Hoff Matthews will be performing at Difficult to Name on Saturday, October 14.

Hoff Matthews will be performing at Difficult to Name on Saturday, October 14.

You host my favorite podcast, #1s. How did you come up with the idea for the podcast?

I noticed that there seemed to be a lot of really popular things that I knew next to nothing about—TV shows like NCIS, or books like Janet Evanovich crime thrillers. So I wanted to explore that stuff and get a working understanding of American pop culture outside my own bubble. I think a lot of pop culture is commentary is really selective in the sense of either focusing on things that the reviewer strongly identifies with or picking out lame low-hanging fruit to dunk on, and I thought it would be a fun challenge to choose subject matter based on its popularity rather than how comfortable I already was with my feelings towards it.

Who's your dream guest for the podcast?

Hmmm. I’m going to say the late Bill Gaines, the original publisher of MAD magazine. I think it would be interesting to talk with him about MAD’s approach of commenting on pop culture by indiscriminately attacking everything. I took that sensibility for granted as a kid and I don’t know if it warped me or if I’ve been more warped since I moved away from it.

You previously ran one of my favorite NYC events, Hoff's Horrorfest, in which a comedian performed and then you screened a horror film. It's almost Halloween. What's your favorite scary movie?

Probably John Carpenter’s Halloween, but that’s a boring answer so I’ll also add that Lamberto Bava’s Demons (the first movie I showed at Hoff’s Horrorfest) may be the most fun scary movie ever made. 

What can people expect from your performance?

Shorter jokes than usual.