Comedy Forging the Future: Tweedy, Literate and Very Dry

The Faux Genius

Other than George Plimpton, John Hodgman may have been the only boy who ever grew up wanting to be George Plimpton. "Here was an extremely talented writer and public intellectual who was not averse to having fun in his life," says Hodgman. "To asthmatic children in the world, those Intellivision ads he did were a beacon. There was a tweediness out there that I could be a part of."

Like his idol, Hodgman, 34, has forged a career as an urbane literary figure and satirist of the urbanely literate. A Yale grad and former book agent, he has had a short...

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