There are certain ways one can become one Danger! Symbol. Usually this is an impressive winning streak or success in the game Tournament of Champions. Or you can just be very funny, like a contestant on Thursday’s episode.
Joel Levinson, a content strategist from Ohio, was obviously there Danger! for a good time, not for long. He immediately won over viewers with that curly hair and mustache that drew comparisons to Sacha Baron Cohen’s beloved character Borat. Levinson was playful from the start, nodding and shrugging like a character in a 1980s sitcom intro.
– AC 😷 (@ACinPhilly) March 17, 2022
At one point in the episode, Levinson took on a high-pitched voice as he responded to the cue, “Put on your glove and chain-link mask.” The sudden change in tone surprised host Ken Jennings. “I’ve never heard that voice, Joel,” Jennings said.
The climax came in Final Jeopardy!, however, when Levinson gave a humorous answer that he obviously knew was wrong. Responding to the clue, “This 1962 classic was dedicated to Albert Schweitzer, who predicted that man ‘will finally destroy the earth,'” Levinson penned Judy Blume’s 1970 novel are you there god it’s me margaret.
“I’m afraid that’s not correct,” Jennings said with a chuckle.
Commenting on the moment on social media, Levinson wrote, “Bucket list checked – my beloved @judyblume’s name checked in finals – if you don’t know the answer you might as well call on God for help.”
Bucket list checked – name checked my love @judyblume finally, if you don’t want to know the answer, you might as well call on god for help.
— happyjoel (@happyjoel) March 17, 2022
The correct answer was actually silent source by Rachel Carson. However, Levinson didn’t mind as he was smart enough not to bid on his joke answer. And while he didn’t find success on the show, rest assured he won a lot of hearts in the process.
Check out the reaction at Levinson’s Danger! performance below.
Joel balked #Danger the contestants’ goal of “not being a meme” and what great TV it’s become!
— Simi Landau (@MsLandauReads) March 18, 2022
I think Joel’s friends bet him that he wouldn’t make a Borat impression on Jeopardy. You just lost pic.twitter.com/r8Xfcouhoz
— Adam Graham (@grahamorama) March 17, 2022
Joel from today #Danger: Yes. Just everything about his whole… everything. Amazing FJ answer to top it off.
— Sam (@sgreen3) March 18, 2022
— Justin Blankenship (@jblank3nship) March 18, 2022
— Kathy Bennett 🙈🙉🙊 (@KatBenn1plus2) March 17, 2022
Joel brought so much spirit to the set – I appreciated his enthusiasm for the whole experience. During our awkward pause in the parking lot two meters apart, he casually tossed out a whole baguette and a tub of artichoke dip. My cold brew and I just watched with envy. #Danger
— Ariel San Jose (@whatsarielsj) March 18, 2022
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https://www.tvinsider.com/1036950/jeopardy-viewers-love-quirky-contestant-and-his-funny-final-jeopardy-answer/ ‘Danger!’ Viewers love the quirky contestant and his hilarious response to the final peril