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Jan 3, 2011 23

Don't worry if you were a little hungover on New Year's Day. Comedian Bobby Lee has a story to share that puts most embarrassing substance-abusing anecdotes to shame. Plus, Marc rings in the New Year with advice from German spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. This goes about as well as you would guess. This episode is sponsored by Men of a Certain Age on TNT.

23 Comments
  • three and a half years ago
    Susan Cook
    I'm such a fan, Marc, but I came in late to your podcasts so I'm trying to backtrack and this one is so good I had to leave a comment.

    He's right about your laugh-- like a warm blanket. I liked that Bobby Lee could talk to you like it was only you and he that would ever hear it. It felt like I was eavesdropping. He tells one hell of a story and it's good to know he fought the fight of addiction and kicked its ass.

    Keep putting it out there and we'll keep listening and telling others to as well.

  • three and a half years ago
    michelle moen
    hi Marc,
    i LOVE this episode! well, i love all your podcasts and have been listening since the beginning but this one inparticular was so great. maybe it was the day i had when i listened or maybe it was just because you are getting better and better with each podcast, but this is one of my top 5's. :) so glad to you have you in my ears.
  • almost four years ago
    Adz
    I always thought MAD TV started strong and then got weaker and more diluted and frankly, more racist with time.. but Bobby Lee always was a highlight. He had a manic energy about him.. and now hearing the stuff he was dealing with at the time.. makes sense. Why does adversity create such great comedy? Really enjoyed this episode Marc, thanks.
  • almost four years ago
    Joe Haveson
    Yes - Conway - I see what you mean, and once again, I see that I did not make myself clear, and I failed to credit your point. Let me try again...also, I apologize for the condescending tone.

    I live in a tiny old ghost town with thirty other folks who surely felt they did not ‘need’ anyone, or any relationships, in order to be happy - as it is very unlikely that any of us were going to meet anyone, way out here in the desert, in a dead mining ghost town, to begin a new relationship with. When we get together for a meal, or a water board discussion, it is very obvious that us 'single' folk revel in companionship, and although we are a cranky old bunch, (mostly older males of the ex-blue collar, and once married variety) we put aside our feuds and cheer right up - our returning visitors will attest to this.

    We are all suffering from past failed relationships, and we all spend way too much time alone -- and though some of us fight against the tide - there is a certain 'hopelessness' that is going on. This is an unspoken thing. It is sometimes lightheartedly acknowledged, but as with America’s failed economy - no one has 'the answers' we seek.

    Now to the point. I am certain that our system of capital-ism, and neo-liberal-ism, together with our failed media industrial WAR machine, is the culprit. It throws away its older workers, and it inculcates us all with false ideas of 'retirement' and ‘individuality’ as some form of ‘reward’, which leaves many of us all alone, staring at monitors, T.V.'s, and gadgets. And above all, it has created a nation of uncooperative and difficult individuals -who have dreamy, idealistic, yet entirely unworkable concepts of community and friendship.

    As you noted, people are friendly, but fail to 'be' each others friends, in a full-filling and deep way- leaving each other at risk of leading very lonely lives.

    I suppose that is why I find my 'alone' time to be so important - yes - it is easier to be alone in the wilderness, rather than in a crowd. Hence, that is, as you point out, how I react to the reality of loneliness. To study ‘being - alone’ has been my reaction. Yes, it hurts to be left out, and to watch others -suffering alone.

    The only answer I know, is to engage each person,
    who will allow me to do so, with as much energy as I can muster. Engagement . . . that is my hope!

    That, as I see it, is the great success of WTF, and Marc's approach to comedy, also.

  • almost four years ago
    Conway
    Glad it resonated with you Joe H. Though, I dont think Rich had an issue with being alone. From what I know, he, as with myself are very comfortable with spending large amounts of time alone. Its the being lonely that hurts and when no one can fix it for you, you react.

    "Some people will be friendly but, they'll never be your friend. Sometimes this has bent me to the ground." Another quote I took from Rich (his life just made a lot of sense to me) Its the being lonely not, being alone. Being alone can be nice because you avoid being reminded of your loneliness.

    On a personal issue dealing with note, I just ordered the book, "How to be an Adult" from Amazon. Wish me luck! haha I still dont know how to be one.
  • almost four years ago
    texasbob
    dude i sent you an email and spelled your name with a "k". mark. i'm sure that's why you didn't respond. sorry. but seriously who'd of thought bobby lee would be so fucking deep? and to know he shat himself on the set of mad tv makes me realize that its possible to pick yourself up following any horrendous event. i think that was some backed up bad karma for beating up his mom. beat up your mom? shit yourself on the set of a nationally aired television show.
  • almost four years ago
    haterade
    So far, these podcasts are great. Keep up the good work!
  • almost four years ago
    Susan Ryan
    Marc, the world keeps turning. Don't let the spin get you down. In the beginning it was a little shaky. Your genuine love of comedy and uncommon attempt to live honestly has made this my favorite podcast. Bobby Lee is a funny man.

    Compassion.
  • almost four years ago
    Joe H
    Conway - that is a great quote...thanks for sharing it.

    I also have found that 'friendship' is not going to end a feeling of 'loneliness'; especially if said loneliness is pervasive and depressing in the first place. I would guess that the deep loneliness Rich Mullins references, is part of a larger issue of 'the fear of being alone'.

