09/29- Toronto, ON @ Just For Laughs
10/13- Vancouver, BC @ Rio Theater
10/15- Portland, OR @ Hollywood Theater
10/16- San Francisco, CA @ Marines Memorial
10/24- Durham, NC @ Carolina Theater
11/07- Athens, OH @ Ohio State University
Starting slightly later than advertised, the seated show started with a silly ghost of Jedediah Bloodmoon Cultural Center. The voice told us that he personally built the venue in
Then the music of the Pixies ("Where Is My Mind") is played over the loudspeaker as John Hodgman walked on stage with his ukulele and matching tie and shirt patterns.
He spent a few minutes making the crowd hold up their hands. They were literally a captive audience, listening very quietly to every word Hodgman had to say.
Before Hodgman even started telling his stories, he asked if there were any young persons in the audience. A little girl said she was 9. Hodgman then apologized for his adult themed stories... mentioning that he will use the world marijuana once (excluding the usage in the warning).
The rest of the evening were just stories. Some of them seemed plausibly true, but obviously with some funny embellishment. We learned that Hodgman lived in Massachusetts and then in Maine (with the official slogan for the state as "Vacationland"). At one point, they owned two summer homes.
I thought the beard-bit went on a little too long. Even longer was the long drive to get rid of his garbage at the landfill. Technically since he lived in another county, that he was illegally dumping his garbage. If anyone asked where they lived, he was to tell them that he was staying with Jackie Brown in town. He did that for seven years and realized they never asked. Then Brown died, and he had to come up with another excuse...
His story about swimming and making cairns with singer Jonathan Coulton was pretty funny, and probably my personal favorite. You may recall that we caught his appearance at the Guthrie Theater in 2012 and absolutely loved his "Baby Got Back" cover, which Glee stole.
Anyway, the last half of his Hodgman's set featured nothing but stories from Maine. He did a great job explaining "Maine Comedy" and what a "Jimmy Steele Peapod Boat" was (and how he accidentally bought one).
Closing out his show, Hodgman sang two covers with his ukulele, starting with Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner". We've seen the "untrained genius" Richman a few times and absolutely love his storytelling songs.
John Hodgman with Kevin Murphy
If you love hearing stories of Maine and Massachusetts, check out the "Judge" John Hodgman on this Vacationland one-man-tour. Get your tickets now before they sell out.
John Hodgman at the Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis (27 September 2015)