The comedian walks to his stage. It's a late-night set, and he might have new material because he's carrying his joke book. That doesn't affect his confidence. He is ebullient and working his audience.
"Get ready, get ready," he says with a beaming smile, sitting down behind a microphone. The backdrop isn't the stereotypical brick wall of a comedy club -- it's a photo backdrop with the Milwaukee Bucks' logo and sponsors on it.
The comedian has every reason to be confident. He is Giannis Antetokounmpo, and he's got jokes.
"What do you call a cow on the floor?"
Antetokounmpo cracks himself up. There are a few chuckles from his audience -- the media members at the Bucks' postgame news conference following a 118-116 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on March 29, less than two weeks before the start of the NBA playoffs.
While Jerry Seinfeld works in observational humor and Jerrod Carmichael has a more contemplative and introspective style, Antetokounmpo has his preferred comedic medium: the "dad joke."