    Once, not all that long back, it was a rite of passage, for most human to experience being all alone - because in the end, and before we are born, that is our permanent state. And it is truly our greatest fear. A week of backpacking across the wild plain, a time on the open seas in a raft - delivering a message to the other tribe - going out into the wild to collect food - these were once required by the tribe as a rite of passage. Learning to love one's self is easier if it is part of one's training as a member of a small group. We have lost that now, in our new 'global' village.

    Our culture now requires an inculcation of a certain amount of fear of self ...and also a 'fear of the other'. These fears will keep the individual from standing up against the 'group' authority, as when it lies us into war...and allows our 'leaders' in media and politics to manufacture consent via group think/fear.

    We all need to learn to be alone for short times, without being 'lonely'...I recommend a trip into a national park wild place for a few days every year, as an exercise in taking 'care' of the 'lonely self' we all have...and yes, we do need to indulge our lonely selves a little.

    I also recommend, to all my neighbors and fellow humans, a little trip to WTF dot com; as a way to learn about self deprecation via conversation - humor as a method of growth - and being open to new ideas. Oh, and laughter too!

    Bravo Marc!
  • almost four years ago
    Conway
    This interview and Marcs honesty about what he is going through reminded me of myself and how my relationships are destroyed by me in one way or the other.

    A Rich Mullins quote has helped me to understand a lot of what I do in different relationships and to become aware of it. Its long but, hopefully not too long.

    "Even when I was engaged, even then -I had a ten-year relationship with this girl- and I would often wonder why, even in those most intimate moments of our relationship, I would still feel really lonely. And it was just a few years ago that I finally realized that friendship is not a remedy for loneliness. Loneliness is a part of our experience and if we are looking for relief from loneliness in friendship, we are only going to frustrate the friendship. Friendship, camaraderie, intimacy, all those things and loneliness live together in the same experience."

    Hope that might help someone. I did me.
  • almost four years ago
    Al
    One of the best interviewees, I think. He has a Dad who makes fun of his molestation, a mom once physically beat, and a brother who probably does something illegal with keys... my only complaint is that more of these stories should have been explored! I want to know how/if he resolved these family issues.

    Just a small complaint, otherwise fantastic interview.
  • almost four years ago
    Joe Tily
    ". . . can i throw her into the pool? . . ."

    Great episode Marc, Thanks. I'm now looking forward to seeing what Bobby gets up to in Simon Pegg's 'Paul'.

    POW! its a new year and i just shit my pants!!
  • almost four years ago
    Destiny
    Wow, this show was a doozy. I'm really glad Bobby Lee is doing so much better. Do let us know if you keep up with meditation, Marc!
  • almost four years ago
    not bobby lee
    i hate bobby lee
  • almost four years ago
    RabbidPuppy
    yo Bobby you ever hook up with that Crista Flanigan chick? :))

    Love the show!
  • almost four years ago
    fun
    marc this interview really blew me away. bobby lee is a great stand up and funny as hell. was great to hear some inside info about what life on a fox tv sketch show is really like (much worse than i imagined) and his take on meditation was genuinely eye opening for me.

    keep doing what youre doing marc. love you and the show!
  • almost four years ago
    arthur
    I used to watch Bobby Lee all the time on MadTV, I though he was a major player. "uh-oh hotdog!"
  • almost four years ago
    Joe H
    I just finished the podcast...just now. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I came here to praise both you, Marc, and Bobby Lee, for the great stories and the honesty.

    I had never heard of Bobby Lee. That is not unusual for me, as I am living completely outside of the 'American Cultural Experience'. I do not own a Television. I do not go to clubs, movies, concerts . . . not even restaurants. I live hundreds of miles from any 'city', in a ghost town in the desert. We have only a post office...no gas stations, no stores, no churches. When we need to go to market, we buy things online, or pool our resources and share the travel costs. I guess that qualifies us as not 'part of the culture', to a certain, small, extent.

    And maybe that helps explain how astounded I was after reading the first three comments.

    I download these podcasts, because I love what they are... and not because I expect the most 'famous' or the 'funniest' or 'most popular' comedians to be on these podcasts. It is how open these 'comedians' are with Marc, and how wise Marc is becoming through doing this work tht makes me keep coming back to WTF!

    Yes, I just read these silly snide judgments about Marc's guest...and so I guess I want to say this:

    That the market culture is corrupting the minds of the nitpickers - sometimes- and that I hope that the 'rising up, above the negativity' continues to happen!

    No wonder so many folks who try to 'succeed' are finding it difficult to get past all the drugs, all the issues with relationships, and all the mean spirited comments (above) and behaviors - (like the Fox producer that Bobby Lee encountered).

    To those who keep on plugging forward, and taking chances, like Bobby Lee, and you Marc, (Brendan too), I salute you, and your hard earned work!



  • almost four years ago
    Marc
    Zaxdfa: I just did asswod
  • almost four years ago
    Jim
    This was my first time listening, though I used to enjoy Marc on Air America. Great interview. I look forward to catching up in the archives.
  • almost four years ago
    Zaxdfa
    There are alot of funny asian comedians, when do you plan on interviewing them Maron?
  • almost four years ago
    Jeremy
    AWESOME episode, 'know what I mean'?
  • almost four years ago
    Brad in Ohio
    Into the Void Pool!