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Jun 7, 2010 26

He may be one of the biggest movie stars in the world, but Ben Stiller is not above sitting in the garage at the Cat Ranch for a chat with Marc about show biz, parents, rivalries, Apatow, anxieties and, of course, Heat Vision & Jack.

26 Comments
  • over four years ago
    Jeff Tweedy
    i thought everything about this was fantastic. whether wordfucking or starfucking i like to watch (and listen) so consider me well-sated! keep up the good work Marc Maron!
  • four and a half years ago
    ian
    I agree with GM about the picture but did he have to use the word "sycophantic" ? Although your point about Maron is made, you came off sounding magniloquent. (Big words rule!!!)
  • four and a half years ago
    Morgana T Scozzafava
    Two things:

    1) Ben Stiller is not funny. He suffers from "think to much" ism. Always has. His parents are icons, filled with comic ability. And perhaps expectations and opportunities for him were never the right fit for his talent, which IS...straight acting, ironically enough. (His work in Permanent Midnight was subtle, intricate and believable.) But the biz is apparently not interested and he apparently is not willing/allowed to pursue his real strengths.

    2) Marc should be kept as far away as possible from "stars," and gate-keepers. His reflex in such situations is to alternate between inane toadyism and flashes of compulsive envy. Which is NOT what we love about him. (The Robin Williams interview kept that to a minimum but that was an exception to this general rule.)

    Shows like the brilliant IRELAND episode (together with his best monologue/cri de couers on things like pitching the E Channel) are where Marc's creative fire, taste and interviewing skills shine.

    I notice that he listens more and analyzes better when he is around peers who have less celebrity baggage, like Maria Bamford or Des Bishop.

    Despite my criticisms, I've listened to every podcast and if I had two nickels to rub together, I'd subscribe just as a vote of support. In fact, I vow to do it as soon as circumstances permit and recommend and forward the shows to my friends quite often.

    Sorry about all the backhandedness. I like Marc when he's on his game and think he actually represents something existentially relevant for Mid Life Crisis suffers everywhere.

    Plus he's funny.
  • four and a half years ago
    LATaurus
    It's amazing the ridiculous shit people will complain about... in a free product, no less.

    Brendan your defense of Marc and the "star fucking pictures" was very eloquent.

    I enjoyed hearing that Ben had to work for the parts he got, and that opportunities weren't just handed to him on account of who his parents are.

  • four and a half years ago
    Tim
    Thanks Brendon,

    I BOUGHT A MANGRATE!!

    as I grill all the time, this is exactly what i need!!

  • four and a half years ago
    Brendan
    FYI to all commenters -

    Posts with ad hominem or otherwise derogatory attacks on other commenters will not be published.

    That is all.
  • four and a half years ago
    Solomon Raabe
    The main "jist" of what was said here is that you both have a great respect for what you do, nice interview, can't wait for the next one, Thank You Mark.
  • four and a half years ago
    Brendan
    Hey Tim -

    Nathan can be reached at nathanrules(at)gmail.com.

  • four and a half years ago
    Steve C.
    Hi Marc, I dug the show. Ben Stiller's an interesting guy: was good in a good movie this year ("Greenberg"), child of famous comedian/actors, ran with Odenkirk/Janeane/ Apatow, directed the terrible Jim Carrey in his only good movie ("The Cable Guy", which also helped stunt Carrey's plot to take over the world when it didn't do well at the B.O. b/c it was 'too dark'), has never really embarrassed himself in the gossip world...sure, made a few crowd-pleasing airplane movies like the Fockers and Museum movies (the latter written by The State alum Tom Lennon and Robert Ben Garant), directed 'Heat Vision and Jack', plus "Tropic Thunder" was way better than expected and soon to be classic comedy from this era, "Zoolander"/"Starsky and Hutch"/"Mystery Men"were decent if not ripping funny, "Zero Effect"/"Flirting with Disaster" were better than decent and actually dark and quirky...what ze fuck is all the hatred spewing from these posters? That you, Marc, didn't have any resentment toward him? Did he enjoy himself too much talking to a pleasant and interesting comic actor who's also famous? Yeah, I can just hear you nattering nabobs of negativism when Marc's star arrives: "yeah, he used to be cool when he was angry and bitter but now that he's happy I just don't get him...fuck him". No. Fuck you. BTW, do you know why Marc has to pay billzzzz? Because he's an adult, not a child, and adults...one of the things they have to do, sonny, is pay bills. That helps them live independent adult lives. That is life. Good day.
  • four and a half years ago
    Fred
    Awesome show with Ben. I manage a video game store and on Sundays I always listen to WTF after we close. Your show is getting better and better every week. The Mencia shows were unbelievable. Even when you interview someone I haven't yet heard of it is always a great interview. I love that you are honest about your feelings as I can relate to most of them. You say things I wish I could. Thanks for doing your show.
  • four and a half years ago
    GuruOne
    Great POD, Marc-ie Marc :P

