I listen to Judge John Hofmann during my long commute home after work long and often very stressful days. It helps me unwind and find some humor in my day as I leave work behind and prepare to be at home.
This makes me feel better about being a human and having thoughts which aren't about all the horrible things going on in the world. You do, in fact, have to live your life, do your best, and deal with moderately annoying things which, should you so request, Judge John Hodgman should be able to resolve. I also appreciate that he reminds people that Thoreau wrote Walden while so close to people that regularly brought him company, drink, and food. ("Pie! Pie!!!" â My Husband screams in the background.) Also, Maine. Based on no actual evidence, I am fairly certain that John is part of a large and aggressive Maine PR machine pushing more hipsters into the state for lobtahs and blueberries and wooden boats. In any case, it's lovely and you should also read his book.
For a deranged millionair turned internet judge, there is no better service to culture than to remedy the worlds worst problems. If your a hipster unaware of even the simplest of social norms, you must mount a full expedition to the peak of this fine sage and attempt to perplex him with your basic misgivings about courtesy and etiquette. Confound him with wildly innacurate perceptions about simple and obvious facts of the mortal realm, and prepare to be informed and entertained, but most of all, to be judged.
Listen to the judge verbally spar with litigants and get to the crux of the dispute, with trusty baliff Jesse Thorn proving some west coast sensibilities as well as the sartorial perspective which is surprisingly often needed.
Funny, touching, and practical. I share this podcast with everybody that I like.
One of my must listens. Routinely funny, empathetic, and wise. I recommend a lot of podcasts to people, and this is one of the only ones that seems to really stick--it's funny, but it's also generally affable, which is kind of a big deal in a very niche world.
.. and so far it is generally pretty great. I find the two of them to be funny. Every episode should have at least one good laugh from Jesse, please. Also, for two white dudes, they are sometimes good at acknowledging the way the patriarchy influences their plaintiffs/defendants and social expectations that play into the Judgeâs rulings.I HAD to leave this review when the Judge used that quote from [redacted because spoilers] for the board games episode. I knew it right away! Love that [source of quote]!
I love this podcast. Every episode makes me giggle.
John Hodgman is a pleasure to listen to for an hour of thoughtful and clever advice an pedantry, and it's honestly the best life advice also. I highly recommend it.
Iâm bringing a case against podcast apps for only providing for five stars with which to rate this podcast when it clearly deserves six if not seven.
Famous minor television personality found a niche and filled it well. Thank you, Judge. I wish I had a small enough case for you. I rea..It..You... You know, that person in the White House was a less famous minor television non-personality but heâs a narcissist (thank you for not being one) and someone in a network decided to pump him up although he was a has-been with a dated bad smelling office.
When the news of the world gives us ample reason, every day, to give up all hope that decency, reason, wit, intelligence, and compassion might somehow prevail, and a civilization worth the name might somehow survive, I hang on because I know the Judge John Hodgman Podcast is still on the air (or at least on the net). John and Jesse, each brilliant in his own right (their separate projects are always worth seeking out), in combination are truly stellar. The Judge John Hodgman Podcast is always laugh-out-loud funny. And smart. And surprising. I only wish I had a longstanding dispute with my partner, or a family member, friend, or coworker, to bring before the court. Alas, the podcast has made me too good-humored and wise to quarrel with anyone. It has restored my faith in humanity â not to mention improved my digestion and cleared up my acne â and given me the necessary moxie and gumption to face the world with a song in my heart, a smile on my lips, and an obscure cultural reference up my sleeve.Thank you, John. Thank you, Jesse. Thank you, Jennifer. And thank you, everyone else who works on The Judge John Hodgman podcast!
I like this podcast a lot. It makes me laugh sometimes. Thanks John and Jesse.
Whatâs up friends, judge John is pretty rad man and let me tell you why. He is hilarious and so is Jesse, they both have amazing voices which lull you to sleep if need be, de stress while your waiting for your plane, or simply just driving to work. You hear interesting cases, sound advice, and you will definitely laugh your socks off. Have fun friends!
