Episode #227 – 1941

An extra-special bonus episode for the MaxFun Drive, where we’re joined by Mr. John Hodgman to talk about Steven Spielberg’s legendary flop 1941.

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Notice they don’t say “A spectacular comedy.”

Wikipedia synopsis for 1941

Movies recommended in this episode:

I Wanna Hold Your Hand
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

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March 25th, 2017



  1. Ben says:

    I love how the recommended movies can be combined together to form one awesome movie

    “The Miracle of Morgan Creek: I wanna to Hold Your Hand, Manborg”

  2. Sam says:

    Ugh, Hodgeman was a nuisance that disrupted the familiar flow of the podcast. He was clearly more interested in enjoying himself at the expense of listeners. Please do not have him over again (unless he is properly house trained).

    • Zack says:

      It’s a bonus episode – two free extra hours of the show. Hodgeman is just adding his style of comedy to the peaches. I love it, thanks for the extra laughs

      • Sam says:

        I guess by his style you mean “I am an a-hole but it is funny”. The problem was it was not funny so he came off as just an a-hole. That is the charitable reading, the uncharitable reading would be that he is like that as a person. I mean if he talks like an a-hole and acts like a bully then we must consider the possibility that the subject is John Hodgeman.

  3. C says:

    Goofy gained… seven hundred pounnnnnds?

  4. Gai Farang says:

    The occasional guest is nice to hear on the show. I think you should step aside from H&H (Hodgman & Hallie) and perhaps book some other funny people. If you’re looking for another ‘H’ how about Hodgson?!

    Please don’t feel as if you have to shy away from guests just because HDTGM does it.

    Finally, I think JH was mostly(?) doing a shtick that the other guys got. I’ve heard him on other shows and he doesn’t really disrupt as he has here. On the other hand, given his longtime familiarity with (bossing around) Elliott on THE DAILY SHOW, maybe he’s just exhibiting the same behavior our relatives do when the see is but still treat us like they did when we were kids.

  5. The Mutt says:

    I unironicly love this movie. My family watches every Christmas.

  6. Branden says:

    Wow. If Hodgeman was in such a rush to leave the podcast, he should’ve just excused himself early. Humming loudly over everyone’s commentary was incredibly annoying and disrespectful.

  7. Ell says:

    Hodgeman is the worst guest. I hate it when he is on. I understand that playing the overconfident know-it-all is his schtick (?), but good grief. His presence has the weird effect of underscoring the worst qualities in Elliot, and he always seems like he is jaggin’ on Stu in a way that never feels quite right. It’s just… ugh. It always feels uncomfortable when he is on, and I hate it.

    That said, I’d probably make out with him. Hatefully.

  8. Katerade says:

    Okay, I’ll say it. I liked Hodgeman and found someone telling Elliot to shut up kind of refreshing as Dan is usually beaten up by Elliot. I love Elliot, but did enjoy the show a lot. A co-host is like an extra topping on an already good pizza. Some of us like olives and some of us don’t. Still a great show. Thanks guys!

  9. Eric says:

    I like Hodgman and am glad he was there.

  10. C says:

    Finished the episode today. Hodguhman was good in the Nothing but Trouble episode and was basically good here, but GOD he couldn’t have been more of an unfunny asshole than when he was “playing off” everyone at the end. What a dick!

  11. C says:

    Also, it’s interesting that not only are both of his episodes on Dan Aykroyd movies, but they both have Elliott’s Christmas Vacation story.

  12. William says:

    It’s a P-40 Warhawk, not a P-51 Mustang.

  13. soakingbook says:

    I will pay $5 a month in perpetuity for Hodgeman to never appear on the podcast again.

    • Sam says:

      This could be the main point of next year’s MaxFunDrive:

      “Not the Darkest Timeline.

      “Maximum Fun is happy to announce that if it reaches its goal of 1,000,000 new and upgrading members it will (with the help of National Science Foundation, American Physical Society and Los Alamos National Laboratory) erase John Hodgeman’s existence from our timeline. Since the scientific breakthrough of last summer showed a timeline without John Hodgeman can’t be the darkest we believe this a goal that we can and should reach.”

