People Are Appalled After 'Jeopardy!' Contestants Fail to Recognize Photo of Dave Chappelle

The contestants were simply asked to identify the famous comedian by way of a photo and a clue about 'A Star Is Born.' Shockingly, they blew it.


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Everyone, even that friend or relative of yours who bafflingly declines to participate in even the most cursory levels of pop culture knowledge, knows who Dave Chappelle is.

Yet, a trio of Jeopardy! contestants failed to recognize the legendary comedian during a moment that appeared to perplex current host Ken Jennings due to the aforementioned everyone-knows-this-guy easiness of the non-challenge.

"This comedian displayed his drama chops in a A Star Is Born, playing Bradley Cooper's longtime friend," Jennings told the trio.

After the beeps signaling a failure to answer this difficulty-free inquiry and bag $2,000, Jennings noted the image obviously showing Dave Chappelle did, in fact, show Dave Chappelle.

"That's Dave Chappelle," he said.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Chappelle had canceled multiple socially-distanced performances after testing positive for COVID-19. Two of the Austin-set shows, per a TMZ report, were set to feature Joe Rogan. In response to social media speculation surrounding how Chappelle may have ended up testing positive, Rogan came to the defense of Grimes, who also recently announced a positive COVID-19 test.

"Because people are asking, I was not exposed to the person who had [COVID-19] and I have tested negative every day this week," he said. "Also, the person that gave [COVID-19] to Dave was NOT Elon's partner, Grimes."

And as for the Jeopardy! contestants' failings, Jennings (of course) wasn't the only one put off by their collective inability to recognize one of the most famous people in American pop culture:

did not expect a photo of Dave Chappelle to be a triple-stumper on Jeopardy!

(the contestants just had to identify him! the context in the clue was that he appeared as "Bradley Cooper's longtime friend" in A Star Is Born!)

— Samit Sarkar (@SamitSarkar) January 28, 2021


Last night's Jeopardy contestant's faces when Dave Chappelle's photo came up

— Joey Rodolico (@ActionRods972) January 29, 2021


No one on tonight's Jeopardy! could name Dave Chappelle, even with a picture as part of the clue. Unreal.

— Adam Levin-Epstein (@Levinep34) January 28, 2021



This will be featured in the next Netflix comedy special....

— Kristina Kage (@KristinaOnAir) January 29, 2021


This is disgusting and I hate it here

— Jordan (@_jordanfoss) January 29, 2021


No one knew @DaveChappelle? I hope they all lose. #jeopardy

— SarahMcPants (@sarahmcpants) January 28, 2021


To the med students out there:

Don’t be these folks.

There’s WAY more to life than textbook memorization...#MedTwitter

— Adam Nevel, MD MBA (@HoosierMD) January 28, 2021


These Jeopardy contestants dead never seen Dave Chappelle? Ever?

— Gal Fieri (@CarMeloAnnthony) January 28, 2021


Just watched a NEW episode of Jeopardy! in which none of the players knew @DaveChappelle from his picture and now I’m freaking out.

— Ben Stauffer (@stauffertweets) January 27, 2021


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