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Griffin gives back to LA
Clippers basketball star shoots out jokes at youth charity fundraiser.
Blake Griffin is one of the world’s biggest basketball stars, however he used his gift for comedy to help raise funds in his home of Los Angeles for his youth charity.
The Los Angeles Clippers’ number one draft pick in 2009 earned 2011 NBA Rookie of the Year honours and has bloomed into a five-time NBA All-Star at the power forward position.
He is also known as a joker in the Clippers changing room, which made the recent comedy night that he hosted in aid of the Team Griffin Foundation (TGF) a perfect fit.
Teammate DeAndre Jordan revealed, “Blake’s hilarious. He’s one of the funniest guys I know, so I know he’s not going to be nervous at all. This is second nature for him.”
The 28-year-old delivered a crowd pleasing 10-minute monologue before inviting famous comedians Norm Macdonald, John Mulaney, Phoebe Robinson, Whitney Cummings and Jim Jefferies to entertain the crowd.
He joked, “I invited five of my favourite comedians to join me tonight, but they weren’t available. So we have these comedians instead.”
The five more than held their own with Cummings, the star of NBC sitcom Whitney as well as co-creator of CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, quick to heap praise on the Oklahoma college star.
She revealed, “Why does he have such good comedic timing? That’s not fair. He’s like a unicorn. He’s lovely and such a nice person, which doesn’t make any sense.”
To which Griffin replied, “You can’t really pick a favourite from tonight’s lineup, but… obviously Whitney Cummings!”
He wrapped up with a heartfelt message by saying, “I’ve always wanted to give back to this city that has made me their own and this is a key first step.”
More about Team Griffin Foundation
Team Griffin Foundation (TGF) is an organisation committed to young men and women – providing them the best opportunities to develop and showcase their skills and learn essential lessons of life, competition, and hard work.