Included with your cruise purchase from jococruisecrazy.com is the JoCo Cruise Crazy Entertainment Pass, which grants you exclusive access to all of the following:
The main event shipboard concerts will be held primarily in the ship’s beautiful Alhambra Theatre and Studio B (exact times TBA), and are open only to all JoCo Cruise Crazy 4 attendees.
The following artists will be appearing on JoCo Cruise Crazy 4:
We’ll have activities planned for every day and/or night of the trip. And since the whole Unofficial activity scheme was so successful on JCCC3, we’ll be bringing it back for JCCC4. Here’s some of the official events already planned:
- Q&A session with Jonathan and the other performers
- Dedicated, 24-hour tabletop gaming space and info center for competing, scrabbling, delving, magicking and gathering, Analog Tweeting, and a central hub for information/planning (with wipeboards and pens and stuff!)
- Extended JoCo Live Band Karaoke, and NoCo Karaoke (a.k.a. Karaoke Regular)
- Movie Night Strikes Back: Movie Harder
- 4th Annual Paul F. Tompkins Memorial Moustache Formal and Fezstravaganza: an evening of formal wear (optional but recommended), fezzes (optional but recommended) and moustaches (optional; provided)
- Shove-off complimentary cocktail hour for EVERYONE
- Farewell complimentary cocktail hour for EVERYONE
More details on these events and more SOON™!
Jonathan Coulton is from the Internet. While a struggling music industry fell to pieces over file sharing and shifting business models, he quietly and independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans. Featured in the New York Times, NPR and slashdot, his songs cover an eclectic range of subjects, from zombies and mad scientists to marriage and parenthood. In concert he moves fluidly between pathos and ridiculous fun. Seeing your first Coulton show is like walking into an insider club meeting, but one that gleefully welcomes and indoctrinates you in short order.
Ben Acker & Ben Blacker are the creators of the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged show in the style of old-time radio which is also a podcast on the Nerdist network and a graphic novel hardcover anthology from Archaia (which sold out its first print run), and will soon be a web-series (also from Nerdist) and a concert film. The live show boasts stars and guest stars from across the entertainment spectrum; everyone from Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg to Ira Glass, Joe Mantegna, and Jon Hamm have guested on the show. Acker & Blacker have written for CW’s Supernatural and Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas, among other shows. They’ve also developed original pilots for Fox, USA (twice), Spike, Paramount, Nickelodeon, and other entities.
Jim Boggia is a true believer and a pop craftsman with astounding guitar and vocal skills. He has performed with Juliana Hatfield, Jill Sobule, Amanda Marshall, and the incredible Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux. Following in the footsteps of pure pop legends like the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and Brian Wilson, Boggia writes songs that sound as if they have been hiding in the bedrock of pop music for thousands of years, waiting to be unearthed, dusted off, and installed permanently in your brain. The song “Listening to NRBQ” from Boggia’s album “Misadventures in Stereo” has been stuck in Jonathan Coulton’s head since 2008.
Hank Green makes YouTube videos with his brother for a living, sometimes he shares complicated scientific ideas in easy-to-understand ways, sometimes he humps statues. He’s the host of SciShow, and co-host of Crash Course and the Mental Floss YouTube channel. His show “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” won a frikkin Emmy, the first independent web series ever to receive the award. He also writes songs about science and books and pop culture and his wife.
Before he went on television, JOHN HODGMAN was a humble writer, expert, and Former Professional Literary Agent living in New York City. In this capacity, he has served as the Humor Editor for the New York Times Magazine, Occasional Flight vs. Invisibility Consultant on “This American Life,” Advice Columnist for McSweeney’s, Comic Book Reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and a Freelance Journalist specializing in Food, Non-Wine Alcohol, “Battlestar Galactica,” and most other subjects.
This was enough of a career for any human.
But then he wrote a book of COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE entitled THE AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE and was asked to appear on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, where he continues to provide commentary as the show’s Resident Expert. Now, at 37, he has unexpectedly become a Famous Minor Television Personality, appearing as the “PC” in a series of television ads for Apple brand computers, and accepting guest roles as “the person wearing glasses” in a variety of films and TV shows, including “Battlestar Galactica,” a show he once wrote about as a journalist.
