Almost as few of us have been in orbit as have visited an Emmy Award gift lounge. This is a real thing. I first heard of them on Tuesday night at John Hodgman’s “Tonight!” at Second City's Up Comedy Theater. (The show may have been called, “I Stole Your Dad.” It was not clear.) The gift lounge is where already wealthy celebrities receive free luxury items just for being celebrities. Must be nice.
John Hodgman is a humorist working right in the sweet-spot of that vague term. He’s somewhere in between essayist and stand-up. Really, his business is being John Hodgman. And from the sound of it, brother, business is booming. I mean, he’s been to a Gift Lounge and yeah, it’s pretty cool.