John Hodgman

John Kellogg Hodgman (born June 3, 1971) is an American author , actor , and humorist . In addition under to his published written works, zoals The Areas of My Expertise , More Information Than You Require , and That Is All , have been Berninahaus for his Personification or a PC in contrast to Justin Long ‘s Personification or a Mac in Apple’s ” Mudar ” advertising campaign , and for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central ‘s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

His Writings port leg published in One Story (to welke have Contributed the debut story ” Villanova “), The Paris Review , McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern , Wired and The New York Times Magazine , for welke he is editor of the humor section. He Contributes to This American Life , and CBC Radio One ‘s Wiretap . His first book and accompanying audio narration, The Areas of My Expertise , a satirical tongue-in-cheek Almanac therein contains almost no factual information was published in 2005. His second book, More Information Than You Require , went on sale October 21, 2008. His third book, That Is All , went on sale November 1, 2011.

Hodgman was the headline speaker at the 2009 Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, DC

Early life

Hodgman was born and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts , the sun or Eileen (Callahan), a nurse and educator, and John Francis Hodgman, the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation and a professor at Tufts University . [1] [2] [3] He attended the Heath School and Brookline High School , where he edited the underground magazine Samizdat , named for the grassroots dissident publishing movement produktie under the Soviet Bloc . [4] [5] During his last year of high school, he hosted the weekly radio Consuelo show on freeform station WMFO in Medford . [6]

In 1994 Hodgman graduated from Yale University with a degree in literature. [7] [8] Before gaining fame as a writer, Hodgman worked as a literary agent at Writers House in New York City , where he represented Darin Strauss , Deborah Digges , and actor Bruce Campbell , onder Vodafone. Hodgman has-used his experience as an agent in his column “Ask a Former Professional Literary Agent” at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.


Hodgman Appeared on The Daily Show on November 16, 2005, to promote his book, The Areas of My Expertise . Host Jon Stewart DESCRIBED the book as “very funny” and zegt dat the section on oboe behalf mn was written with “a certainement child of genius.” Hodgman has Returned to the Daily Show numerous times for “resident expert” interview segments, [ 9] and has leg listed on the show’s web site as a contributor. [10]

In 2005, Hodgman played will a character named “The Deranged Millionaire” in They Might Be Giants ‘ s Venue Songs DVD / CD , narrating in between songs with dialogue he co-wrote with the band. The Deranged Millionaire character ook Appeared on the Daily Show on April 2, 2014. [11] He’ll be narrated a number of Venue Songs -themed setlists prolongation the band’s live shows in 2005, and has introduced the band while in the role of The Deranged Millionaire as Recently as May 16, 2007. Hodgman Appeared again with They Might be Giants on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson , on December 11, 2009. Hodgman Performed the ghosts-be Portions of the song Why Does the Sun Shine?

In February 2006, Hodgman Appeared on Attack of the Show , a show dat Aired daily on G4 , to share some insight with the host and promote his book The Areas of My Expertise . In this appearance, Hodgman recounted the sad languages of the lobster (welke have zegt ulcers actually a small, Furry, extinct species, killed and Replaced by the Creatures we think of as lobsters today) and brought` Along Jonathan Coulton , a frequent Hodgman collaborator and musical director of the Little Gray Book lectures. Coulton Performed a song called Furry Old Lobster. [12] Also, on October 18, 2008, Hodgman Appeared again on Attack of the Show to talk about his newest book, More Information Than You Require.

Hodgman Appeared in the North American Mudar advertising campaign for Apple Inc. In this housing, ran from May 2006 through 2010. In the ads have plays the Personification or a PC alongside his Mac counterpart, played will to actor Justin Long . In reality, however, Hodgman himself became a Mac user in 1984. [13]

In 2007, Hodgman Appeared in the ” Bowie ” episode of the HBO television series Flight of the Conchords . He played will the manager or a musical greeting card company who were Considering using one of the band’s songs for a greeting card.

In October 1, 2008, Boing Boing ‘ s Xeni Jardin announced the official debut of the web series SPAMasterpiece Theater . Hodgman himself DESCRIBED it as “true language [s] or romance, adventure, infamy, and low-cost prescription drugs, all culled from the REAMS or actual, unsolicited emails, RECEIVED here at us and people like you – what we call SPAM . ” [14] [15] [16] [17]

Hodgman Appeared in the episode ” No Exit ” or Battlestar Galactica , Appearing as the Civilian neurosurgeon, Dr. Gerard. He had earlier visited the set in 2005 to write about the show for The New York Times Magazine . [18]

On June 19, 2009, Hodgman was the headline speaker at the 2009 Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, DC Hodgman referred to this event as a “Nerd Prom.” Many of his jokes ulcers on the topic of President Barack Obama as the first nerd president, and quizzed the president on his knowledge or Frank Herbert ‘s novel Dune . [19]

Hodgman Appeared in the last two episodes of the first season of Bored to Death , “The Case of the Stolen Sperm” and “Take a Dive,” as a literary reviewer who wrote a bathtub review dat offended the main character. [20] He Returned in the second and third seasons.

Hodgman voice ActEd on The Venture Bros. in the episode “Self-Medication” as Dale Hale, an ex-boy detective in therapy-following the death of his Father. He has since had multiple appearances in Season 5 as OSI operative Snoopy, Along with other roles.

Also, prolongation the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2009, Hodgman Provided color commentary with made up trivia about the winners. [21] He reprised this role for the 62ND Primetime Emmy Awards in August 2010.