From time to time, he is asked to explain his professional life, and in particular, the effect of this dramatic and surprising change of fortune, and typically, he finds he cannot do it.
Before becoming a Mythbuster, Grant Imahara was an animatronics engineer and modelmaker for George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic in Marin County, CA. He specialized in electronics and radio control at the ILM Model Shop, and has credits on numerous movies, including Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Galaxy Quest, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Matrix: Reloaded and Revolutions, and most recently, Van Helsing and Star Wars: Episode III.
He has installed electronics in R2-D2 units for Star Wars Episodes I and II, replacing the halogen light source and rotating color wheel (for the sparkly lights) with a custom microcontroller-based LED circuit that was originally created to make the pulsating lights for the main engines of the Protector, from Galaxy Quest. He also upgraded all of the radio equipment and speed controls to modern standards. Along with R2-D2 Crew Chief Don Bies and Nelson Hall, he is one of only three official R2-D2 operators in the United States.
Grant developed a custom circuit to cycle the Energizer Bunny’s arm beats and ears at a constant rate. He performed all electronics installation and radio programming on the current generation of Bunnies. He later became the Bunny’s driver and the Crew Supervisor on numerous commercials in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Mexico, and New Zealand.
Grant has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He picked up his mechanical skills from the machinists at the ILM Model Shop, many of whom date back to Howard the Duck (1986).
For fun, Grant has competed in Comedy Central’s BattleBots with his robot “Deadblow,” which he designed and built. Deadblow won two Middleweight Rumbles and was the Middleweight runner-up in 2000. It set a record for most number of hits in the first season of the show, and was ranked number one in Season 3.0.
In 2003, Wiley Technology Publishing released Grant’s book Kickin’ Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots. At 528 pages long, it is regarded by many combat robot-building enthusiasts as the “bible” for that sport. It has a five-star average customer review on Amazon.com.
Grant appeared on TLC’s Junkyard Wars in a two-hour special called “Junkyard Wars Goes to the Movies” as the captain of Team ILM. They created a 13-foot tall R2-D2 out of junk in 20 hours that was equipped with a flamethrower, hydraulic lifting arm and CO2 pneumatic projectile gun. Team ILM won the competition, which challenged the junkyard machines to destroy a fleet of attacking aliens with their various weapons.
Grant’s skill set includes electronics design and fabrication, machining, welding, woodworking, CAD layout, pneumatics, CNC programming, and laser cutting, as well as some moldmaking and paint.
Paul and Storm have been writing and performing funny songs together for a long, long time, starting with their stint together in a cappella band Da Vinci’s Notebook. Their music tends to make people laugh and feel good, and Paul and Storm believe that this makes their pursuit noble, right and just. BONUS: their live show is better than 1,000 Fonzies, and more spellbinding than Mr. T on a unicycle. (And equally as confusing as both of those things)
In addition to their own performances, Paul and Storm serve as co-producers of the JoCo Cruise Crazy fan cruise. They are also co-founders of w00tstock, nerd-themed variety show co-hosted by Adam Savage (“Mythbusters”) and Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Eureka”), which has toured theaters across America since 2009.
In 2013, the duo debuted their musical webseries, LearningTown, produced by Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry YouTube channel. Paul and Storm’s music has also been featured on the popular online cartoon website Homestar Runner, web series The Guild and The Legend of Neil, “The Drew Carey Show”, Comedy Central, the “Bob and Tom” syndicated morning radio show, and all over the YouTubes and internets. Their latest CD, “Do You Like Star Wars?”, like their other CDs, is available wherever it is sold.
