I’d just like to say that this episode hit home for me in every concievable way, because not only did I have a "too shy around celebrity" moment, I actually had it with John Hodgman himself.
I was at a book signing for the last book in Mr. Hodgman’s trilogy (I shall not buzz-market further), at Amoeba records in L.A., and was a bit
too tongue-tied for witty erudition.
Fortunately, I had my daughter with me, who held up her end of conversation beautifully.
Mr. Hodgman was extremely polite and friendly, and not only spoke to us, but snapped a picture which he was good enough to put on his website (I and my daughter are now known as the "time traveling steam powered robot hunters from the future", thanks to that photo).
Thank you for reminding me, by word and by deed, that celebrities do not mind (in general) you taking the time to tell them how cool they are.
(We also saw Eugene Mirman at Amoeba a few months before that, but he was
shopping and we were both too nervous to speak with him)