Song: I Lost On Jeopardy

Running Time: 3:43

Year: 1984

Album: In 3-D, Greatest Hits 1, TV Album, Al-In-The-Box, The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic

Parody of: Jeopardy by The Greg Kihn Band

Genre: Power pop

Lyrics: Lyrics

Video: Yes


Download/Listen: Mp3

Forum: Forum Discussion Page


  • The song refers to Jeopardy!, a trivia game show that originally aired from 1964 to 1975 with host Art Fleming and announcer Don Pardo. A revival of Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek as host premiered only a few weeks after the "I Lost On Jeopardy" single was released, and still airs to this day. Don Pardo himself plays the announcer on the song's recording.
  • Several people have cameos in the video:
    • Don Pardo and Art Fleming appear as themselves.
    • Dr. Demento is one of the crew members in the control room.
    • The original "Jeopardy" singer Greg Kihn is the driver of the car, Al is thrown into at the end. In an interview, Kihn claimed the woman dressed as a bride sitting next to him (whose face isn't shown) went on to be a famous rock singer, but said he wasn't allowed to say who.
    • Al's parents appear as themselves.
  • The answer shown under the "Potpourri" category in the video is a garbled version of the equations for a Lorentz transformation in Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
  • The categories in the music video consisted of the following: "TV Themes", "Nuclear Physics", "World Geography", "Food", "Potpourri", and "Famous Accordion Players".
  • The answer shown under the "World Geography" category in the video is: "Number of bricks in the Great Wall of China". The number is "~4 billion".
  • The answer shown under the "Food" category in the video is: "Secret ingredient found in both Cheez Wiz and Crazy Glue".
  • The answer shown under the Daily Double in the video is: "This German baroness could suck the chrome off of a fender". The person is Jeanette Schmid aka Baroness Lips von Lipstrill.
  • Years later, Al appeared as a contestant on Rock and Roll Jeopardy!, and lost.
  • The car at the end of the video is an Alfa Romeo Spider, with the license plate reading "LOSER".
  • One of the contestants is an architect. Al has a bachelor's degree in architecture

Reference to Greg Kihn's "Jeopardy" video Edit

  • As two stagehands forcibly grab him from the studio, Weird Al tore a piece of wood off from the contestant podium. In the original "Jeopardy" video, Kihn tore a piece of wood off from the church's pews, where the monster pulled him into the center of the church.
  • Weird Al lands in the backseat of an Alfa Romeo Spider driven by Greg Kihn, with the license plate reading "LOSER". In the original "Jeopardy" video, Kihn drives away with a female bride in an MG MGB convertible, with the license plate reading "LIPS".
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