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Bring Me the Head of Alex Trebeck

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Bring Me the Head of Alex Trebeck

Postby Marvell » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:29 am

Just got this in the ol' e-mail inbox this morning:

Congratulations! You have been selected for a follow-up appointment at an upcoming Jeopardy! contestant search for the Chicago area, exclusively for those who successfully passed the online test. This is the next step in becoming a Jeopardy! contestant. We have reserved the following appointment for you:

When: Saturday, June 7th Time: 11:30am

Where: Chicago, IL


Finally! A chance to put my penchant for absorbing ludicrous volumes of trivial information to some constructive purpose!

It's just too bad that my staggering physical ugliness and dyspeptic personality almost certainly guarantee that I won't actually get on television...
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Postby Sideshow Bob » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:33 am

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Re: Bring Me the Head of Alex Trebeck

Postby fennel » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:34 am

Marvell wrote:It's just too bad that my staggering physical ugliness and dyspeptic personality almost certainly guarantee that I won't actually get on television...

Perhaps it could be an entree for a spot on the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch?
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Postby Ducatista » Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:14 pm

Buck Futter, Marvell!
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Re: Bring Me the Head of Alex Trebeck

Postby Marvell » Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:38 pm

fennel wrote:
Marvell wrote:It's just too bad that my staggering physical ugliness and dyspeptic personality almost certainly guarantee that I won't actually get on television...

Perhaps it could be an entree for a spot on the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch?


Is that some kind of extreme dating show? Like some sort of unholy conglomeration of Love Connection and Fatal Attraction?

Because recent events in my personal life make me, I feel, uniquely qualified to be a contestant.
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Re: Bring Me the Head of Alex Trebeck

Postby fennel » Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:56 pm

Marvell wrote:Is that some kind of extreme dating show?

The very cheesy and garish web site:
http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/deadl ... catch.html

A youtube clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRO6H8puHF8
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Postby Marvell » Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:36 pm

Well, wish me luck - I'm off to Chicago tomorrow to try and bum rush the quiz show.

"What is 'public humiliation,' Alex?"
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Postby supaunknown » Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:45 pm

Good luck man.
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Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:07 pm

I've always wanted to try out, but I'm too chicken. I know a bunch of stuff, but pronunciation and buzzer skills would probably be my downfall.

Your carry the foron banner Marvell. Do us proud.

Hope I didn't put too much pressure on you. Good luck.
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Postby donges » Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:49 am

So what happened, Marvell?
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Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:36 pm

Maybe Marvell was sworn to secrecy. That, or he committed seppuku after blowing it all on the daily double.
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Postby donges » Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:53 pm

Or doesn't want to relate the adventure here since it won't have nearly the excitement of Alaskan fishing nor the humor of blunt's 'vacation' years ago.
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Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:05 pm

donges wrote:...the humor of blunt's 'vacation' years ago.

The one that culminated with the hair dryer episode? Too bad it wasn't archived.
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Postby Marvell » Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:34 pm

Sorry, everybody - I've been insanely busy lately.

The tryout was held at the Westin Hotel on Michigan Ave. There were about twenty-five people there.

The contestant pool was dominated by librarians, lawyers, software developers and Spanish teachers.

We were given a fifty question quiz, and then we each took turns playing a mock game, complete with buzzers. I think my buzzer was warped.

They told us that some 80,000 people took the online qualifying quiz, and that approximately 10% 'passed.' So, I'm one of 8,000 people (more or less) vying for the 400 spots on the show each year. I'm on the contestant list until December of 2009, so make that around 600 spots that I would be theoretically eligible for. That's still a less-than 1 in 10 chance that I'll actually go toe to toe with the hated Trebeck.

I did get a Jeopardy! pen out of the deal. Woo-hoo.
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Postby donges » Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:38 pm

Marvell wrote:That's still a less-than 1 in 10 chance that I'll actually go toe to toe with the hated Trebeck.

But, dude.
You have that sexy television-styled vibe that is so essential for being successfully on screen.
They would be fools to dismiss you out of hand.
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