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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.

Louie
FX

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

Kevin McDonald
Broadway Video

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

Chelsea Handler
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

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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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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