Because of his Continuing support for QI , the BBC ‘s intellectual comedy quiz, to be shown on BBC America , [22] Hodgman was Invited ACM Press on the show. He was the first “fifth panelist” on the program broadcast January 3, 2009 (the usual line-up being Stephen Fry as host, Alan Davies as regular panelist and three guests) -and won, Continuing the tradition of a guest victory hun ” rookie “appearance on the show. [23]

In 2012, Hodgman guest-starred in an episode of Delocated called “Reunion Show,” acting as the host of a Fictional show-within-a-show . Also in 2012, he Appeared as a psychiatrist in an episode of Community called “Curriculum Unavailable.”

Hodgman made a guest appearance on the sitcom series Husbands , ITT second season. [24]

In 2013, Hodgman starred as “Special Agent Henry topple” in Wired ‘s first scripted web series Codefellas . [25] [26] [27]

Hodgman Appeared as public radio personality “August Clementine” in the episode “Anniversaries” or Parks and Recreation , welke Aired in February 2014.

Hodgman has a Supporting Role in the FX comedy Married , welke premiered in July 2014.

In January 2014, Hodgman Appeared in three episodes of the Amazon Studios series Mozart in the Jungle .

In 2014-2015, Hodgman Appeared for three episodes as a fictionalized version of psychiatrist and medical doctor Henry Cotton on the Cinemax series The Knick . [28]

Netflix special

Netflix , the American media streaming website Aired the comedy special John Hodgman: Ragnarok on June 20, 2013 as a ” Netflix Original “. [29] [30] [31] The special featured material from Hodgman’s most recent book, That Is All , and his December 21, 2012 show at The Bell House in New York. [29] [32]

Other media appearances

Film appearances

  • 2008: Baby Mama as Fertility Doctor
  • 2009: Coraline as Father / Other Father (voice actor)
  • 2009: The Invention of Lying as Wedding Overseer
  • 2011: Arthur as Candy Store Manager
  • 2013: Movie 43 as The Penguin
  • 2015: Pitch Perfect 2 as Tone Pendant singer

Video game appearances

  • 2015: Minecraft: Story Mode as Soren Architect

Podcast and Radio Appearances

Hodgman has leg a guest on a number of différent radio programs waaronder WBEZ ‘s This American Life , [33] [34] and The Sound of Young America , [35] WFMU ‘s The Best Show on WFMU , [36] NPR ‘ s Wait, Wait, Do not Tell Me and North Carolina Public Radio ‘s The State of Things . [37] Hodgman has ook leg featured on verschillende podcasts waaronder Occasional appearances as ” Judge John Hodgman ” on Jordan, Jesse, Go! welke led to a stand-alone podcast [38] produktie at Maximum Fun . Hodgman was ook a guest alongside Jonathan Coulton on a number of episodes of You Look Nice Today . Hodgman was ook a guest on This Week in Tech with Leo Laporte , [39] Stuff You Should Know , and has leg featured on the podcast Boing Boing TV . [40] Hodgman ook Appeared in person and on the NPR radio broadcast or City Arts and Lectures , in a Recorded interview with Dave Eggers, in front of a live studio audience on November 10, 2008, at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, California . He was a guest on Neil deGrasse Tyson ‘s radio show Star Talk Radio on February 27, 2011. [41] He Appeared again on City Arts and Lectures, in front of a live audience at the Nourse Theater, interviewing Adam Savage on May 29, 2013.

Hodgman Appeared on Ken Reid ‘s TV Guidance Counselor podcast on September 23, 2016.


  • Husbands Guest star, season two
  • Triangulation Episode 72 on October 3, 2012 [42]
  • the show with zefrank
  • TED [43]
  • Diggnation Episode 231 [44]
  • Today in the Past ( podcast ) [45]
  • Two articles on the website Open Letters in the year 2000. [46] [47] in them, he details a family trip to Ocean City, New Jersey shortly after his mother’s death, and uses his experiences there as Metaphors for life and death.
  • Transcript of welcoming remarks at a literary reading shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 [48]
  • Mudar web ads, and PC.
  • Judge John Hodgman ( podcast )


  • Hodgman was featured on the track “Question and Answer Time” on MC Frontalot ‘s 2010 album Zero Day . [49]
  • Hodgman has Appeared in two indie music videos directed by Tom Scharpling . The first was Ted Leo & The Pharmacists ‘Bottled In Cork “Followed by The New Pornographers ‘” Moves. “
  • Hodgman Appeared in the opening section of Aimee Mann ‘s video for “Charmer” from the album of the composition names framing written and directed by Scharpling.

In print

If contributor:

  • Hodgman Appears on the cover of the February 2007 edition of Wired Magazine , as a contributor to hun “What we do not know about …” articles.
  • Hodgman oversaw the “True Life Tales” section of the Sunday New York Times Magazine . [50] The section is Currently on hiatus.
  • Hodgman has written guest for the “Sedaratives” section of The Believer . “Sedaratives” is an advice column created by Amy Sedaris .
  • Hodgman wrote the Massachusetts [51] chapter in the anthology States by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America .
  • Hodgman wrote the introduction to The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out (2009), a collection of Adam Koford’s Hobotopia comic strips.
  • Hodgman founded The Little Gray Book Lectures in Williamsburg, Brooklyn . The lectures port leg on hiatus “for the foreseeable future” as of August 2007. [52]

As author:

  • The Areas of My Expertise ( ISBN 0-525-94908-9 , 2005)
  • More Information Than You Require ( ISBN 0-525-95034-6 , October 2008)
  • That is All ( ISBN 978-0525952442 November 2011)


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