I’m a big fan of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast and I’ve spent weeks binging on his numerous interviews with famous comedians and celebrities. After a while, I started to notice some patterns with the way he deals with his guests, and I took down some notes.
Below is my interpretation of every WTF with Marc Maron.
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00:00:44 – Maron begins a rant.
00:02:17 – A cat is mentioned.
00:08:21 – The rant’s length becomes uncomfortable.
00:10:33 – Maron plugs a product.
00:12:29 – The interview begins.
00:14:07 – Maron defends/apologizes for his garage.
00:15:15 – The guest comes out of the closet and/or there is a brief discussion about vitamins.
00:16:54 – Maron finally tells the audience who he’s talking to.
00:17:05 – The guest is surprised to learn that Maron had been recording all this time.
00:19:09 – Maron asks for the guest’s age. Then states whether he is younger or older than the guest.
00:22:38 – Maron admits to a false preconception of the guest, and that when he said the guest was sad/angry/pretentious/selfish that he was merely “projecting.”
00:24:35 – Maron talks about the guest’s “trajectory.”
00:26:47 – Maron asks if the guest is Jewish.
00:28:43 – Maron identifies with the guest’s dysfunctional family past or acknowledges that he is unable to understand the guest’s well adjusted life.
00:29:02 – Maron confesses that his mother had an eating disorder and his father was manic-depressive.
00:31:57 – Maron admits that he doesn’t know much about British comedy.
00:34:01 – Maron plugs A&E Hoarders and his conflicting emotions with the show.
00:35:52 – Maron wonders briefly if he is a hoarder too.
00:37:20 – The guest mentions Lorne Michaels.
00:37:25 – Maron tells the story about the one time he met Michaels.
00:39:25 – Maron is disappointed to not learn anything new about Michaels from the guest.
00:40:12 – If you’re the kind of guest who smashes things on stage with a large hammer, this is when you can walk off.
00:44:01 – Maron considers the guest’s experience with his/her own children to reevaluate whether or not he wants to have a child with his girlfriend.
00:51:59 – Maron introduces his rapid-fire “Yeah-yeah-yeah” to the conversation.
00:53:34 – If the guest is a comedian who has returned to defend his reputation, this is where the guest offers a half apology without fully taking any responsibility for what he’s done.
00:57:29 – Like a Raymond Carver story, an epiphany is reached.
01:04:53 – Maron asks, “Are we good?”
01:13:37 – The guest is surprised/disappointed that the interview was/wasn’t therapeutic.
01:15:41 – Maron thanks the guest.
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