Ari Voukydis shrugs after delivering a humorous Final Jeopardy! response.
LOS ANGELES -
A less-than-modest (and incorrect) answer has garnered fame for one Jeopardy! contestant.
Ari Voukydis entered Final Jeopardy! in second place, but with no chance of catching the leader, which didn't matter, as he came up blank on the question to the clue: "In 1891 this European said, 'Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your congresses.'"
Instead, the comedy writer wrote "Who is this handsome gentleman?" with an arrow pointing up toward his face.
"Good for you, Ari!" host Alex Trebek exclaimed.
Knowing he likely couldn't finish first, Voukydis told the TODAY Show he quickly went into comedy mode.
"When I realized that I didn't have an opportunity to win after Final Jeopardy, then I went after sort of a secondary target, which was to come up with a good Final Jeopardy answer so I could kind of lose on my own terms," he said. "It would have been a harder situation if I had a shot at (winning) it."
Voukydis went home with $2,000 as a consolation prize to go with his overnight Internet fame.