Season 3, Ep 15 – Jethro Tull (w/ Andy Daly)

Jethro Tull (w/ Andy Daly)
Hello from the Magic Tavern episode
Air date October 27, 2019
Episode no. S03E15
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Hosts Arnie, Chunt, Usidore
Guests Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull
Producers Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, Adal Rifai
Post-production coordination Garrett Schultz
Earwolf producer Kimmie Lucas
Editor Tim Joyce
Logo Allard Laban
Theme music Andy Poland
Special assistance Ryan DiGiorgi
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"Jethro Tull" is the fiftheen episode of season three of Hello from the Magic Tavern. It was originally released on October 27, 2019.


An evening around a campfire leads to an encounter with a prog rock legend from Earth.


Arnie, Chunt, and Usidore are sitting around the campfire, nearing the end of a week-long hike from Cadaver Falls to Soul's Hollow, when a strange figure steps from the woods and approaches the fire. It is Ian Anderson, another denizen of Earth and leader of the Earth Prog Rock band Jethro Tull. After some questioning to confirm his bona fides, Usidore recognizes him from his own brief stint on Earth, and he joins the three around the fire for some s'mores.

Unlike Arnie, Ian only visits Foon in his dreams, and is surprised to learn that Arnie will remain here in the morning. Ian will often take inspiration from his Foonish travels for his Earthly songs, but he remembers his visits imperfectly as one does a dream.

While perusing his Foonish notebook, Chunt discovers plans to kill the Earth musician Robert Plant, and Ian admits that he has been murdering other Earth musicians, including John Entwhistle of The Who and Phil Collins of Genesis (twice). The trio grow concerned but ultimately determine they themselves are not in danger. They discuss the Earth music industry, life on the road, and the legitimacy of tour "doctors".

Their conversation is interrupted by the angry protestations of The King of the Rocks, who they have unknowingly been sitting on. He demands a favor of the assembled crew, to be moved, and Chunt calls for the King of the Road to assist them. Ian ponders writing a song of three kings meeting at a campfire (having accepted for himself the the title King of Rock on Earth). The King of the Rocks tells his own story: five thousand years ago he was a human king of the region, known then as Dummy Canyon, until he grew mad with power and Can the Yellow transformed him into a rock. Usidore attempts to turn the King of the Rocks back into human, but he is instead ends up a thousand year old corpse. Ian takes note of it all for inspiration.

As the sun rises, Ian begins to wake on Earth and fades from sight.

New characters

  • King of the Rocks
  • King of the Road

Earth references

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - "Someday My Prince Will Come"
  • prog rock
  • Rush
  • Jethro Tull - Ian Anderson, Stand Up, Aqualung, Thick as a Brick, Crest of a Knave
  • Lizzo
  • Beyoncé
  • Blink 182
  • The Rolling Stones
  • WTF with Marc Maron
  • Coconuts record stores
  • Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven", Robert Plant
  • VH1 Storytellers
  • The Who - John Entwistle
  • "Who's on First"
  • Phil Collins, Genesis
  • Mike and the Mechanics
  • Ian McKellen
  • Ian Abramson
  • Ian Curtis - Joy Division
  • Peter Frampton, Frampton Comes Alive!
  • Dr. Feelgood
  • Elvis Presley
  • "We Three Kings"
  • Three Kings
  • Trump’s faked inauguration photos
  • "King of the Road" - Roger Miller
  • King Crimson
  • Kings of Leon


The King of the Rocks and the King of the Road were both portrayed by Andy Daly.

Behind the scenes

Jethro Tull
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Arnie, Ian Anderson, Chunt, Usidore
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