Every few years, a Jeopardy! champion seizes the public’s imagination.
This time, it’s Austin Rogers. The New York City bartender is on a nine-day winning streak, having raked in $332,400 as of Friday.
But more than the money, it’s Rogers’ trivia acumen, rhetorical flourishes, wild head of hair, and dance moves that are building up a major fanbase, much of which has rallied around the hashtag #austinonjeopardy.
It takes confidence to become a Jeopardy! champion. Looks like Austin has all the chutzpah he needs. How long do you think his run will go? pic.twitter.com/a8Po0RPX9K
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) October 3, 2017
Rogers is helping out by live-tweeting his own appearances, too. He filmed the show in April and initially set the goal to win two rounds.
“I guess I got a good learning regimen from college, but the specific information utilized in answering correctly is mostly from my extracurricular reading, documentary watching, and general nerdery,” Rogers said on the show.
“He’s got hair, he’s got chutzpah, he’s got broad-based knowledge,” Alex Trebek said by way of introduction on a recent episode.
His fans agree.
#AustinOnJeopardy will be back next week.