The Entertainment

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 Concerts

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 attendees.The following artists will be appearing on JoCo Cruise Crazy:

Jonathan Coulton

Jim Boggia

The Both – Aimee Mann & Ted Leo

Rhea Butcher

Jean Grae

Matthew Inman

Hari Kondabolu

Merlin Mann

Paul and Storm

Patrick Rothfuss

and Featured Guests*:

Steve Jackson

Molly Lewis

Opus Moreschi

David Rees

John Roderick

John Scalzi

Wil Wheaton

*Featured Guests will not have a main stage performance of their own; but they will host events, hold Office Hours and meetups, and will very likely appear as guests during other performers’ shows and/or other Main Stage events.

Shipboard Events

We’ll have activities planned for every day and/or night of the trip. Here’s some of the official events already planned:

  • Dedicated, 24-hour tabletop gaming space and info center (this year sponsored by Steve Jackson Games) for competing, scrabbling, delving, magicking and gathering, Analog Tweeting, and a central hub for information/planning (with wipeboards and pens and stuff!)
  • JoCo Live Band Karaoke, and NoCo Karaoke (a.k.a. Karaoke Regular)
  • 5th Annual Paul F. Tompkins Memorial Moustache Formal and Fezstravaganza Dance Party: an evening of formal wear (optional but recommended), fezzes (optional but recommended) and moustaches (optional; provided); this time, combined with the annual Sea Monkey late-night dance party!
  • Movie Night
  • “Ask the Management” Q&A Session with Jonathan and the JCCC management
  • Shove-off complimentary cocktail hour for EVERYONE
  • Farewell complimentary cocktail hour for EVERYONE

More details on these events and more SOON™!


Jonathan Coulton
Jonathan Coulton

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.


Jim Boggia
Jim Boggia

For more than 20 years, Jim Boggia has been winning over fans, critics, contemporaries and luminaries alike with his uncompromising devotion to the sort of winsomely nostalgic, emotionally direct songcraft that’s impervious to age. His sonically intelligent retro-pop manifesto informs three studio albums—2001’s Fidelity Is the Enemy, 2005’s Safe in Sound and 2008’s Misadventures in Stereo—and he’s worked with a startling array of artists, including Aimee Mann, Juliana Hatfield, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Bernadette Peters, David Poe, NRBQ’s Big Al Anderson, famed Beach Boys lyricist Tony Asher, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Attractions drummer Pete Thomas, esteemed ’70s pop misfit Emitt Rhodes, and Canadian songstress Amanda Marshall. Also an accomplished singer and guitarist, Boggia performs with the well-known New York City-based Beatles tribute band, the Fab Faux, as well as Mad Dogs & Dominos, an 18-piece collective headed by a heavyweight roster that includes Blues Brothers alum Lou Marini and producer John Leventhal. Oh, and he plays a mean ukulele.


The Both

The Both is a collaborative project from critically acclaimed musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. Building on a friendship forged while they were on tour together last year, it was Leo’s solo sets that piqued Mann’s interest in getting on stage with him and writing music together. Of the project, Mann notes, “Honestly, I feel like for the first time, I’m part of a rock band.”The band’s all original songs were written as back-and-forth collaborations between Mann and Leo. With their differing musical vocabularies and mutual admiration for one another, the duo found working together to be a boon.

Rhea Butcher

Rhea Butcher grew up in Akron, Ohio, as a skateboarder and fine artist. She then cut her teeth comically in Chicago at the Second City and iO before starting her career in standup. Bringing a lady’s James Dean type cool and highly personal jokes, Rhea has performed at clubs like Zanies, the Jukebox, and Flappers; alternative Chicago comedy institutions like Chicago Underground Comedy, The Hideout and The Lincoln Lodge. Rhea was part of the first Chicago Women’s Funny Festival and the OutLoud Chicago Queer Comedy contest winner of 2012. She also helped to launch, produce and host Performance Anxiety at the Pleasure Chest, which is a Midwest spinoff of the highly successful LA version created by TJ Miller. She has opened for the likes of Maria Bamford and Bobcat Goldthwait. Rhea has performed at all the LA “alt” rooms; The Meltdown, Comedy Palace, Holy F*ck, UCB and more! She was part of the 2013 Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Cleveland Accidental Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest and the first ever Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival taking place on a boat, in the Atlantic Ocean with Wyatt Cynac, John Hodgman, Eugene Mirman, The Mountain Goats and more! You can also catch Rhea on Funnyordie.com.

