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 (nine years ago) link

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

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

LOCK THE GATES

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

The Maria Bamford one is my favorite.

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

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

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

otm. also helms doesn't really seem comfortable talking about himself at all.
xpost

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 18 April 2011 23:37 (nine years ago) link

Yeah Ed Helm is a sweetheart

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

Fast forward

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

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

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

live wtf from brooklyn was very funny especially chuck klosterman.

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

Greg Fleet on today! <3

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

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

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

Guessing the Walt Goggins one is good?

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 23:07 (nine months ago) link

Not particularly

circa1916, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 23:38 (nine months ago) link

http://www.thehypertexts.com/David%20Berman%20Poet%20Poetry%20Picture%20Bio.htm🕸

Guessing Marc googled "david berman poems" and found this, which has poems by both of them: https://www.poemhunter.com/david-berman/poems🕸/


I got burned for posting that PDF on the RIP thread earlier. When he said he was gonna read a poem my heart kinda sank guessing what might happen and sure enough...

circa1916, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 23:47 (nine months ago) link

I only discovered the WTF show recently.

He used to be *a lot* to handle. Now he's just a pretty normal dude with a lot of residual goodwill from old fans. Or me, at least.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 15 August 2019 04:10 (nine months ago) link

Got several years of archive available on Spotify. Is there a specific point of change or anything?

Stevolende, Thursday, 15 August 2019 06:40 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

woody interview is the new low

Tart Prepper (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 18 October 2019 17:18 (seven months ago) link

marc begins with a respectful fear in his voice. he then fumbles a clumsy projection about dads somewhere in the interview's center that shuts woody off for the rest of the thing. and then marc keeps falling back into the comfortable talking point of trump.

Tart Prepper (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 18 October 2019 17:24 (seven months ago) link

Woody is rarely an engaged interview subject, and does suggest that he's high at that moment. Probably could have edited a decent 20-minute chat out of the hour.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Friday, 18 October 2019 17:36 (seven months ago) link

but then we might have missed the story of poor marc being anxious about trump in hawaii that he's told eleven times. there's also a "greg from succession" vibe to marc's behavioral shift with hollywood interviewees as marc's been accepted into the fold.

Tart Prepper (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 18 October 2019 18:06 (seven months ago) link

Last one I dipped back in for was Danny DeVito, that was surprisingly engaging

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 18 October 2019 18:07 (seven months ago) link

yes, DeVito was great.

Tart Prepper (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 18 October 2019 18:27 (seven months ago) link

yeah skipped huge chunks of this anytime politics came up, if there were ever two ppl i didnt need to hear discuss trump its these two.

worst part though was woody mentioning playing chess and marc practically swallowing his tongue with amazement at the idea of someone enjoying chess as a hobby: "you play CHESS?! are you GOOD at it?! Its about PATTERNS, right? Memorizing PATTERNS? Different PATTERNS of MOVES?!" He reacted as if Woody said he built tiny working nuclear reactors instead of a board game that many children play.

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Friday, 18 October 2019 18:53 (seven months ago) link

hes always so bewildered and awed when people engage with things that code as old-fashioned "smart" like chess, classical music, etc

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Friday, 18 October 2019 18:56 (seven months ago) link

Shakespeare, jesus

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 18 October 2019 19:37 (seven months ago) link

he then fumbles a clumsy projection about dads somewhere in the interview's center that shuts woody off for the rest of the thing.

this made me think Marc had interviewed Woody Allen tbh

Οὖτις, Friday, 18 October 2019 19:41 (seven months ago) link

loooool

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Friday, 18 October 2019 19:44 (seven months ago) link

ooof

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Friday, 18 October 2019 19:50 (seven months ago) link

one piece of lol/rolleyes info I enjoyed gleaning from the Woody interview: that he spent years rejecting Zombieland 2 scripts until......... he finally convinced the studio to actually hire the writers of Zombieland. what a notion.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Friday, 18 October 2019 23:13 (seven months ago) link

Woody seemed like the main problem in that interview imo. Just really boring and stoned-dumb. Terrible all around.

That bit about how he got in a random fist fight with some stranger walking down the street in NYC because they were both giving each other looks was funny though. “No words!”

circa1916, Saturday, 19 October 2019 00:46 (seven months ago) link

Marc casually mentioning Trump’s idiocy and Woody being very “OH, don’t discount him, he’s very shrewd” for several minutes was painfully a few steps behind everyone else’s awareness of the situation.

circa1916, Saturday, 19 October 2019 00:50 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

Brad Pitt & Leo DiCaprio interview is fun — they totally get off on what a kook he is, which makes it much more fun

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 January 2020 21:51 (four months ago) link

fun fun ugh

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 January 2020 21:51 (four months ago) link

Pitt to Maron: “I’m here just to see you lose your shit.”

... (Eazy), Monday, 6 January 2020 22:54 (four months ago) link

Who are Leo's guys?

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 6 January 2020 22:57 (four months ago) link

I like the dynamic between them in interviews in general, they have a kinda older brother/little brother feel

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 January 2020 23:26 (four months ago) link

I was off Maron for a long tie, but I listened to & enjoyed this and the Brittany Howard one.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:24 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Ronan Farrow: I listen to audiobooks.
Maron: I don’t.
Farrow: You find it takes something away?
Maron: I don’t know where everyone finds the time, man. It’s not a matter of taking it away.
Farrow: So you’re not reading the physical books, either.

