‘Jeopardy!’ Viewers Think This Contestant Is the Spitting Image of Steve Martin
Sam Buttrey, an associate professor of operations research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, bore a striking resemblance to the iconic stand-up comedian and actor. And it wasn’t just the silver hair and pleasant smile; viewers even thought Buttrey sounded like Martin.
“Not gonna lie Sam in tonight’s #Jeopardy looks and sound just like Steve Martin…” tweeted one fan. Meanwhile, another viewer commented that “Sam Buttrey could pass off as Steve Martin’s double.”
Not gonna lie Sam in tonight’s #Jeopardy looks and sound just like Steve Martin…
— rp 🏳️🌈 (@raynapatricia) December 8, 2021
Sam Buttrey could pass of as Steve Martin’s double 😂 #Jeopardy
— bigboss2020 (@bigboss202011) December 9, 2021
Oh we got Steve Martin on the show tonight?? #Jeopardy
— Emma (@Emmy415) December 9, 2021
— SkeeterBombay (@SkeeterBombay) December 9, 2021
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) December 9, 2021
In a freaky coincidence, one of the categories in the opening round was King Tut, a character that Martin famously played on Saturday Night Live.
“So not only is Steve Martin on #jeopardy, but King Tut is a category,” observed one fan, while another jokingly said, “It doesn’t seem fair that @SteveMartinToGo is on #Jeopardy and there’s a King Tut category.”
— Skip Awesome (@SkipAwesome) December 9, 2021
— Kevin Ivy McLeod (@KevinIvyMcLeod) December 9, 2021
“Everyone’s saying that Sam looks like Steve Martin, but what about Lisa looking like Kathy Bates!?” asked one Twitter user. And they weren’t the only one thinking along those lines. “Sam is Steve Martin and Lisa is Kathy Bates,” said another viewer.
Everyone’s saying that Sam looks like Steve Martin, but what about Lisa looking like Kathy Bates!?#Jeopardy
— Franny Di (@FrannyDiP) December 9, 2021
— Kathy Bennett 🙈🙉🙊 (@KatBenn1plus2) December 9, 2021
Lisa really reminds me of the great Kathy Bates in Fried Green Tomatoes! #Jeopardy
— Patti M (@mamapatti55) December 9, 2021
Lisa Dresner, a faculty member at Hofstra University, will compete tonight at 7 on ABC7 in the first “Professors Tournament” on “Jeopardy!” after auditioning since the late 1990s. https://t.co/kmerVTCkAG pic.twitter.com/gVpxLFTJ1v
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) December 8, 2021
Celebrity doppelgangers aside, it was Buttrey that came out on top in Wednesday’s episode, winning the game and advancing to the semi-finals of the Professors Tournament. The tournament, which runs through next week, sees the winner walk away with a cash prize of $100,000.
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