Hey! Los Angeles Magazine’s “Best of LA” issue calls us the “Best Live Podcast recording!” So flattering. The issue is on stands now.
Thanks to you Adventurekateers for making us something that people notice. Now you’d better get tickets for the Aug-Dec shows while you still can! http://www.largo-la.com/
Just want to mention that I plan on doing a whole series of these dudes, with hopefully some more surprises in store than just prints. On the off chance that both of these prints (and future breakable dudes) sell out, I will be reprinting a variant of them facing the opposite direction (with a slight change) so that any matchup is possible. I REALLY like making these dudes, and I hope people enjoy them enough to put them in their homes, so that others may imagine the ensuing battle.
Both of these dudes will be #SDCC exclusives, available at my table at the Nucleus booth (#2743).
MON DIEU! Montreal! All this week! Come see this silliness!
21-26 JULY 2014 MONTREAL QC CANADA
THE JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL
THE MAINLINE THEATRE
PAUL F. TOMPKINS AND FRIENDS REAL AND IMAGINED
“Paul F. Tompkins hosts an evening of standup and characters, featuring his real-life stand-up comedian friends as well as performances by his fake-life “friends” from The Pod F. Tompkast & Comedy Bang Bang podcasts. Lordly composers, bakery potentates, and more!”
Photo: Lisa Whiteman
Badass women from history
- Leather clad English rocker girl
- Women boxing on a roof in LA (1933)
- Ellen O’Neal, the greatest woman freestyle skateboarder in the 1970s
- Elspeth Beard, first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle
"Por favor, me llamo Juan. Señor One Dollar es mì padre."
Jealous of this one, John.
SUPEREGO IS BACK! AND PACKED WITH ACTION-SATISFACTION!
And what’s more, we’re bringing Paul F. Tompkins with us. That’s right, he’s joining the Superego Clinic For Analytical Pscience™ as a regular member. It’s time you got ready to get ready.
But that’s only the half of it. On September 1, 2014, Superego will return for a fourth spectacular season. While past seasons have seen episodes arrive on a monthly basis, Season Four will dole out these ear-candies more slowly, prolonging the utter majesty.
But wait, there’s another half of it. Beginning August 1st, we’re also dropping lap-loads of bonus content your way.
You’ll see the release of two new Behind The Bonus episodes, showcasing several sketches that until now, have been locked deep in the Superego vault. Case studies featuring Erinn Hayes, James Urbaniak, John Hodgman, and more. And in the coming weeks, point your eyeballs toward our YouTube page for a series of never-before-released Superego Supershorts.
But really, here’s the whole of it. When September rolls around, get ready for a bevy of brand new guests as well as the return of some your favorites: Andy Daly, Colin Hanks, Thomas Lennon, and none other than Neko Case.
-The B’s in Apartment 23.
I’m pleased as Pontious Pilate about all this!
Pretend to roll up your sleeves but dig in FOR REAL. All of last night’s episode is online here if you missed it!
Here’s @David_Rees just SMASHING movies into paste with some big old books.
Look, you know that GOING DEEP WITH DAVID REES begins tonight at 10PM on @NatGeoChannel.
BUT I AM GOING TO KEEP TELLING YOU ABOUT IT AND HOPING YOU WILL WATCH IT ON TV TONIGHT.
That is all.
This was quite a journey! I spent the better part of a day going back and forth with a guy that I was not entirely sure was for real at first, then I absolutely got fooled, and then I realized I got fooled. It was fun. The guy said some LEGITIMATELY funny stuff when he was “in character.” And it all ended in a way that I felt good about.
It’s pretty much all laid out in the screencaps, But let me elaborate here:
HEY YOUNG MEN! I know it seems like women complain a lot about how they are represented in media, including fiction, and how it seems like they want entertainment tailored specifically to them, and how they seem to want ALL of pop culture to be politically correct or feminist-ized or whatever it is you think they want, but really, what’s happening is that women are tired of seeing garbage women characters in most of our entertainment. And they’re wondering, Would it really be so much trouble to make more realized female characters? You could still have all your CGI and action and science fiction and drama and swords and stuff, but the female characters could be a little more fleshed out and interesting. And the entertainment would still be good and would, in fact, be better.
Guys, instead of thinking, “Hey, not everything has to be politicized,” try thinking, “I wonder what it would be like for me if the situation were reversed, and how I’d feel if in the vast majority of the entertainment I consumed, the male characters were few and far between and then mostly used as talking props & plot devices. I wonder if I’d get kinda tired of that and occasionally I’d say something, even a little joke, just to ease the annoyance a little.”
Fellows. Listen to the women in your lives. Ask them questions. It will change your perspective for the better. Years ago, I got into a brief argument with two female friends of mine about a movie— it does not even matter which movie— that they viewed as sexist and I did not. I couldn;t even fathom how they could see it that way. I tried to argue that it was not sexist. In recounting our discussion to another party, it was pointed out to me that they might have a different viewpoint based on their life experiences, and that it was not for me to tell them that their interpretation was incorrect. And that I was probably getting defensive about it because if the movie was sexist, it followed that my liking it would make me appear sexist. And that’s when I realized that none of this was about me, and maybe I should shut up and listen and try to understand. And also to be more aware of things like this and develop not just my sympathy, but my empathy.
I will only ever be able to empathize so much with women, because my experience as a white male in America is vastly different from that of anyone who is not that. But I can relate to:
- not being taken seriously
- not being listened to
- being dismissed
- being condescended to
- having something explained to me that I already understand
And I having had those experiences, I am now more inclined to TRY to understand where someone is coming from if they are telling me they are having a similar experience with our culture.
So guys: just try. You don’t even really have to dig that deep. Think about your own experiences as a person, then apply that to someone else. It gets easier the more you do it, and it makes your life better.
Anyway, I hear Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is pretty good!
Start GOING DEEP WITH DAVID REES this very night.
14 years ago this summer I met David Rees for the first time at the COOLIDGE in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Prior to that I knew him only from his self-published clip art karate comic entitled MY NEW FIGHTING TECHNIQUE IS UNSTOPPABLE.
Jay Evans gave me that comic in the spring of 2000 when something very sad was happening in my life, and I laughed so so hard. It was a good gift.
So I invited him to this event I was doing at the Coolidge, and we have been friends ever since. But I do not praise David Rees because he is a friend, but because he a GENIUS.
Consider his body of work:
—The incredible clip art water cooler war comic GET YOUR WAR ON.
(I was also in CODEFELLAS, PS, because if David ever asks met to do something, I answer YES, and I never ever regret it.)
Dude has made me laugh harder and think harder about life and art than anyone, and tonight he will start helping you to think CLEARLY for once about HOW TO MAKE ICE, HOW TO DIG A HOLE, and HOW TO TIE KNOTS.
I really think you will enjoy this show.
And as always, despite your natural internet preferences for streamin’ and swipin’, I would consider it a favor if you could find a way to watch it TONIGHT on TELEVISION at 10PM on National Geographic’s channel, and perhaps let social media and @NatGeoChannel know that that’s what you’re doing.
Throughout the day I will be sharing more of my favorite DAVID REES short films.
I am also looking for a place with a television in Maine so that I can watch the show tonight as well.
CONTACT ME IF YOU CAN HELP.
Otherwise, that is all.
signed, John Hodgman.
PS: Please feel free to retweet and retumbl this letter so that we can remain friends. I REALLY WANT THIS SHOW TO SUCCEED, and I do not make any money off of it.
PPS: TONIGHT AT 10PM ON NATIONAL GEO’S CHANNEL TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT (July 14, 2014, “Bastille Day”) TONIGHT!