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Top 5 Most Awkward WTF with Marc Maron Episodes

Things get awkward for Marc Wednesday at 9P on a brand new Maron.

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The beautiful thing about Marc Maron is that he has no filter. As a podcaster, he will go where the conversation takes him, even if he ends up in a very uncomfortable place. The only rule is to keep it honest. This often results in some illuminating (and downright hysterical) interviews. But every now and again things can go off the rails. Here are a few times that Maron and the guests on his WTF podcast just didn’t click, with downright awkward results.

5. Episode 111/112: Louis C.K.

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Louis C.K and Maron were close friends in the ’80s, as they were both getting their start in the world of stand-up. Over the years, they drifted apart, as Marc found himself unable to get over the jealousy of his more successful friend. Maron, in fact, actually asked Louis to stop calling him at one point, because he felt like all they did was talk about how well his career was going. Over the course of this classic two-parter, Louis and Marc hash out what drove them apart, and Maron for the first time is forced to confront his role in it. A fascinating episode exploring friendship, resentment and reconciliation, it’s one of the more honest conversations you’ll ever hear between two people in the limelight. (Click here to listen to the episodes.)


4. Episode 477: Kevin Macdonald/Kevin McDonald

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When Marc’s assistant asked him if he wanted to interview Kevin McDonald, he leapt at the chance. A fan of Kids in the Hall, he’d already interviewed Dave Foley and was eager to talk to another member of the seminal Canadian comedy troupe. But when a man showed up at his door claiming to be “Kevin Macdonald,” some sort of director, Marc panicked. Hiding in another room, he frantically researched the man, who turned out to be the director of The Last King of Scotland. Not wanting to be rude, he went ahead with the interview, which turned out fairly well all things considered. Realizing he had time to fill, he quickly lined up an interview with the other Kevin McDonald, so he could release the two as a very unique double episode. (Click here to listen to the episode.)


3. Episode 716: Chelsea Handler

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Chelsea Handler’s first spot on WTF produced some awkward fireworks. With her second visit to The Cat Ranch, Maron hoped things would go a bit more smoothly. Unsurprisingly, they didn’t. It’s not that Chelsea and Marc ever overtly argue — they just fight a passive aggressive battle, insulting each other between laughs, until it’s hard to tell what’s a joke and what’s meant to be genuinely rude. Chelsea finds Marc’s love of cats to be emasculating. She mocks his equipment, his snacks, the noise his shoes make and at one point the entire country of Russia. Marc points out it’s a good thing that Chelsea is such a generous person, because otherwise she would be “a f–king monster.” Basically, this interview consists of Chelsea calling Marc a p—y over and over again, until they both agree to just call it a day. (Click here to listen to the episode.)


2. Episode 76: Carlos Mencia

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Probably the most famous episode in WTF history, Marc interviewed Mind of Mencia star Carlos Mencia, having a perfectly pleasant chat about comedy, and people’s misconceptions of the controversial comedian. It was only after the interview was done that Marc started to feel like he’d been played. He quickly set up a follow-up interview, where he confronted the stand-up on joke stealing accusations, charges of racism and his habit of bumping comedians at clubs as a show of power. Mencia tried his best to answer honestly, but the interview ended up exposing him as something of a fraud, derailing his career and helping launch Maron’s into the stratosphere. (Click here to listen to the episode.)


1. Episode 145: Gallagher

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Famous prop comic Gallagher, best known for smashing watermelons with a hammer, was clearly ill prepared for the type of interview Marc likes to conduct. With the news surrounding Gallagher in recent years turning sour, with reports of homophobic and racist behavior, Maron was clearly there to see what happened to this strange performer whose heyday had long since past. Gallagher, in the meantime, clearly thought of himself as a provocative and powerful voice in comedy who was speaking truth to power and was being punished for it. When these wildly different perspectives clashed, it resulted in one of the most hilariously awkward and angry interviews in WTF history.

Between talking crap about former colleagues, and theorizing that he was passed over for talk show fame by Leno and Letterman because he had to tour too much, Gallagher’s mood starts to darken. When Maron brings up his penchant for homophobic and racist jokes, Gallagher insists he’s never written one. He just tells other people’s jokes, and some may happen to be offensive. The interview ends with Gallagher screaming and storming out, as Maron is left to utter the now immortal phrase, “Oh c’mon, Gallagher!” The entire episode only lasts a half an hour, but there’s never been another one like it. (Click here to listen to the episode.)

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Reality? Check.

Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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G.I. Jeez

Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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