WTF with Marc Maron (it's a podcast)

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CHAPELLE
Chris Rock
Fey
Murphy
Farrell
wusshisname who did Arrested Development
Schwaltwelder
Some comedy prose writers
A comic poet or two?
Comedy playwrites?

gay socialists smoking mushrooms with their illegal gardeners (a hoy hoy), Monday, 29 August 2011 23:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mitchell Hurwitz?

Mordy, Monday, 29 August 2011 23:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bob Newhart

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 29 August 2011 23:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

personally i dont care so much about american comedy canon guys. Woody Allen would be sweet though.

Ian Hislop and other prominent Private Eye/satirical news types.

gay socialists smoking mushrooms with their illegal gardeners (a hoy hoy), Monday, 29 August 2011 23:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

The show has become a de facto oral history of comedy, so fill in the gaps. It won't take forever.

I'd rather hear from any canonical figure instead of another interview with a yet another guy who did coke with Kinison.

polyphonic, Monday, 29 August 2011 23:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ian Hislop and other prominent Private Eye/satirical news types.

this would be completely pointless, as Maron has no idea who they are, what they do, why it's funny, or any point of connection at all to their work

rude ragga beats from the F. U. Schnickens (sic), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't know if Sudeikis was blowing smoke or not, but I'd love to hear Maron interview Lorne Michaels. SNL topics never get old for me, but especially if they were to come from Lorne.

I'd secretly hoped #200 would be Chappelle. I imagine he'll be on the show at some point. Roseanne would be great too.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

IANUCCI: A lot of people think I'm so focussed on mocking news and media conventions because of a conscious and earned anger at the way information is twisted and devalued in our society, but really it's because a copy of The Sun blew into my pram when I was small and touched my genitals

rude ragga beats from the F. U. Schnickens (sic), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

pfft if wtf was just shit american comics like maron i'd have stopped listening already. it is the people he isn't used to or do something different that have been the most fascinating imo. And I don't see why a British satirical news paper would be so different to the guy who did The Realist or Onion writers.

gay socialists smoking mushrooms with their illegal gardeners (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Maron has stated on numerous occasions that he appreciates but doesn't really "get" Brit humor. I doubt he's going to go out of his way to schedule interviews of that sort.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

After listening to Fitzsimmons on WTF, I actually started listening to selected episodes of his own show. The interview with Natalie Manes from Dixie Chicks last April was a) hilarious and b) O_O

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah the point was not so much 'it has to be hislop' as his kin.

gay socialists smoking mushrooms with their illegal gardeners (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just saying that I don't envision this podcast taking an international lean anytime in the near future, except for occasional live shows in other countries or impromptu interviews with new non-American comedian friends.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

hence me citing someone non-Hislop in my hilarious theoretical scenario hoy hoy

rude ragga beats from the F. U. Schnickens (sic), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think ellen would be a good interview

Mordy, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd listen.

Hell, I'd even listen to a Leno interview, but I'd be flipping my iPod a bird the whole time.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Leno would be must listen imo, assuming Maron doesn't get all polite

Mordy, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

It'd be fun to hear how Leno would react if he somehow let himself get cornered. I don't think his people would let him anywhere near WTF, though.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Letterman, on the other hand, wouldn't open up or be serious at all if he's not on his own turf. It would be a pointless interview.

Someday, someone will get a good interview out of him.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

do not understand american talkshow tradition but still wonder what happened to arsenio hall

gay socialists smoking mushrooms with their illegal gardeners (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

and i obv only know arsenio hall for rap references

gay socialists smoking mushrooms with their illegal gardeners (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

have you seen Larry Sanders?

rude ragga beats from the F. U. Schnickens (sic), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Arsenio situation isn't that complicated—a lot of the local tv affiliates that carried his show had to drop it when Letterman's show started on the national CBS network, and that essentially killed it off).

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

ok but then he disappeared for 15 years?

I have seen the first season of Larry Sanders but its the backstage stuff I find funny, monologues and selling any celebrities shit every day is just RMDE@USA.

gay socialists smoking mushrooms with their illegal gardeners (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

do not understand american talkshow tradition but still wonder what happened to arsenio hall

He guest-hosted on Access Hollywood the other day and he legitimately looked like he hasn't aged at all. Very odd.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 00:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well yeah, I don't know where he's been really since 1994. Arsenio would be a great WTF interview.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 01:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

he did that Sammo Hung cop show, where halfway through they realised they should bring in a sidekick who could deliver some snappy dialogue, as the star couldn't actually speak English

presumably he went hiding for a bit after the talk show was axed, but also got paid enough for it that he's been able to live a comfortable middle-class life and doesn't have a desperate need to see his face on posters

rude ragga beats from the F. U. Schnickens (sic), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 01:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Who would you like to hear interviewed on WTF? I'm waiting for Steven Wright, Nick Offerman, Andy Daly (non-live), Andy Zaltman...

