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Celebrity Jeopardy! (Saturday Night Live) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Will Ferrell (as Alex Trebek) and Darrell Hammond (as Sean Connery).Celebrity Jeopardy! was a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live. It parodies the Celebrity Jeopardy! edition of the television game show Jeopardy! where celebrities compete and the game's level of difficulty is significantly reduced. Thirteen sketches have been aired to date, two per season from 1996 to 2002, and one in 2005. Will Ferrell appeared as host Alex Trebek in all thirteen sketches. Darrell Hammond also appeared in each sketch, eleven as Sean Connery. Norm Macdonald appeared in four sketches, all as Burt Reynolds. Jimmy Fallon appeared in six sketches and Dean Edwards appeared in two; neither playing the same character twice. Contents [hide] 1 Origins 2 The sketch 3 End of the sketch 4 Relationship with the real Jeopardy! 5 Episodes 6 Cast 6.1 SNL cast members 6.2 SNL hosts 6.3 Other appearances 7 References 8 See also  Origins On the television special Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation, Norm Macdonald revealed that he created the sketch purely as an excuse to do his Burt Reynolds impersonation. Macdonald also stated that Reynolds is a fan of the sketch and that there were talks to do a sketch where the real Reynolds would crash the game and punch out Macdonald. Reynolds would then play the remainder of the game, with his answers being even dumber than Macdonald's. However, Macdonald was fired from Saturday Night Live before that sketch could be written.  The sketch Under the guise of a run-of-the-mill celebrity game show wherein celebrity contestants appear and donate their winnings to charity, the sketches usually begin at the start of the second round of Jeopardy!, called Double Jeopardy!. The host, Alex Trebek, welcomes the audience, sometimes tells the audience why the game is not done, and introduces the celebrity contestants, along with their current scores. These are usually deep in the negative, zero (because they've never buzzed in), or a very low positive score, such as $14. Both the host and contestants are played as caricatures of their real-life personalities. Trebek, known to strictly enforce the rules, is the beleaguered straight man. He is generally the only person on stage interested in engaging in a game of Jeopardy! The contestants, who often appear either unaware of what the game is or uninterested in playing it, either ramble incoherently, deliver irrelevant monologues, or openly antagonize the host. Whenever a contestant takes the game seriously, he or she proves utterly incapable of answering any of the questions correctly. In thirteen sketches, no contestant ever buzzes in and gives a correct response. Meanwhile, Trebek makes little or no effort to hide his contempt for the celebrities’ stupidity, and in return he is bombarded with sophomoric insults from Sean Connery. In order for a game of Jeopardy! to progress, the contestants select clues, arranged in a grid by category and point value, so Trebek can give them. Many times, the celebrities refuse or fail to select a clue, grinding the pace of the game to a halt. Often, Trebek violates the rules and selects the category himself. At first, the show employed reasonable categories such as "Movies" and "Popular Music," but as the celebrities’ ineptitude grew more apparent, the categories became more and more childish. Many category names, such as "Colors that end in 'urple,'" suggest that the contestants could infer the correct responses before hearing the clues, and categories such as "Automatic Points" ("You select this category, and you will automatically earn points.") do not even require responses. Jeopardy! standby "Potent Potables," a category about alcoholic beverages, is always offered but never selected by Trebek or a contestant. Categories that do not fit this profile are often misunderstood by the celebrities and transformed by one of the contestants (almost always Connery) into sexually suggestive phrases. For example, he misreads "Therapists" as "The Rapists", "An Album Cover" as "Anal Bum Cover," "Japan US Relations" as "Jap Anus Relations" and "The Pen Is Mightier" as "The Penis Mightier". In addition, Sean Connery on three occasions modifies the board with a marker, changing "I have a Chardonnay" ("You select this category, and you will automatically earn points and I get a glass of wine.") as " I Have a Hard On" and "Richard Nixon" to "Hard On", and once sticks a piece of paper reading "Things Trebek Sucks" over the actual category entitled "Potpourri". After some clues are answered, the game moves on to the Final Jeopardy! round in order to save more room for more sketches of SNL. Sometimes, Trebek would eventually grow exasperated with his inability to conduct the show and would cut it short by moving to the Final Jeopardy! round. Often, he discards the scripted category and question in favor of something much easier, such as asking the contestants to down their own question and answer it, or make any mark whatsoever to earn a correct answer. Sometimes, the show itself delivers a childishly simple category such as "First Grade Math" or
