“Are you lonely, too? High five! So am I,” Angel Olsen moans with disarming buoyancy on the crunchy, galloping “Hi-Five,” but she’s doing more than just leavening a downer sentiment with irony and maximum forward thrust. Pretty much all of Olsen’s new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, is a musical high five, but the [...]
Posts Tagged ‘John Hodgman’
Like any good sandwich, a good comedy bill is well balanced. It can’t be too dry, nor can it contain too much cheese. Let’s hope the "Sandwich-to-Go" tour, featuring comics Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman, and Kristen Schaal (shown), is as delectable as they seem to think it is. You know all three from their various [...]
Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, February 10: John Hodgman at Birchmere
This former-book-editor-cum-humor-columnist-cum-humor-author-cum-Daily Show correspondent has aged remarkably well. He recently released the final book in his trilogy of "Complete World Knowledge," That Is All, which covers wine, sports, and the end of the world. It's full of wonderful, [...]
John Hodgman is everywhere. Over the past few years, he’s become comedy’s nerd laureate, a go-to for witty, esoteric humor that both mocks and indulges his cerebral tendencies. Via his role as a PC on those Mac commercials, his segment “You’re Welcome” on The Daily Show, and the snooty hyperliterate villain on the canceled HBO series Bored [...]
in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.
1. Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James.
This isn't a Jane Austen novel, or a Jane Austen-plus-zombies novel, but a murder-mystery sequel to a Jane Austen novel. In other words, it's fan fiction. When is "Stone Cold" Steve Austen gonna write a WWF-meets-Pride and [...]
You'll probably see this posted everywhere, but I linked to Ted Leo's essay-length teaser about his forthcoming musical-theater career change, so I owe you a follow-up. Here's Leo's punchline: "Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: The Brutalist Bricks (No Refunds); a Reginald VanVoorst Production!"