Ari Voukydis, like many forgettable contestants on Jeopardy, lost out on the Final Jeopardy question. But unlike most others, he will be remembered for his snarky (and vain) response – writing in the answer: “Who is this handsome gentleman?” with an arrow on his video screen pointing directly up at his smiling mug.
Give Ari credit. He’s not bad looking, and on a game where the jokes are few (and those that are rolled out by Host Alex Trebek are eye-rollingly banal), the Los Angeles native got some legitimate laughs.
The final answer from the “Science & Industry” category was: “In 1891, this European said, ‘Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your congresses.’”
NewsMax called it the “Best Final Jeopardy answer ever.” Perhaps. But since Ari is a comedian, improv teacher, and fellow writer (Ari writes for BuzzFeed), we’ll go ahead and proclaim it so.
If you clearly don’t know the last answer, and have come to grips that you won’t be the Jeopardy champ, the options are to guess an answer that might get you mocked with Trebek’s ubiquitous “Oh no” retort, or you can lose but win with a goofy response. And garner some viral Internet fame to boot.
Per the Inqusitr:
“It turns out that Ari Voukydis has plenty of experience for his big Jeopardy moment. He has a fairly active IMDB account, appearing in a number of improv specials. The contestant is also a member of the improv troupe Uprights Citizens Brigade, which has a profile listing even more accomplishments:”
Ari began performing improv, standup and sketch comedy in New York City back when there were hookers in Times Square. He has been a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre since 1997 and has been teaching there for over ten years.
Ari is a regular on all those VH-1 shows your niece watches, like ‘The Best Week Ever ‘and Top 100 Videos,’ and has also appeared on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ and Comedy Central’s ‘The Upright Citizens Brigade.’ He has contributed to ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Weekend Update and has written for GQ, Grantland, SPY, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly and many other magazines. He currently writes for BuzzFeed.
Not bad! The actual answer, but the way, was Alfred Nobel, not that anyone here knew that either.