Buzzy Cohen is one of the most memorable Jeopardy! guests in recent memory. The 2017 Tournament of Champions winner was funny and clever, and he even got late host Alex Trebek to dance The Robot.
The 36-year-old is returning to Jeopardy! starting Monday to host this season’s Tournament of Champions. For the next two weeks, he’ll oversee the top 15 players from this season square off for $250,000. If this year’s tournament is anything like Cohen’s, expect things to get a little out of hand in the best way.
Cohen brings with him an arsenal of charm and charisma, and a lot of mischievous antics.
Cohen was liked by most Jeopardy! fans, but even more so by Alex Trebek. That’s because Trebek seemed to enjoy his over-the-top antics. For example, Cohen got his fellow contestants to do a dance introduction, and Trebek even joined in. Trebek enjoyed the spontaneity of it, Cohen said later, because it allowed him to get involved and show his own sense of humor.
Trebek even said the Tournament of Champions that season was the most fun he’s ever had doing them.
While he was on the show, their comedic interactions went viral. So much so, his over-the-top appearances on Jeopardy! were covered by Good Morning America.
One of Cohen’s trademark moves during his multi-day win streak was to use the Final Jeopardy! answer to tease Trebek. Almost as if he was playing Saturday Night Live’s version of Jeopardy!
He left messages such as “You aren’t rid of me yet, Trebek,” and “See You Tomorrow, Trebek.” Once, ironically, he even joked about taking over as host. After Trebek called him out for the messages, Cohen used his answer to respond with “Once more, Trebek … Once More.”
Mayim Bialik is Next Celebrity ‘Jeopardy!’ Host
Once the Tournament of Champions is over, Jeopardy! will return to its normal routine this season of using celebrity guest hosts. Trebek died last year and the show hasn’t picked a permanent successor. But producers said they believe they will have that sorted by late July.
60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker recently finished his two weeks as guest host. But on May 31, actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik will take over. Bialik has a Ph.D. from UCLA and has appeared on shows such as The Big Bang Theory and Call me Kat. So, she has the star power and brainpower to do the job.
Whether she can pull it off, we’ll have to wait and see.