John Hodgman + They Might Be Giants / Weird Al Yankovic.
Work out this equation and you get Jonathan Coulton. Witty lyrics, but not clownish. Thoughtful subjects, and not obnoxious. He had a good line at last Friday's performance at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA: a young man in his early teen years in the 80s reading Omni magazine. Songs about moving to suburbia and owning a Shopvac; a love song between Pluto and its moon; mad scientist love and the stretch one takes to make a gift for his love: a half-monkey, half-pony monster. All done with dry wit and humor and touching sentimentality.
It was quite possibly the most entertaining evening I've had at a musical performance in a long, long time.
Here are some videos from my seat at the performance. I hope you enjoy. JoCo rocks!!!