Jean Grae

Critically acclaimed lyricist, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and all around consummate entertainer Jean Grae has been challenging the boundaries of artistry since her debut in 1996. Whether creating music with imaginative narratives that immerse the listener in a dark world of Grae’s design, or spilling her most personal stories of love and life experiences, she always delivers an honest performance that strikes the most vulnerable parts of her audience and keeps them wondering, “what will she do next?”Well into an almost 20 year long career that maintains not only relevancy, but continues to push the envelope of perception, marketing and branding. Grae has worked alongside Mos Def, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Pharoahe Monch, and a list that this very small bio cannot contain. Sorry, bio.Grae recently made her directorial debut and created her company, “KAGD.” With videos for The Hellpit Faeries, Talib Kweli and herself under her belt, she created “Life With Jeannie” a half hour sitcom, written, directed by and starring Grae. “Life With Jeannie” premiered on 12/25 on JeanGrae.com and Grae’s latest releases: Gotham Down cycles 1-3 is available on JeanGrae.bandcamp.com.


Matthew Inman
Matthew Inman - photo by Randy Stewart, blog.stewtopia.com

Matthew Inman writes, draws and codes The Oatmeal. He lives in Seattle, Washington. He subsists on a steady diet of crickets and whiskey. He enjoys long walks on the beach, gravity, and breathing heavily through his mouth. His dislikes include scurvy, typhoons, and tapeworm medication.

He is also the author of several books, and has been a #1 New York Times bestseller. His most recent book, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, came out in September 2014.


Hari Kondabolu
Hari Kondabolu

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who the NY Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” In March 2014, he released his debut standup album “Waiting for 2042″ on indie-label Kill Rock Stars. He is currently NYU’s APA Institute’s “Artist in Residence” for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.

Hari has done standup on the Late Show with David Letterman , Conan , Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show. His Comedy Central Presents half-hour television special debuted on the network in February 2011. He was also a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX.

In 2014, he was interviewed on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. A regular on the public radio circuit, he has also appeared on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Studio 360, Bullseye and Soundcheck. He has also appeared on popular podcasts like WTF with Marc Maron, You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes and Too Beautiful to Live with Luke Burbank.

Merlin Mann

Merlin Mann is best known as the creator of 43folders.com, a popular website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work. More recently, Merlin has become a sought-after speaker and presenter, who has received rave reviews for delivering his energetic productivity talks at places like Apple, Google, Yahoo!, Adobe, and PIXAR. These days, he busies himself as the co-host of Back to Work and Roderick on the Line. Merlin lives in the outside lands of San Francisco, where the climate is foggy, the pork xiu mai is plentiful, and his outstanding wife and daughter are within arm’s reach.

