Jonathan Coulton and Sara talk about how she has a crush on John Mayer and then Jonathan pretends to be John Mayer; why she wouldn't listen to Jonathan's stuff for a decade and then became a fan in three hours; how we create a persona to hide our terror of not being cool enough; how he loved growing up in Colchester, CT; how he realized his childhood dream of being in the Whiffenpoofs at Yale; how he once impressed a lady by buying Chinese takeout and taking her to a covered bridge; and whether or not he and Sara ate lamb on a stick together. Also, we meet the imaginary hot intern, Daniel, who is majoring in everything at NYU and all the Ivies. This episode is brought to you via Anchor.fm, Baboon Go-Bags and the kind patrons of Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.
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Jonathan Coulton is an hilarious musical nerd icon. If you don't know who he is I am surprised, but this is a good place to meet him. We chat about touring, the crafting of nerdy songs, and leaving safe but boring jobs to pursue unsafe but unboring jobs. PLUS JoCo plays a few songs, one of which is BRAND FRIGGIN NEW. Listen! Now! Really!
If “penultimate” meant “last,” this would be the penultimate episode of our VSOP series. Thanks again to John Hodgman, Jonathan Coulton, and the sturdy padlocks on the studio doors that prevented their escape.
This episode will be more interesting than average for: farmers, Québécoises, basket weavers, camp counselors, small business owners, and a capella aficionados.
This episode will be less interesting than average for: dancers, hair stylists, carnies, Renaissance buffs, vegans, and criminals.
Original photo by Pete Ryan. (We modified it.)Special Guests: John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton.
YLNT VSOP, Part II! The drugs* have kicked in, and we have reached cruising altitude. Stay tuned for the final, gripping conclusion to the VSOP series next week. Or so.
A partial list of works referenced in this episode, and their creators:
“Colonel Heimlich Grows a Beard” (Graham Greene)
Mall, Mini-Mall, Strip Mall (M.C. Escher)
Shut Up, Hick! (George Carlin)
LEGO Group v. Linden (U.S. Supreme Court)
Carnival Displacement (Damien Hirst)
Dream of an Undiscovered Room (René Magritte)
Resuscitation Situation (Jamiroquai)
* Imodium, Dermarest
Photo by frozenmeat (detail)Special Guests: John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton.