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Jonathan Saves Dick Cavett From John Hodgman on 'Bored to Death' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 25th 2011 2:00AM
'Bored to Death' - 'The Black Clock of Time'Jonathan's arch-nemesis Louis Green (John Hodgman) was back, and this time the two were booked on Dick Cavett's new talk show, which mean instant fun on 'Bored to Death' (Mon., 9PM ET on HBO). Louis and Jonathan are always brilliantly hilarious together.

Hodgman is so delightfully evil in this role, that it was a hoot watching him lose his mind when Jonathan's segment was going so well, Louis got bumped. In an attempt at revenge, he intends to drop the curtain, but winds up going much further.

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John Hodgman and Jon Stewart on How to Save Book Stores (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 17th 2011 3:47AM
John Hodgman, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'With the news of Borders going out of business, John Hodgman stopped by 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) to talk about the demise of brick-and-mortar book stores in this digital age.

Where will all the condescending nerds go next, now that record stores, video stores and now book stores are going the way of the dodo? Phone stores, maybe?

But Hodgman isn't willing to give up on bookstores yet. He presented some great ideas to stimulate interest in walking through those doors. For example, instead of author signings, he suggested author live writings.

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John Hodgman Wages War on Cyberspies on 'The Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 24th 2011 6:02AM
John Hodgman, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'Long-time viewers of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) know that when it comes to technology, John Hodgman has our back. Now we learn that he's apparently also on the front line of cyber crime, protecting our nation's most vital and secret information.

Even cooler, the "info cloud" he enters in order to accomplish this looks just like the cyberworld from 'Tron.' It's amazing that Disney knew so much about this world inside the information superhighway.

Hodgman looked a lot like Jay Maynard, the Tron Guy, who most recently tried out for 'America's Got Talent.' But unlike Maynard, Hodgman proved he has real skills in the Tron world. However, we think maybe a future cyber-duel between these two spandex-clad titans of the web is in order.

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Drew Barrymore Loves Jon Stewart, and Might Still Love Justin Long (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 26th 2010 2:25AM
Drew Barrymore Loves Jon Stewart, and Might Still Love Justin LongActress Drew Barrymore was the guest on the new 'Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central). And while she was on the show, Ms. Barrymore took a little time out to discuss her love life (sort of). Drew is currently appearing in the film 'Going the Distance,' and her co-star is none other than her on-again, off-again, and maybe on-again boyfriend Justin Long.

Host Jon Stewart seemed a little confused as to whether Drew and Justin were still dating -- but that's okay. A lot of other people are confused about that too. For her part, Drew remained coy, saying this about Justin: "I may be [dating him]. I may not be! I don't know!" Honestly, she really did seem like she didn't know, so maybe the celebrity couple are just going through a weird time right now.

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Paul F. Tompkins and John Hodgman Mock Green Day in New Ted Leo Music Video

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Aug 24th 2010 5:30PM
Paul F TompkinsIt's always fun when worlds collide -- like when musicians and TV comedy stars hang out in real life. But it's even better when all these awesome people decide to collaborate on a hilarious project.

The new Ted Leo and the Pharmacists music video for the song 'Bottled in Cork' (below) features comedians John Hodgman ('The Daily Show') and Paul F. Tompkins ('Mr. Show,' 'Best Week Ever') in roles as a theater critic and a Broadway mogul respectively.

The video, directed by WFMU radio favorite Tom Scharpling, parodies the band Green Day for its decision to use its 2004 album 'American Idiot' as the basis for a Broadway musical of the same name. Green Day faced criticism for the decision from punk purists and Ted Leo's video definitely cuts deep.

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John Hodgman Raps on 'The Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jul 1st 2010 1:30PM
John Hodgman performs a pro-soccer rap on 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' (weeknights, 11PM ET on COM). The results? About as clumsy as you would expect ... maybe a little more so.

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Keith Olbermann Sends His First Tweet (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 9th 2010 3:30PM
Political commentator Keith Olbermann initially signed up for Twitter back in 2008, but avoided using it due to concerns over his privacy.

However, Olbermann finally relented and joined the Twitterverse, tapping out his very first tweet on 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weekdays, 8PM ET on MSNBC) while actor/author John Hodgman provided encouragement.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What You Missed Last Night: John Hodgman's "You're Welcome"

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 16th 2009 2:31PM
One of my favorite moments on television is when The Daily Show host Jon Stewart introduces John Hodgman. You know it's going to be funny and smart. In his "You're Welcome" segment last night, he attempted to solve the problem of the rising national debt.

