WTF with Marc Maron (it's a podcast)

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People seem to be tired of WTF dominating the talk here, so now WTF and Marc Maron have their own dedicated thread.

That's why they call me (Johnny Fever), Monday, 18 April 2011 21:39 (thirteen years ago) link

what up what the fuckers, what the fuckanettes, what the fuckanauts

Mordy, Monday, 18 April 2011 21:45 (thirteen years ago) link

LOCK THE GATES

That's why they call me (Johnny Fever), Monday, 18 April 2011 21:46 (thirteen years ago) link

For serious, today's Bobcat Goldthwait episode was crazy good.

That's why they call me (Johnny Fever), Monday, 18 April 2011 21:46 (thirteen years ago) link

looking forward to it, he was really funny on the live episode he was on

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 18 April 2011 21:48 (thirteen years ago) link

The Bobcat one is great because of Bobcat; I'm pretty much over Maron at this point. I figure if I listen to one a month from now on I won't want to strangle him.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 18 April 2011 21:51 (thirteen years ago) link

What are some of the better episodes IYO? I tried the Janeane Garafolo one, which was pretty good, but then lost interest after playing the Sara Silverman ep in which she seemed about as bored with Maron as I was.

i have a tbh (rip van wanko), Monday, 18 April 2011 21:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Maybe I should revise my policy of choosing podcasts for babe factor.

i have a tbh (rip van wanko), Monday, 18 April 2011 21:53 (thirteen years ago) link

i think the louis ck episodes are generally seen as the best ones

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 18 April 2011 21:53 (thirteen years ago) link

The Maria Bamford one is my favorite.

reggaeton for the painfully alone (polyphonic), Monday, 18 April 2011 21:54 (thirteen years ago) link

^yah otm xxxp. maron was so hung up on the 'bobcat voice' character that it got p annoying

johnny crunch, Monday, 18 April 2011 21:54 (thirteen years ago) link

recent good ones: dino stamatopolous, stephen tobolowsky, dave foley, most of the live ones

adult music person (Jordan), Monday, 18 April 2011 21:56 (thirteen years ago) link

lol @ maron and laura kightlinger deciding to call up lous ck in the middle of the podcast. so awkward (he picked up but was busy and annoyed, of course).

adult music person (Jordan), Monday, 18 April 2011 21:58 (thirteen years ago) link

i have a dumb question

in the theme song, what is the thing that sounds like "and i'm not guilty here"?

i don't think that's what he's actually saying but it's what i always hear

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 18 April 2011 21:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Ed Helms playing bango! Mike DiStefano is essential listening. All the old school guys. Stewart Lee, duh, considering he is the greatest of all time. The Apatow ones.

popular gay automobile (a hoy hoy), Monday, 18 April 2011 22:00 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

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

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

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

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

President Keyes, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:12 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

President Keyes, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:16 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah Ed Helm is a sweetheart

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:37 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Fast forward

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

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

gr8080, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 06:54 (thirteen years ago) link

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

johnny crunch, Monday, 25 April 2011 12:28 (thirteen years ago) link

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

Unusatralian (sic), Monday, 25 April 2011 12:52 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

live wtf from brooklyn was very funny especially chuck klosterman.

Michael B, Monday, 25 April 2011 13:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Greg Fleet on today! <3

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 25 April 2011 14:53 (thirteen years ago) link

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

Johnny Fever, Monday, 25 April 2011 16:34 (thirteen years ago) link

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

VegemiteGrrl, Monday, 25 April 2011 16:44 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

I think most of us, as we get older, just become more like ourselves. Clearly, this is the case with Chevy Chase.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 26 September 2023 13:15 (eight months ago) link

I think most of us, as we get older, just become more like ourselves.

God I hope not.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 26 September 2023 15:45 (eight months ago) link

I think most of us, as we get older, just become more like Chevy Chase

soref, Tuesday, 26 September 2023 15:49 (eight months ago) link

Well, I'm Chevy Chase, but you're not.

Beyond Goo and Evol (President Keyes), Tuesday, 26 September 2023 15:56 (eight months ago) link

In the future, we'll all be Chevy Chase for 15 minutes

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 26 September 2023 15:57 (eight months ago) link

As Donald Trump has convincingly shown, many people have a secret or not so secret desire to be a toxic asshole.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 26 September 2023 15:59 (eight months ago) link

Given his comments about how he was always the "star of the show" or "the best", I just think he's a huge narcissist that was "fortunate" enough to come up in entertainment in an era where white male behavior like that was tolerated, if not encouraged. As society evolved, no one ever really challenged his toxic behavior, they just quit calling him in for projects and/or cutting him out of them and, like any entitled performer of his era, he refuses to do any self-reflection that might cause him to put 2 and 2 together about why his career stalled out.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 26 September 2023 17:14 (eight months ago) link

Well, I'm Chevy Chase, but you're not.

