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Feb 3, 2011 48

Kids in the Hall. Newsradio. A Bug's Life. Now you can add Marc's Garage to Dave Foley's amazing list of credits. As Dave finds himself getting back into the stand-up game, he talks with Marc about his history in comedy, the roots of Kids in the Hall, and some turbulent times in his life. This episode is sponsored by Pro Flowers. Click here and enter WTF for a special offer on Valentine's Day roses.

48 Comments
  • two and a half months ago
    Nathan
    This is dumb. Who makes "premium" podcast episodes? Podcasts should be free. After seeing it pop up all over the place, this was the first, and also the last, time that I decided to check out the WTF Podcast.
  • over two years ago
    Goon Diapers
    I can't understand how those Hollywood bastards can't find a decent role for Dave Foley. I was hoping he would be more of a recurring character on It's Always Sunny.
  • almost three years ago
    lynxminx
    Oy. I'm not even sure I agree with what I just said. I can't discount instances of grave legal unfairness...we have a few states here in the US with "corpse on tour" draconian laws. I only mean if you're bitter and pissed off enough to want a divorce, you aren't gonna want to pay anything to your ex no matter what her circumstances truly are. And you're gonna use the same rhetoric genuine victims use.---------------------------At $10,700 per month, with a back debt of $500,000, Dave Foley has been deadbeat for less than four years- he stopped paying long after the demise of NewsRadio. If Canada is fucking him, fuck Canada...but after hearing his story, I have a feeling there's more to his situation than he's letting on.
  • almost three years ago
    lynxminx
    I wish I believed him about his payments. His narrative paints himself as being too unilaterally victimized.

    When it comes to bitching moaning divorcing men, I can only refer to my experience with my parents. My mother sacrificed her career to marry, move to the Midwest where there were no jobs for her, and have kids. After 20 years my father bullies her into a no-fault divorce in which she lost more than what she brought into the marriage (she'd bought their house with inheritance money). She lived in near poverty for the next 5-10 years. I was in her custody for the first two...this didn't give my father any pause in his quest for revenge. My father paid no spousal support, no child support and got half of everything in the divorce, but I doubt if you asked him he'd say he felt lucky. My mother, now on the cusp of retirement, works longer hours and earns less than half he does though her qualifications are identical to his. Things continue to get better, but by in large this is still what happens to women who accept rhetoric about "fairness" and "parity" and don't seek support.

    Boo fucking hoo to bitching moaning divorcing men.
  • over three years ago
    Graham
    Wanted to get this comment list off the Number of the Beast.
  • over three years ago
    Laura
    So... I guess this probably isn't the best time to propose to Dave Foley???
  • three and a half years ago
    hp
    Dave, come back to Toronto! We will make sure you dont get arrested!
  • three and a half years ago
    yourfriendharry
    Dave,
    You should get your lawyer to pull up all her ELLE columns: it's a gold mine. She writes about the trips to Paris, the constant shopping at very expensive stores, the shoes, the clothes, the manicures, etc. Her own writing contradicts the legal claims in her factum: she certainly has not been living modestly. Rest assured: she is no better than you.
  • three and a half years ago
    Crate&Trauma
    borderline personality disorder is colorful?
  • three and a half years ago
    PJ
    Bizarre characterization of Dave's marital problems. His ex-wife writes an interesting column for our national newspaper the Globe and Mail, her mind seems to work well enough. It all seems a bit colorful to us dour Canadians.
  • three and a half years ago
    Trin
    I have been a KITH and Dave Foley fan for ages. This was a great interview Marc. I have just recently discovered WTF and it has already become a favorite! I hope Dave comes out to perform in the DC area. It would do him good to lay it bare on the stage; the history, the humor, the pain, the insights.
  • three and a half years ago
    LM
    Don't really know what to say, just want to hug Dave Foley, aww....

    I've been on that side of Crazy, and he's right -- never again.

    You're right, too, Marc, "you think you can help people." It takes a lot to give up the confidence in your own strength. For me, it was two restraining orders and the finally-sinking-in understanding that the Time Thief wanted to die, but he couldn't go alone. Crazy is interesting, yeah, but the will to live is a stronger pull.

    Lovely to hear Dave's resilience and sense of humor. An appreciation for the absurd will heal ya. Or, you know, soften the blows.

    I've been listening to these podcasts over the past couple of weeks and attended your 8:00 WTF? show during Sketchfest at Cobb's in San Francisco. I love these! Rock on, Maron.
  • three and a half years ago
    Jimmy James Jr.
    Dave Foley is my favorite coffee-drinking fanatic. POW!
  • three and a half years ago
    DICKM
    I am SO glad to hear Dave admit his debt to Wayne & Shuster ("If I wanted one I would ahave ordered one!" - Awesome for us who were forced through Latin in the 50's and 60's)...

