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Top 5 Most Awkward WTF with Marc Maron Episodes

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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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Universal Television

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

Mind of Mencia
Comedy Central

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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The Brockmire Premiere Is All Truth

Watch The First Episode of Brockmire Right Now for Free

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At long last, the Brockmire pre-premiere has arrived. Which means you can watch it right now—on IFC.com, at Funny Or Die, on IFC’s Apple TV and mobile apps, on Youtube, on Facebook, on the AMC apps, and right here. So grab some headphones and get watching.

No seriously, get headphones.

Because whether he’s giving a play-by-play or ruminating on the world around him, Jim Brockmire calls it like he sees it. And how he sees it is very NSFW. His take on life is actually quite refreshing, even to the point of being profoundly sage. For proof just look at these pearls of unconventional wisdom from the premiere…

Brockmire On The Internet

“If I need porn I just buy a nudie mag, like my father and his father before him.”

Brockmire On Sex-Ed

“Kids, a strap-on is a belt with d— on it that mommies use to f— daddies.”
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Brockmire On The Perfect High

“Somewhere between 10 cups of coffee and very low-grade cocaine.”
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Brockmire On The Tardiness of Spring

“Old man winter’s reaching his hand inside your coat to give that thing one more squeeze.”

Brockmire On Keeping Perspective

“I thought I hit rock bottom in a handicap restroom in Bangkok where a Thai lady-boy snorted crank off my johnson while a sunburnt German watched us on the toilet”
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Brockmire On Humanity

“If you want to look directly into the gaping maw of oblivion, don’t look up to the heavens. Just look in the mirror.”
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See these nuggets and more in the first episode of Brockmire, and see the whole season beginning April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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