    (You are on the up'n'up... ie. better than TV ;)
  • four and a half years ago
    Blake
    That was entertaining
  • four and a half years ago
    Tim
    Great art, is Nathan available to do work for us What the Fuckniks?

    I would love a picture of my dog in day glo orang or something. Does Nathan have a website???
  • four and a half years ago
    RobinRubbermaid
    Right, not knocking the pictures on aesthetic grounds (they look great), but I feel like they carry a whiff of clubbiness that doesn't jibe with the tone of the show. But business is business I guess, and if they get you more linkage, well then carry on.
  • four and a half years ago
    GM
    No slight intended on Nathan, Marc or the podcast. It's my favorite thing on the internet. I just don't think the 'hey, look at me with X!' logos are necessary. They kinda seem beneath Marc. As you say, he's the star.
  • four and a half years ago
    Brendan
    Time for me to stick up for the awesome Nathan Smith who does our artwork. He is, indeed, awesome.

    Our logo? That's Nathan, too. Yeah, you guessed it. Awesome.

    In our dream world, WTF would have unlimited resources and we would be able to commission Nathan to do artwork for every show and every guest.

    In this imperfect world, we can commission special artwork for episodes that will receive a large amount of linkage and third-party coverage.

    And in Marc's world, yes, these are "starfucking pics." Except Marc is the star and everyone is fucking him.
  • four and a half years ago
    RobinRubbermaid
    Agree with GM, the starfucking pics are kinda lame. Reminds me of that scene in Fletch: "Wow, you and Tommy Lasorda." [punches photo] "I hate Tommy Lasorda."
  • four and a half years ago
    GM
    I don't like the 'special' photos of Marc with celebrity guests. Too sycophantic. If you're going to do those photos, I'd love to see them with all the guests, not just the extra famous ones.
  • four and a half years ago
    Jeremy
    wow, Ben's balls must be sore from Marc swinging so hard.
  • four and a half years ago
    Monkey the Cat
    Another great podcast!
    Love the paranoid self-loathing for nothing.
    Maybe he'll put you in 'Night at the Museum 6'!

    PS-By the time you read this, I pissed in the house twice. POW!.....
  • four and a half years ago
    DickM
    I liked the interview but I am REALLY sick of Hollywood stars saying "You know" in EVERY SENTENCE!

    I can imagine how embarassing it is when it gets pointed out, but it's something they really should deal with aggressively because it's terrible to hear and lowers my opinion of the talker. Talking for them is meant to help people like them - but it does the opposite when they do that. You know??
  • four and a half years ago
    milly
    hmmmmm "happy writes white "
    nice guy , great career , everything is peachy .
    more tormented comics pleez !
  • four and a half years ago
    Michael
    WTF! Ben Stiller!



    WTF!
  • four and a half years ago
    chomskyfan
    excellent episode, great actor who I don't tire of (yet I tire of a LOT of big blockbusters) he was great in Permanent Midnight, he really should do more serious roles in the future. Much more success with him.
  • four and a half years ago
    Joe Tily
    Hey Marc, WTF? Ben Stiller? cool man! cant wait to listen to this tonight. I loved Cable Guy and Zoolander was an inspired piss-take. He was great with Gervais in Extras too. I also downloaded the first premium episode and it was well worth it - Todd Barry and Greg Giraldo are fuckin' great. Hope you do a full episode with Greg sometime . . . .
  • four and a half years ago
    Neil
    I just downloaded and haven't listened yet, but another great picture for this episode.