"Horsies." Despite constructing scenarios wherein it appears impossible for the celebrities to fail, they invariably do. Almost every sketch features someone writing absolutely nothing for their answer, and sometimes their wager as well. On rare occasions, contestants answer Final Jeopardy! correctly, but such success is never accompanied by an appropriate wager, rendering the whole effort pointless. Connery occasionally provides a correct answer but uses his wager to transform the text into something rude. For instance, when Trebek asked the contestants to "write anything and you win," Connery wrote 'Below' on his paper, and wagered 'Me'; his paper read 'Below Me'. Also, when Trebek celebrated Connery’s answer of "indoors" to the question "Where are you right now?", the usual state of disappointment returned when Connery's wager revealed that his screen actually read "I ♥ BOOBS". Trebek would see Connery writing down "I'm Sorry, Alex" as an acceptance for friendship and the wager would say, "Trebek is such a fruit!" and Trebek would know what Connery would say "Put it in a straw and suck it!" Later on, Trebek became aware of this strategy and after Connery wrote "0+0-0=0" as his response to "Write a math problem a first grader would know", Trebek sought to ignore the wager in order to end the show with, at long last, a winner. Connery insisted otherwise, and Trebek again left dejected because Connery’s screen read "P+O-O=P". In another example, Connery actually draws a picture for his answer once. Upon seeing the top half of the picture, Trebek remarks, "I think I know where this is going. Let's see now... Yes, it's a picture of a horse having sex with me." Trebek refuses to allow the whole picture to be shown to viewers. These instances and others indicate a shift in Connery’s character: first portrayed as stupid and clueless, Connery eventually demonstrated that he is aware of the nature of the show and capable of answering the questions, but prefers making rude jokes and frustrating Trebek to attempting to win the game. Trebek would end the segment by either announcing that money will not be given to charity, returning the viewers back to their show, or sometimes announcing his retirement or suicide. Initially, Burt Reynolds had been the celebrity who appeared on each episode, and there are some indications that he was to develop an antagonistic relationship with the host as well. When Reynolds appears for the last time on the sketch, he misreads categories in the way Connery does and insists that he be addressed as "Turd Ferguson" because "it's a funny name."  End of the sketch The sketch was initially retired on Will Ferrell’s departure from the SNL cast in 2002, but it returned for another appearance on May 14, 2005, when Ferrell hosted for the first time since leaving as a regular. His last line in the Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch was "All Right. That's it. I quit. Once and for all. Really. Good night." The second-to-last sketch featured the real Alex Trebek in a cameo appearance who cancels Final Jeopardy!. This sketch ended with Trebek saying "From all of us to all of you... good night." and the real Trebek would say "So long, everybody." According to Sean Connery, he feels like that he's "in a Raisin Bran commercial. Two scoops of fruit!"  Relationship with the real Jeopardy! On the September 5, 2001 episode of Jeopardy!, all the Double Jeopardy! categories were inspired by the sketch. They were “Sean Connery,” “Surprise Me, Trebek!”, “Therapists,” “Things You Shouldn’t Put in Your Mouth,” “The Number After 2,” and “Rhymes With ‘Dog’”.  On the June 27, 2006 episode of Jeopardy!, the first category of the second round was “Japan-U.S. Relations,” one of the many categories misunderstood or misrepresented by the Connery character (he cited it as "Jap Anus Relations"). In the 2006 Celebrity Jeopardy! tournament, categories included "Surprise Me, Trebek!" and "Answers That Start With 'Feb'", which both reference the sketch.   On the September 24, 2008 edition, one of the categories in the Jeopardy round was "Starts with Feb, Trebek!", of which contestant Brian Levinson did his version of Sean Connery's voice in asking for the category, and Trebek said "You can keep doing it [in Connery's] voice." Four days later, another SNL inspired category - "Months That End in 'Ber', Trebek" - was one of the first round categories. While the real-life Alex Trebek shaved his mustache in 2001, Ferrell’s Trebek character retained it. The board on the Celebrity Jeopardy! sketches features seven categories of four answers each, different from the real Jeopardy! board of six categories with five answers each. Also, when the real Jeopardy!
