Nov. 4—A member of this year's Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company, who happens to be an 11-time "Jeopardy!" winner, was unable to make it past the first round of this week's Tournament of Champions, but he did reveal that host Ken Jennings has been to Southern Oregon.
Jonathan Fisher, a California-based actor who played Stephano between June and October in OSF's production of "The Tempest," also appeared on "Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions" in an episode that aired Tuesday.
Spoiler alert: Fisher didn't make it past the quarterfinal round, but the actor shared behind-the-scenes glimpses about his appearance this week, as well as his 2021 winning streak, in a Newsweek article.
The article headline "I Beat Matt Amodio, I Don't Need To Again" references Fisher's triumphant defeat of Amodio in October last year, ending a streak of 38 wins — making him what "Jeopardy!" fans call a "giant killer" — as well as his narrow loss this week by $2.
Fisher happens to be the highest-winning and longest-streaking giant killer, according to his page on the "Jeopardy!" History Wiki. He ended up winning $246,100 in an 11-game streak that ended Oct. 21, 2021. According to the game show's official blog, Fisher's streak marked the "first time in show history that there's been back-to-back double-digit champions."
Fisher was part of OSF's acting company during filming of the Nov. 1 episode. In the Newsweek piece, Fisher said "Jeopardy!" host and champion Ken Jennings was familiar with OSF and has attended performances there.
"Ken mentioned that he had seen I was up in Ashland, and that he'd been there a couple of times," the Newsweek piece states. "He was kind of acknowledging that he had heard about what I was doing over the past year, which was cool."