Hi, I'm chess master Jonathan Corbblah from Harlem, New York. Watch me checkmate the competition on Jeopardy!
[2010-12-13 Winner's Circle interview]
How does it feel to be the new Jeopardy! champion?
I've been thinking about being a Jeopardy! champion my whole life. I have been trying out for Jeopardy! for years. Um, it's super exciting. It's, like, the best drug. And... I'm... completely excited. I want to keep going. And, uh, I studied a whole lot, I practiced, I prepared, I did everything I could, and... I finally came through. So for the rest of my life, I'm a Jeopardy! champion.
How did you prepare for your appearance on Jeopardy!?
Okay, well, luckily, I don't really work during the summertime, and I got the call during the summer, and I think I studied about nine or ten hours a day. Um, yeah, I did nothing else, because I wasn't going to work. I'd just wake up in the morning, crack open a book. 3 in the morning, put down the book. Wake up in the morning, grab open another book. Eat, read, practice, read, that's it. I was just--I gotta do this! I'm a man on a mission! [Laughs]
Do you have any goals as a Jeopardy! champion?
Oh, my next goal is to, uh, get an apartment behind the, uh, the podium, and then not even bother to, uh, go home. I just wake up in the morning and instead of study, just go to my podium, y'know, punch in, and just, like, [mimes buzzing in repeatedly] p-p-p-p-p-p-p-pow! And then, put the buzzer down, go back to sleep, [mimes sleeping] sleep a little bit more, wake up, [mimes a big yawn and checks his watch] "Oh, Jeopardy! time!" [Mimes buzzing in repeatedly] P-p-p-p-p-p-p-pow! [Laughs]
Season 27 1-time champion: $13,000 + $1,000.
Jonathan appeared as a challenger on ABC's 500 Questions on 2015-05-21. He was unable to eliminate Steve Bahnaman.
Jonathan won $14,500 on Wheel of Fortune on 2014-12-17.
Jonathan won $60,000 on The Chase on 2013-08-06.
Jonathan won $32,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on 2004-07-23.
Jonathan won $1,500 on Cash Cab.
Jonathan won a basketball + a savings bond on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
Jonathan appeared as an expert on Best Ever Trivia Show on various episodes throughout the summer 2019 season.
Jonathan appeared as a master mind on GSN's Master Minds in various episodes in 2020-2021.
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