Last week, I called James Holzhauer the smartest man in the world after he demolished the single game record on Jeopardy! with $110,914. It turns out that Jeopardy! is not the only game show that James dominated. Back in 2014, James was on a show called The Chase. If you thought this man was just a fluke, think again.
When you get 12 correct answers within 1 minute.
Me when James answers a question about Egyptian politics.
I can’t get enough of this man. Everything he does is electric. What baffles my mind is that this guy is not a villain. He’s cocky, says things like the “window maximum” instead of the Daily Double, and blows on his fingers after a hard day’s work and yet I LOVE him. I should hate this guy, but I can’t get enough of him. Inject James answering questions about 20th century literature into my veins.
It was also great to see Brooke Burns again on a game show. Dog Eat Dog was such a classic mid 2000s game show and yet I still have no idea the show’s presence. Go to training camp, answer questions, and then vote for people to do physical tasks? If I wanted that premise, I would just watch CT on The Challenge.
If you haven’t seen this viral clip from the $100,000 Pyramid, please watch it below. The contestant, Evan Kaufman, was playing with Tim Meadows for $50k. The category was “People whose last name is Obama.”
As soon as he said Bin Laden, my jaw dropped. It wasn’t because I thought he was racist. It’s such a ridiculous answer that Bin Laden would’ve never even crossed my mind. I probably would’ve said “Barack” and get disqualified right then and there. Whenever says Obama, it’s automatically “Barack” in my head. However, Evan went down the road less traveled aka the road that no one would go near with a 10 foot pole. The Internet began to call him the “Racist $100,000 Pyramid Guy.” Well, Evan has spoken and gave his explanation for the mishap in a series of tweets.
In a weird way, and I know this is a super, super stretch, the name “Osama” does sound like “Obama.” That’s just a fact. I understand the rhyme recognition. But Evan didn’t say Osama. He said Bin Laden. He went straight for the jugular and as viewers, it was hysterical to watch. Evan owned up to his mistake and shed light on it in a funny and honest way. He definitely should receive some points for the Get Out joke.
National TV brings out the nerves in everyone. If you’re not used to it, it could be a nightmare. Evan made a mistake, manned up, and made a joke out of a weird but hilarious situation. Mistakes happen. Just make sure they’re not on national television.