John Hodgman, Neil Gaiman and OK Go's Damian Kulash sing "So Happy Together"

But wait, that's not all! John Hodgman is playing a ukulele! All we need is for a unicorn to walk out on stage wearing some steampunk headgear and I'm pretty sure this video would have the BoingBoing demographic in the bag, man.

The song starts at about 4 minutes in.

Where, you may ask, do such wonderful things happen. Why, St. Paul, Minnesota. Of course. This video was filmed last Friday at WITS, a fabulous Minnesota Public Radio series that features famous writers, fun tunes, laughing and sing-a-longs. Host John Moe was kind enough to invite me to watch this episode in person so, technically, I'm singing on the video as well. I'll have you know that I do a mean "Bah ba bah baaaa baaaaa baaa."

Oh, and one final thing, the guy doing the actual verses of the song is Seattle musician John Roderick, whose voice I absolutely loved, both on this song and another one he sang during the show, called "Not Moving to Portland".

You can watch WITS online, or listen to the Hodgman/Gaiman/Kulash spectacular when it airs on the radio (both online streaming and otherwise) on August 1.



  1. I was here, it was so much fun to sing and really surreal to hear everyone singing together in unison. :D

  2. The bass player is John Munson of Semisonic and Trip Shakespeare, in case anyone was wondering.

    This show was great! The most fun show I’ve been to in a long time. I hope they do the Wits series again next year!

  3. I was there! It was a fun show. Neil Gaiman talks about his bees, John Hodgeman tweeting from his iPad and reading from his books. Damian Kulash was a surprise too!

  4. Yeah, how could we not give John Roderick a shout out. I think he and Damien Kulash go back a long way actually. Roderick and Kulash both had a hand in a They Might Be Giants Tribute CD a few years back.

  5. Neil Gaiman was scheduled to be a phone interview. Johns Hodgeman and Moe started interviewing him via the phone, which then started breaking up and Gaiman wandered out. It was great fun!

  6. Amanda F. Palmer (due to recent karmic justice and planetary alignments she is now a.k.a as Neil Gaiman’s wife) is about to release an album which will blow your ukelele hair back in big big radiohead-centric ways. July 20th. First single is on her site ( and is nothing short of unexpectedly amazing.

    1. Have to differ with you there; they’re engaged, not married. And, honestly, they’re both such amazing and vivid people that I would get depressed if either of them started being known as the S.O. of the other rather than by their respective names.

  7. Of course to really nail it as the ultimate the BoingBoing post the Unicorn would have to have made the steampunk headgear her self under a creative commons license, and Cory would have to be signing a book for young adults about the whole thing, with the proceeds going to Haiti.

  8. And I came back today and it’s been ripped from the tubes due to a copyright complaint.

    Of course that sorta fits in, doesn’t it?

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