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Stand-up and be counted: John Hodgman's laugh-in

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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 6:39 pm, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

At the beginning of May, comedian John Hodgman appeared on The Daily Show as his recurring character “the deranged millionaire,” with an offer to buy the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. (Clippers owner Donald Sterling came under heavy fire earlier this spring when racist remarks he made were recorded by his girlfriend and released to the media.) In a red, retro basketball uniform, white sweatband, and his characteristic brown glasses, Hodgman skewered Sterling’s blatant racism, explaining to host Jon Stewart, “If [Sterling] can make half a billion by being a secret racist, imagine how much more I’ll make with the Clippers by being openly racist.” The segment is tongue-in-cheek, politically incorrect, and self-aware.

Though he’s perhaps best known for his turn as the nebbish personification of a PC in Apple’s “I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC” ad campaign from 2006, Hodgman is also a stand-up comic, author, and one-time literary agent for the cult actor Bruce Campbell. On Monday, June 2, he performs two back-to-back shows at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

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