Louis C.K. became a Jeopardy champ Wednesday, walking away with $50,000 for a charity of his choice and yet another claim to fame.
C.K. managed to steal the thunder from CNN anchor Kate Bolduan and Washington Post journalist Jonathan Capehart, whom he was pitted up against in the show’s Power Player Week. The outlook looked grim for C.K. from the beginning of the game, when a wrong answer gave him a negative score. But he managed an impressive comeback, no doubt making his optometrist proud by correctly answering a question about eye dilation and thus taking Bolduan’s No. 1 spot.
In the end, C.K. won $50,000 for the Fistula Foundation. The funds will help women suffering from obstetric fistula, an abnormal hole that can form between the vagina and rectum after a woman gives birth, making her incontinent.
“Fistula patients, they’re modern day lepers,” Kate Grant, CEO of the Fistula Foundation, explained to USA Today. “Too often in places, women don’t get Depend pads or even hot showers or multiple changes of clothes, and end up way too often they become outcasts in rural areas.”
On Jeopardy Wednesday, host Alex Trebek praised C.K. for supporting an underserved cause. “That’s not a well-known charity,” said Trebek. “Good for you.”
C.K. replied, “That’s why I’m here.”
Watch the winning moment in the video above. Power Players Week continues Thursday with contestants Sen. Al Franken, attorney Sunny Hostin, and political analyst Ana Navarro. Jeopardy airs weekdays (check your local listings).