May 1, 2012 Leave a comment
A huge part of wisdom is to understand really well the problem, rather than understanding the answer. Maybe the answer is to understand the problem.
- Gil Fronsdal, “Letting Go: Clinging and Peace”
progressive politics and regressive entertainment. like peanut and butter.
April 10, 2012 Leave a comment
This American Life’s recent episode “Take the Money and Run” does one of he things that TAL does so well, which is to combine investigative reporting with compelling storytelling. If you’re interested in the details of political fundraising — not just who raises how much, but how, for example, the check is actually handed over — then this is the show for you.
I do take slight issue with how they initially present the old “two sides of the argument” argument.
April 7, 2012 3 Comments
Live episodes of WTF with Marc Maron usually involve multiple guests, but for a recent show taped at South By Southwest, the exclusive guest was Jeffrey Tambor, of The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development, and other works done before my time. Like …And Justice For All. I just learned about …And Justice For All.
April 3, 2012 Leave a comment
Michael Cera was a recent guest on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. It wasn’t one of Maron’s harder-hitting interviews and Cera seemed cognizant of that, and almost desirous of being angst-ridden in a way that, for example, stand-up comedian Todd Glass was when Glass came out on Maron’s podcast.
For his part, Maron didn’t seem to be irked by Cera’s innocence in the way that other unscarred individuals can actually provoke Maron. Perhaps it’s the new, gentler Marc Maron, buoyed by the recent news that IFC will be producing ten episodes of a TV series starring the WTF host.
March 30, 2012 6 Comments
I want to finally finish The Hunger Games book before seeing the movie, but stand-up comedian Doug Benson suggests that I shouldn’t be in such a rush. A frequent segment on his Doug Loves Movies podcast is “Watch This Not That.” This week’s installment:
The number one movie in the country is The Hunger Games, the least exciting movie about children trying to kill each other that I have ever seen. The number two movie is 21 Jump Street, the funniest adaptation of a TV show that wasn’t funny that I have ever seen. So watch Jump Street not Hunger Games.
This has been “Watch This Not That.”
I like Doug, but still plan on watching both, although my attempt to avoid the excess of Hunger Games buzz is obviously starting to fail.
March 21, 2012 Leave a comment
One of the main reasons I keep up with Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast is that, when he interviews fellow comedians, I get a much better sense of how they think. Other shows can give me their biographies or allow them to do a routine or two, but with Maron doing his thing, I tend to get a sense of how they function, as both people and performers. That was definitely the case with his recently released interview with Fred Willard.
March 7, 2012 Leave a comment
Paul Gilmartin is a stand-up comedian who was, until recently, the host of Dinner and a Movie on TBS. No, I never saw it. Gilmartin only came onto my radar last week as the guest on the WTF podcast with Marc Maron.
Gilmartin’s appearance led me to check out his own podcast, The Mental Illness Happy Hour. It’s quite common in the podcast world for hosts to become guests and guests to become hosts, and Maron was a guest last year when the two comedians discussed the constitution of comedy.