doubled its dollar amounts in 2001, the board in the sketches retained the original 1984-2000 cash setup.  Episodes (Original airdate, celebrity contestants portrayed) December 7, 1996 - Sean Connery, Burt Reynolds, Jerry Lewis May 10, 1997 - Phil Donahue, Burt Reynolds, Marlon Brando October 4, 1997 - John Travolta, Burt Reynolds, Michael Keaton May 9, 1998 - Sean Connery, Minnie Driver, Jeff Goldblum October 24, 1998 - Tom Cruise, Adam Sandler, Sean Connery March 20, 1999 - Nicolas Cage, Calista Flockhart, Sean Connery October 23, 1999 - French Stewart, Burt Reynolds/"Turd Ferguson", Sean Connery April 15, 2000 - Sean Connery, Keanu Reeves, Hilary Swank December 16, 2000 - Robin Williams, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sean Connery February 8, 2001 (SNL Prime-time extra II) - Ozzy Osbourne, Martha Stewart, Sean Connery September 29, 2001 - Chris Tucker, Anne Heche, Sean Connery May 18, 2002 - Dave Matthews, Björk, Sean Connery May 14, 2005 - Bill Cosby, Sharon Osbourne, Sean Connery  Cast  SNL cast members A typical Celebrity Jeopardy! sketch featured three cast members, two as contestants and Will Ferrell as Trebek, and that week’s host as a third contestant. The thirteenth edition of the sketch (Cosby, Sharon Osbourne, Connery) featured three members of the SNL cast as the three contestants and Ferrell, now hosting, reprising his role as Trebek. The episode with Connery, Ozzy Osbourne, Martha Stewart featured cast members in all four roles. Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery Darrell Hammond as Phil Donahue Darrell Hammond as John Travolta Jimmy Fallon as Adam Sandler Dean Edwards as Chris Tucker Jimmy Fallon as Nicholas Cage Jimmy Fallon as French Stewart Jimmy Fallon as Robin Williams Jimmy Fallon as Dave Matthews Jimmy Fallon as Hilary Swank Norm Macdonald as Burt Reynolds Ana Gasteyer as Martha Stewart Horatio Sanz as Ozzy Osbourne Amy Poehler as Sharon Osbourne Molly Shannon as Minnie Driver Kenan Thompson as Bill Cosby Dean Edwards as Boyd Tinsley Ben Stiller as Tom Cruise  SNL hosts Twelve of the thirteen sketches included the episode’s host, usually as a contestant. Celebrity Jeopardy number 10 is the only one to not feature a host in it as it was part of an SNL primetime special that did not feature a guest host. Both Will Ferrell and Norm Macdonald were previous cast members that reprised their Celebrity Jeopardy! role upon their return. Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek David Duchovny as Jeff Goldblum Tobey Maguire as Keanu Reeves Norm Macdonald as Burt Reynolds Martin Short as Jerry Lewis Lucy Liu as Catherine Zeta-Jones Ben Stiller as Tom Cruise Reese Witherspoon as Anne Heche Winona Ryder as Björk John Goodman as Marlon Brando Matthew Perry as Michael Keaton Drew Barrymore as Calista Flockhart  Other appearances Chris Kattan played singer Ricky Martin, who gives a Video Daily Double Clue in the Connery/Swank/Reeves episode. In the same sketch, Chris Parnell played Hilary Swank’s then-husband Chad Lowe. He was seen crying in the audience while Swank gave an acceptance speech, a parody of her speech at the 72nd Academy Awards where she famously forgot to mention him. In the Connery/Matthews/Bjork episode, Dean Edwards played Boyd Tinsley, the violinist for Dave Matthews Band. He spontaneously appeared to accompany Matthews when he buzzed in and performed “Ants Marching” as his response to one of the show’s questions. Alex Trebek appeared as himself in that same episode. He came out at the conclusion of the sketch and gave the Trebek character a send-off on Ferrell’s last show as a cast member.  References ^ J! Archive - Show
