'Jeopardy!' champion Buzzy Cohen reveals 5 stunning elements of the sport present that you simply don't see on TV

“Jeopardy!” champion Buzzy Cohen hosts a brand new podcast known as “That is Jeopardy!” in regards to the historical past of the long-lasting sport present.

Buzzy Cohen on the set of "Jeopardy!"

Buzzy Cohen on the set of “Jeopardy!”

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Buzzy Cohen, a music government from Los Angeles, gained $164,603 in a nine-day streak in 2016, then gained the 2017 Event of Champions. He returned to the Event of Champions in 2021, this time as a visitor host.

Now, he is the host of a brand new podcast exploring the present’s historical past and enduring success: “That is Jeopardy!…The Story of America’s Favourite Quiz Present.” Produced by Sony Music Leisure in partnership with Sony Photos Tv, the primary episode premieres April 26.

“Within the podcast, we’re actually how we acquired thus far the place ‘Jeopardy!’ is an establishment, not only a sport present, not only a quiz present,” he instructed Insider. “There’s one thing for the Jeopardy followers, but additionally for people who find themselves simply eager about American tradition and leisure.”

Cohen additionally shared behind-the-scenes insights from his time on the present that viewers at dwelling do not get to see.

“Jeopardy!” tapes 5 exhibits — a complete week’s price — on daily basis.

Buzzy Cohen competes on "Jeopardy!"

Buzzy Cohen competes on “Jeopardy!”

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“Jeopardy!” winners change outfits between tapings to offer the looks of competing on a distinct day, when in reality, exhibits are taped one after one other.

Cohen, who performed 10 consecutive video games in two back-to-back taping days, mentioned he did not anticipate simply how “exhausting” the schedule can be.

“That’s definitely one thing that I believe individuals are stunned by,” he mentioned. “It actually makes the truth that folks can go on these lengthy runs much more spectacular as a result of it is endurance in addition to psychological and bodily stamina.”

The host of “Jeopardy!” does not have a lot display time, however is busy throughout each second of the present.

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Alex Trebek hosted “Jeopardy!” from 1984 till his loss of life in 2020.

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“Jeopardy!” hosts put on an earpiece to speak with producers as they juggle many duties that are not seen to viewers at dwelling.

“What’s type of stunning is how little you are possibly on-screen, however you’re studying the clue, calling a contestant, making a ruling, asking them to pick out,” Cohen mentioned. “Whereas in the event you’re a contestant and another person has a each day double, you are type of like, okay, take a breath, I will regroup right here. However in the event you’re the host, you are in all of these moments.”

Along with operating the gameplay, Cohen says bringing the passion that retains “Jeopardy!” followers tuning in can also be a vital job for the host. 

“If you happen to’re not within the materials you are studying, it is going to come throughout to the folks viewing it at dwelling,” he mentioned. “Actually staying in it and actually being dedicated to it was one thing that Alex Trebek made look really easy, and I believe just isn’t as straightforward because it seems.”

A person named Michael Harris manually controls the “Jeopardy!” buzzer.

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Ken Jennings holds the “Jeopardy!” buzzer.

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Harris, who can also be a researcher on the present, sits on the judges’ desk offscreen. When the host finishes studying a clue, Harris flips a swap and permits the buzzers. If contestants buzz in earlier than the host has completed studying the clue, they’re locked out for 1 / 4 of a second, making buzzer timing a key technique to profitable the sport, The Ringer’s Claire McNear reported.

“That is Jeopardy!…The Story of America’s Favourite Quiz Present” devotes a complete episode to the buzzer.

“We speak in regards to the contestant perspective,” Cohen mentioned. “There are contestant buzzer specialists. There is a man who we interviewed who’s written a e book on the buzzer. He does buzzer workshops at trivia occasions. After which we additionally speak to Michael Harris, who permits the buzzer, and we speak in regards to the rule that made the buzzer what it’s immediately.”

Sometimes, manufacturing pauses for rulings by the present’s judges.

The set of "Jeopardy!"

The “Jeopardy!” board.

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Typically, a contestant will present a solution that requires additional deliberation, resembling a questionable pronounciation. 

“There’s quite a lot of site visitors management stuff that good hosts make look straightforward,” Cohen mentioned. “I practiced lots to make it as straightforward as attainable, however you do not actually give it some thought if you’re simply watching the present.”


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