Sometimes, surviving in NYC means becoming obsessive about something, anything really, in order to keep one grounded, functional, and, ironically, sane. It could be an obsession with the garbage upon which this city was built, and which we are constantly surrounded by; it could be the never-ending moebius strip that is the bike lane wars; or it could be a Homeric hunt to find the best Christmas tree vendors. For Harlem resident Jonathan Corbblah, that obsession comes in the form of game shows: Corbblah has the
addiction ambition to appear on the most game shows ever.
Corbblah is a married college dropout who earns a living teaching chess and Scrabble to kids at public and private schools. He's made successful appearances on at least four major game shows so far: his most recent was Monday night, when he won $13,000 on Jeopardy. Previously, he appeared on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and walked away with a $100 savings bond and a basketball; on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and lost on the $125,000 question but took home $32,000; and he won $1,500 worth on a drive from Union Square to the upper East Side on Cash Cab (which is only sort-of fake).
"For me, I forget the most normal things in my daily life...But I can remember the 13th President [Millard Fillmore], and the capital of Malaysia [Kuala Lumpur] and the name of the island that ["Perfect Strangers" character] Balki Bartokomous was from [Mypos]," he told the News. If you feel like you want to challenge Corbblah to a useless-knowledge-off, he hosts a weekly pub quiz night on Monday's at Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg. Then you can really get to the bottom of who is buried in Grant's Tomb.