Offerman on Kevin Pollock's podcast is A++++. Check it out if you haven't yet.

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 01:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

My WTF want list is...

Dennis Miller
Paula Poundstone
Brett Butler
Richard Belzer
Dan Aykroyd
Steven Wright
Judy Tenuta

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 01:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Would love an hour with Belzer!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 02:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dennis Miller would be an insane interview. Doubt it'll ever happen though.

President Keyes, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 10:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

well maron is a fan of stewart lee so brit comedy isnt anathema to him. id love to hear him interview dylan moran.

Michael B, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 10:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lee isn't exactly 'Brit Comedy' as 'Alt Brit Comedy'.

gay socialists smoking mushrooms with their illegal gardeners (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

some of my favorite eps have been ones with guys i didn't really know about, like ron shock or eddie brill. i'll listen to any older guy who's been around the block a few times. albert brooks would be cool, or even jeff foxworthy or ron white. or judy tenuta.

He guest-hosted on Access Hollywood the other day and he legitimately looked like he hasn't aged at all. Very odd.

― polyphonic, Monday, August 29, 2011 8:59 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i_qxQztHRI (Princess TamTam), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

wrt leno i'd love to hear that ep, and i dont think maron would try to put the screws to him - i think he respects leno's old stand-up more than you guys do even if he isnt a fan of the tonight show, and i dont think it'd be hard for him to find a sympathetic angle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i_qxQztHRI (Princess TamTam), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 12:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i bet a leno interview would be fairly amicable. maron was raving about that war for late night book for weeks, and after reading it, i actually had a little more sympathy for leno. he's a hack but a hard-working hack and i can't really blame him personally for anything that happened with the conan debacle. plus maron is never a dick to the famous guests.

i've been open about not liking maron much as a personality/comedian so keep that in mind but the idea of the maron/wtf sitcom sounds pretty awful.

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

do not understand american talkshow tradition but still wonder what happened to arsenio hall

― gay socialists smoking mushrooms with their illegal gardeners (a hoy hoy), Monday, August 29, 2011 8:49 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

Bill Carter's book (The War For Late Night) is a decent resource for what happened/didn't happen to Arsenio. It's largely forgotten now, but Hall was consistently beating Carson in the ratings in major markets in the late 80s/early 90s -- in some cases, crushing him. The fact that he vanished soon after is some combination of bewildering and fucked up.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Late Shift is the one about Letterman/Carson/Leno/Arsenio, The War for Late Night is the newer one about Conan and Leno

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm still not very sold on Maron himself, he grates on me some times, particularly when he is doing his little pre-interview bits. But I do like how even the guests I couldn't really care less about turn out to be interesting listens. Like the recent Jimmy Shubert one was good, I liked hearing the stories about Kinison and Mitzi Shore between their fits of laughter. I figured I'd abandon that episode early.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp Oops, you're right, but War For Late Night does have a bit of Arsenio backstory.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would love a few more Australians next time he travels there like
Wil Anderson
Paul McDermott
Tony Martin

Def. would love Chappelle
Joan Rivers would be killer
Ron White maybe, not for his comedy so much but just bc I hear a lot of comedians like him
Brett Butler would be great

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

listening to sudeikis, seems like a super nice guy obv but as far as episodes goes it's a bit dull

sonderangerbot, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

a lorne michaels episode would be pretty interesting though. hoping richard lewis could persuade larry david to do it as well.

sonderangerbot, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Larry the Cable Guy would be interesting, if he had the balls to not use his character for the interview.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

i don't think richard lewis cared about being on one way or the other

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

As much as I'd love to hear a Lorne Michaels interview, I get the feeling he'd just stonewall Maron when he tried to delve into anything interesting/controversial.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wil Anderson
Paul McDermott
Tony Martin

Fleet made sense bcz they have common ground to connect on, even without having known each other before. Anderson has no darkness beyond the aching trials of being a sex symbol and doing the same material for 15 years, McDermott hasn't been a comedian since '94 and has never ever displayed any interest in deconstructing or elucidating his persona, and Tony... well, he's opened up about his hideous family history of late in his two books, but still only where he sees an external gag in it, not to ~share~ anything -- and Maron would have to dig into 25 years of material including around 200 hours of radio highlights to find a reason to interview him.

rude ragga beats from the F. U. Schnickens (sic), Thursday, 1 September 2011 07:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I bet Julia Sweeney would be good.

jaymc, Thursday, 1 September 2011 12:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Stanhope was a pretty insubstantial interview today, yet a fun listen all the same.

I don't know, Stanhope's libertarian rambling revealed him to be kind of an asshole.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 1 September 2011 14:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

I knew that going in. I guess I just gave him a pass since it was altogether mild.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 1 September 2011 14:22 (2 years ago) Permalink


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