― Beyond Goo and Evol (President Keyes), Tuesday, September 26, 2023 11:56 AM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

'Cause that's impossible, that's im

peace, man, Tuesday, 26 September 2023 18:07 (eight months ago) link

I subscribed to Maron+ a couple months ago to get the bonus episodes where Marc and his girlfriend talk about movies sometimes, but leading up to the Chevy episode he and Brendan have set the stage for it in their bonus episodes so well—what happened before and after the tape was rolling—that I kind of don't need to listen to the actual interview (I'm a Chevy Chase hater anyway, so I likely was never going to).

ⓓⓡ (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 03:04 (eight months ago) link

'Cause that's impossible, that's im

― peace, man, Tuesday, September 26, 2023 1:07 PM (nine hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

thank you for this

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 27 September 2023 03:41 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

Haven't listened to this in ages but I'm curious about Laraaji and John Wilson.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Sunday, 12 November 2023 18:23 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Loved the Paul Giamatti episode (#1500). Really showed what the show can be.

underwater as a compliment (Eazy), Wednesday, 10 January 2024 05:17 (five months ago) link

agree, great vibes from minute one

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 10 January 2024 05:42 (five months ago) link

Marc was pumped about how well it went

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 10 January 2024 05:56 (five months ago) link

Yeah that was a fun listen, Giamatti was so giddy

jaymc, Wednesday, 10 January 2024 13:35 (five months ago) link

Did you guys listen to Matt B. Davis? Very old-school ep with escalating tension between Marc and guest, you get to hear two guys who can be kind of assholes rubbing their scars against each other, I loved it

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 10 January 2024 15:36 (five months ago) link

Yeah, I just listened to that one the other day, even though he teased it ahead of time I really didn't expect it to get as tense as it did.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 10 January 2024 15:40 (five months ago) link

yeah it was great oldschool wtf
but i wanted to email marc afterward to tell him: gah Matt is a bully, fuck that guy

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 10 January 2024 16:06 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

every once in a while i will check in with this podcast based on the guest -- and then will be reminded why i never listen. this dude WON'T SHUT THE FUCK UP. LET YOUR GUEST FINISH HIS SENTENCE. god what a jerk!

budo jeru, Saturday, 25 May 2024 18:06 (three weeks ago) link

He did a decent job not stepping on A. Whitney Brown's toes last week.

God, if you hated a new episode for that reason, please don't listen to anything before, like, four years ago. xp

ⓓⓡ (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 25 May 2024 23:50 (three weeks ago) link

I generally listen to every WTF episode whether I know the guest or not. Sometimes I'll skip if I really don't want to hear a particular guest talk for an hour (Neal Brennan and Tiffany Haddish was a rare week where I skipped both), but I also skip ones where it's been made extremely clear that the interview was an uncomfortable one. That means I'll probably never listen to the Ben Kingsley ep.

ⓓⓡ (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 25 May 2024 23:53 (three weeks ago) link

I listened to some of the Kingsley episode just now. Pretty awkward. It seemed like Ben has all of his stories set down word for word and didn’t necessarily dig Maron’s interruptions and attempts to connect.

A So-Called Pulitzer price winner (President Keyes), Sunday, 26 May 2024 00:34 (two weeks ago) link

The Tiffany Haddish ep was pretty illuminating and the Daniel Stern was interesting too

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Sunday, 26 May 2024 01:08 (two weeks ago) link

ben kingsley best maron episode of all time

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Sunday, 26 May 2024 01:36 (two weeks ago) link

i absolutely love WTF, have listened for years and years, he's a great host and has the best conversations of any regular podcast interview person, except maybe tyler cowen

however, how to love WTF as i do:

skip 100% of interviews with musicians
skip 100% of interviews with "thinkers"
skip 100% of interviews with authors
skip 90% of interviews with directors
skip 50% of interviews with actors (you can tell within 5 min)
skip 0% of interviews with other stand-ups

sean gramophone, Sunday, 26 May 2024 02:09 (two weeks ago) link

yes, stand ups are most reliable

145 feet up in a Jeffrey Pine (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 26 May 2024 02:47 (two weeks ago) link

The Tiffany Haddish ep was pretty illuminating

I tapped out of this v early, did she talk about her comedy paedo video lawsuit or The Int3rnational Alma Mat3r School Of Asc3nsi0n Bless3d Univ3rsity?

bae (sic), Sunday, 26 May 2024 02:55 (two weeks ago) link

totally agree that the standup eps are the best but I like the musician ones, I can't explain why since there's so much of Maron fan-stammering about the albums and then asking the musician "So you met xxxx?" but for some reason I like them anyway

I skip the ones where they talk about politics but it can be unpredictable which ones those are

Tiffany Hadish was just weirdly "People were unfairly mad at me for drunk driving, why are people like that"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 26 May 2024 03:34 (two weeks ago) link

skip 0% of interviews with other stand-ups

lol these are always skipped regardless of podcast, comedians are some of the least interesting people on earth

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 26 May 2024 03:53 (two weeks ago) link

with WTF musicians and maybe some oddballs like a chef are the only ones I don't immediately archive

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 26 May 2024 03:55 (two weeks ago) link

every actor interview is a free ~*MasterClass*~

145 feet up in a Jeffrey Pine (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 26 May 2024 04:32 (two weeks ago) link

I tapped out of this v early, did she talk about . . . The Int3rnational Alma Mat3r School Of Asc3nsi0n Bless3d Univ3rsity?
― bae (sic), Saturday, May 25, 2024 9:55 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

What's this?

