Tyson's words were at times muffled, as he's not the most verbally articulate man, but he was a ham and goof onstage and definitely hard to look away from.
Two moments were particularly awkward. At one point, in the middle of a dramatic turn of the head, he lost his mic. Someone yelled "You lost your mic, Mike." The audience really didn't know how to be an audience. During a seriously sad story about his mother dying and Tyson regretting not telling her he loved her enough, some dude yelled out: "She knows now, Mike!" And Tyson, rightfully pointed to the guy and said, "I work alone brother, chill." He went from serious to funny with ease, at one point mopping his head with a handkerchief saying, "I'm sweating like a pimp with one hoe."
He got into it with Robin Givens and made everyone chuckle talking about finding her with Brad Pitt. He danced around the stage and shook his ass to "Gold Digger." On biting Evander Holyfield's ear, he said simply, "It was a bad day," and joked that someone in the mental ward was juggling buggers in the corner. Doesn't get much better than that, friends.
He's more self-reflective that most people you'll meet in a year. He pointed to his low self esteem and big ego, talked of an Oprah "Aha" moment. It seemed the thing that held the mirror up to his actions was the death of his four-year-old daughter, something he spoke about emotionally onstage. This was the turning point in a life of extreme torment and violence. From stories we've heard, it doesn't seem like Tyson was ever a bad seed entirely, but at this point, he's dedicated to peeling back any of that rotten pod and planting himself into a vegan, charity-opening, stage-acting soil where the real Mike Tyson might fully take form.