This show is ridiculously hilarious. Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are laugh-out-loud (multiple times per episode) funny. Every week, I am rapt while JJH asks deeply insightful questions, in a way that makes everyone laugh with the parties, not at them. BJT has the most infectious laugh ever, and JJH the quickest wit. I had been listening for a while when they came to San Francisco and I saw them live at the Castro Theatre. I almost died laughing when they came out wearing, respectively, a black robe and a bailiff uniform. I had no idea they actually dressed up for the gig. That made the show even more fantastic than it was already.I want everyone in the world to listen to this show. It's the kind of program we should all tune into each week, then discuss in our various social circlesâlike Serial, but funny.
I've been a fan of MaxFun shows for a few years now, adding more shows into my regular listening rotation over time. I can't believe I hadn't checked out the Judge John Hodgman podcast sooner! I've quickly made my way through the past several years of episodes over the last few weeks, and will be sad when I've finished them all and have to eagerly wait for each new week's episode to drop. Great humor and dynamics between all the hosts and guests. Also, Jesse Thorn's laugh gives me life.
I love this show and recommend it all the time! I tend to cue up lots of very thinky, heavy shows, but this is the perfect counter to that. People of good humor call in with their silly disputes and agree to follow Hodgmanâs judgement. Funny and light-hearted, it also feeds my nerdy soul with lots of recommendations for new-to-me pieces of culture. An extra bonus is Johnâs very thoughtful, and often tender, rulings. Co-host Jesse Thorn and Hodgman have an easy rapport, and Jesse serves the role of maker of bad jokes/teaser of the nerds/west coaster perspective. Get thee to the Judge John Hodgman podcast!
I'm an archaeologist and I listened to this podcast while out documenting new archaeological sites in one of our nation's wonderful national parks. While engrossed in the wit and wisdom of the honorable Judge Hodgman, I found an intact Ancestral Puebloan jar, likely dating back to the 1200s A.D., eroding out of a hillside. This was an exceptional find and myself and other park staff were able to collect this vessel for curation in the park's collections. There it will be preserved and studied for the benefit of researchers and descendant Native communities. I can only assume that it was the ominpotent power of the honorable Judge Hodgman that lead me to this discovery. Thank you Judge Hodgman for your guidance and service to this very fortunate archaeologist.
Creative, funny podcast with memorable and charming hosts. The only drawback is that Hodgman occasionally gets too preachy about his liberal/progressive worldview.
Such a fun and sweet show! I would let JJHo and Jesse solve all of my disputes
John Hodgman is 5-star greatâwitty, smart, and with an admirable balance of arrogance and self-deprecation. He also balances his own proclivities well with his sense of fairness when handing down his decisions. There is a real sense of warmth and humanity about the show... and of course there's great humor. This is because Hodgman is in intelligent man who is truly interested in the world around him. As for Jessie Thorne, I admire a lot about him as a person and contributor to the arts in general, and for the most part I love his Bullseye interviews, but when he gets together with Hodgman, it becomes too much of a bro-fest. If Thorne would curtail his cracking up and chumming up, that would make this a 5-star podcast in my mind.
JJH is a funny, smart, and very entertaining way to spend 40 minutes. Still, I warn you, go into this podcast in a good mood. I will sometimes listen to podcasts to temporarily escape life's problems, and this podcast does not work for me in that fashion, AT ALL! If I am having real problems, I've discovered that nothing sours my mood further than listening to the insipid non-problems of the people in this podcast. "Judge John Hodgeman, please please help us! We make lots of money and can't decide if we should install a swimming pool in our yard now or two years from now!"If you already love Hodgeman's humor, then this is a no-brainer. If you are smart, and have a sense of humor, download and enjoy. If it's nearing the end of the month and you may have to decide between buying groceries or paying rent... maybe you should find something else to listen to.
I tell everyone who will listen to me about this podcast. So funny and dry and warm and kind. Love the real, petty, hilarious disputes between the real-life litigants.
Kind, hilarious and thoughtful, your best nerd friends at their peak
Amazing. Just listen.
Iâve enjoyed each listen & hope youâll give it a listen too. I often enjoy revisiting old episodes for sage wisdom and crux finding.
