This is the Gene Simmons you probably know from KISS fame. On Thursday night Gene Simmons appeared on Fox’s Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. It was a celebrity episode. People watch celebrity episodes because they’re fun. Most celebrities are of course morons, and they even dumb down the questions. SNL made a whole series of Celebrity Jeopardy spoofs. Here’s the thing though: Simmons is brilliant.
I learned watching the show that Simmons’ family immigrated from Israel when he was 8. He speaks 4 languages (is learning 2 more – Japanese and Mandiran Chinese) and has a degree in Theology. Before rocking and rolling all night (and partying everyday) he taught the 6th grade! He was a 6th grade teacher, ergo must be smarter than a 5th grader.
The broadcast date was November 6th. Find it on Fox.com, find it on Hulu, just watch it. I won’t spoil it, but he gets farther than any previous celebrity on the show.