WTF with Marc Maron (it's a podcast)

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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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

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

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

President Keyes, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:12 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

President Keyes, Monday, 18 April 2011 23:16 (six years ago) Permalink

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

darragh, the irish maron

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 20 March 2017 01:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

When I listened to this regularly I TOTALLY listened to the intro because I was following Maron's parallel narrative. Now that I only listen to it occasionally, I usually skip the intro. Not always though!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 20 March 2017 02:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

I always listen to the intro because I can drop in and out of it while I work. Sometimes it's great, sometimes it's just noise until the interview starts.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 20 March 2017 03:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm always amazed by the pointlessness of the intros: Marin will tell you his preconceptions of the interview subject, then in the interview he'll tell the subject the same thing using the exact same words

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Monday, 20 March 2017 13:00 (eight months 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) Permalink

willful ignorance, more like

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

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

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

Kevin Pollack does a good job

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

xp Joe Rogan is great imo

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

^ otm

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

Paul Shaffer! should be good!

piscesx, Monday, 27 March 2017 11:56 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Kim Deal is amazing, hey that's not news but still. she sounds like Ruby Wax too. the stuff about Albini is great.

surprised this thread hadn't been updated much lately.

piscesx, Monday, 13 November 2017 22:45 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm scared to listen to the Kim Deal ep. Maron + woman who is a musician is a scary combo.

louise ck (milo z), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:54 (one week ago) Permalink

seemed like it was mostly "Do you remember this Boston thing? I do too!"

President Keyes, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:59 (one week ago) Permalink

^ yep, it was like 89% this, and then Marc repeatedly calling the Last Splash line up the original.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:02 (one week ago) Permalink

also attempts to remember Boston things that neither actually could

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:05 (one week ago) Permalink

I tuned in but now I know why I never listen to this guy, he's terrible.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:37 (one week ago) Permalink


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