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Episode 134: Nerdist Podcast
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Nerdist Podcast #134: JOHN HODGMAN

Hodgman talks moustaches, Steve Jobs, and his new book “That Is All,” available Nov. 1. If you listened to the Neil Gaiman episode then you already know that Hodgman is both spirit and flesh and exists everywhere and nowhere. He must be feared and revered. He. Is. THE HODGMAN.

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  • John Hodgman is one of my favorite people. I love pretty much everything he’s done (haven’t seen Baby Mama though). If you haven’t already, check out his interviews with George R.R. Martin and Neil DeGrasse Tyson on The Sound of Young America when he was filling in for Jesse Thorn.

  • “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
    “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”
    “The Producers”
    “Hello, Dolly!”
    “The Cradle Will Rock”
    “The Sound of Music”
    “Anything Goes”
    “Full Monty”
    “Pal Joey”
    “Beauty and the Beast”
    “Ain’t Misbehavin'”
    “Bye Bye Birdie”

    /and I’m spent

  • Musicals as euphamisms for defecation? How about…
    “The Black Crook”(very obscure, often cited as the first “musical”)
    (Very discreet) “The Act”
    (Drunken projectile sh***ing) “The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd”
    (See above) “On Your Toes” & “Paint Your Wagon”
    (After over-spiced Italian food) “Mamma Mia!”
    (Dysentery/food poisoning) “Anything Goes”
    (Constipation) “Promises, Promises”& “Working”
    “Passing Strange”, “Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk”, “Hellzapoppin”, “I Do, I Do” & “Can-Can” (Of course)
    “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (esp appropos w/a French accent)
    (Explosive Infant Version) “The Cradle Will Rock”
    “Pennies from Heaven”, “Sugar Babies”, “What Makes Sammy Run?” & “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”
    (After days of too much cheese AND fiber) “The Cocoanuts”
    (A violent case of the anal distension Chris alluded to) “Rent”
    (Sneaking off to the bathroom once a new love interest falls asleep, & vainly trying not to make any noise) “A Little Night Music”
    (An enormous movement while camping, forcing you to relocate several times, so as not to soil your shoes) “Side By Side By Sondheim”
    And, in the ‘almost fits the category’ list: “The Wiz”
    (Good God, I have too much free time…)

  • Loving it. Not even thirty minutes in and already there’s cockney rhyming slang, an oblique reference to I, CLAVDIVS, and a discourse on bakelite. I’m half-expecting a PBS pledge break in the middle.

  • Possible Musical Contenders:
    Spring Awakening
    Next to Normal
    The Scottsboro Boys
    The Story of My Life
    Little Women
    South Pacific
    The Boy From Oz
    Blood Brothers
    La Cage Aux Folles
    Les Miserables
    Jesus Christ Superstar

  • Great podcast!

    What a delicious treat of knowledge and laughter with John Hodgman.

    And I really don’t know many musicals to connect to defecating but don’t forget

    The Sound of Music
    My Fair Lady
    and Jersey Boys

  • Put me on the “Anti-Jon Hodgman’s mustache” List I’m afraid. It’s not that I’m opposed to the idea of him having a mustache so much as that the one he currently has (based on the last time I saw it) looks like he has a broom head stuck to his face. Ultimately it’s his face though and if he insists on it, then it’s a small price to pay as long as he continues to share his Hodgmany goodness with the world.

  • I feel like we’re up to the part of the game where it can make less sense and still be funny?
    Second Chance (2009)
    See you later (1951)
    Runaways (1978)
    Tickets, Please (1950)
    Red, Hot & Blue (1936)
    Pipe Dream (1955)
    Oh, Boy! (1917)
    Yes Nurse! No Nurse!
    Yellow Submarine.
    Pirates of Penzance??
    Toxic Avenger: The musikill (2004)
    Working. (1978)
    The Wizard of Oz.
    Urban Cowboy.
    Tomorrow Morning (2008)
    Sucess (1993)
    Top Banana (1951)
    Sweet Smell of Success (2002)

  • Folks above beat me to some I had in mind, & came up with some winners, too (“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” might take the blue ribbon). Anyways, here’s my 2 cents:

    Into the Woods
    Sweeny Todd
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Sweet Charity

  • Has anyone considered the idea that John didn’t just grow the mustache as a fashionable add on but that this Hodgman is actually evil. He may have captured our universe’s Hangman and locked him in a panic sweet.

  • I love this interview. It’s not as if I really believed Hodgman was an insufferable know-it-all, but the vulnerability he showed here will prevent me from ever imagining so. Kind of a shame we didn’t find more out about how he got started as a writer – but we can’t always have the whole pie!

  • Awesome episode as always, Nerdcast. lol, you guys keep making it look like Matt only had a flu with the previous episode, Ouch stomach flu.

    I had a problem with John Hodgman. He was so dry that I didn’t know what fake or not. That man has a superpower some how and my simple mind can’t even keep up. Fraking hell, Neil Gaiman was right. We need to assassinate John Hodgman on sight… or atleast subdue him with Justin Long.