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Jeffpardy! Is Jeopardy!, but With More Jeff

Welcome to “Jeffpardy!”, America’s favorite quiz show about Jeff. Jeopardy! has been on air in some form since 1964, but “Jeffpardy,” a delightfully absurd twist on the show’s classic format, is a much more recent development. In “Jeffpardy,” every contestant is named Jeff, all the categories are called “Jeff,” and all the correct responses are “Jeff.” Only host Alex Trebek is safe from being rechristened “Jeff,” but he does say “Jeff” a lot. 

“Jeff” really was a category in the Jeopardy! episode that aired Oct. 9, 2014, and the footage and audio in this video were taken from those “Jeff” question-and-answer sets. The contestants (whose real names are Rena Morse, Venkat Krishnan, and Emily Herndon) answered prompts like: “Under this man’s leadership, became the largest online retailer” (Jeff Bezos), and, “From 1983 to 2013 Jeff Bingaman served as a U.S. senator from this western state” (New Mexico). In a controversial departure from the “Jeff” theme, Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of Dreamworks, was referred to by his full name in answer to an $800 question from the “Jeff” category, but don’t worry, there were no Geoffs—that would be crazy.