Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Celebs in 'Jeopardy!

Playing for their favorite charities, stars put their trivia knowledge to the ultimate test

Posted on

* The Scene: Backstage at the second annual Celebrity Jeopardy! tournament (Nov. 8-12), where 15 savvy stars—including Frasier‘s Kelsey Grammer, Love & War‘s Jay Thomas, and comedian Paula Poundstone—pace, practice, and try to get ”that buzzer thing” right before competing in a rapid-fire test of trivia smarts.

* Pregame Fear: ”Knowing an answer but blanking,” says MTV’s Tabitha Soren. Host Alex Trebek allays fears, saying, ”The celeb shows were meant in fun. We just want to make sure everyone has a good time and, like the Army says, have them be all they can be.”

* I’m Praying That the Categories Are: ”Football, people I’ve worked with, and my real name,” says Thomas.

* I’m Praying That the Categories Are Not: ”Elizabethan hat sizes or fun with phlegm,” says Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak.

* Typical Jeopardy! Answer: Robert Kennedy quit this cabinet post in 1964 to run for Senate. Celeb response (from comedian Elayne Boosler): ”I wasn’t born yet.” (The question: What is attorney general?)

* Is It All in Fun? ”I’m expecting Jeopardy! will kill my career,” says Poundstone.