John Hodgman

John Hodgman


Brookline, Massachusetts

Birth Name

John Kellogg Hodgman



Also Known As

John K. Hodgman
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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2005 Hodgman published a book, titled "The areas of my expertise : an almanac of complete world knowledge compiled with instructive annotation and arranged in useful order ... / by me, John Hodgman."

    • In May of 2006, John Hodgman co-starred with Justin Long in a new ad campaign for Apple computers.

  • Quotes

    • John Hodgman: (About the Mac-PC commercials) I was really curious as to why they [Apple] asked me to audition. My career as a magazine writer was largely prefaced on the idea of curiosity, to go on adventures and weasel my way into the lives of people that I admire. The process of auditioning for a commercial seemed like a process where I might learn something that I could write about. It did not occur to me that it might lead to the job. I got called back, and by the third time we talked, I thought, "You can't really be serious."

    • John Hodgman: (When asked if there was anything that he's not an expert on) Sports. I don't hate sports, I just have zero interest in them. I am amused by cricket because it seems to take longer than baseball and I like that. It seems like a sport I could have made up it - it takes several days to play and everyone wears sweaters. I can't confess to knowing what's going on at all. All I can ask from society is that it please stop telling me why I should like sports. People always try to explain that sports are about a sort of mythic combat, or [about] the narratives and the stories. You know what? I've got narratives and stories and I don't need sports.

    • John Hodgman: Here is the joke that is absolutely apt, though I once promised I would never make it: "I play one on TV, but I am not a PC." It is true. I am first of all: not a computer, but a human being; and second of all: a Mac user, almost exclusively, since 1984. There was a brief period in the wilderness between 1997 and 2003. Let us not speak of it.

  • The Renaissance-Man of Expert-izm

    I'm eagerly awaiting the second volume of his complete world knowledge... I image his appearances on the Daily Show have been keeping him from his writing... That and his campaign to Save the Furry Lobster... which is actually extinct... but why should we abandon them just because there is no hope?

    Those who haven't read his work, heard his appearances on NPR's This American Life, or seen him explaining to us Morloks about Tax Reform and Voting Machines on the Daily Show... Might remember him from his stunning film career (my favortie role being on the film "Mimic" where he plays an expert ina tweed jacket)...

    I mean how can you not love a guy who started Bruce Campbell's literary career?moreless