King of the Court – 8th Grade Champion Hasn’t Given Up Yet

He couldn’t make the NBA — so instead he wrote a comedy show.

The average height of NBA players is 6’6″. Less than 1% of NBA players are Jewish. Most of them did not go to prom alone.

These facts, somehow, still did not stop Jon Savitt (Funny or Die, College Humor, Washington Post) from chasing his dreams. Blending authentic stories, sharp punchlines, and compelling visuals, “King of the Court” is the untold underdog tale of one of the greatest athletes to ever live. Sure, “athlete” may be subjective. So grab your foam finger and get ready to laugh, cry, and cheer. Because dreams have no shot clock.

Ready for your new favorite underdog story? Meet comedian and writer, Jon Savitt. He’s been featured in places like Funny or Die, Washington Post, TIME, College Humor, and more. He’s performed around the country and has written for shows, podcasts, politicians, you name it. But making people laugh wasn’t always what he wanted.

Growing up in Minneapolis as a Timberwolves-obsessed basketball fan during the KG era, Savitt — like many kids — had dreams of playing professional ball. Spoiler alert: things didn’t exactly work out as planned.

Lucky for us, he wrote an NBA comedy show about his journey instead.

The hour-long, one-person show is called “King of the Court”, and it packs an equal amount of laughs, basketball references, and authentic photos and videos from Savitt’s childhood.

“I really just wanted to make something lighthearted and fun,” Savitt says. “It’s meant to be a bit dramatic and goofy. But at its core, it’s really a show about navigating our dreams as we grow older and giving ourselves the space and permission to pivot and adapt as we see fit. I think we so often build our identities around our work or our goals — sometimes stuff we can’t even control — and so this addresses how we think about ambition and dreams and ‘failure’, and how we decide what is worth pursuing and more importantly why. But in a funny way.”

– What was your career-high points scored in a game?

14. I remember one of our star players got injured so I had to play additional minutes. Felt like a hero.

– Where is your 8th grade state basketball champion medal right now?

It’s currently in a box in my parent’s basement. It served a purpose and I’m proud of it, but in the back of my head I’m still focused on that NBA finals trophy. They did however want to throw it out at one point and I said no.

– What is your personal basketball career highlight?

In elementary school I made a 3-point shot in front of the school at an assembly. All downhill from there.

– How many chicks did you bang solely based on your athletic prowess?

Definitely zero

– What was your go-to offensive move?

I really tried to get to the free-throw line as much as possible. Like the Jewish James Harden. I wasn’t the best shooter or the most athletic, so I knew free throws were the one aspect I could control.

Keep an eye out for future “King of the Court” tour dates, and be sure to follow Jon on Twitter @savittj and check out his work at jonsavittwrites.com.

I’ve been a freelance journalist since 2000 and have had my work published via AskMen, Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report, Busted Coverage, and Autotrader. I’ve done stand-up comedy. I'm a dad, youth soccer club President, and former team statistician for the oldest indoor football team in the world, the Omaha Beef. I’ve married six couples in 10 years and my Marriage to Still Married ratio is 6:6. I always say, it isn’t so much about the “love,” as it is the tasteless jokes that became vows. I started the I-80 Sports Blog to have all the work I've published located in one place and to write about things I want to write about. I don't take anything too seriously and it is a real time saver.