The indie pop rock duo Pomplamoose began in July of 2008 on the serendipitous occasion when Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn recorded their first collaboration and decided to call the thing “Pomplamoose”, because that was the only name that came to mind. For every song they created, they also released a VideoSong – an edited video of the actual recording process. These videos had two rules: what you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing) and if you hear it at some point you will see it (no hidden sounds). In 2009, the San-Francisco-based-couple (that’s right: they’re in a “relationship”) released a cover of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” and their fan base quintupled. They kept the ball rolling in 2010 with one all-original album, one all-covers album, three holiday Hyundai spots and a book drive that raised over $130,000 for Richmond schools. In 2011 they sold out their first east and west coast tours, and then decided to take a break from Pomplamoose and focus on their solo careers for a bit. Now they’re BACK – gearing up for “Pomplamoose Season 2” with their upcoming album and rumored tours (shhhh…) in the summer and fall of 2013.
David Rees is a cartoonist and comedian. His comics include Get Your War On, My New Fighting Technique is Unstoppable, My New Filing Technique is Unstoppable, Adventures of Confessions of St. Augustine Bear, and Relationshapes. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Harper’s, the Nation, thehairpin.com, and many other publications.
David Rees is also an artisanal pencil sharpener. Through his web site ArtisanalPencilSharpening.com, he has sharpened more than 1,900 pencils for customers around the world. His book “HOW TO SHARPEN PENCILS: A practical and theoretical treatise on the artisanal craft of pencil sharpening for writers, artists, contractors, flange turners, anglesmiths, and civil servants, with illustrations showing current practice,” was published in April 2012.
John Roderick is the songwriter and singer/guitarist of The Long Winters, forming the band from a mound of clay back in 2001. Widely acclaimed as one of America’s preeminent artists, credited with resurrecting Seattle’s moribund music scene and bringing new life to the rock genre, John also writes his own press bios. A central figure in the Northwest music community, John nevertheless maintains his outsider status by being both dangerously edgy and completely huggable, in contravention of established Seattle practice. Equally talented at almost any instrument, (except guitar, at which he is even more talented), John has made it nearly impossible for any other musicians to find work in Washington State, effectively playing ALL the music that needs to be played. John is also a widely respected journalist, an extensively quoted author and philosopher, a prima ballerina, a cowboy and an astronaut.
Peter Sagal is the host of “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” the NPR news quiz, heard by more than four million people every week via 600 public radio stations and a popular podcast. He’s won a Peabody Award, and was #8 on the list of Best Jews from New Jersey from New Jersey Jewish News. Last spring, he hosted “Constitution USA with Peter Sagal” on PBS. If you haven’t heard of him, your parents probably have, and might get more enthusiastic about your wasting your money on this cruise if they know he’ll be there. Try it.He also is, or has been, or might be again, a playwright, screenwriter, correspondent for a motorcycle magazine, marathoner, columnist for Runner’s World, author, stage director, late night TV guest, actor, and journalist. He has three daughters and lives in Chicago. He tweets obsessively at @petersagal.
Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring works of art out of some of the most unlikely things. His recent global museum exhibitions feature large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks. LEGO® bricks to be exact. A full-time independent artist, Sawaya accepts commission requests and shows his art in galleries in New York, Miami and Maui.
He’s available to design and build custom creations for private collectors, events, photo shoots and conventions. In addition, he occasionally makes himself available for speaking requests and is the author of two best-selling books.Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world. His unique sculptures and touring exhibition, THE ART OF THE BRICK, continues to inspire creativity as well as break attendance records around the global. Born in Colville, Washington and raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya’s childhood dreams were always fun. He drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricks and also played with LEGO. Sawaya attended NYU. After college he rediscovered LEGO but not as a toy, but rather as a medium.
Today Sawaya has more than 2.5 million colored bricks in his New York and Los Angeles art studios. His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted and is both beautiful and playful. Sawaya’s ability to transform LEGO bricks into something new, his devotion to scale and color perfection, the way he conceptualizes the action of the subject matter, enables him to elevate an ordinary toy to the status of fine art.
According to journalist Scott Jones, “Sawaya is a surrealist mash-up of forms and artists. Imagine Frank Lloyd Wright crossed with Ray Harryhausen, or Auguste Rodin crossed with Shigeru Miyamoto, and you start to get a sense of where Sawaya is coming from.”
