It doesn’t start with a Y
Once again guest-hosting “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday, Anthony Anderson talked a bit about the riveting NBA finals victory by the Milwaukee Bucks the night before. And of course this led to a discussion of the team’s finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored an amazing 50 points during the winning game.
As Anderson said during his opening monologue, “Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the biggest — and longest — names in the game, and even though we’ve seen his name all over TV for the past month, people still butcher it. Like I do.”
So Anderson decided to incentivize correct spelling of the champ’s name by offering random people money.
Now to be clear, the joke was not about Antetokounmpo’s name itself. At no point was *thata punch line. The joke was at the expense of people who can’t seem to get it right. The way it worked was that a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” producer went out onto a Hollywood sidewalk and asked random people to spell the champ’s name. The first person was offered 5 bucks. When they failed, the next person was offered $10, and so on. And as the video showed, they kept doubling the amount until they made it to $1,280.
In fairness, a lot of the people they picked appeared to not be particularly big basketball fans. And almost everyo
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