If John Hodgman, Daily Show regular and Yale alum, seems to exude the pompous pedantry of Comic Book Guy, it is because his every remark is unsolicited. His March 6th performance at Find The Funny, a monthly show at Joe’s Pub in Astor, revealed Hodgman’s most enduring social experiment: himself.
Hodgman began his set by casually removing his shoes (à la Mr. Rogers), ripping off his socks and flinging them into the quiet audience. “Not you!” he yelled at the man who snatched the airborne sock, “throw it back.”
A later altercation involved him pocketing the phone of a seated guest, reluctantly returning it with: “Nice background, geek.”
Still, one can’t help but think Hodgman was particularly tame considering his alter ego, The Deranged Millionaire—a, ahem, deranged millionaire whose sizeable estate includes a ferret skeleton room and who has been known to say things like: “I didn’t recognize you with my mustache.”
Understated in a green hoodie and jeans (an informality he blamed on his recent flight to Long Beach for the TED Conference), Hodgman read from That is All, the last installment in his trilogy of complete world knowledge. Quickly into the story (a tear-jerker about a magician and his invisible unicorn), the audience halted their claps and awws for the unconvinced Hodgman. “An overcompensating whistle,” he snapped at a cheery catcall, “you must be Canadian.”
His former embodiment of the PC in the “Get a Mac” ad campaign is soon to be eclipsed by his upcoming role as the Penguin in an untitled Peter Farrelly/Charles Wessler production.
The duo, whose previous collaborations include There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumberer, thumb their noses at the horrifying schmaltz of New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day with an ensemble film of their very own.
The star-studded collection of comedy shorts is set to release in January 25.