JoCo Cruise announces first wave of guest for 2017 event

Conventions, Geek Fun, media release

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March 2017 marks the 7th sailing of JoCo Cruise, an annual, week-long cruise that began as a Jonathan Coulton fan cruise back in 2011. The experience is equal parts nerdy convention and music festival – and it has developed a cult following. The cruise is known for its daily concerts, 24 hour game room, welcoming “Sea Monkey” community, more geeky onboard events than one could possible attend – and the wide variety of high profile, awesome guests on board.


2017 is no exception regarding fantastic guests. The first wave of announced guests includes…



Jonathan Coulton, co-founder/co-producer – geek rock musician

Jonathan Coulton

Paul & Storm, co-founders/co-producers – musical comedy duo



Rhea Butcher – standup comic, actor and writer

Cameron Esposito – standup comic, actor and writer seen recently in Garry Marshall’s Mother’s Day

Peter Sagal – NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! and PBS’s Constitution USA with Peter Sagal

Adam Savage – actor, educator & TV personality, former co-host of Discovery Channel’s MythBusters

Janet Varney – actor known for The Legend of Korra; Burning Love; You’re the Worst

Wil Wheaton – actor, blogger, gamer & writer known for Star Trek: TNG and The Big Bang Theory



Ed Brubaker – writer for comics, film & TV including HBO’s Westworld and Marvel’s The Winter Soldier

N.K. Jemisin – award-winning writer of speculative fiction including The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Maureen Johnson – New York Times bestselling author of a dozen young adult novels

Mary Robinette Kowal – Hugo Award-winning author of The Glamourist Histories fantasy series

Patrick Rothfuss – author, podcaster & gamer, known for bestselling novel, The Name of the Wind

John Scalzi – science fiction author, known for Old Man’s War series & Hugo-winning Redshirts

Matthew Weiner – creator, Exec Producer, writer & director of Emmy Award winning Mad Men



Jim Boggia – Philly-based pop singer-songwriter

The Doubleclicks – aka Angela & Aubrey Webber, are sisters & geeky musicians

Jean Grae – hip hop recording artist from Brooklyn, New York City, fka What? What?

Zoë Keating – cellist, composer and one-woman orchestra

Ted Leo – singer, songwriter known for his years in the American punk underground & The Both

Molly Lewis – ukele player, internet sensation

Aimee Mann – rock singer, singer-songwriter & bassist known for solo work, ‘Til Tuesday & The Both

John Roderick – musician, writer, & podcaster known as the singer & guitarist for The Long Winters


JoCo Cruise sails March 4-11, 2017 on Holland America’s ms Westerdam from San Diego with ports of call throughout the Sea of Cortez.


More guests will be announced in the coming months.


This year’s JoCo Cruise is to be the biggest one yet – with over 2000 in anticipated attendance.

Co-Founder/Producer Paul Sabourin (one half of Paul & Storm) says: “The cruise has gotten exponentially better every year; and now that we’ve increased the volume to an entire ship this year, simple math and geometry tells us that JoCo Cruise 2017 will be more fun than the human psyche can comfortably withstand.”

Jim Boggia & JoCo

But perhaps it’s the attendees of the JoCo Cruise, the welcoming community of self-designated “Sea Monkeys”, who attend every year that are the most impressive.  Sea Monkeys live all over the world and come together to celebrate each other and their unique interests – what makes them alike and different.  They are the true spirit of the event.


What does the founder and inspiration for the JoCo Cruise have to say about the community?

Jonathan Coulton says, “the JoCo Cruise has always had that magical, alternate reality quality you get anytime you put a bunch of enthusiastic nerds together in one place. But having the entire ship means we can really make the experience our own. It becomes this giant, weird, shared creative space for all of us.”

Jean Grae show pic by Michael Bain (1)

For future updates, follow @JoCoCruise on Twitter & Instagram and at #jococruise


You can book your week-long, geeky vacation now at and become a Sea Monkey, too.

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