John Hodgman explains the end of the world to you

John Hodgman is the world's foremost expert on all things canny and uncanny, and everything in between. And today marks the release of Ragnarok, his one-hour comedy special about the apocalypse, via Netflix. To celebrate, we talked to him about the meaning of apocalyptic stories, and why he doesn't love zombies. » 6/20/13 12:46pm 6/20/13 12:46pm

What Classical myth do you want John Hodgman and Adam Savage to bust?

Tomorrow night in San Francisco, Mythbusters' Adam Savage is appearing live on stage with That Is All author John Hodgman. And we're giving away a free pair of tickets! All you have to do is answer one question: What ancient mythology do you want Savage and Hodgman to bust? (e.g., "You can't give birth through your… » 5/28/13 5:14pm 5/28/13 5:14pm

Behold, Dr. Zaius as Mark Twain, courtesy of John Hodgman

A while back, comedian/erstwhile Four Loko taste-tester John Hodgman saw a photo of actor Maurice Evans in full Dr. Zaius make-up on the set of The Planet of The Apes reading a biography of Mark Twain. Judging from the evidence, Hodgman wondered if Evans had secretly been planning a Zaius-centric performance of Hal… » 2/10/12 4:00pm 2/10/12 4:00pm

The Farrelly Brothers spoof DC's superheroes — with Kristen Bell as…

The masters of wrong comedy, the Farrelly Brothers, are making all your weirdest superhero fantasies come true. They've cast a slew of movie stars as a band of "fucked up superheroes" from DC Comics. Leslie Bibb is Wonder Woman (who's sleeping with Batman), Bobby Cannavale is Superman, Kristen Bell plays Supergirl… » 11/29/11 10:59am 11/29/11 10:59am

The Best Thing About Neil Gaiman's New Audiobook Imprint

Author Neil Gaiman is putting some of his cultural capital into creating a new boutique audiobook label through — and the best part of it is that he may be exposing fans of literary fiction to a few unappreciated science fiction gems. In particular, he's featuring A Dimension of Miracles by Robert… » 11/28/11 3:40pm 11/28/11 3:40pm

George R.R. Martin talks to John Hodgman about killing off characters

A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin does a fair number of interviews, but his Sound of Young America interview with John Hodgman might be the best one ever. Hodgman does a great job of getting Martin to talk about his thoughts on writing and geek culture — starting with the fan mail a teenage Martin wrote » 9/22/11 6:30am 9/22/11 6:30am

Can You Handle John Hodgman's Gift Of Knowledge? No, You Cannot

Other writers may claim we're living in a science fictional world, but only the Daily Show » 10/30/08 2:42pm 10/30/08 2:42pm's professional know-it-all John Hodgman has the wherewithal to demonstrate it conclusively, with a rain of facts. Hodgman's new book, , is the only place you will discover unshakable certitudes about the Brain Shark, a…

Statstical Likelihood That John Hodgman Will Ever Send Me a Naked…

Some questions are so speculative that they cannot even be asked in science fiction. They can only be asked of experts like John Hodgman, author and comedian. Luckily, BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin recently asked if I had any such questions to ask of Hodgman. And, well, like all healthy nerds with a taste for the boys, my… » 10/21/08 3:00pm 10/21/08 3:00pm

Revealed: The Inspiration for Galactica's Greatest Painting

There's been speculation about that painting in Admiral Adama's quarters ever since BSG's first season. Humorist and sci-fi fiend John Hodgman, who wrote about the show for The New York Times Magazine, is obsessed with it, and the burned, broody painting has been dissected carefully on both BSG forums and Wikipedia.… » 12/03/07 2:15pm 12/03/07 2:15pm