#3908, aired 2001-09-05 ^ J! Archive - Show #5032, aired 2006-06-27 ^ J! Archive - Show #5098, aired 2006-11-08 ^ J! Archive - Show #5104, aired 2006-11-16 ^ J! Archive - Show #5528, aired 2008-09-24  See also Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches Saturday Night Live TV show sketches [show]v • d • eSaturday Night Live History 1975–1980 • 1980–1985 • 1985–1990 • 1990–1995 • 1995–2000 • 2000–2005 • 2005–Present Seasons 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 • 26 • 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 • 33 • 34 Related lists Hosts and musical guests (Five-Timers) • Compilation albums and videos • Commercials • Cast members • Writers Recurring characters and sketches Alphabetical • Chronological • By Cast Member • List of recurring Musical Sketches • Weekend Update characters • Short-lived recurring characters Sketch lists TV shows • Animal • Musical • SNL Digital Shorts • TV Funhouse episodes Sketches A Nonpartisan Message from Governor Sarah Palin & Senator Hillary Clinton • Decabet • Barry Gibb Talk Show • Bill Swerski's Superfans • The Blues Brothers • Celebrity Jeopardy! • The Chris Farley Show • Coffee Talk • The Coneheads • The Continental • The Cork Soakers • Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey • Delicious Dish • Gap Girls • Goth Talk • Happy Fun Ball • Hollywood Minute • Jeffrey's • Landshark • Larry the Lobster • Lazy Sunday • More cowbell • The Needlers • Nick Burns, Your Company's Computer Guy • Olympia Cafe • Rialto Grande • The Schoeners • Sprockets • Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber • TV Funhouse • Wake Up and Smile • Wayne's World • Weekend Update • Z105 with Joey Mack Films based on sketches The Blues Brothers (1980) • Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1980) • Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures (1986) • Bob Roberts (1992) • Mr. Saturday Night (1992) • Wayne's World (1992) • Wayne's World 2 (1993) • Coneheads (1993) • It's Pat! (1994) • Stuart Saves His Family (1995) • A Night at the Roxbury (1998) • Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) • Office Space (1999) • Superstar (1999) • The Ladies Man (2000) • Harold (2008) • Key Party (TBD) Characters Adult Students • Bill Brasky • The Bloder Brothers • The Boston Teens • Canteen Boy • Carol • The Church Lady • Debbie Downer • Ed Grimley • Emily Litella • Father Guido Sarducci • Hanukkah Harry • Hans and Franz • Judy Grimes • Lisa Loopner • Lovers • Mango • Mary Katherine Gallagher • Master Thespian • Matt Foley • Merv the Perv • Nick The Lounge Singer • Pat • Roseanne Roseannadanna • Samurai Futaba • The Spartan Cheerleaders • Stuart Smalley • Toonces the Driving Cat • Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer • Velvet Jones • The Whiners Related topics Lorne Michaels • "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" • Dick Ebersol • Don Pardo • Frank Oz • "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" • Jean Doumanian • Jim Henson • Mel Brandt • Saturday Night Live Band • Strategery • Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrity_Jeopardy!_(Saturday_Night_Live)" Categories: Jeopardy! | Saturday Night Live sketches