    I'd love to see a special on CBC where the big Canadian comics discuss W&S and show or recreate classic skits. Great stuff for its time.

    Dick
    p.s. Winnipeg is a great place to come from (26 years for me) ... but when you go back you have to be careful what you say because the people who live there think it's the greatest place on Earth - which is a good thing actually. It is a great place to VISIT any time of year IMHO.
  • three and a half years ago
    Steven Doyle
    Great interview. Dave Foley's not exaggerating -- he was definitely the best-looking woman out of the KITH guys.

    I want to do the Happy Satan thing.
  • three and a half years ago
    danner
    Ugh, poor guy. His situation sounds terrible. Guess I can't blame him for appearing in dreck like Postal now.
  • three and a half years ago
    devil
    and the moral of the story is..... stay away from best friends girlfriends..
    They will end up screwing YOU .. BIG Time...
    What a piece of work he ended up being....
    Good Luck Dave, some lawyer with a soul will listen to the podcast and
    get you out of that trap...
    And she'll get a public shame and never write again!!
  • three and a half years ago
    JK
    The story got picked up by the CBC and WTF gets mentioned as the source.
    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/kids-hall-member-dave-foley-claims-t-afford-20110204-123011-544.html

    Nice, mellow interview. It was cool to see this side of Maron. When presented with ego, Maron gets out the hatchet. When presented with understatement, Maron is kind and encouraging. Maron should be an honourary Canadian because of this character trait. "Tall poppy syndrome" in action.
  • three and a half years ago
    Ashanti's Sideburns
    At least Gallagher didn't try to extoll the virtues of being a deadbeat dad.
  • three and a half years ago
    WTFpegger
    Hmmm...Marc & Dave wondering why do you just play the Winnipeg Comedy Festival - in frigid February ? Come on ! You ought to follow this summer's Edmonton, AB tour dates with a Winnipeg show. Marc you may enjoy this city in the summer. If a guy like Mike MacDonald lost his heart in 'Peg city... who knows what this Manitoba Meowtropolis may have in store for a cat lovin' man like Marc ?
  • three and a half years ago
    Nick
    "Love Dave Foley, don't like bashing the ex, and complaining about child support. There is almost certainly more to the story, and I suspect the excessive seeming payments include back support, and the Canadian judge was probably referring to back support when she implied his estate would owe his oldest children money. When things sound very unreasonable, there's usually information missing. "

    Or maybe he just got fucked. Who's to say.
  • three and a half years ago
    Discordianknot
    Interesting companion interview to Gallagher last week. Two guys dealing with living in the shadow of their own tremendous but waning fame. But such a different attitude toward life. Dave Foley "owns it" as Marc would say, and that's what makes this one of the two or three best interviews Marc has done so far. With Gallagher you know he's out if touch with himself as soon as he starts whining about where his career has gone and how it's not HIM that put it there. "Where's my TV show?!". Though what should we expect from an artist whose enduring contribution is smashing fruit onstage and who - 30 years later - is still doing it?

    Nothing like that from Foley, who is rolling up his sleeves and getting back to work on something new.

