Stephen Fishbach believes he's a cutthroat
player who can manipulate his way to SURVIVOR success,
though you couldn't tell that by looking at his
non-threatening appearance. The first one to tell you he
resembles a Muppet, Stephen plans to sidetrack his
competition with his goofy charm and quirky sense of humor.
Aided by his quick wit and prankster personality, this
Internet marketing director could very well be a major
player behind the scenes. A Yale graduate, Stephen certainly
has the right mix of brains and charisma to disarm his
fellow castaways. This New Yorker believes people will be
inclined to trust him but claims "that would be their
mistake, because then I strike!"
Described by his friends as wild, smart and ambitious,
Stephen's biggest pet peeve is when somebody is
“overconfident or cocky.” He plans to use that type of
person to his advantage by forming a bond and then subtly
prompting them to carry out his decisions. A strategist,
Stephen prides himself on being able to pretend to agree
with someone's idea while replacing it with his own.
In his free time, Stephen keeps himself active and fit by
boxing and lifting weights. He also takes part in urban
combat activities, namely the Idiotarod, which he describes
as a great event where "five idiots drag a shopping
cart from Brooklyn to Manhattan." Among his reasons for
why he believes he will excel at SURVIVOR, Stephen lists
"he's strategic and devious."
Stephen is single and currently resides in New York, N.Y.
His birth date is January 24.
Jeff Probst: Stephen is
going to have a big job to integrate well. There's a feeling
on this season of 'young...kind of hip'. And Stephen's a
little outside of that. He's a little more of an intellect.
And if he can use those skills in the right way, I think he
could do really well.
I think I'm going to be the
geeky one, the nerdy one, the city boy who might get eaten
alive by an animal. I definitely think there's a danger of
that. I think initially sort of, I'm going to be the one who
fades into the background and is just amicable. And hopefully
I can establish kind of one on one relationships with people.
I am probably not going to tell
people that I went to Yale. There definitely seems to be an
anti-Ivy bias on the show. And I want people to judge me for
just how stupid I am rather than some fake degree. But I think
I look on the outside like a Muppet and I think that's going
to help me well. Because people seem to think that I'm a nice
guy when on the inside...maybe not so much.
I think my strategy is to go
in...fade into the background...make some friends...establish
personal relationships...try to forge an alliance early...and
then backstab everyone 'till I win. My goal is to try to get
other people to suggest the big moves. To not make those
suggestions myself so that I don't seem like the devious one.
So I seem like the guy next to the guy, the guy behind the
guy. So I think they won't know that it's coming from me, and
maybe I can maintain this nice guy persona while getting other
people to seem evil.
Winning this game would change
my life. Right now I've been working in corporate America for
the past seven years and I really hate it. It's just
soul-sucking and awful. And if I win this money I'm going to
be able to...I'm going to go buy a cabin in the Sierra Nevadas
and just write and it's going to change my life.
The number one fear...definitely getting eaten by an animal.
Number two fear...getting voted out first, it must be
everybody's. I'm very good at presenting a facade of
friendliness and amicability when inside I'm thinking: how can
I backstab all these people. I will be the Ultimate Survivor
because I do not seem like a threat, but I am an incredible