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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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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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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.