... (Eazy), Friday, 21 February 2020 02:42 (three months ago) link

Imagining Farrow starting what is going to be an hour-plus interview and realizing at the start that Maron hasn’t cracked the book.

... (Eazy), Friday, 21 February 2020 03:04 (three months ago) link

Maron: I don't think I know anything about the day-to-day work of a diplomat or even an ambassador.
Farrow: Well, Marc, I've got a book for you It's called War on Peace.
Maron: It's your book! I'll read it!
Farrow It's about the day-to-day work of diplomats and ambassadors.

... (Eazy), Friday, 21 February 2020 03:45 (three months ago) link

Ha how many interviews have started with people commenting on Marons book collection

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 21 February 2020 14:32 (three months ago) link

He's notoriously lazy about research, especially when he's scrolling through wikipedia of the IMDB credits of actors as they talk. That said, with two interviews a week and since the show seems to be just Marc and one editor, I don't know that I fault him for not reading multiple books for every guest. Doesn't bug me that much since he's still generally good at drawing out interesting conversations (NB - I haven't heard this Ronan one yet).

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 21 February 2020 14:36 (three months ago) link

on the one hand i dont fault him for not reading multiple books for every guest, but on the other hand like maybe that means he's not the guy to interview a bunch of authors

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Friday, 21 February 2020 14:53 (three months ago) link

He doesn’t, really. I still listen to nearly every one of these out of habit during commutes, even though it’s like 85% autopilot and the guests are getting thin. Enough engaging nuggets buried throughout to keep me there, I guess.

I’m mostly interested in the apparent marathon one he did with David Fincher that DF doesn’t want him to release and wants to re-do. Ultimate Very Much in Character.

circa1916, Saturday, 22 February 2020 01:08 (three months ago) link

Sounds like I should listen to Ronan Farrow on the Longform podcast this week instead.

jaymc, Saturday, 22 February 2020 06:22 (three months ago) link

Farrow’s as graceful as can be and his work and education experience are compelling if you haven’t heard him talk about them elsewhere. Maron’e main points of reference are Woody and whether he is Sinatra’s kid (not mentioned overtly), so it’s less fulfilling if you want to get why Farrow won the Pulitzer and was more or less tangled in espionage to get his stories to light.

... (Eazy), Sunday, 23 February 2020 00:34 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4dFCdWmN_c

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 29 March 2020 23:13 (two months ago) link

A masterpiece.

Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Monday, 30 March 2020 00:11 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Filmmaker Lynn Shelton (Marc’s girlfriend) passed away tragically the other day. Was not prepared to listen to the podcast posted this morning.

circa1916, Monday, 18 May 2020 13:29 (two weeks ago) link

as someone who cares a lot about marc after all these years, i was surprised and grateful to hear his voice this morning (i heard the news last week)

sean gramophone, Monday, 18 May 2020 14:33 (two weeks ago) link

He's stronger than he lets on. I'd be curled up in a shivering ball for a month.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 18 May 2020 14:47 (two weeks ago) link

Hadn't checked my feed, honestly didn't expect a new episode today. Wouldn't blame him for taking a break for a bit.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 18 May 2020 16:10 (two weeks ago) link

I just listened to this, recorded only a few days ago. Not only does she clearly lay out the timeline of the relationship with Marc, but ends the interview talking about not knowing how much time she has left and wanting to live her best life and make the world a better place—all speculatively, but given what happened soon after it's kinda haunting.

She seemed like such a dear heart.

This was such fun! Thanks for having me, Scott! https://t.co/eua1sgjc2I

— Lynn Shelton (@lynnsheltonfilm) May 13, 2020

Johnny Fever, Monday, 18 May 2020 16:50 (two weeks ago) link

ugh that really sucks

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 18 May 2020 17:02 (two weeks ago) link

I was relieved to hear Marc this morning, too. Everything about their relationship seemed honest and open, even up to the image of him rocking out with some music pros with her dancing along in the recording booth. I am crushed for him.

Fuck. Crying again.

TrumpPence a Bag (B.L.A.M.), Monday, 18 May 2020 17:45 (two weeks ago) link

Haven't listened and don't know if I can, but that's just awful.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 18 May 2020 18:30 (two weeks ago) link

It was heartbreaking to listen to that, but Lynn Shelton's infectious spirit in that WTF interview helped me to appreciate what a devastating loss Marc must be feeling. She wasn't at all the kind of person I would have expected him to find love with. And after all that they had each been through before they men, to have such a short time together. It's sadder than anything I can imagine.

punning display, Monday, 18 May 2020 19:15 (two weeks ago) link

before they MET

punning display, Monday, 18 May 2020 19:16 (two weeks ago) link

My God that episode is gutting

Jesus this is raw, my heart is broken for him.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 15:17 (two weeks ago) link

Just listened to the repost of the Fred Willard pod that he put up today. He sounded like he is working through it. I have to think that a guy who has been through so much, worked the program really hard for a very long time, is a very willing participant in therapy, and who is a generally open, intelligent and intellectually aggressive guy, he's got the tools to get through this. I hope he has the support in place - he's a good guy who gives a lot to others, even if he gets paid to do it.

It did sound like he's going to rely on a few interviews he's got in the can for the next week or so, and good for him. I cannot imagine going though what he's going through ever, but particularly right now.

TrumpPence a Bag (B.L.A.M.), Thursday, 21 May 2020 16:23 (one week ago) link


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