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Untitled Podcast Project: The Review

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First episode of my untitled podcast project. This episode is called “The Review.”  It features a short story and a post show discussion with my brother Jeff and Drummer Dave. Topics include the show we just played in Nottingham, UK, Lou Reed and a review by the music critic Robert Christgau on NPR’s All Things Considered. It features music by My Two Toms, Ghostman & Sandman, The Teardrop Explodes and Lou Reed.

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I’ve been listening to the WTF podcast for around 7 months I think. And telling people about it and discussing it. Why no one has told me about this episode is crazy.

So I’m telling you. Not sure it’ll strike everyone. It’s an intense 70 minutes. That really gets cooking 30 minutes in. Like the best WTFs it had parallels with my own life that were striking and helpful.

I’d never heard of the guest Carl.

Here is the episode description: “Comedian Carl LaBove was Sam Kinison’s best friend and opening act. Sam died in his arms. He talks with Marc about that night, as well as his wild early days at The Comedy Store. Plus, he shares in detail his attempts to get his life back after he found out a secret of Sam’s that turned everything upside down.”

I’m not a Kinison fan, I’m not very familiar with his work. I mostly know him as the guy who was on Married With Children and everyone thought was great. But really I don’t know his comedy. It doesn’t matter. It’s a hell of an interview.

Below are some comments from the WTF comment page:

  • Holly Gee 5 Days Ago

    to hear Carl is to remember grace & forgiveness. It was a wild time… So many crazy, brutal realities resolved. Nice to see you put your ghosts to rest, and for Carl to show us what compassion is all about. I remember that Malibu bust… Whew! Hard to believe how out loud they lived.

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I first heard about Marc Maron’s show WTF when I read the NY Times feature about it. I suppose that means I was late to the party. I wasn’t even familiar with Maron as a host on Air America years earlier (or any of his past credits) I listen to a lot of podcasts when I tour with my brother’s band. We have long drives and podcasts are perfect. Although my brother really dislikes them, the drummer enjoys them and he and I do lots of the driving so we force them on.

For anyone who wants more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Maron


Our usual podcasts for tour were mostly NPR affairs: This American Life, RadioLab, Fresh Air,The Brian Leher Show, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, etc.

Then there was Savage Love, The Sound Of Young America, Judge John Hodgman.

I’d been interested in getting into comedy a few years ago so the WTF podcast really appealed to me, long intimate conversations with comedians, comedy writers and other entertainers.

I forget what the first episode I heard was, but I remember Marc talking quite a bit about a relationship that had ended recently. It was good stuff. Honest, entertaining, peppy.

It’s a form of therapy for Marc, for the guest and the listener. Some shows/conversations are better than others.

To pass the time on tour I’ve decided to try to comment on the different episodes I liked and didn’t like.

(This is a little odd since it’s like being at a dinner party and listening in on different conversations and judging them, but what ever)

The only problem is I save the episodes I like and erase the one’s I don’t. But still I will try.

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