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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

President Keyes, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:16 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah Ed Helm is a sweetheart

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:37 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

Fast forward

reggaeton for the painfully alone (polyphonic), Monday, 18 April 2011 23:50 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

gr8080, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 06:54 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

live wtf from brooklyn was very funny especially chuck klosterman.

Michael B, Monday, 25 April 2011 13:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

Greg Fleet on today! <3

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 25 April 2011 14:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Monday, 25 April 2011 16:34 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

(lol apropo of nothing)

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 25 April 2011 17:01 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

*interviewS

Funky Mustard (People It's Bad) (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 25 April 2011 17:02 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

What a champ, that guy.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 25 April 2011 17:11 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

andy dick interview has the potential to be amazing

adult music person (Jordan), Monday, 25 April 2011 17:46 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

Oh, cool. Ha, I was going to say "Let's stage one ourselves!"

jaymc, Wednesday, 14 October 2015 14:31 (3 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Albini interview's good.

I know some Civil War re-enactors you might want to talk to (Eazy), Thursday, 29 October 2015 12:20 (3 months ago) Permalink

Epps interview one of the worst in recent memory. Epps doesn't give a shit, Maron can't get 'in' and doesn't seem inclined to fight for it.

sean gramophone, Thursday, 29 October 2015 14:34 (3 months ago) Permalink

Maron's intro - \sigh\"I did what I could." - was fair warning.

let no-one live rent free in your butt (sic), Thursday, 29 October 2015 14:41 (3 months ago) Permalink

Really digging the Patricia Arquette interview, Albini was solid.

Epps was just okay I guess.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 2 November 2015 12:42 (3 months ago) Permalink

still no Lorne interview this week. I'm getting the feeling that when he finally plays it, it'll be dripped out a few minutes a week

Why because she True and Interesting (President Keyes), Monday, 2 November 2015 15:17 (3 months ago) Permalink

they'd better fist fight atop a mountain at this point

NATION: ? ? ? (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 2 November 2015 17:10 (3 months ago) Permalink

the mantle of podcaster to the stars could not have fallen on a more tiresome, bloviating fule. i will finish the albini one but i had to quit in disgust.

vlade dvorak (rip van wanko), Monday, 2 November 2015 17:15 (3 months ago) Permalink

ok David Cross would have been worse

vlade dvorak (rip van wanko), Monday, 2 November 2015 17:20 (3 months ago) Permalink

Patricia Arquette interview is good, but lol @ Maron's pre-interview analysis depicting a defensive side of himself that keeps his social graces intact. Her description of the hippie commune and its failings was pretty subtle, and Marc chimes in with shit like "your parents found out that people who seek out hippie communes are fucked up" while also just assuming her time there was chaotic. My god I cringed.

NATION: ? ? ? (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 5 November 2015 17:35 (3 months ago) Permalink

lorne interview is up - kinda nervous to listen tbh

the illicit unit slid tantalizingly across the waxed tile (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 9 November 2015 14:05 (3 months ago) Permalink

I was like "Who would they follow with on Thursday if Lorne's on a Monday?" Well, Elvis Costello.

my harp and me (Eazy), Monday, 9 November 2015 14:13 (3 months ago) Permalink

It sounded like what Lorne was dancing around, and Maron seemed incapable of hearing, was that he didn't get hired because he appealed to an urban intellectual audience and SNL has to play in Kansas.

Why because she True and Interesting (President Keyes), Monday, 9 November 2015 14:43 (3 months ago) Permalink

Also to Lorne that was just a meeting not an audition

Why because she True and Interesting (President Keyes), Monday, 9 November 2015 14:44 (3 months ago) Permalink

"So who were your...primary influences?"

I loled.

Trimming The Hegyes: The Life & Times Of A Sweathog's Barber (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 November 2015 15:23 (3 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

These promoted interviews, with Aziz last week and Cross/Odenkirk this week, have their own funny energy to them. The tension Maron had in his early episodes comes back, the part of him that seems to be comparing success, who has the cooler projects. Or it's a different dynamic on the interviewees' part because they're there deliberately to promote a show.

