Thursday, September 14, 2006

John Hodgman, My Hero

I ran across this interview with John Hodgman, the Daily Show correspondant, former literary editor, Jonathan Coulton co-conspirator, Apple Computer pitchman and author. He is brilliant. The interview barely works, however - it's mostly useful for the links.
Hodgman seems to me one of the few Daily Show correspondants who gets it. He has a perfect deadpan; the laughs come not from how he says it, but from what he says. That is as it should be. It's okay for John Stewart to break character, but the rest of those guys should look at Brian Unger, Vance DeGeneres and Hodgman and learn something. Or Tom Brokaw - he had a perfect deadpan and held it for 30 years. That's devotion to comedy.

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