ISSAC IN JEOPARDY
Byline: Louise Farr
LOS ANGELES — “Let them keep the CFDA award,” says Isaac Mizrahi. “I was on ‘Celebrity Jeopardy.”‘
Spiffed up in a dark suit and tie, his Brillo hair neatly combed for the occasion, Mizrahi winged to Los Angeles for a 24-hour stay during which he played the game on behalf of the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
The show airs tonight, and press members attending the taping had to sign their lives away, promising not to divulge any categories or results. It can be said that a nervous but enthusiastic Mizrahi broke his buzzer halfway through the practice round against opponents Melissa Gilbert and Sandra Bernhard. Once it was fixed, he whizzed through a series of categories ranging from low to high culture — with only an occasional look of mock dismay. He calmed his nerves by joining Bernhard in a snappy version of the “Jeopardy” theme song.
“How about that Isaac, huh?” asked host Alex Trebek, after the taping.
“I wouldn’t go on another game show. Are you kidding? It was like the best thing in my life,” said Mizrahi, a longtime “Jeopardy” fan. “I’m not a sportsman. I don’t play tennis. I don’t play golf. But I thought, I’m going out there and try to win.”
He paused, then came up with a sudden thought.
“My life is a sport, but I don’t play sports. I play ‘Jeopardy.”‘