    Great shows Marc ( both of them).
  • three and a half years ago
    GuruOne
    "Hey Poncho... Hey Cisco, come to the disco" :)
  • three and a half years ago
    rafboy
    This is (along with the Thomas Lennon interview) is my favorite WTF podcast.
    Excellent work and very insightful interview.
  • three and a half years ago
    Elena
    Love Dave Foley, don't like bashing the ex, and complaining about child support. There is almost certainly more to the story, and I suspect the excessive seeming payments include back support, and the Canadian judge was probably referring to back support when she implied his estate would owe his oldest children money. When things sound very unreasonable, there's usually information missing.
  • three and a half years ago
    lisa
    There's one other group of people besides the terminally ill who can relate to the heavy hearts: girls whose fathers beat them. Every time I fall in love I wonder if my brain wiring is tricking me and I'm going to end up in a dumpster.
  • three and a half years ago
    Solomon Raabe
    Oh no, there is so much about what Dave is saying, that reminds me of my family. I even recognize the conversational rhythm, where we speak of horribly painful and scarring things & trying to find something funny about it.....That does kind of put into perspective, why, when I borrowed Marc's joke about "hey, borderline & narcissistic personality disorder aren't in the DSM5....you're cured", when I used that joke on my father, he didn't laugh.
  • three and a half years ago
    Jimmy Reefercake
    Another nice interview from one of the podcast kings. Its always amusing to me how much pleasure Marc seems to take in other people's pain especially regarding drugs and alcohol even though I can tell he isn't a spiteful guy. It makes me laugh, then I wonder if I am in on it too. It makes sense but it doesn't.
  • three and a half years ago
    zc
    I love Dave and the rest of the KITH. I didn't discover them until I was 13 (in 1992), but watched their shows whenever I could. In ~2002 used to watch a couple episodes on Com Central before going to college classes. Finally, I received their complete series on DVD for Xmas - my journey is complete!
  • three and a half years ago
    RB
    So, in Canada, if I made a million dollars the year of my divorce in which kids are involved, I am expected to make that much money for the next 10-20 years and pay out proportionally, even if I end up sweeping floors immediately after the divorce. That can't be right. There must be more to this, because that is one of the most unreasonable laws I've ever heard of... no justice at all. He becomes a slave to his wife, kids, and all the lawyers!
  • three and a half years ago
    Janette
    Oh, Dave...feel free to lose it in Kansas City. We'll take good care of you.
  • three and a half years ago
    Phlebotomy Training
    Great interview as always, Marc. I couldn't believe how frank and honest Dave Foley was. I think he reaffirmed just exactly why I don't want to get married or have kids. Life is just a whole lot simpler without that kind of hassle.
  • three and a half years ago
    Joe Tily
    ". . . i can tell if someones crazy from two or three blocks away . . ." I've always loved Kids in the Hall, in fact i was watching a best of DVD of theirs only the other day. Comedy gold. This was another great episode Marc. Open and honest and interesting. Top of the class!!!
  • three and a half years ago
    BobH
    I just can't believe that Maron's never heard of Wayne&Shuster. In retrospect I guess they weren't that good, but I enjoyed them when I was 10 years old, and it was one of the only things that both my father and I watched and enjoyed (cue "Cat's in the Cradle"...).

    Fun fact, Frank Shuster was the cousin of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster.

    The Caesar sketch referenced, the martini joke is around 4:30.
  • three and a half years ago
    h benjamin
    Always liked Dave Foley, who always seemed the sanest of the Kids. Never heard him interviewed before, and he seems like a good soul who is coping well despite his post-marital morass. (Marc seemed in awe of Dave's equanimity in the face of all the crap.) Dave used to be disgusted now he tries to be amused. well, he probably is still disgusted, but he's definitely trying to be amused.
  • three and a half years ago
    greggers
    AHHH! I wish I knew some laws! Dave Foley is in league with John Cleese for me, as someone whose mere behavior I find hysterical and will forever. How can I pay this gift back?! Come to Indianapolis, and I will buy two tickets.

    HEY! Part of my Captcha phrase is 'empower.' Coincidence?
  • three and a half years ago
    Rebekah
    One of the best yet. Love Dave so much.
  • three and a half years ago
    narkel
    Dave Foley is great.
    Watch "Death Comes to Town".

    I'd bet Dave could do a great Ira Glass impression.
  • three and a half years ago
    Brad in Ohio
    You guys should be friends.
  • three and a half years ago
    Matt
    According to Wikipedia, this is Dave's first wife:
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/tabatha-southey/

    She's a fairly well-known writer in Canada. I don't know what her side of the story is, but it was interesting to me, since she's semi-famous in Canada and I had no idea about all this.
  • three and a half years ago
    Gloria
    I've loved KITH since they were first on american tv; had no idea Dave was so deliciously dark. I think we've found Marc's canadian analog.
  • three and a half years ago
    Steven
    Great episode, Marc and Dave! Kids in the Hall changed my life as a 10 year old Canadian boy and it's nice to see that it had similar effects with people in the States as well. Come back to Winnipeg, Marc! We still love you.
  • three and a half years ago
    TheDLC
    After that, I feel like sending Dave Foley some ProFlowers.
  • three and a half years ago
    Lee Cherolis
    Awesome interview! I grew up watching Kids in the Hall and News Radio was one of my favorite shows. So disheartening to hear about how screwed Dave is from his first marriage legal crap. Maybe somebody who hears the situation from this interview is a lawyer and can brilliantly save the day. Here's hoping.
  • three and a half years ago
    Arun
    Wonderful podcast. Dave Foley is a very funny man. I'm looking forward to seeing/ hearing his standup.
  • three and a half years ago
    John Keefer
    God bless Dave Foley and all the Kids in the Hall. Great interview. The entire run of the show recently became available on Netflix Instant and I've been almost unable to tear myself away. I realize now what a huge influence they were on me and continue to be (which you can verify by going to 51deep.com) Would love to see some Foley stand-up, or Foley anything for that matter. What a wonderful day...so far.
  • three and a half years ago
    conklin
    Wow.

    It's ironic that Dave was so into Lenny Bruce and then ended up trapped in his own Quixotic, impossible legal battle.
  • three and a half years ago
    rafboy
    Can't wait to listen to this one.