Listening to this podcast, I realize we're all screwed up, and that's comforting.
The Canadians are coming!
The recent live show episodes have been extra fun
Look, I now under that almost every argument that I have ever had with my wife is my fault because I am a man. Truth.
JJHO is a superb show in design and execution. The venerable Judge Hodgman and the impeccable Bailiff Thorn talk to feuding litigants on all manner of issues: Mining e-currency taking up too much space? Should my roommate eat something other than burritos? And the key of it, that besides hilariously pointing out logical fallacies and ridiculous behaviors, the judge always finds the real crux of the issue and drives it into the light - because he really cares about the people he is talking to and wants to see them find a better solution. And so each episode is a comedic journey with a sentimental, gratify end. Kudos judge and bailiff and support staff for this great great show.
John Hodgman and Jesse Thorn are by far the best judge and bailiff. Sit back, relax and prepare to laugh for the next hour. No matter what kind of day Iâm having I know Iâll end up with a smile after I listen here. Keep up the great work!! ðð»ðð
Hodgman gets to the hilarious crux of all matters. Laugh, learn, and love along, wonât you?
The cases selected, while often silly, are always compelling and I'm often very invested in one side or the other by the end of the show. John and Jesse have wonderful chemistry and they're both incredibly funny.
It's hard to tell people about this podcast. The court has no legal power, the cases are absurd, and the obscure references can sway the judge's opinions. But it works. It's a great reminder that no matter how weird, petty, or unreasonable humans can be and there is comedy in that conflict. We all deserve the same fake internet justice.
I've been a fan of John Hodgman's work for years. I'm now just checking out his podcast. I may be slow on the uptake, but I know when I find good things, and the Judge John Hodgman podcast is a good thing. In fact, it's a very good thing. Some might call it a great thing! This podcast is clever, and I would expect nothing less of the honorable Hodgman, and it just makes me laugh. A lot. It's great, and just listen to it.P.S. My dad was a justice of the peace. He passed away a decade ago now, and every time I listen to Judge John Hodgman, I'm reminded of the days I'd sit in his court and watch him work. So, thank you for that.
This is such a fun, weird show! I love the random arguments that they find, and somehow even when it doesn't sound interesting, it is! The only thing I hate is the gavel sound is very loud, fyi. I feel like it must annoy my coworkers if they can hear it... Doh!
Our entire family loves every episode of this witty, hilarious podcast. Judge John Hodgman, super podcast!
What else do you need to know? John Hodgman's gentle humor, steady good sense, and occasional dressings down are the perfect mix. With the occasional "shut your pie hole" for good measure.
What makes this show special is Johnâs warmth and insight into our relationships with one another. Iâm regularly surprised that the Judge finds an angle (or a crux) that I had not seen.
do you and a friend have an ongoing argument about something stupid and you wish there was an impartial, capricious, funny, wise, and sometimes kind of mean person to tell you who was right on a podcast that everyone can hear? Judge John Hodgman is that man, and this is that show. Listen to others get judged for their human monster actions and laugh at them! Or empathize! Whichever!
This is a funny and interesting podcast, and I recommend it for all ages!!
The witty interplay between Yale-educated obscure culture-loving humorist Judge John Hodgman and his chortling pop culture savant UC Santa Cruz-educated Bailiff Jesse Thorn as they adjudicate ridiculous disputes alternates between enjoyable, brilliant, entertaining, and hilarious. Sometimes all four simultaneously.
Great show. Always entertaining.
Fun, silly show that often elevates to heartwarming and insightful.
John Hodgman is hilarious and the cases are fun. But Jesse Thorn is obnoxious. "Guest Bailiff" episodes are the best.
I listen to Judge John Hodgman every week and canât wait for the next one! Hodgman is funny and insightful. It is truly interesting how he gets down to the key issues every time! Thanks John!
I absolutely adore this podcast. Thereâs nothing better than hearing Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse banter with their guests. Funny and also surprisingly warm, I am always delighted when a new one comes out.
The is a disgrace to the maximum fun network