Blake Griffin’s comedy dreams did not stop when he left Los Angeles. Sure, his new city can’t stack up to Los Angeles’ comedy scene—or the scenes of New York or Chicago. There isn’t a Comedy Store or Carolines or Comedy Cellar opening on Woodward Avenue in Detroit anytime soon. But Griffin still wants to make people laugh. “It’s something down the road, a second career when I’m done playing basketball,” Griffin said. “My whole idea is to start now, to get in and meet a bunch of people, shadow people and learn the ins and outs so when I’m done playing, I’m not starting fresh.” While it would be easy to write off an athlete’s pursuit of a career in entertainment—who could forget Shaq in Kazaam, or Kobe’s unreleased album K.O.B.E or just about any athlete cameo on a sitcom dating back to the rise of the T-Rex?—Blake Griffin isn’t just another athlete trying to entertain. He is juggling three projects optioned by studios, including a remake of White Men Can’t Jump from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, a reboot of Disney’s 1991 film The Rocketeer with a black female lead and a sci-fi comedy with Paramount, whose plot details are under wraps. On television, Griffin executive produces Okies of Bel Air, an animated comedy for Fox. And, as TMZ announced Tuesday, Griffin is preparing to face off against master roaster Jeff Ross on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle this Saturday. One thing is clear: Griffin is already making things happen.