Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Celebrities like basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo are using puns and making bad jokes on camera in the latest social media craze -- the "Don't Leave Me" challenge.
This Nigerian comic is getting a lot of love on TikTok with the 'Don't Leave Me' challenge
The challenge, trending on social media, involves users playing around with puns on camera.
Antetokounmpo, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA), is seen on the Chinese video-sharing social network TikTok using dry humor to join the challenge.
In the video, the basketball player is asked by his camera handler to say something to the audience. He responds with a joke about Hannah Montana, a fictional music star in a Disney Channel series.
"If you take Hannah Montana, and you put her in France, what do you have? French Montana," he laughed in the video. French Montana is a Moroccan-American rapper.
The challenge involving a lot of wordplay is the brainchild of Nigerian comic sensation Josh Alfred.
In March, Alfred, also known as "Josh2funny," posted a skit on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter consisting of a series of puns.
The 29-year-old's skit went viral in June, with hundreds of social media users mimicking his play on words and employing dry humor in their uploads.
Alfred told CNN that he has been making similar skits since 2018 but decided to do the now-viral one differently with added humor.
In the skit, he is seen standing on leaves from a tree, and when asked by his friend and camera operator, Bello Khabir, to say something to the camera, he joked that he couldn't because he was "on leave."
His friend's chants of "Don't leave me" as Alfred walked away at the end of the video is what gave the challenge its name.
"I decided to add some more fun to my skits with puns. I didn't want people to get tired so I tried to be dynamic and added stronger words," he told CNN.