Paul and Storm

Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo) 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 has appeared on pretty much every type of media that exists, they are co-founders and producers of the storied nerd variety show w00tstock, and they have had their guitar smashed by George R. R. Martin followed by a Neil Gaiman scolding.In addition to their own performances, Paul and Storm are also co-founders of w00tstock, their geek-oriented 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 and whose guests have included Neil Gaiman, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Felicia Day and Chris Hardwick. The duo also co-produces JoCo Cruise Crazy, a Caribbean cruise/concert festival for fans of internet musician Jonathan Coulton, which first sailed in 2011.The duo’s musical webseries, “LearningTown“, debuted on Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry YouTube channel in January 2013. The ten-episode series features all-new original songs by Paul and Storm, and includes such notable guests as comedy music legend “Weird Al” Yankovic, Maurissa Tancharoen (co-creator of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and co-exec. producer of ABC’s upcoming “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series), fellow music-comedian Mike Phirman (half of Hard ‘n Phirm, along with Chris Hardwick), James Urbaniak (voice of Dr. Venture on “Venture Bros.”), and YouTube videomaker Greg Benson.In 2013 their music was featured in Despicable Me , joining a long list of credits including the cartoon website Homestar Runner, web series The Guild and The Legend of Neil, “The Drew Carey Show”, Comedy Central, NPR’s Ask Me Another, the “Bob and Tom” syndicated morning radio show, and The Doctor Demento Show. Their fifth full-length CD, Ball Pit, was released in June 2014, and was the central item of the duo’s wildly successful Kickstarter campaign.They’re also notorious for generating far-reaching Twitter hashtag memes, most notably #wookieeleaks and #kanyenewyorkercartoons.

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss was born in Madison, Wisconsin to awesome parents who encouraged him to read and create through reading to him, gentle boosts of self-esteem, and deprivation of cable television. During his formative years, he read extensively and wrote terrible short stories and poetry to teach himself what not to do.

Patrick matriculated at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, initially studying chemical engineering which led to a revelation that chemical engineering is boring. He then spent the next nine years jumping from major to major, taking semesters off, enjoying semesters at part-time, and generally rocking the college student experience before being kindly asked to graduate already. Surprisingly enough, he had enough credits to graduate with an English major, and he did so grudgingly.

Patrick then went to grad school. He’d rather not talk about it.

All this time Patrick was working on “The Book,” as he and his friends lovingly titled it. When he returned to Stevens Point he began teaching half-time while trying to sell The Book to publishers. In the process, he disguised a chapter of The Book as a short story and won the Writers of the Future competition in 2002. This put him into contact with all the right people, and after deciding to split The Book into three installments, DAW agreed to publish it. In March 2007, The Name of the Wind was published to great acclaim, winning the Quill Award and making the New York Times Bestseller list.

All this success was wonderful. Patrick eventually had to stop teaching in order to focus on writing, though he screwed that up by having an adorable baby with his adorable girlfriend. He started a charity fundraiser called Worldbuilders and published a not-for-children children’s book called The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle in July of 2010 through Subterranean Press, which was adorable, and seriously isn’t for children.

After a great deal of work and a few cleared throats and raised eyebrows from his patient editor, Wise Man’s Fear came out in March 2011 to even more acclaim, making #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Life continues to rock for him, and he’s working hard on writing the final installment of the series.

Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson graduated from Rice University in Houston. While there, he spent most of his time playing wargames and working on the student paper, the Thresher (he spent two years as editor). He became a writer and game publisher, proving that college can be very valuable as long as you don’t let classes get in your way.He has survived involvements with the Republican Party (alternate delegate to the 1972 convention, but he got better – he now considers himself a small-l libertarian), the SCA (former landed baron and National Chronicler) and law school (escaping before the bar exam; game design was more fun).Steve’s first professional design work was for Metagaming, which published his Ogre, its sequel G.E.V., Melee, Wizard, and several other games. In 1980, Steve bought the rights to Ogre and The Space Gamer magazine from Metagaming and started his own company. That company, Steve Jackson Games Incorporated, is now 30 years old and employs more than 20 people.One of the first releases on the SJ Games label, Raid on Iran (1981), was a critical and sales success. The next year, SJ Games released its first big hit, Car Wars . . . followed shortly by Illuminati.He’s still writing games. Some of the high points:

