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Austin David "Buzzy" Cohen (also known as “The Stunner”) (b. March 5, 1985) is a music executive from Los Angeles, California, who won $164,603 over nine games in April and May 2016. Many of his victories were runaways, which allowed him to wager nothing and use his final response to make sarcastic remarks toward Alex Trebek, inspired by the Celebrity Jeopardy skits on Saturday Night Live.

Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions[]

He later returned for the 2017 Tournament of Champions, which he won, collecting the grand prize of $250,000. (This also makes him the only ToC winner so far to have won the tournament after finishing with $0 the first day, and the second in any tournament after Meryl Federman in the 2007 Teen Tournament Summer Games.)

All Star Games[]

Cohen appeared again in the 2019 Jeopardy! All-Star Games relay tournament. His team, filled out by 6-time champion and fellow ToC winner Alex Jacob and Teacher’s Tournament champion Jennifer Giles, took home $75,000 split between the three of them after failing to advance past the wild card match.

Guest Hosting Duty[]

He appeared as a guest host from May 17 to May 28, 2021, and guest hosted that year’s Tournament of Champions which saw 5-time champion Sam Kavanaugh take home the $250,000 prize and the championship belt. He was considered by many the best guest host of the 16, and many people have started the hashtag #HireBuzzy on Twitter.

The Chase[]

Cohen was picked as one of three replacements of Ken Jennings to become Chasers on ABC’s The Chase. The other two are Brandon Blackwell, who was a 2008 Teen Tournament semi finalist, and Victoria Groce, who ended David Madden’s original 19-game run in 2005. Cohen’s nickname is “The Stunner”.

Trivia[]

  • His team for the All-Star Games was the only team to have two Tournament of Champions winners, as well as the only team to be entirely composed of tournament winners.
  • He held the record for longest streak after defeating a superchampion (6+ wins) after unseating Andrew Pau (6 wins, $170,202) until it was broken by Jonathan Fisher (11 wins, $246,100 after defeating Matt Amodio).
    • Andrew is currently the only person besides Ken Jennings to run (get all clues right) four categories in a single game.
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