WTF with Marc Maron (it's a podcast)

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I can kind of get why Maron's persona is an obstacle for some people, but I've been a fan of the guy for so long that it's almost impossible to be annoyed by him now (though there are definitely still occasions where I'll be thinking "okay, let's move ahead...").

Some of my favorite guests have been Stephen Tobolowsky, Maria Bamford, Adam McKay, Louis C.K., Judd Apatow, and Patrice O'Neal.

That's why they call me (Johnny Fever), Monday, 18 April 2011 22:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

n/a do you mean El Chupacabra saying Double-U Tee Eff?

popular gay automobile (a hoy hoy), Monday, 18 April 2011 22:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

ha ha maybe? it seems odd that i would be that far off but ???

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 18 April 2011 22:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dino stamatopolous one was alltime classic and listening to it got me into Moral Orel which is beyond brilliant. Also Starburns.

Mordy, Monday, 18 April 2011 22:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

the Pardo one was great. funny and a lot of great nuggets about how comics approach their craft.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 18 April 2011 22:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Loved, loved loved Bobcat today. The stuff about his Dad, his crazy biker brother, Kurt...love him. Maron doesnt grate on me anymore, I tend to focus on the guest

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

The joke about Michael Jordan's dad and Kurt the only one laughing-- A+

President Keyes, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Also loved the reason he's called Bobcat (basically as an FU to someone else).

That's why they call me (Johnny Fever), Monday, 18 April 2011 23:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

I loved the story about their idea for the All Apologies video idea, with JFK assassination and the pie, and the tour manager saying they can't be in the same room anymore.

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wasn't Kurt really into SNL, at least as a teenager?

President Keyes, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

My all-time favorite wtfs:

Louis CK
Paul Scheer
Maria Bamford road trip
Janeane Garofalo
Stephen Tobolowsky
Joe Mande

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

Enjoyed Laura Kightlinger confirming what I thought about Todd Barry (funny but he goes to far in dealing with hecklers to the detriment of the rest of his set, or at least he has the 2 times I've seen him in person). Enjoyed the Robin Williams and Carl LaBove episodes a lot, and his subtle skewering of Bobby Slayton was great.

Anyone other than me pay to upgrade the app? Only really worth it to be able to listen to the old episodes.

Bryan, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ed Helms seems like a sweet dude, but I think because of that, he didn't really gel with Maron, who seems to need his guests to be more darkly confessional to fully engage with them. Also Helms seemed sort of surprised that Maron hadn't seen Cedar Rapids and didn't know what it was about.

jaymc, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

I got to listen to most of the old ones before he created the app, so just use the app for the new eps now

Robin Williams was great, i forgot that one.

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

otm. also helms doesn't really seem comfortable talking about himself at all.
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congratulations (n/a), Monday, 18 April 2011 23:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah Ed Helm is a sweetheart

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that was my Ed Helms takeaway. He's uneasy talking about himself (and at least 10 minutes before the interview was over, I was hoping they'd take a break so he could go outside and get some fresh, non cat-infected air).

That's why they call me (Johnny Fever), Monday, 18 April 2011 23:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

Laura Kightlinger's childhood sitch = whoa! She seems like a bro, though, and I'd kick it with her.

That's why they call me (Johnny Fever), Monday, 18 April 2011 23:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Just heard Marc Maron on the CBC lately and that spurred me to download a bunch of these and have been enjoying what I've heard though my big complaint is the sheer amount of often-pointless yammer at the beginning of each episode.

The Louis CK ones aren't available in the iTunes feed (they just fell off the bottom I guess) but you can still download them if you search for them in the cached versions using Google search.

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fast forward

reggaeton for the painfully alone (polyphonic), Monday, 18 April 2011 23:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Anyone who's just now getting acquainted with Maron needs to hear his Not Sold Out stand-up album from 2002. The ones since then have also been funny, if slightly more self-loathing, but the set that comprises Not Sold Out is masterful.

That's why they call me (Johnny Fever), Monday, 18 April 2011 23:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fast forward
― reggaeton for the painfully alone (polyphonic)

Yeah, I guess. Might get to that. I find that I'm listening to a lot of these when my hands are incapacitated (cooking or something) so not always an option, and thankfully so far it hasn't been TOO irksome. Though we'll see after I have 20 of them under my belt!

Sean Carruthers, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

seems like a sweet dude, but I think because of that, he didn't really gel with Maron, who seems to need his guests to be more darkly confessional to fully engage with them.

I was suprised at how well the Stephen Tobolowsky ep went because of this - Maron didn't dig for any of the painful stuff Tobolowsky's talked about, but just let himself get caught up in the guest's storytelling ability and say some "wow"s at his IRL bloozzzz-rock encounters

Hypermotard: (sic), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 03:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

My favorite ep so far was W. Kamau Bell & Dwayne Kennedy talking about race and comedy. I could've listened to a couple more hours of that.

cum dude (Princess TamTam), Tuesday, 19 April 2011 06:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Patrice Oneal & Mike DeStefano (RIP) are the 2 best I've heard.

gr8080, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 06:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

have no idea what greg fleet looks like i just assume hes superhans from peep show

johnny crunch, Monday, 25 April 2011 12:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

he kinda looks like a middle-aged smackie whinnyingly asking you to lennim twenty bucks

Unusatralian (sic), Monday, 25 April 2011 12:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

The two-parter with Mencia is sort of different from the rest of the podcast but is AMAZING -- Marc Maron, Comedy Detective, and the case of the Ripped-Off Jokes -- the whole thing has the intensity of those scenes in the interrogation room from Homicide: Life On The Street

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 25 April 2011 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

live wtf from brooklyn was very funny especially chuck klosterman.

