John Hodgman is a writer, humorist, geek celebrity, former professional literary agent and expert on all world knowledge. He was the bumbling PC in Apple's long-running "I'm a Mac; I'm a PC" ad campaign.
You may know him only as the PC in Apple's PC vs. Mac smackdown ads, or as the Daily Show with Jon Stewart's Resident Expert. But John Hodgman has many other claims to fame. He's the author of The Areas of My Expertise, which provides vital and completely fake details on the great lobster conspiracy, hoboes, nine US presidents who had hooks for hands, and how to win a fight; the followup More Information Than You Require; and his newest (and he claims last), That Is All.
He is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine; host of the Little Gray Book Lectures, a monthly series that has aired on This American Life; and an actual former professional literary agent.
As host of Going Deep with David Rees, David is taking to the airwaves to teach viewers how to master other often-overlooked skills. It’s the how-to show that teaches you how to do the things you think you already know how to do. In each episode, viewers will journey alongside David as he dons his black apron to deconstruct a familiar process — navigating the whys, hows and what-ifs everyday experiences. Along the way, he’ll meet experts who reveal the task’s surprising history and de-familiarize it until you realize you actually know nothing about it.
David Rees is a comedian, writer and entrepreneur. Variety once called him a “phenomenal cult hero,” which sounds about right. In 2010, David launched his artisanal pencil-sharpening business — since then he has sharpened more than 2,000 pencils for customers around the world. His book How to Sharpen Pencils was published to great critical acclaim and confusion in 2012. He’s the creator of “Get Your War On,” a popular satirical cartoon about the War on Terror that was published in Rolling Stone, collected into three books, and adapted as a play that toured internationally. As a comedian, David has performed with Louis CK, Todd Barry, Paul F. Tompkins and John Hodgman, among others. In his spare time, David makes mash-ups and works on his struggling DJ career.