  14. Rob Drew says:

    One of the strengths of the show is that the three hosts all have distinct voices and personalities, and I think Hodgeman and Hallie both succeed in bringing something unique to the show when they guest. I found this episode to be pretty funny and think the occasional addition of a guest changes the balance and freshens things up a bit.

    I could listen to a whole episode of Dan describing his lonely pitiful life while Stuart and Elliot bust on him. Love this show! Keep up the good work!

  15. Pat says:

    The humming and hurrying by Hodgman felt very disrespectful, but perhaps his rapport with the others made it less awkward in person? I don’t know, I’m guessing it was mostly just a goof, but that didn’t make it any less annoying to listen to.

    Anyways, I’m not Hodgman’s biggest fan but I don’t want to pick on him… I thought for most of the episode he fit in well, and I enjoyed his opening immensely.

  16. Ezekiel says:

    This was a hilarious episode and Hodgman did a good job as usual. I’m not gonna complain because 100% of the jokes weren’t funny.

  17. Fredrik says:

    I generally like Hodgman quite a bit, but he either should not have agreed to appear in this episode, or at the very least left early (which happens on other podcasts and is perfectly acceptable). His bossiness early in the podcast was mostly just a shtick (I presume), one I’ve enjoyed previously, but by the end it was very grating.

  18. Luke says:

    I wanted to hear Elliot talk about the turtle from the flash 🙁

  19. Katerade says:

    Okay, so I’ve listened to the podcast two full times because I usually don’t see this kind of divisiveness on the message boards. I think that the loudness of Hodgman was problematic at the end of the podcast, but forgivable in light of the overall product. I do listen to Judge John Hodgman’s podcast, am familiar with his style, and am familiar with his fake Elliot fights. Overall I still found this very enjoyable. He may have won me over by humming the love theme from Star Wars…

    • Branden says:

      I’m glad so many people enjoyed the podcast in spite of Hodgeman. I thought he was okay in the beginning, but his rush to leave in the end brought about one of the worst “bits” in Flop House history. It was extremely rude (and especially strange, since his entire purpose for being on the show was to ask fans for money… and he wanted to spend as little time as possible speaking to the fans in order to achieve this goal). I save every episode of the Flop House for repeat listening, but this was the first episode I ever deleted. I can’t imagine sitting through it again.

    • Sam says:

      I am not sure his fights with Elliott were fake, during their time at the Daily Show Hodgeman would steal stuff from him, made repeated comments about an affair he was having with Danielle, throwing his show at Elliott. To the point that Elliott was genuinely worried and told Danielle it was getting out of hand and he might have to do something about it (paraphrasing all of this but the substance is accurate). That plus what he did this episode (and the first time he was around he was rude to Stuart as well) seem to me to indicate that Judge John Hodgeman is who he plays, the real John Hodgeman comes off as an insecure man stricken with debilitating midlife crisis and a bully at heart. Sometimes he is funny enough to get away with it but when he isn’t it is really ugly.

      • Seriously? says:

        YEah….going to need some sources for your TMZ level rumor starting.

        • Sam says:

          Source: The Judge John Hodgeman episode with Elliott as guest bailiff.

          • Lurch says:

            There’s also an episode of the WTF podcast (or maybe Nerdist, don’t remember exactly) where Hodgeman talks about these things (stealing Elliott’s stuff, coming on to his wife, throwing his shoes at him) and the shocking experience of how much he enjoyed being a bully

  20. Sam says:


    Did not know that about Hodgeman but it fits, I guess his physique might have been a reason he did not become a bully as a teenager (and no, normal human beings do not enjoy being a bully).

  21. Gerald Fnord says:

    I don’t think Spielberg thought he were making “Nashville”, but rather that he thought he were making “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”, and hit fairly close to that mark more than a decade after it wasn’t funny the first time.

    I don’t fault them for the repeated ethic slur, since that was entirely accurate—people jumped at the chance to be bigoted in defence of Right and Good…. I do fault Spielberg et al for missing the opportunity for dark humour, for example in the person of an incredibly American sansei who knows no Japanese, is super-patriotic, and has to flee for his life from (say) a gung-ho type who was a Bundist the month before…Milius would have been perfect therefor.

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