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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah Ed Helm is a sweetheart

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

Fast forward

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

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

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

live wtf from brooklyn was very funny especially chuck klosterman.

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

Greg Fleet on today! <3

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

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

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

(lol apropo of nothing)

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

*interviewS

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

What a champ, that guy.

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

andy dick interview has the potential to be amazing

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

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

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 25 April 2011 18:06 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah he did that in the Louis Theroux interview, which seemed to take forever to get started even after it had started. Also I don't get why Maron has to play dumb so often, like when Theroux said he studied at Oxford and Marc says something like, "Oxford? I know it. It's like the Harvard of over there, right?" Is he stalling for time or something - what is that?

He's not always an easy listen, that's for sure.

Josefa, Monday, 20 March 2017 14:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Also dumbfounding was Marc wasting a bunch of time having Theroux talk about the pronunciation of his name and then in his intro Marc gets it wrong

Josefa, Monday, 20 March 2017 14:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Ah you wouldn't treat anything theroux told you as unvarnished tho

The night before all about day (darraghmac), Monday, 20 March 2017 14:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Also I don't get why Maron has to play dumb so often

i dunno, you might be giving him too much credit there marc doesn't seem to retain a lot of info outside of the topics of

- blues-rock / guitars
- standup
- american film from the 1970s
- old grudges
- rehab
- himself

not even my mate ross king sniffed out this hot gossip (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 20 March 2017 16:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Marc says something like, "Oxford? I know it. It's like the Harvard of over there, right?"

It was even worse than that, it was something like "Oxford, Cambridge? Whats the difference? Are they the same?" and Louis said "Its like Harvard and Yale, man"

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Monday, 20 March 2017 16:15 (two months ago) Permalink

willful ignorance, more like

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 20 March 2017 18:14 (two months ago) Permalink

ha ha yeah Maron is the master of claiming that some stereotype was upended for him through a conversation, and then going back to that stereotype soon after

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Monday, 20 March 2017 18:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Saw his Thinky Pain recently, thought it was really good.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Also I don't get why Maron has to play dumb so often

i dunno, you might be giving him too much credit there marc doesn't seem to retain a lot of info outside of the topics of

- blues-rock / guitars
- standup
- american film from the 1970s
- old grudges
- rehab
- himself

― not even my mate ross king sniffed out this hot gossip (bizarro gazzara), Monday, March 20, 2017 12:12 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm and why i stopped listening

flappy bird, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I had to stop the Louis Theroux ep when they started talking about Theroux doing Rogan's podcast. Just not into it when he gets faux-combative with guests and all of them that I've tried lately have been either that or obsequious.

Who's doing the interview format well these days?

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 23 March 2017 17:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Kevin Pollack does a good job

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

xp Joe Rogan is great imo

flappy bird, Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:37 (two months ago) Permalink

The Reza Aslan interview today was great, as is generally the case when anyone talks to Reza Aslan.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Who's doing the interview format well these days?

David Axelrod

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:58 (two months ago) Permalink

^ otm

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 23 March 2017 19:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Axelrod's guest list ranges from shitty people (John Kerry) to people who need to be set on fire (Sean Spicer).

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:25 (two months ago) Permalink

But it's rare to hear conversations with people like them that aren't about scoring points. The Paul Simon (musician) one is notable for being one of the only non-excruciating Paul Simon interviews. And the ones with Karl Rove and Hugh Hewitt were surprising.

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Adam Buxton's interviews are generally excellent, though the framing is silly and has turned off a couple of people who I recommended it to who didn't know his style.

willful ignorance, more like

This is OTM re: Marc's playing dumb - I think it's closer to a weird defensive stance. It's amazing how the whole show for years has been about how he's evolving past these petty grudges and stifling prejudice about people and if anything it usually feels like he has actually gone backwards

Jalapeño Coladas, Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:57 (two months ago) Permalink

Paul Shaffer! should be good!

piscesx, Monday, 27 March 2017 11:56 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Haven't made it to the Ann Hathaway interview, but from the opener sounds like peak crushed-out Maron.

who even are those other cats (Eazy), Monday, 10 April 2017 16:54 (one month ago) Permalink

lol the name "Anne Hathaway" didn't click with me for some reason. I thought he was talking about his obsession with Anne Bancroft or some 70s actress. Then when it dawned on me I was like WTF?

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Monday, 10 April 2017 17:09 (one month ago) Permalink

you were like wtf wtf, i get it

'it's is my life' - jon bovi (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 10 April 2017 17:22 (one month ago) Permalink

I remember the period he was all googly about Rachel Getting Married. He controlled himself better here than I'd expected.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 10 April 2017 17:57 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So far behind because MM annoys me so much but gotta catch up on these
Walter Hill
Mark Lanegan and Tiny Jangly Magical Hat Man (Mac Demarco)
Mark Mothersbaugh
John Michael Higgins & Maria Bamford

mutual interest in technology, the ocean & rap music (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 11 May 2017 05:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I learnt that Mac DeMarco is not a frat rapper from that WTF episode

(±\ PLO;;;;;;; Style (sic), Thursday, 11 May 2017 05:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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