Michael B, Monday, 25 April 2011 13:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Greg Fleet on today! <3

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 25 April 2011 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh no, Andy Dick on Thursday. I may skip that one.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 25 April 2011 16:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah that's going to be weird and awkward... I may have to listen in stages

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 25 April 2011 16:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

I still blame him indirectly for Phil Hartman's death, so unless his hour with Marc is some kind of self-flagellating apology fest, I'm not interested.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 25 April 2011 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, and I've heard icky stories of him crashing high school proms and shit...dude is not right

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 25 April 2011 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

remember maron saying andy dick was someone he didnt have time for as he wouldnt take responsibility for his actions (think it was on joe rogans interview)

Michael B, Monday, 25 April 2011 16:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

the great thing about Maron is you have to believe he'll confront Dick about all that stuff. he's not an obsequious kind of guy

Mordy, Monday, 25 April 2011 17:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah that's the thing with Maron's guests -- if I don't know them or dont' like them, Maron's the reason I listen.

Though I have to say there's something about Joe Rogan I really don't like.

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 25 April 2011 17:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

(lol apropo of nothing)

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 25 April 2011 17:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I haven't listened to the Rogan ep yet, even though it's been downloaded.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 25 April 2011 17:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

the great thing about Maron is you have to believe he'll confront Dick about all that stuff. he's not an obsequious kind of guy

― Mordy, Monday, April 25, 2011 1:00 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark

OTM. The deeper he went into the Gallagher and Mencia interview, the more I thought, "Any other interviewer would have stopped five questions ago."

Funky Mustard (People It's Bad) (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 25 April 2011 17:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

*interviewS

Funky Mustard (People It's Bad) (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 25 April 2011 17:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Apparently Andy Dick is still staggering about the wilds of Portland, as the Bridgetown Comedy Fest organizer announced from the stage last night that no one knew where the hell he was, he had missed his flight, and if anybody sees him, please to DM the organizer on Twitter, etc.

Crazed Mister Handy (kingfish), Monday, 25 April 2011 17:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

What a champ, that guy.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 25 April 2011 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh Andy.

Maybe it's just me...but the Rogan interview didn't feel real to me. He was open and talked about his life and whatever but his tone, the way he responded to questioning, he just felt very closed off and like he was tolerating Maron and not actually participating fully. Or something. Maybe I just don't like Rogan.

Oh and he would spout these random little lectures about bizarre pseudo-science that made me actually yell at my car stereo at one point AGGH YOU ARE SO FULL OF SHIT and then I had to stop listening for a little while because i'm crazy :)

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 25 April 2011 17:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Maybe Marc is secretly working through the entire cast of Newsradio. Can't wait for him to talk to Stephen Root!

Johnny Fever, Monday, 25 April 2011 17:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

the Joe Rogan interview was (another) one that made me think "Marc has some deep, DEEP issues"

Crazed Mister Handy (kingfish), Monday, 25 April 2011 17:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

andy dick interview has the potential to be amazing

adult music person (Jordan), Monday, 25 April 2011 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

But if it was a cavalcade of batshittery, wouldn't Maron be hyping it as such? He did with Gallagher, and I haven't heard a peep about Dick on the latest WTFs (unless it's on today's, in which case I'll stop talking now).

Funky Mustard (People It's Bad) (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 25 April 2011 17:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I actually liked the Rogan interview! I don't like him as a comedian or actor but he seemed a lot more thoughtful guy than I expected, and like I think I said on the comedy podcast thread, Maron was being pretty annoying in that interview. He seemed to have all these preconceived notions about who Rogan is (basically a really aggro dude) and then wouldn't back off from those notions no matter how many times Rogan denied them, which isn't really great interviewing technique. Rogan did creep me out when he was talking about all the steroids he does.

I want Maura Tierney to start doing standup so she can be a guest.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 25 April 2011 18:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bobcat Goldthwait episode was one of the best of the recent batch btw.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 25 April 2011 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Listening now and there's some Shoals and Skynyrd talk.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 18:18 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I never met Jason when I lived there (or maybe I did), but I definitely remember Pat(terson) Hood. Okay dude, beer thief.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 18:20 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

lol

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 26 March 2014 18:35 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Isbell sounds like such an even, easygoing dude. It's weird to picture him as an out of control kinda guy.

