Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mustache of Understanding v Zoolander on Jeopardy

Zoolander wipes the floor with he of the tortured analogies.. Be sure to check the tweets this GQ write-up offers. Hysterical. Funniest bit:

"Honestly, I don't ever think I've seen Tom Friedman without a mock turtleneck. He seemed so...unprotected. His mustache looked dour. And he looked mad! Like he'd much rather be in a taxi somewhere, torturing analogies."

The video thanks to MRC

And Trebek has his theories as to why TMofU didn't fare so well:

Q: We saw recently that some people who are considered very intelligent can't necessarily translate that intelligence to "Jeopardy." Thomas Friedman is thought of as a great intellectual, but didn't do particularly well on the show. Why does intelligence not always translate to the format?

A: I don't think it's a question of intelligence not translating to that format. I think it's a question of the contestants - in this case the Power Players - not being familiar enough with our format and our rhythm to be able to perform very well at that time. But if we were to have had them for a little while, working with them and perhaps practicing with them, they would have done much better. It's just completely alien to them. They're used to asking questions and getting an answer. We give answers and they have to come up with a question. And looking at the categories sometimes, they're a little mystified. But once they get into it - Chris Wallace was a perfect example. Once he got into the rhythm of it, the signaling button always works a lot better and you relax and you enjoy yourself. And that's what it's all about.
Yep, that has to be it. Or maybe he was intimidated by Trebek. Should have taken some pointers from Sean Connery His performance was flat, and he appeared to be very hot under the collar, and crowded on that stage with Zoolander Cooper and O'Donnell. Perhaps if one of the categories had been "Tortured inapt analogies" he would have come out a respectable second?