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Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
Jay Leno appears quite comfortable being the "timeless, deathless supervillain of the late-night-talk-show universe"
On Marc Maron's WTF podcast this week, the former Tonight Show recalled his late-night wars with David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel -- whom he reconciled with last year. The interview is notable in that Maron is a Conan ally, having been a regular on Conan's talk shows since 1994. As Rob Harvilla notes, "both of Leno’s major Tonight Show transgressions are hilarious to even contemplate now. The context is collapsing. The Conan debacle is less than a decade old but feels positively ancient: You boys were arguing about time slots? And comprehending his original sin—beating out Letterman as (Johnny) Carson’s successor in ’92—depends on your ability to still view the two candidates as different species." Harvilla adds: "The whole Maron interview is spectacular ... Maron’s goal is to get his guest to express regret, to apologize, to grovel at the feet of his many haters, from Howard Stern to Conan himself. But Leno doesn’t need, or at least doesn’t want, a redemption narrative. 'Who do you tackle? The guy with the ball,' he explains, affable as ever in reliving all that criticism and outright enmity. 'The quarterback. And to me, The Tonight Show was the ball.' In the end, (Leno) was merely a victim of his outrageous success. And so were we." ALSO: Leno is tired of complaints over political correctness: "This is why I don't bitch about political correctness, because to me, times change. Change with the times or die."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Tina Fey and Rachel Bloom are changing the way female comics engage with "male gatekeepers"
Fey's recent appearance on David Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and Bloom's recent interview conducted by Marc Maron on his WTF podcast were remarkable, says Lili Loofbourow, because both interviews felt "thrillingly blunt." "Real cultural transformation is as laggy as its effects are subtle and hard to name, but the novelty is this: Neither Fey nor Bloom court Letterman’s or Maron’s approval," says Loofbourow. "In fact, Fey repeatedly rejects it. When Letterman raises Fey’s controversial August 'sheet-caking' bit (from SNL) and tries to declare it a success, she doesn’t let him, implicitly rejecting the authority he (just as implicitly) claims to pronounce her comedy good or bad. Both women are affable and funny interviewees, but when it comes time to indulge in the tired mutual-approval party these comedy chats so often become, Fey and Bloom refuse to participate. 'Well, dig into that. Why?' Bloom replies when Maron says he considers Crazy Ex-Girlfriend a 'guilty pleasure.' After describing for him plot points (including a suicide attempt) that Maron knew nothing about, Bloom pleasantly observes that shows written by and starring women tend to be dismissed as fluff—even after Maron, thinking aloud, admits he hadn’t thought the phrase through. It’s a small thing, but if you know the codes of etiquette these women operate under—and carefully dissect in their comedy—it’s pretty wild." ALSO: Tina Fey pitches Nicki Minaj a sketch idea in SNL promo.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Check out real estate photos of Marc Maron's house and famous garage
Source: Curbed Los Angeles
The G.L.O.W. star and WTF podcast host is selling his home in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles for $749,000.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Marc Maron is getting ready to move out of his famous WTF garage
Source: The New York Times
The garage in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles is where Maron considered ending his life, where he revived his career with his hit podcast, and where he's interviewed such big names as President Obama and, most recently, Jennifer Lawrence. It's the garage that led to Maron becoming a TV star, on shows like Maron and G.L.O.W., but over time it's also become too small and crowded. So he's moving to a new house with a new garage 10 miles away.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:57AM EST
Marc Maron: Louis CK denied the sexual misconduct rumors to me, and “I believed my friend”
“I knew what most people knew,” Maron said at the beginning of Monday’s WTF podcast episode, in addressing his longtime friend Louis CK's sexual misconduct revelations. Maron said he didn’t know the extent of his friend’s behavior until reading about it in The New York Times last week. Yet Maron said he once did broach the subject with Louis CK, asking about the published rumors, and CK would respond: "No, it's not true. It's not real. it's a rumor," Maron also pressed him on why he didn’t try to put a halt to the rumors. Maron pointed out that he knew one of the accusers, Rebecca Corey, but she never told him about her experience. The problem, he said, is that for women, “there was no place for them to go with these stories. It's f*cking sad.” Maron admitted his guilt and “man brain” with not having empathy for what women have experienced when it comes to harassment. Maron also revealed that he, too, was the victim of sexual harassment in college when a male teacher kissed him on the lips after they went to lunch. “My body went into paralysis,” he said of the experience. “It was almost like a leaving the body kind of moment… I felt bad, and I carried that confusion and shame for a while.” Maron said he won’t apologize for Louis CK’s behavior, but he’s sticking by him as a friend. “I’m disappointed in my friend,” said Maron. “He did some gross sh*t. Some damaging sh*t…He f*cked up, and he’s in big f*cking trouble. So what am I going to do? I’m going to be his friend.”
- Jon Stewart and Robert Smigel issued a statement on their friend Louis CK: “It’s obviously very upsetting, and we hope the victims are finding some solace. We’re thankful that the culture’s finally changing and allowing them to feel safe enough to speak out.”
- Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari and other comedians are still with Dave Becky, Louis CK’s (now) ex-manager, who is accused of trying to silence CK's victims.
- While Poehler and Ansari sharing a manager with Louis CK isn’t a crime, their silence on his behavior is particularly glaring
Posted Thursday 9/28/17 at 4:23PM EDT
Pete Davidson says he had never watched an SNL episode before joining the cast
“I never watched SNL before,” Davidson recalled to Marc Maron on his WTF podcast, in describing the audition process, which was the result of a recommendation from Bill Hader to Lorne Michaels. “Before I got the show, I didn’t know about it,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was, which is really bad to say… I didn’t grow up really watching it. I watched like SpongeBob…. Drake and Josh.” Davidson did admit that he had previously seen Will Ferrell’s Jeopardy! sketches on YouTube.
Posted Tuesday 9/26/17 at 5:44PM EDT
Pete Davidson says he has borderline personality disorder
Source: Us Weekly
The SNL star explained on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast that he wrongly thought his marijuana habit was to blame when, last year, “I started having these mental breakdowns where I would, like, freak out and then not remember what happened after. Blind rage." After going to rehab and months of sobriety, Davidson was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.