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WTF with Marc Maron may be the one and only podcast which I regularly listen to despite not being a huge fan of the host. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t hate him or anything, and I’ll explain more soon. In any case, it’s a fantastic listen every time.
Obviously, WTF stands for “what the fuck”. It’s a general description that matches not only the show’s function, asking “wtf is up with you” to the many guests, but also to the kind of answers Maron tends to get from the people he talks to, which often end up getting news stories of their own based on the information they reveal. This is especially true as he often interviews guests promoting things – he recently had writer and director Tony Gilroy on, and he talked about Andor, and subsequently, snippets from that interview ended up on various news sites.
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He also brings big guests, and I mean big. His website about page lists guests such as Barack Obama, Nicole Kidman, and the late Robin Williams. Recently he’s hosted people like Ridley Scott, Armando Iannucci, Elizabeth Banks, Ralph Macchio, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, and Christina Ricci. That’s a fairly stacked line-up without getting into older episodes with folks like George Clooney, Steve Buscemi, Jane Goodall, Steven Soderbergh, and Quentin Tarantino.
As I mentioned at the beginning, maybe the thing I like least about the podcast is the host. Marc Maron is a writer and critic, and comedian, and he has appeared in shows like GLOW and movies like Joker and has appeared many times on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The thing is that it sometimes feels like he doesn’t pay attention to the guests sometimes, and self-admittedly he goes for a “stream of consciousness” style and comes off as sometimes ignorant and annoying. But he seems to get some great stories out of his guests, so maybe he should just keep being like that.
WTF with Marc Maron is available here.and from other podcast providers.