OK, so he’s not “Mr. Perfect.”
But Scott Perry, an Alabama native, raised $ 140,000 in winnings on Fox’s Mental Samurai game show.
The reigning champion, Perry, defended his title on the series Tuesday night in hopes of adding to the $ 110,000 he earned on June 8th. On his debut appearance on “Mental Samurai” Perry answered 20 out of 20 questions correctly for a perfect result.
“Let’s see if Mr. Perfect can continue to be perfect,” said serial host Rob Lowe, introducing Perry for his second run.
Though he had a chance to add another $ 110,000 to his coffers on Tuesday, Perry was stunned by one question during his Circle of Samurai round – basically an additional set of questions for the top scorer of the night – and failed two perfect games in a row.
But Perry won an additional $ 30,000 which is far from making change. And he’ll be returning to the show on June 22 for another recording for $ 110,000.
“I think the cat will eat pretty well for a while,” said Perry.
He was referring to Olivia, a gray and white kitten who became Perry’s fake bride in May 2020 during a “Pet Engagement Ceremony” broadcast on Instagram Live. Perry had trumpeted the event on social media as a wedding, but his real goal was to raise funds for an animal rescue organization in Los Angeles. He also wanted to entertain a few friends stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Perry, a marketing consultant, says he didn’t expect the news of his wedding stunt to get spread, but it caught national attention from the likes of People magazine. âMental Samuraiâ also has fun with the kitty concept and describes Perry as âthe cat typeâ.
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Perry, who was born in Maplesville, spent part of his childhood and youth in Bessemer and the Hoover area. He’s always been smart – Perry attended the Resource Learning Center, a former magnet school affiliated with Shades Valley High School – and he was never afraid of adventure.
These qualities came in handy when Perry left home to attend Tulane University – he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English – and when he returned to Birmingham at 20.
Perry moved to California in 2001, founded his own company Sperry Media and has lived in Los Angeles ever since. He has never forgotten his Alabama ties, however, and when Perry was asked to name his hometown in Mental Samurai, he proudly showed off Birmingham.
Perry says he plans to donate part of his profits to Mental Samurai at Jessie’s Place, a home for homeless women and children that is part of the Jimmie Hale Mission in Birmingham. Another part of the money goes to an animal rescue organization, though Perry says he hasn’t selected one yet.
During his time on the game show, Perry has solved puzzles, tested his memory, solved anagrams, accessed random facts, and more. But here’s the twist: he did all of this while strapped into a huge contraption that looks like a cross between a carnival ride and the cockpit of a spaceship.
The machine, known as “Ava,” is a robotic arm that twirls and twirls participants around the set in a capsule, stopping at various points so that they can cope with the mental challenges. Ava “speaks” in a dispassionate voice reminiscent of the computer in “Star Trek,” but its mechanics are a disruptive force on the show.
Along with lights, sounds, and the presence of a famous actor, they are meant to be eye-catching for the audience and distracting for the participants.
The questions and riddles about “Mental Samurai” may seem straightforward to folks back home, but Perry says there’s a lot of pressure involved when the cameras are rolling.
When you watch: “Mental Samurai” airs Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. CT on Fox. Alabama-born Scott Perry made his debut on June 8, 2021 and performed again on June 15. It will be shown for the third time on June 22nd.