Sawaya’s art form takes shape primarily in 3-dimensional sculptures and oversized portraits. He continues to create daily while accepting commission work from around the world.
Paul F. Tompkins is one of the most charming, quick-witted and popular comedians on the scene. Tompkins has recorded four stand-up specials for “Comedy Central,” and hosts a monthly podcast called, “The Pod F. Tompkast” – voted number 1 in Rolling Stone’s list of 10 Best Comedy Podcasts of the moment. Tompkins is an Emmy-nominated writer for “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” and has appeared in movies including “There Will Be Blood” and “the Informant!” His most recent comedy albums include, “Freak Wharf” and “Laboring Under Delusions.”
Sara Watkins was eight when she started performing with the Grammy Award-winning bluegrass-folk trio Nickel Creek as a fiddle player and singer. Twenty years later, she released her first solo album – the BBC has said she’s got “the kind of voice that gives your goose bumps the shivers.” She and her brother Sean (also in Nickel Creek) host the Watkins Family Hour at L.A.’s eclectic comedy and music club Largo at the Coronet. She’s also a frequent guest on “A Prairie Home Companion”, and is the only artist to have guest-hosted an entire episode of the show. Her latest and second solo album is called “Sun Midnight Sun.”
Wil Wheaton began acting in commercials at the age of seven, and by the age of ten had appeared in numerous television and film roles. In 1986, his critically acclaimed role in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me put him in the public spotlight, where he remains to this day. In 1987, Wil was cast as Wesley Crusher in the hit television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Recently, Wil has held recurring roles on TNT’s Leverage and SyFy’s Eureka; he currently recurs on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. He played Axis of Anarchy leader Fawkes in Felicia Day’s webseries The Guild, and currently hosts Falling Skies: Second Watch for TNT. Off-camera, he is the creator producer, and host of the wildly successful webseries Tabletop, which is currently in its second season.
As a voice actor, Wil has been featured in video games such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Brütal Legend, DC Universe Online, Fallout: New Vegas, and Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. He has lent his voice talents to animated series including Family Guy, Legion of Superheroes, Ben 10: Alien Force, Generator Rex, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Teen Titans.
But Wil is much more than just an actor; he’s an author, blogger, podcaster, voice actor, widely-followed original Twitter user, and a champion of geek culture.
Wil personally maintains a popular social media presence, including a popular Tumblr, Facebook page, and Google Plus page. His frequently-cited Twitter account is followed by over 2.3 million people from all over the world.
As an author, he’s published many acclaimed books, among them: Just A Geek, Dancing Barefoot, and The Happiest Days of Our Lives. His latest book is Memories of the Future Volume 1, a humorous and nostalgic episode guide of the first half of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Wil has also contributed columns to Salon.com, The AV Club, LA Weekly, and the Suicide Girls Newswire. All of his books grew out of Wil’s immensely popular, award-winning weblog, which he created and maintains at WIL WHEATON dot NET. While most celebrities are happy to let publicists design and maintain their websites, Wil took a decidedly different turn when he started blogging in 2001, when he designed and coded his website on his own.
Wil is widely recognized as one of the original celebrity bloggers, and is a respected voice in the blogging community. In 2003, Forbes.com readers voted WWdN the “Best Celebrity Weblog.” Wil’s blog was chosen by C|Net for inclusion in their 100 most influential blogs, and is an “A” lister, according to Blogebrity.com. In the 2002 weblog awards (the bloggies) Wil won every category in which he was nominated, including “Weblog of the Year.” In 2007, Wil was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Bloggie, alongside Internet powerhouses Slashdot and Fark. In the 2008 weblog awards, Wil was voted the “Best Celebrity Blogger,” and in 2009 Forbes named him the 14th most influential web celebrity. This is all amusing to Wil, who doesn’t think of himself as a celebrity, but is instead, “just this guy, you know?”
(JCCC Performer lineup subject to change without notice, much like the universe itself)