WTF with Marc Maron (it's a podcast)

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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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah Ed Helm is a sweetheart

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

Fast forward

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

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

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

live wtf from brooklyn was very funny especially chuck klosterman.

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

Greg Fleet on today! <3

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

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

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

(lol apropo of nothing)

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

*interviewS

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

What a champ, that guy.

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

andy dick interview has the potential to be amazing

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

could listen to 5 more podcasts of Bobcat. Love him.

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 25 April 2011 18:06 (five 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 17:47 (2 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

wtf?

popular gay automobile (a hoy hoy), Monday, 25 April 2011 19:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Hartman's friend and former SNL colleague Jon Lovitz has accused Hartman's former NewsRadio co-star Andy Dick of re-introducing Brynn to cocaine, causing her to relapse and suffer a nervous breakdown. Dick claims to have known nothing of her condition.[48] In 2006, Lovitz claimed that Dick had approached him at a restaurant and said, "I put the Phil Hartman hex on you; you're the next one to die."[49][50] The following year at the Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles, Lovitz and Dick had a further altercation over the issue.[50] Dick does not believe he is at fault in relation to Hartman's death.[48]

reggaeton for the painfully alone (polyphonic), Monday, 25 April 2011 19:35 (five years ago) Permalink

I've heard Dick questioned about Brynn Hartman before, and he just bounces into five minutes of "I didn't go to her house and put a GUN in her hand and tell her SHOOT PHIL, I wouldn't do that. She was MENTALLY ILL, that's not the cocaine's fault. I didn't know she had a problem with coke, or I wouldn't have given her any. Oh maybe I would have, I was on coke, hahahahaha. Of course' it's a tragedy but you can't dwell on these things. Whatever! I do what I like!"

Unusatralian (sic), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:15 (five years ago) Permalink

I know it's an integral part of his personality, but I'm getting weary of the "problems" Maron has with almost any comedy that didn't spring from exactly the same place as he did, or with comedy scenes he feels excluded from. This episode he didn't "get" absurd humor--which is okay. But he's always lightly dissing alt comedy and nerd comedy, has said he doesn't understand British comedy. He rarely has black comics on the show, possibly because stand-up is pretty segregated and he never plays the same clubs as those guys. (I'm pretty sure I've heard him scoff a few times when young stand-ups talk about Chris Rock being their main inspiration.) The only people he likes seem to be the ones who gave him breaks (like Conan), who came up in his era or before him, or younger comics who praise him.

President Keyes, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 13:36 (five years ago) Permalink

I dunno, I was listening to the Aziz Ansari WTF last night, and they definitely didn't come from the same place (couldn't have -- Ansari is about 20 years younger than Maron). And Ansari wasn't praising Maron to the skies or anything.

Funky Mustard (People It's Bad) (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 13:43 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah but didn't have some thing where he thought Aziz was going to be arrogant?

President Keyes, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 13:45 (five years ago) Permalink

He always ends up coming to a resolution with his guests on the show, but then he regresses again. He'll get along with some alt type comics, but then a few weeks later he's back to talking about how he feels excluded from the alt scene. It gets to seem like schtick--he has to have a problem with each guest that can be worked out on the show.

President Keyes, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 13:48 (five years ago) Permalink

The point is he is capable if turning the corner, and he is getting better at being less combative. But at some point, it is still his show and it will always be about him to a certain extent. Maybe Maron just isnt your bag

VegemiteGrrl, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 13:50 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah but didn't have some thing where he thought Aziz was going to be arrogant?

Yeah, but I took that as more "He's so famous so young so quickly!" rather than jealousy. I do get what you're saying about the conflicts he invents or imagines (or doesn't), but I guess I find that appealing. He's going through the same personality-navigation that every working comic is, but is open and honest about it.

Funky Mustard (People It's Bad) (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 13:55 (five years ago) Permalink

wish alan alda had a podcast where he just talked for hours.

tylerw, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 19:39 (three months ago) Permalink

You literally can't just sit anyone down with a mic and get a good conversation going.

I disagree! Obviously it helps to have a good subject, but if you come prepared I think everything typically falls into place. I was listening to Terry Gross's (ugh) encore interview with Tom Hanks, and she asks him why That Thing You Do was the only movie he ever wrote and directed, and he very quickly corrects her that he made a movie called Larry Crowne and then sort of moves on. But that was the nicest man on earth overlooking the worst research in the world. Anyone else might have gotten snippy. Ask questions that don't get asked, ask about even mundane things, just ... make conversation, and in my experience things move right along.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:01 (three months ago) Permalink

But obviously Maron is mostly about Maron. He's the star, as such, sharing space and time with his guests.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:02 (three months ago) Permalink

i can't tell if he's just slowly getting bored of the whole setup or what. for the past several months (or longer?) there have been way too many times when it's felt like he was just going through the motions. (i bailed on the wiig ep early because i could tell it was gonna be zzzz.) he can still pull it off when he's got someone with a deep enough career (alda), the (increasingly rare now) times he's got some fraught personal connection with the guest (eric andre), or when the guest has enough stories/personality to steamroll him (robert kelly).

