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John Hodgman and Larry Wilmore get the truth out about fake news and book blurbs
Frequent correspondents on Jon Stewart's Daily Show John Hodgman and Larry Wilmore began their improvisational joint appearance at the 2009 Miami Book Fair by airing a little dirty laundry before actor, producer and writer Larry Wilmore (In Living Color, The Office, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) gave his forthcoming book I'd Rather We Got Casinos (Hyperion; January, 2009) a plug, and former literary agent John Hodgman offered a riff on his book, More Information Than You Require (Riverhead Trade; November, 2009). After trading barbs over their respective book blurbs, Wilmore reviewed the highlights of his career which was followed by Hodgman's backstory of how he got started on the Daily Show. After a few comments on working with Jon Stewart, Wilmore grilled Hodgman on his apparent relationship with the Church Of Satan, which took quite a lot of 'splaining after Wilmore's merciless ribbing, before taking questions from the audience on the truth about fake news; John Hodgman's Little Grey Book series; what they get out of comedy; whether their sense of humor has improved with professional experience; and whether the Daily Show will ever have a Hispanic reporter. Hodgman, the current star of Apple's Mac ads mocking the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, then took a plea for help from a PC owner in the audience and offered an editorial rationale for his book's apparent chaotic organization. Wilmore and Hodgman wrapped the hilarious evening with a couple of final miscellaneous questions.

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