[Watch clips and episodes of The Daily Show and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Top TV Stories of 2009: Celebs who use Twitter

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 14th 2009 9:02AM
TwitterI'll admit that I wasn't swayed by the allure of Twitter at first. As someone who tried Facebook for three weeks a couple of years ago and then quickly canceled the account, I didn't want to get on a social networking site that was like Facebook but only had status updates. Why would I want to do that? But then I started using Twitter and then I got it. I got why it's so great (note: I'm on Facebook again, but only because Facebook is the new phone book - even if you don't use it that much, it's good to be listed).

Twitter haters always say the same thing when they explain why they're not on it: "Why would I care when someone's eating a sandwich?" It's so much more than that. I even think it has evolved into something the creators of Twitter could never have imagined. Sure, it's social networking, but not social networking in the sense that Facebook is. It's a whole different thing. It's like getting a stream of e-mails or IMs or breaking news posts throughout the day from people you're actually interested in hearing from.

And that list of people just might include TV personalities.

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Review: The Venture Bros. - Self-Medication

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 23rd 2009 1:46PM
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(S04E06) This episode was a rare star-studded treat for Venture Bros. Really honing in on the idea of adult aftermath in the lives of boy adventurer types, Jackson Publick introduced a robot boy, boy detective brothers (Seth Green and John Hodgman), former Wonder Boy (Patton Oswalt) and the return of Action Johnny (Brendon Small). Never before have so many guest voices (okay, four) been crammed into an installment, bringing the entire audience to an immediate nerdgasm.

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Review: Bored to Death - Take a Dive (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 8th 2009 10:01PM
Zach Galifianakis and Jason Schwartzman
(S01E08) "You think we learned anything tonight?" - Jonathan

I'll tell you what I learned -- Bored to Death has a lot of potential. All season long, I've gone from loving to hating to loving this show, and with the season finale now come and gone, there's a real opportunity here for Bored to Death to become HBO's next break-out hit when it returns. All the pieces are in place and it probably could have blown up this season had there not been so many episodes where the show tried to find its footing. Is it a detective show? Or is it about three friends in the publishing world trying to make their mark? Or is it both?

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Review: Bored to Death - The Case of the Stolen Sperm

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 2nd 2009 11:28AM
Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate, and Jason Schwartzman
(S01E07) "I don't mean to be rude, but I was transporting chilled semen." - Ray

What a great way to set up the season finale! At this point, I'm not sure Bored to Death has turned out to be anything like what HBO originally green-lit, but, despite its many ups and downs, it sure has been fun to watch.

Not only did last night's episode feature the return of two plots, that, when originally introduced, seemed like throw-away gags (Ray's sperm donations; George's rivalry with Richard Antrem), but it also featured one helluva line-up of guest stars. It bodes well for season two and even though we still have one more episode left, I'm feeling a lot better about the direction Bored to Death is taking when compared to Hung.

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Groovy! John Sellers brings Bruce Campbell Watch back from the dead

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 10th 2009 10:03AM
The man, the myth, the unholy god, ladies and gentlemen, Bruce Campbell
Some have made the argument that actor Ted McGinley is the patron saint of all things television. I mean, sure Teddy-M.C. has a wide and varied career and holds the power to destroy entire series with his very presence.

Well Mr. McGinley, I've met Bruce Campbell (once, almost, it's a long story). I know Bruce Campbell (not really, but Bob probably knows him better than I do). And you, sir, are no Bruce Campbell.

And just to prove it, let me pose a question: has anyone ever held a "Ted McGinley Watch" in his television honor? I didn't think so. Writer and blogger John Sellers has revived the annual TV tradition on his popular True/Slant blog.

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HBO's Bored To Death isn't real noir, but it looks good

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 1st 2009 5:28PM
A couple of months ago, Mike showed you a preview of the new faux-noir series Bored To Death, which chronicles the adventures of a real writer (Jonathan Ames, played by Jason Schwartzman) who becomes a private eye for some reason. It looks quite entertaining, as this new clip below shows. Ted Danson, Patton Oswalt, and Zach Galifinakis? I'm there. It premieres on HBO September 20.

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Hodgman activates rage gland against BBC America for not picking up QI

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 8th 2009 2:02PM
John HodgmanJohn Hodgman seems like a gentle and mellow soul who uses wit, grace and intelligence to make his arguments, instead of more American methods of debate, such as yelling, name-calling or numb-chucks nunchucks.

However, when something gets stuck in his craw, he can unleash an unholy tornado of rage and seething anger. He can muster the unstoppable force of an undersea volcano and spew forth a raw stream of pointed arguments and reasoned thinking that could melt the butt off of an Eastern gray squirrel.

This time, Hodgman pointed his pressure washer of wit towards BBC America for refusing to pick up a comedy panel quiz show called QI.

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