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Feb 28, 2011

Marc travels into the California desert to meet Paul Krassner, who represents about a half century of counter-culture comedy. Paul talks about his writing in The Realist magazine and his work with Lenny Bruce, giving context to the tumult (and humor) of the 1960s. And, as an added bonus, Paul recounts the time he acid-tripped with Groucho Marx.

18 Comments
  • eight and a half years ago
    James J
    Steve: Paul Krassner is one of the most relevant and influential people to modern American humor and we are lucky he is alive to tell his amazing stories. You can choose not to recognize this because of your ignorance of or disdain for the era he's from and ideas he espouses, but your shortfalls don't detract from his amazing legacy. Famous or not, he has helped shape modern satire to a huge degree and this is simply a fact, not my opinion. he is not 'just a man' like you or me-- he is way more interesting, intelligent, talented and motivated than you, and certainly more motivated than me :)
  • almost nine years ago
    Alasdair
    You could do another 3 hours with Krassner. You barely got to scratch the surface
  • almost nine years ago
    J Cav
    http://www.ep.tc/realist/
    All of Krassner's The Realist online and free, read Lenny Bruce, LBJ sex acts etc.
  • almost nine years ago
    Cat_Admirer
    Thanks, admin. Phew, for a minute there (given this particular episode, especially) I thought I was gonna hafta get all "come is a verb, to is a preposition" on yo' ass. :D
  • almost nine years ago
    Brown
    At 40:00 minutes in: "You know, like onions of a layer" --Classic Grandpa Talk.
  • almost nine years ago
    Steve Hatchett
    Sorry man, I just don't think any man (or era) should be idealized/idolized. Krassner is not a great man; he's only a man.
  • almost nine years ago
    Harry Ceword
    Sorry to hear that you had to travel to the ass-hole of the world, AKA-Desert Hot Springs. The smell of meth is in the air.
  • almost nine years ago
    admin
    Cat_Admirer

    We had a spam attack of over 700 posts on this page yesterday. We purged everything. Sorry if yours was in there.
  • almost nine years ago
    Cat_Admirer
    Wow, did my comment get nixed or just lost in the e-ther? Huh. (Was it that I drew attention to the fact that the first comment on deck after a counter-culture interview involves a list of people worth shooting?) If this one makes it through, I should also like to add that I enjoyed Krassner's sense of humor. "Remember pubic hair?" even caught Marc napping.
  • almost nine years ago
    LM
    Very interesting interview! Enjoyed it a lot. Agree that "dropping acid with Groucho" is classic.

    @Steve: When did that change?
  • almost nine years ago
    DA
    i'm still sort of reeling from the amazing Carl LaBove episode. this was quite nice. Krassner has a really cool book well worth reading
    Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in Counter-Culture.
  • almost nine years ago
    Dan Buskirk
    What era was there where people DIDN'T want to get laid? It's ridiculously reductive to define the 1960's like that.
  • almost nine years ago
    Steve Hatchett
    I wouldn't romanticize that era too much. I think most of the people involved just wanted to get laid.
  • almost nine years ago
    Dan Buskirk
    Nice to see you stretching beyond the world of stand-up. "Dropping acid with Groucho" is a classic story.
  • almost nine years ago
    Joe Tily
    ". . . i think the Viet Cong should get SOME credit . . ." Great show Marc - I'm a bit of an old hippy so i found it very interesting. Now you need to track down Gilbert Shelton and interview him . . . i would love to hear the inside story of the Rip Off Press . . .
  • almost nine years ago
    Brad in Ohio
    Excellent work, Maron. This should have been a two-part episode.
  • almost nine years ago
    Alien Quaker
    Way to go Marc! Another fine interview from yet another piece of the comedy spectrum. Thank you for what you do. With love from Holland.
  • almost nine years ago
    First Time Caller
    Why is it will all that is going on in America that we have no true counter culture today? Hoffman once said, "Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon." Good god, how the list has grown.
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