JRN, Sunday, 26 May 2024 05:20 (two weeks ago) link

I promise I tried googling various combinations of those words, to no avail

JRN, Sunday, 26 May 2024 05:20 (two weeks ago) link

sounds like a Scientology thing

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 26 May 2024 06:14 (two weeks ago) link

try H3ir Holin3ss or H3ir Princ3ss

bae (sic), Sunday, 26 May 2024 08:53 (two weeks ago) link

Something about Daniel Kaluuya’s manager

A So-Called Pulitzer price winner (President Keyes), Sunday, 26 May 2024 11:45 (two weeks ago) link

cryptic sic tic

budo jeru, Sunday, 26 May 2024 13:03 (two weeks ago) link

I like Maron but can't deal with the musician interviews. I just feel like he's out of his element or something, even more than when he interviews directors and authors. Which is why I think the interviews with comedians are typically the best episodes

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 26 May 2024 13:09 (two weeks ago) link

I liked the recent one with Tammy Faye Starlite, who was part of the late 80s / early 90s NYC performance art and alt-comedy scene Maron was also part of. The two had similar interests and frames of reference (Maron didn't have to have done any homework or read a book), so they could relax and engage.

paisley got boring (Eazy), Sunday, 26 May 2024 14:10 (two weeks ago) link

milo z, if the only thing you listen to is musicians than we are not into wtf for the same things! but the reason the comedian ones are good are not necessarily bc they are "interesting" or "uninteresting" people - but (1) because they are good at talking, that is mostly their job; (2) i like listening to shop-talk between peers.

sean gramophone, Sunday, 26 May 2024 15:27 (two weeks ago) link

yes to the shop talk, and i hope Daniel Stern fit into your 10% of actors - good amount of shop in that one partly because he’s comedic

francisF, Tuesday, 28 May 2024 01:13 (two weeks ago) link

oh thanks for the rec, i hadn't decided on that one yet, seemed dubious

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 28 May 2024 01:21 (two weeks ago) link

I think Maron is going to find a way to mention in every single episode that his mother told him she didn't know how to love him as a baby, and I'm here for it

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 28 May 2024 01:28 (two weeks ago) link

The Molly Ringwald one is pretty funny because Maron keeps asking her about stuff and she keeps saying "well I wrote about this in the New Yorker" -- i mean, not that Maron is expected to study the full dossier for every guest but in this one you can really tell that Maron knows nothing except that she was the preppy girl in the Breakfast Club and he's basically "so like what's been up since 1985 with you?"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 30 May 2024 19:46 (two weeks ago) link

The Molly Ringwald one is pretty funny because Maron keeps asking her about stuff and she keeps saying "well I wrote about this in the New Yorker"

This is pretty dumb on her part; does she not realize that their conversation is being recorded, and will be shared with people who have no idea that she wrote something for the New Yorker? I mean, an interview isn't a conversation; the questions are prompts meant to elicit information that will be of interest to the reader/listener. I frequently ask questions of artists that I know the answer to, because I want them to tell the story for the reader's benefit. If I ask a musician a question and they say, "Well, as I said when I was profiled in DownBeat," fuck that person.

Instead of create and send out, it pull back and consume (unperson), Thursday, 30 May 2024 19:58 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, that is weird. Perhaps she thinks she's just there to promote something new?

A So-Called Pulitzer price winner (President Keyes), Thursday, 30 May 2024 20:01 (two weeks ago) link

If it's related to her and John Hughes, she may have written that piece so as to rehash it just once instead of permanently being asked the same questions and not wanting to be off-the-cuff about them.

paisley got boring (Eazy), Thursday, 30 May 2024 20:16 (two weeks ago) link

an interview isn't a conversation... I frequently ask questions of artists that I know the answer to

two huge differences btw you and maron

i mean obv he cant be expected to read every article and interview for every guest. but if someone had written a big article in the new yorker that got a lot of attention a handful of years ago reflecting on the one big thing they're most famous for, not unreasonable to expect that an interviewer wouldn't be totally ignorant of it imo

always amazing to me that Maron has this reputation as one of the great interviewers when every fourth or fifth guest gets noticeably annoyed that he knows little to nothing about them

waste of compute (One Eye Open), Friday, 31 May 2024 13:43 (two weeks ago) link

haven't listened to that interview, but I liked her recent appearance on Search Engine: https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/search-engine/how-do-you-survive-fame-pNaUIh_12Pz/

jaymc, Friday, 31 May 2024 13:50 (two weeks ago) link


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