Monkmania: Twitter goes nuts for Canadian 'University Challenge' contestant
Canadian Eric Monkman is an unlikely hero–but maybe he is the hero Britain needs right now. Whatever, we’re pretty certain that #Monkmania could only happen in Britain.
Monkman, an economics student from Oakville, Ontario lives in the UK and studies at Wolfson College at Cambridge University.
So far, so intellectual.
But everything changed when Monkman began appearing on long-running UK student quiz show University Challenge last year.
From the outset, social media went nuts for Monkman’s animated face, as he led his team to victory upon victory in the hardest quiz on British TV.
And when we say hard, we mean hard. If you’re watching University Challenge at home, it’s a personal victory if you get just one question right.
But the brutal questioning by host Jeremy Paxman (think Peter Mansbridge but with a hostility which petrifies all British politicians) was no match for Monkman.
That is, until this week, when at the height of #Monkmania, he and his team lost out in the final round to a team from Oxford’s Balliol College. Damn.
Having said that, Monkman did get to meet his idol infamous theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking. Or rather, Hawking got to meet Monkman.
Despite Monkman’s loss, #Monkmania lives on. Here’s a roundup of the best of #Monkmania from our excitable British cousins.
Never in 30 years been a fan of #UniversityChallenge,now that has all changed down to one intense man #Monkmania 🤗#demilitarisedzone pic.twitter.com/ajCuzdxpzj
— Ms Smart (@smartbubbles731) April 2, 2017
It’s Monday. And that can only mean…. #Monkman #Monkmania #UniversityChallenge pic.twitter.com/zFGl9xDSXb
— Richard M (@MarsRich) March 13, 2017
Ever wanted to be someone else? #Monkman #universitychallenge @UniversityChal pic.twitter.com/e19mDMVfc9
— Daniel Evans (@Devz00) September 20, 2016
We now know god walks amongst men #monkman #monkmania #universitychallenge #sky+spesh @TheWildmayn pic.twitter.com/S6R4GinAFL
— BigBollocksDave (@BigBollocksDave) March 28, 2017
Canada’s Deadliest Weapon! #monkmania #monkman #monkmanvsseagull #UniversityChallenge pic.twitter.com/N2MRxMUFoT
— Bryan Eccleshall (@eccleshall1965) March 27, 2017
#Monkmania @UniversityChal part monk, part man, 100% cushion pic.twitter.com/x1qnpxfZ9b
— Madame Flange (@EcwMackey) April 4, 2017
Angry Monkman is smashing it tonight #monkmania #UniversityChallenge pic.twitter.com/JcscNCUWbj
— Marcus Aurelius (@Aurelius) December 5, 2016
OMG #Monkmania is happening right now on #UniversityChallenge pic.twitter.com/BGPJy6jvUz
— Papa_Wisdom (@Papa_Wisdom) February 27, 2017
I think I jinxed it by only preparing a victory photo… #UniversityChallenge #Monkmania pic.twitter.com/riXJ9p7oAR
— Mike (@mijath) April 10, 2017
Not even slightly embarrassed that I cried at the #UniversityChallenge final #Monkmania
— Jacana Bresson (@JacanaJade) April 12, 2017
He may not have emerged victorious, but we all comprehend the real winner of #UniversityChallenge… 👑👑👑 #monkmania pic.twitter.com/tqnSJPBohP
— Ellen (@teaspoonofsugar) April 10, 2017
Lose yourself in #Monkmania pic.twitter.com/pFTz1cdk1F
— Panini Cheapskates (@CheapPanini) April 10, 2017
Find a man who looks at you the way Monkman looks at Stephen Hawking #UniversityChallenge #Monkmania pic.twitter.com/Ac7lOX6eks
— Dawn Pike (@DawnLPike) April 10, 2017
Have faced several tricky situations today, & each time have asked myself, ‘What would #Monkman do?’
He’d get even. No question. #Monkmania pic.twitter.com/g8vwn4h9Fn
— David Mason (@DavidMason800) April 11, 2017