WTF Podcast

Episode 354 - John Hodgman

The third time is the charm for John Hodgman after his two other WTF appearances vanished into the great beyond. This time John and Marc talk about growing up nerdy, the need for authentic experiences and John’s difficulty with calling himself a comic. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.


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Jay Dee February 06, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Well: this one was pretty bad. Not because of Marc, who did (as always) a great job, but Hodgman…

As Marc noted, Hodgman tried his best to sound like he was humble, but the guy always sounded like he was trying to show himself as a wise eccentric, older than his years. Everything he said was self-serving and unfunny.

So after three tries at a podcast with John Hodgman, all we get is what sounds like a pathetic, unfunny one trick pony.

But I still liked it: Marc amazing ability as an interviewer still made that train wreck pretty entertaining.

Enan March 06, 2013 at 6:10 pm

jay you must be absolutely dreadful in real life

Ben April 04, 2013 at 10:29 am

Hodgman is an unusual dude, but I enjoyed hearing his story. He’s certainly got a unique style, but I thought it was cool to learn that his attitude isn’t really a stage persona - he’s been into it his whole life. Not that many comedians even attempt to jump between literary satire and stand-up comedy, but he does it pretty well.

I know, I know! April 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Oh man, if I had the time or could stomach it, I’d go back and start counting the number of times Hodgman said, “Do you know what I mean?” My guess is that it was over 50. Odd that someone so intellectually effecting could resort to such a dreary verbal tick. Yes, it’s a step up from “Ya know what I mean?” but articulating it better doesn’t make him sound any smarter. Yes, John, I know what you mean! I really do! If someone’s going to listen again, do me a solid and start a tally then report back here. Do you know what I mean?

Chris W May 01, 2013 at 6:23 pm

That General Cinema intro is on You Tube. It used to creep me out as a kid in the 70s.

James Harries December 18, 2013 at 4:06 am

Well i loved it - I think there is always something to be gained from not focussing on what you don’t like!