Matthew Linnabary has only been rehearsing for his moment on “Jeopardy!” his entire life.
The Wichita resident, who will appear on Monday’s episode of the long-running game show, said that he grew up pretending to be on “Jeopardy!”, his friends and family members serving as his fellow contestants.
Linnabary, a 2008 Kapaun Mount Carmel High School graduate who works as a phlebotomist at a local plasma donation center, isn’t allowed to discuss the outcome of his turn on the quiz show, which will air at 4:30 p.m. Monday on KSN, Channel 3 in Wichita.
But he did say that the experience was as exciting as he always imagined it would be.
“I didn’t really know what to expect,” he said. “But being on set and answering the questions, it was really cool. I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be.”
Linnabary, 24, said he first started his quest to get on the show when he a student at Creighton University. He graduated in 2011.
He auditioned while in college but didn’t make the cut. Then, in 2012, he took an online test and was invited to Chicago to audition in person.
It was a year before he heard anything. In September of this year, he got a call from producers who said they were reviewing his application. He was invited to California for taping in early November.
Linnabary, who posed for a picture with famous host Alex Trebek, said his family and co-workers are excited for his television moment. He hasn’t decided where he’ll watch the show, he said. He’s off work that day but might go in anyway to watch with co-workers.
“It was a lot of fun,” he said of the experience. “It was a whirlwind. It was surreal. I’ve never done anything like it.”