‘University Challenge’ Contestant Monkman Steals The Show (And Wins Plenty Of Fans)

'I can't remember what life was like before Monkman.'

20/09/2016 11:26 BST | Updated 20/09/2016 13:16 BST

It’s no secret that you have to be incredibly smart to go on ‘University Challenge’, but every so often, one contestant is a cut above and totally outshines the rest.

Enter Monkman. Eric Monkman.

The team captain, who is studying for a Masters in economics at Wolfson, Cambridge, was something of a tour de force during Monday (19 September) night’s show and his outstanding knowledge and enthusiasm didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter:

It wasn’t a total walkover for his team though, and Wolfson, Cambridge narrowly won after a tie-breaker question.

Monkman, don’t ever change.

This isn’t the first time ‘University Challenge’ has attracted a lot of unexpected attention.

Last month, the pop music round was a huge hit with viewers, thanks to the fact the incredibly smart team from Oxford couldn’t recognise tracks by acts including The Clash.


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