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Big Blue buddy

Ken Jennings Posted by Ken Jennings.

Ken Jennings, Ph.D. is a senior partner at VentureWorks and a managing partner at Third River Partners, a consultancy that specializes in leadership development and strategy execution.

Big Blue buddy

Hey, here’s another thing that I never blogged about because it launched during the great summer blog drought. My friend Rob Kutner, who wrote for The Daily Show and is now at Conan, had an idea for a comedy podcast in which my silicon arch-nemesis Watson and I were forced to go on the lam after our Jeopardy! encounter, and had adventures! Watson’s giant brain, you see, is full of secrets that could bring down any number of powerful institutions. And I’m carrying him in our backpack! We’re both in big trouble from the U.S. government, hackers, Freemasons, aliens, the Build-a-Bear Workshop, and all the other shadowy forces that control the world.

My creative consultancy was pretty much limited to suggesting the title: Runaway Brains! Like “runaway trains,” get it? It’s a pun.

I would never list “voice acting” as the top strength on my résumé, but luckily Rob talked “Weird Al” Yankovic into voicing Watson, and he’s hilarious. IBM should probably look into hiring him for the gig full-time, for the accordion chops alone. Guest stars include beloved comedy names like Mayim Bialik, Michael Ian Black, Adam Pally, David Koechner, Joshua Malina, Lauren Lapkus, and Frank De Caro.

The whole thing turned out great, and it’s a fun, quick listen. Here’s a Splitsider review backing me up on this. The first few episodes are, I believe, free from Howl. If you like ’em enough to want to hear the final fate of me and Watson, there’s a cheap one-month subscription available.

Enjoy! And watch out for the Lizard-men!