17, 2013) SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) at the Staples Center. "The Showoff" has been paired with Kaitlyn in a mixed tag-team match against ex-stablemates Big E. Langston and AJ Lee.

But you already knew that.

What you didn't know, perhaps, is that Ziggy will also be taking the stage in a different venue, as well. Not to wrestle on the indie circuit, but rather to polish up his comedy routine by telling jokes. Yes, like the "I just flew in from Stamford and boy are my arms tired" kind of jokes.

Only funnier (we hope).

Ziggler sat down with the gang at IGN.com to break down his past, present and future in comedy:

"I've actually done stand-up a couple of times now. I go out to LA - maybe for one week a month I'm out there - just watching shows and studying things and trying to get up and get five minutes on a mic. But because it's not just something I wanted to do on a whim, like the way I make quick remarks on Twitter, I want it to be good. I've been a huge student of comedy for twenty something years. I love it. I want to know why people are getting laughs. Why this joke works and why that one didn't work. It all comes back to helping me be a better WWE Superstar. So I love it. And I actually was going to be on Mick Foley's show for SummerSlam. He was going to let me do five or six minutes. But because of how the show is scheduled - like, it's the night of SummerSlam - it may not be doable. But in the five nights I'm in LA, I will be getting up on stage once or twice. Of course, I'm not going to tell anybody where though. Not yet. Not yet. I have to get a couple more under the belt first."

I guess if you're going to be Mick Foley's opening act, better it be in a comedy club than at Hell in the Cell.

Ziggy is no stranger to humor. He was charged with hosting WWE Download, which featured his take on dopey video clips (watch him shred Phony Hawk), and is perhaps best known for lighting up his fellow superstars on Twitter. See a sample of his digital potshots here.

But the key to good stand-up comedy is timing, delivery and of course, memory, so he may want to avoid taking any more bumps like this in the near future.

Any pro wrestling fans out there think Ziggler has a bright future on the shtick stick?

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