Comedy circles at SXSW were buzzing after a live taping of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. It seemed that the conversation between Maron and his guests had gone slightly off the rails when Maron cracked a joke that accidentally offended James Franco.
Maron had invited NPR’s Peter Sagal, who is the host of Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me, comedian Nate Bargatze, “Spring Breakers” director Harmony Korine and James Franco all to be part of a live recording of WTF at SXSW. Things were going swimmingly with Franco talking about gangsters with Miley Cyrus tattoos and whatnot until Maron asked Franco about “Freaks & Geeks.” Franco told Maron that he watched it again recently, but regretted that he took himself so seriously back then, to which Maron cracked, “Good thing you don’t do that anymore.” It’s a fairly traditional Maron quip, but Franco was unimpressed and appeared visibly uncomfortable.
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Maron talked to Huffington Post Comedy about the experience:
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