  • In 1983, Steve was elected to the Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame.
  • In 1984, he tried his hand at interactive books or “game novels.” His first one, Scorpion Swamp, was published by Penguin and spent six months on the British children’s bestseller list.
  • 1986 saw the launch of GURPS, the “Generic Universal Roleplaying System.” As of 2010, the GURPS system – now in its fourth edition – has won a number of awards and is still being supported with new releases.
  • In 1990, SJ Games made national news when it filed suit after a destructive raid by the Secret Service. The SS agents, in search of “hackers,” nearly forced the company out of business by seizing hardware and data files. With the help of the newly formed Electronic Frontier Foundation, SJ Games took the case to federal court, proved that the raid had been unjustified and improperly executed, and won more than $50,000 in damages. The EFF remains active to prevent similar abuses.
  • In 1994, Steve reworked the old faithful Illuminati to jump on the trading-card bandwagon. INWO (Illuminati: New World Order) became the company’s first million-dollar preship.
  • In 2001 came Munchkin, which started as a silly card-game parody of a dungeon crawl and grew into the biggest hit we’ve ever had. For the next few years, most of his creative effort went into Munchkin sequels and supplements.
  • In 2009, Steve created two quick dice games, Zombie Dice and Cthulhu Dice. Both were hobby hits which made it onto mass-market shelves . . .and sold more than any other non-Munchkin release that year.

Steve is a dedicated SF reader and fan, and enjoys attending both gaming and SF conventions. He writes filksongs (adequately) and sings (very badly). His other interests include gardening (especially water gardening), Lego, pirates, trains, beekeeping, dinosaurs and tropical fish. In his copious free time, he looks at webcomics, eats, and sleeps.

Molly Lewis

The following bio was crowdsourced one sentence at a time from Molly Lewis’s twitter followers (@Molly23). She cannot vouch for its accuracy:Molly Lewis is at least one of two people in the continental US named “Molly.” Known for her quirky songs and insatiable desire to woo the internet, Molly has also been known to slam revolving doors.After realizing no one could see her behind a guitar, Molly picked up a ukulele, & single-handedly created an internet sensation. All of her ukelele strings are made from strands of her own hair, painstakingly treated in the fires of Mt. Doom. Molly had a breakout year in 2009, in which she released a “I Made You A CD, But I Eated It,” and made her first appearances at W00tstock and PAX Prime. Molly is known for playing covers of her own songs.After setting sales records with her pop band Molly Lewis & The News, Molly disappeared from the zeitgeist for years. When she returned as a solo artist, she was ready to write about what really interested her: Mr. T and female reproduction. Molly got permission to use Mr. T in a song after beating him two-out-of-three in a curling contest. Molly is a fan favorite and has a huge following in Canada among other places! Molly may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards.

Opus Moreschi

Opus Moreschi is a classic Hollywood triple threat: a writer, performer and mammal. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and has only gotten taller since. He graduated Emerson College and performed sketch and improv at IO West and UCB.

He became a staff writer for The Colbert Report in 2008, head writer in 2011, and after the show’s finale in 2014, an unemployed writer. In between he picked up several Writers Guild Awards, a few Emmys, a Peabody, and a small plastic trophy for his participation in a charity mustache-growing contest. He also found out that he can fit an entire Peabody award (sans base) in his mouth.

Opus Moreschi is a grown-up and can eat candy any time he wants, so, life’s pretty great.

David Rees

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 2000 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.   Rees additionally hosted GOING DEEP WITH DAVID REES, which VICE magazine called “The best science show since Cosmos.”

John Roderick
John Roderick

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.

John Scalzi

John Scalzi is the New York Times bestselling and Hugo-winning author of science fiction, including the books Old Man’s War, Redshirts, and Lock In, all of which are currently under development for television. He’s also written several non-fiction books, including The Rough Guide to the Universe and Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded. He’s the writer of the video game Midnight Star, developed by Halo co-creator Alex Seropian. He was the Creative Consultant for the television show Stargate Universe. Paul and Storm and Jonathan Coulton have both written songs for his books. There was that one time he was covered in frosting by roller derby players on Neil Gaiman’s lawn. He also caused an Internet sensation by taping bacon to his cat. Seriously, what the hell is going on with this guy, anyway. Visit him online at whatever.scalzi.com.

Wil Wheaton
Wil Wheaton

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 filming its third 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 . 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 , 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)