Judge John Hodgman Episode 245: Live at SF Sketchfest 2016

Thao Nguyen

"Beyond a Reasonable Drought" and "A Portrait of the Artist as a Weird Dad", taped in front of a live audience at SF Sketchfest 2016! Plus, Swift Justice and songs from special guest Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

Look out for Thao's new record and tourdates at the band's site. A MAN ALIVE is out March 4th!

Please note that this week's episode includes bleeped swearing.

Thanks to Arlin Golden and Shaun Hickson for suggesting this week's titles! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.



If you want to be surprised by the evidence in this week's show as it appeared to our live audience, listen along and wait for the Judge to cue each slide, then click below!


Smoking Clown

Just for general edification: Image #9 (the "Smoking Clown") is the painting "Blue Night" by Edward Hopper (1914). Kudos to the Judge for recognizing the Basquiat, but minus one point for not knowing Hopper.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down


Does anyone know the names of the songs Thao played. I particularly enjoyed the first one.



The first song was Kindness Be Conceived and the second was Age Of Ice. Both are from her album We The Common (by Thao and the Get Down Stay Down). A fantastic album. I highly recommend it!



I laughed until my eyes watered

One of the funniest podcasts I've ever downloaded..I got funny looks in traffic as I laughed out loud alone in my truck.

Jesse sounded different in this episode .. acoustics? cannabinoids?

A melt is a not a grilled cheese.

you're offhand comment that a melt and a grilled cheese are the same is frankly disturbing. As you are someone who works hard to keep distinguishing lines between things like hotdogs and sandwiches( also soup and cereal) I find that fact that you then lump melts and grilled cheese together very sad. I would direct you to the top all time comment from the /r/grilledcheese subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/grilledcheese/comments/2or1p3/you_people_make_m... to see his passion to stop this blurring of lines that almost ended the subreddit. To wrap up, a grilled cheese is not a melt, and a melt is not a grilled cheese, they are different, and it is a disservice to both to lump them together.

California vs Austrailia beaches

OK, I'll admit that Australia beaches might be warmer and have more sand than Northern California beaches (not so much for the Southern CA beaches) but Australian beaches have something that makes them much worse.

Great white sharks. And teeny tiny jellyfish that can kill you.

So, +1M to CA beaches, cold Pacific water and rocks and all.

Best audio EVER!

The Portrait of the Artist as a Weird Dad is the pinnacle of all audio, ever. I was biking home from work and listening on my ipod. One mile into my 7 mile ride I hear "But...wait 'til you see these dummies"! I could not get home fast enough to 'see the evidence'. It was exquisite torture to hear the crowd roar each time you put up a new picture without being able to see myself. Thank you for this gem. It really was the best that radio/audio could ever be!

Baby Wombat

Must be the Australian in me - I recognised it was a baby wombat! Thanks to reddit that wombat has been photoshopped liked crazy: http://www.buzzfeed.com/bradesposito/bb-wombat#.hv98bNoKK

Please post video

Is it possible to post video of 'portrait of an artist as a weird dad'?

Funniest thing I've heard in years.

John L.

Wait till you see these dummies


Long life to our weird Dads.

Thank you for this really funny episode. I had such a good time listening to the show that I forgot that I was walking my grumpy old dog in the freezing rain, so thank you.
Besides I also have a weird dad sending me weird pictures of his own making on social media, quite often, so I could relate to Georges!

Ha HA!

One of the funniest episodes ever! Thank you for putting up the photos so I could play along! Love the baby wombat! Yay! <3

Own up to your Weirdness!

When will "Own up to your Weirdness" T-Shirts be available in the MaxFun store?

As an avid listener and

As an avid listener and professional animal pedant, I had to pause my podcast application to let you know that photo #5 is of a baby wombat, not a naked mole rat!


the greatest guest ever to appear are JJHO!