a basset hound (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:06 (three months ago) Permalink

I don't know if it's old territory Alda wouldn't have wanted to cover or if Maron just didn't go there but when he momentarily talked about the latter half of MASH (post-Gelbart, too many puns) and his issues with it I wanted to hear more.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:13 (three months ago) Permalink

As she describes her very first experiences at the Groundlings, she is no longer merely answering a question My ear has edged close to the speaker now and my full attention is off my work and on this interview. And it's compelling stuff: "It was like, my /life/. I loved it. And you get such a family, away from home. And you get so close to each other because you're all like, scared, and taking risks in front of each other, and writing, and putting things up that you write, for the first time..."

Here, Maron, no longer able to restrain himself, cuts Wiig off, midstream, to ask his next question.

This is ridiculous by the way, cuz literally everyone who's with an improve troupe for an extended period says this very exact thing and he (and we) have heard the story many times. Not exactly compelling.

circa1916, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 21:19 (three months ago) Permalink

Stopped listening to Maron about a year ago, he was really getting on my nerves, and yeah, I felt he was going through the motions a lot of times, and so were the guests. Had no idea him and Eric Andre had beef, will check that one out along with the Wiig one, despite the negative feedback here. i realize i've never heard or seen an interview with her.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 22:02 (three months ago) Permalink

i realize i've never heard or seen an interview with her.

And now we know why.

Had no idea him and Eric Andre had beef

Basic Marc beef story...Marc was a dickhead to a young comedian, later finds out young comedian is mad at him for it, wants to bury the hatchet.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 31 August 2016 22:09 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah, Marc has beef with 90% of young comedians if they aren't directly in his wheelhouse because he doesn't "understand" them. Also plenty of beef with ones on his wavelength because he feels threatened.

I really disliked Maron when I first started listening to his show, but after a zillion episodes (easy background while at work) I've warmed to him a lot. Plenty of obnoxious quirks and eyerolly bullshit, but he's got some shining moments and I appreciate his nakedness. After spending enough time with a personality like that you almost feel like they're a friend. Even though you resent them a good bit of the time.

circa1916, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 22:44 (three months ago) Permalink

Your mom's not exactly compelling

pinkhushpuppies (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 31 August 2016 22:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Improv idea: pretend that you're interesting

Josefa, Thursday, 1 September 2016 03:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Holy shit, Ron Perlman's Brando story from the set of Dr. Moreau is a rollercoaster.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 12 September 2016 14:13 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

There have been some good ones recently.

Monday is Roger Waters. Does he do interviews often? Will he be a complete a-hole or just moderately gruff?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 29 October 2016 14:08 (one month ago) Permalink

yea i enjoyed opie a lot

johnny crunch, Saturday, 29 October 2016 22:48 (one month ago) Permalink

ooh I will def listen to Rog, hope he's in a good mood

I haven't listened to the opie episode yet, I will definitely check that hout -- his Henry Winkler convo was one of my favorites, it makes me happy to know that maron is a big Happy Days dork like me

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 29 October 2016 22:56 (one month ago) Permalink

He was way more mellow than I anticipated.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 31 October 2016 17:46 (one month ago) Permalink

haven't listened in over a year, i checked out bc it felt like he started to phone it in w/ interviews and his extremely limited scope of knowledge & interests was really getting on my nerves. any A+++ interviews from the last year i should check out?

flappy bird, Monday, 31 October 2016 18:47 (one month ago) Permalink

opie was good. waters and crosby were kind of a double-header of aging rock star self-congratulation.

a basset hound (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 31 October 2016 18:51 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

It's possible that this is not WTF-related, but I'm trying to source this anecdote from an interview I heard a couple years ago and I feel like Maron is the most likely source.

As a youth, the interviewee had wanted to be a radio DJ. His imagined DJ name was "DJ Reason", with the idea that he could use Elvis Costello's Radio Radio in his show bumpers: "They say you better listen to the voice of reason..."

Does that ring a bell for anyone?

how's life, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 15:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

doesn't ring a bell, sorry man

Lin-Manuel Miranda today <3 <3

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 15 November 2016 19:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ha ha at LMM saying "You want the musical theatre version of Who Are Your Guys"

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 15 November 2016 19:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I love when he does the Marc and Tom Show

Immediate Follower (NA), Tuesday, 15 November 2016 22:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Marc is still pretty annoying but I like the friendship between those two guys.

Immediate Follower (NA), Tuesday, 15 November 2016 23:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Marc not realising he was being clowned (affectionately) with "equivalent of Who Were Your Guys?"

sad, hombres (sic), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 00:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah that was pretty lol

also Maron busting out his Herod with Lin was a+

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 00:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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