And then the Aziz interview was awkward as far as "Hey, there aren't a lot of white people on your show. What's that about?" But I enjoyed listening to both.

my harp and me (Eazy), Monday, 23 November 2015 20:39 (2 months ago) Permalink

That wasn't Marc being bemused though, it was giving Aziz an opening to talk about the issues of representation, implicit and explicit, in the work.

(Sometimes Maron says dumb, tone-deaf stuff on purpose for a point, sometimes by accident.)

(I wish Aziz didn't feel he had to make it a hook in promoting the show - it's fuckin chock-full of white people! - but it's something he's chosen to do.)

glandular lansbury (sic), Monday, 23 November 2015 20:53 (2 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Today, Neil Strauss!

Mileage/results may vary, etc.

Crazy Eddie & Jesus the Kid (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 28 December 2015 13:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

That McIntosh turntable that Maron has in the third season of his show starts $6500 apparently.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 30 December 2015 06:49 (1 month ago) Permalink

He's that dude. I think he said the tube amp cost him 5 grand.

stupid children forever (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 30 December 2015 10:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

The Neil Strauss interview was not only bearable and pretty compelling. Maron's in a mode somewhere between joshing and bullying, and Strauss is somewhere between guy-who-got-in-over-his-head and opportunist.

(please no long guns of any kind) (Eazy), Wednesday, 30 December 2015 14:36 (1 month ago) Permalink

and *but pretty compelling

(please no long guns of any kind) (Eazy), Wednesday, 30 December 2015 14:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

idk I think I'm going to have to New Year's resolve to stop listening to this asshole.

In that Bill Burr lovefest, Maron, the 50-something childless therapybro & 12 Stepping rage-o-holic, breaks out the word "pussified" about parents concerned with bullying.

Fuck this broken shell of a person for as many lifetimes as his dust rises.

Blowout Coombes (President Keyes), Saturday, 2 January 2016 01:06 (1 month ago) Permalink

Why the hell anyone would listen to Maron and Burr talk to each other is beyond me. I like Maron, but not in that sort of company.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 2 January 2016 01:35 (1 month ago) Permalink

it's very illuminating to hear him trying to suck up to knuckle draggers like Burr

Blowout Coombes (President Keyes), Saturday, 2 January 2016 02:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

I pretty much stopped listening to Maron like six months ago. Dude is losing the tortured part that balanced out the self-obsession and made him a little more sympathetic to listen to (and possibly as a human being).

stupid children forever (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 4 January 2016 04:26 (1 month ago) Permalink

holy crap at David Spade's life

Crazy Eddie & Jesus the Kid (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 4 January 2016 13:09 (1 month ago) Permalink

GARRETT MORRIS you guys

Crazy Eddie & Jesus the Kid (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 14 January 2016 13:47 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I'm kind of excited about that.

stupid children forever (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:48 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I came to it with barely an idea of who he is, and left it with less. Except that he did a lot of cocaine for a long while, and I'm inferring from the hour-long catarrhic rattle, cigarettes.

glandular lansbury (sic), Thursday, 14 January 2016 22:17 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

so there IS something you don't know everything about

:)

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 14 January 2016 22:46 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Michael Moore is good in longform conversation vs. TV soundbites.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 04:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

man the maron intro is just so unbearable though, the amy schumer thing, i have this awful image of the kind of posture of maron when he is Laying It Down on the mic, it is in some sense derivative of the framing used to portray lester bangs in almost famous, does he realise how much he has just fully come to embody this exact like Conservative Radio Truth Teller archetype

bloat laureate (schlump), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 04:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yeah that Amy Schumer thing was pretty questionable from mr comedy ethics inquisitor

"Some comics you never heard of said some stuff yadda yadda yadda"

Blowout Coombes (President Keyes), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 14:12 (1 week ago) Permalink

lol at marc kicking off his impassioned defence of amy schumer with a tale about how he once put together a total sausagefest of a standup night then magnanimously let her go on cuz she was jeselnik's girlfriend

also this was in 2011 when she was already pretty well-established as a comic and he apparently knew fuck-all about her

Butt here is always time for the John Mayer Trio or Sting. (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 14:21 (1 week ago) Permalink


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