I spoke to him once, just briefly to say hi. It was on the Blessing & A Curse tour, they opened for the Black Crowes. I got free tickets to see the show & we'd heard of the Truckers, and got there early to check them out. Hardly anyone was there that time of day but they kicked ass, the people who were in the audience were all on their feet. I went to get a beer during the Crowes set, and saw Isbell standing on the concourse watching the show, smoking a cigarette. I walked over & said yknow, hi you guys were great, thanks so much for playing. And he looked me in the eye and smiled & said 'thank you ma'am'

I didn't know til years later that that tour almost broke the band completely, they were all fucking miserable as hell.

Anyway, that's my long pointless 'I said hi to him once' story :)

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 26 March 2014 18:40 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

:)

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 18:59 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I met Patterson Hood a few times before he moved to Athens, and I know a lot of people who know him very well, but this episode is my first experience hearing his story. I like him more now.

Also, my buddy Earl gets a couple namedrops in the interview, despite not having been in the band for a long time. When I first went to college, Earl introduced me to all kinds of fucking wacked out awesome music and fed me spaghetti and meatballs.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 28 March 2014 20:05 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

are these worth listening to if i don't care about/have never heard the Drive By Truckers?

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 28 March 2014 20:09 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

They're interesting interviews, if only because Hood and Isbell are good storytellers in the southern tradition.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 28 March 2014 20:13 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

^^^

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 28 March 2014 20:19 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

^^thirded.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 28 March 2014 20:21 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

^^^Fourthed. Maron does a good job on the Isbell one, especially, in talking about the songwriting process.

Has any addict-interviewee flipped on Maron when he pulls one of his "Oh man, I remember feeling THAT." or "Fuck, that's a bad one." when they get to a drug/booze story? So far - as exemplified in the Isbell one - it's pretty much real talk among addicts that I've heard.

Survivalist Compound Row (B.L.A.M.), Friday, 28 March 2014 20:51 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Tears running down my face from the hipster millet farmer image from the Lewis Black interview.

Bryan, Thursday, 3 April 2014 18:57 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Johnny Fever, Monday, 7 April 2014 16:28 (1 week ago) Permalink

too much blue

I got the glares, the mutterings, the snarls (President Keyes), Monday, 7 April 2014 16:39 (1 week ago) Permalink

That is one 90s looking cover.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 7 April 2014 16:44 (1 week ago) Permalink

I CAN HAZ ISSUES?

bizarro gazzara, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:01 (1 week ago) Permalink

I'm almost sad he wouldn't let them use this one.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 7 April 2014 17:15 (1 week ago) Permalink

1) Watched most of Maron's first season this weekend. "Women be crazy."

and then

2) Listened to the Morgan Murphy episode. They dated for a month long ago, and it's just a weird, almost creeping, but compelling conversation.

That's So (Eazy), Monday, 7 April 2014 17:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

wow felt sorry for both of them during the Todd Barry one. Funny comedian, but a long-form personal confessional-style interview maybe not exactly the right format for him.

brio, Tuesday, 8 April 2014 15:37 (1 week ago) Permalink

it felt like sitting in a restaurant next to a table with two guys talking about their spreadsheets at work

I got the glares, the mutterings, the snarls (President Keyes), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 16:20 (1 week ago) Permalink

I gave up before the halfway point. They were chatting about the boring part of comedy shop talk.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 8 April 2014 16:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

I CAN HAZ ISSUES?

― bizarro gazzara, Monday, April 7, 2014 5:01 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

+1

purposely lend impetus to my HOOS (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 19:18 (1 week ago) Permalink

Working my way through a backlog of recentish episodes at the moment and I'm deeply regretting my decision to start listening to the pre-interview stuff again. Maron's accounts of his battles with TimeWarner Cable might be the most tedious thing I've ever heard.

bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 10:57 (1 week ago) Permalink

I don't know that I've heard an opening monologue that was anything but tedious.

take a piece of mr. baxter's hand (how's life), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 11:25 (1 week ago) Permalink

but how will you live without knowing the state of his tube amps?

I got the glares, the mutterings, the snarls (President Keyes), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 13:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

His opening monologues have often been compelling and fascinating insights. He might ought to stop them while he's in a happy and fulfilling relationship, though.

Charles, hatless (sic), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 13:44 (1 week ago) Permalink

I like the monologues - flawed as they are, they're part of what makes me feel I know the guy and care about him.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 15:11 (1 week ago) Permalink

i find his monologues weirdly relaxing to listen to, i guess its like, knowing there's people out there more neurotic than me makes me feel normal

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 15:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

i guess like marc maron i too am... attempting normal

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 15:37 (1 week ago) Permalink

*plays star spangled banner*

waterbabies (waterface), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 15:52 (1 week ago) Permalink

I'm with sic. I feel ok abt skipping the monologues until he goes through another breakup.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 16:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

Listening to the Isbell one - "Did you grow up with TRUCKS?"

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 17:20 (1 week ago) Permalink

i want an app that ffwds through WTF until "who were your guys?"

brio, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 21:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

I'm getting squirmy hearing Marc challenge Jason Reitman on what was happening in Up In The Air.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 April 2014 16:09 (4 days ago) Permalink

Fair question though.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 14 April 2014 17:52 (4 days ago) Permalink


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