Evan Kaufman's name is everywhere these days after a video of him competing in the final round of The $100,000 Pyramid alongside SNL alum Tim Meadows began making rounds online.
In the clip, host Michael Strahan sets up the final round with, "Evan and Tim, for $50,000, here's your first subject ... go!" You know, no pressure.
For those unfamiliar with the word association game, one-half of the two-person team is given a category. That person is given a list of clues meant to help their teammate guess the category.
The category Kaufman needed Meadows to guess was "People Whose Last Name Is Obama." Without missing a beat, Kaufman gave his teammate his first clue, shouting, "Bin Laden!"
choking on my own tongue. pic.twitter.com/9VtRysTXEL— bobby (@bobby) August 13, 2018
Not Barack, Michelle, Malia, Sasha ... not even Bo, the dog? The clip immediately went viral, and Kaufman gave us the tea on what was going through his mind during that epic fail of a moment.
I was on $100,000 Pyramid. I’m playing with Tim Meadows, one of my heroes from SNL. My son had been born two weeks prior. I am very tired but excited to win money for my family. We play up the whole tired Dad thing. (2/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
The producers of the show tell us beforehand, if we get to the final round, to study the questions VERY hard. “People misread them!” They say. They have no idea. (3/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
I lose my first round. I think, oh well… no Pyramid for me. Then Meadows and I go on a run in the second round. We’re having fun, he’s cracking jokes! This is great. (4/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
I make it to the final round. I remember what the producers said. I try and focus. READ THE QUESTIONS CAREFULLY. (5/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
The first square flips. I breathe. I read “People Whose Last Name is Obama.” I freeze. There’s only one. BARACK OBAMA. The man I would have voted for three times*! (*H/T Jordan Peele) (6/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
“Who else is a famous Obama?” My brain is racing. I need to list multiple people. I can’t just say Barack. What I should have said was, “Michelle, Sasha, Malia, Bo! The PORTUGUESE WATER DOG BO!” (7/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
In the midst of his nerves, Kaufman tries to list everything associated with Obama, including the time a most-wanted terrorist was killed under his administration. Of course, Osama bin Laden can be associated with the 44th president's tenure since Obama caught him, but given the Islamophobia and birtherism surrounding the former POTUS, it is no wonder Kaufman has become known as the "racist $100,000 Pyramid Guy."
Here’s what my brain decided. Who is associated with Obama? Who did he kill? What sounds like Obama! (8/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
And so you have this perfectly viral clip. A clip that is insanely funny. It would be so funny if it wasn’t me. The editing is impeccable. The little breath I take? I’m working so hard to get it right. (9/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
"And so you have this perfectly viral clip. A clip that is insanely funny. It would be so funny if it wasn’t me," Kaufman wrote.
But this just goes to show you that even a liberal Globalist Cuck like yours truly has some inherent racism lurking in my brain. What a disaster. (10/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
The clip hilariously cuts off as soon as Kaufman says "Bin Laden," but he revealed that after the embarrassing moment he corrected himself, and Meadows gets the correct answer. They still don't win the ultimate prize, but the internet wins with this clip.
What you don’t see in this clip is me, shocked, correcting myself and saying Barack. Tim gets the answer. We get stumped on Margarita a few questions later. Turns out Margarita is Tim Meadow’s Grandmother’s name. (11/13)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
I leave with $8500... and the story of the worst pyramid guess of all-time. (13/13 Fin)— Evan Kaufman (@EvanKaufman) August 14, 2018
Overall, Kaufman left with some prize money ... and an infamous television moment that will last forever.
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