If you are a comedian and haven’t listened to the WTF Podcast yet, you need to seriously fucking start.
This podcast changed my life. OK, maybe not in an uber-di-duber-ly profound way, but knowing these podcasts exist and having them on my ipod always gives me something to look forward to. If I’m down, or if I’m feeling lonely/weird/questionable about myself, these always cheer me up and bring some sort of insight into comedy in general and how I feel about my place in it.
First of all, Marc Maron is amazing.
Also, he's hot.
He just is. He’s incredibly raw – the very best kind of raw that makes you feel his damn struggle in each moment in life. You cheer for him and you cringe for him, but he makes you feel like you are fucking there. He’s said before in his podcast that one of his personal struggles is being “not present” – but there’s seriously NO WAY I can listen to any one of his interviews and ever believe that. At least during the hour or so that he talks to each comedian in depth, he is 5 million percent there for his guest and his audience. It’s effing breathtaking. I’ve literally cracked up on the train listening to this guy. His insights are sharp as a goddamn laser and you get the impression he’s gotten whoever his interviewee is to open up as much as they possibly could. Things can get deep, but it’s also always fun to listen to.
Just go to the website or subscribe to his podcast on itunes. Pick your favorite comedian and start from there. You will be addicted and enlightened.
My Top 5:
5. Carlos Mencia – In this two-parter, Marc Maron tries to get to the bottom of arguably the most reviled comedian in the past few decades. From joke stealing to general douchebag-ery, Marc straight up confronts him – not in a Joe Rogan-way, but in the most journalistic-ally responsible way one comedian could ever talk to another. After the first interview seems contrived, Marc does a followup with people who have worked with Mencia and Mencia himself to find out what really made this man who he is today. It’s dark, it’s scary and it’s mind boggling.
4. Bobby Lee – This one’s dark too. I had NO freakin’ idea that Bobby Lee had been molested or been so heavy into drugs that he literally shat himself while filming a Connie Chung sketch on MADTV while having a Vicodin withdrawal. Yeah, I know…. I also loved his story about Deepak Chopra and tried the meditation exercise he describes in it. So far, so good.
3. Marga Gomez – It’s really cool to hear from a trailblazer who did solo shows waaay before everyone else was doing them. Again, the frankness is mind blowing. Superinteresting to hear from a comedian who could be considered a “minority” in every way: female, Latina and queer. Marc’s opening rant about his jeans is also pretty epic.
2. Louis CK – This is the two-parter that got me HOOKED on WTF. Not only is Louis CK probably the most revered guy working right now, you hear some pretty cool stuff about when he and Marc were part of the 90s “alt” boom. It also gets superpersonal as Marc confronts his own resentment/jealousy towards Louie.
1. Judd Apatow – Another two-parter that helped me feel infinitely less alone about being a kid who watched 8 hours of comedy on television a day. It’s amazing to hear a crazy successful filmmaker talk about everything from his writing process to how he feels he has to constantly read self help books in order to keep himself sane.
Again, please fucking check it out. You most likely will not be sorry. For non-comedians, this is still amazing shit to hear if you are at all interested in hearing from creative people spilling out their guts and demons. And it’s really just so consistently good.
And last of all, Marc Maron is fucking amazing.