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May 16, 2011 16

Marc explores the essence of comedian Steve Byrne. They discuss the implications of political correctness in comedy if you're a mixed-race performer and then Steve tells his side of a controversial story involving a past WTF guest. Plus, Marc gets scolded by the California DMV. This episode is sponsored by AdamandEve.com - click here for a special offer.

16 Comments
  • over three years ago
    ealaspada
    Love the show, but couldn't get through this one, and turned it off shortly after his slavery nonsense. I think many of the posts here sum it up nicely. Steve Byrne is particularly infuriating because he feels he can say these terribly racist things because he can hide behind his partial-minority status. And his fans buy into it--he gives an illusion of credence to their bigoted beliefs and his own self-hatred. I suppose I should feel pity for the man--he seems completely unaware of his own deep-seeded issues.

    Deep-seeded issues? Yes, I suppose he did belong on the show after all...

    Anywho, that said, phenomenal work, this WTF!
  • over three years ago
    pacodakat
    If we’re all a melting pot than our differences are unimportant and should not be magnified. We are all the same, right? Whatever.. Mr. Byrne feels that white comedians are oppressed because they can't comfortably focus on racial stereotypes on national television but I didn't hear one Jewish stereotype that Mr. Byrne thought was so funny he had to say it in front of Marc Maron. Marc brought some things up but I guess Mr. Byrne only means those stereotypes that don't apply to white people. I also find it telling that Steve Byrne chooses to not be identified as Asian but just American. He is both and has the heritage of both but because he’s not pure Asian or pure Irish he chooses to not be either. Something tells me that he wouldn’t have made a decision like that if he was second generation Irish and German or second generation Irish and Scottish. His Asian blood seems to have caused him great pain and I think he is still “working some things out.”
  • over three years ago
    John W
    Mr T - While Slavery did exist in Africa... It was based on debt, crime or tribal war. The invention that Europeans brought to the institution was making it race based and justifying their actions on the slaves being less than human. Thus anything that is done to them is okay... torture, murder, rape... why not? The special part about it is the European version is that when the slavery ended, the racism stayed in place just to rob blacks of any form of justice. The first sign of change just happened not to long ago and is still fresh in many black people's minds who lived through the ugliness that was public at on time. Yet, they still have little justice cause slavery/murder/torture/rape are tangible things that could be corrected in some fashion, but how do you get justice for an ideology that could exist in people's minds just as powerful today as it did back then...
  • over three years ago
    multiply
    Steve said, "Believe me you..." three different times. That's not a phrase.
  • over three years ago
    Mr T
    Rezzie -

    Open up some books on the subject and you'll realize that slavery was a prominent fixture in Africa long before Europeans made their way to the coast. I'm not saying this does or doesn't validate Steve's point, but facts are facts.

    The institution of slavery has been with mankind since the beginning - the 'white devils' are one in a long list of people that capitalized on this system.

    Great episode Marc.
  • over three years ago
    Trip Hazard
    Dane Cook is a hack.
    We can all agree on that.
    But does anyone else think Marc is maybe just a little bit too enthusiastic with the Dane Cook hate?
    On the Cook cast, I thought he was a bit of a dick to Cook (something I also thought about the Joe Rogan podcast).
    And he continues the dickishness a little here too, and I think too readily believes Byrnes take, whereas on the cook cast, he presses cook on his side of the story (which a good interviewer should do).
    I think he reveals himself at the end when he talks about how "that's what it's like for us comics in this Machiavellian world".
    He sounds a mite bitter, no?
    Anyway I think I'm just annoyed that he didn't press harder on Byrnes misguided racism.
  • over three years ago
    Richard
    Great interview. Is it possible Dane Cook was trying to be amusing when he did his King of the Hill / This town ain't big enough for the both of us breathing exercises?
    Losing Steve his manager, though, that's a shitty move. But if a manager is to be lost, better one with no integrity and no spine.
    I also liked his comments on race. If it's open season on anything but race for a comic, what's the point? Let him make his observations. Right or wrong, he's coming at them from an intellectual place, not Gallagher's "Don't listen to grandpa, he knows not what he says" position.
    Keep doing what you're doing Marc, you're getting really good at this. (I'm joking, just a little passive aggression, I know you that's your bag, kid! (Did I do it again?))
  • over three years ago
    Rezzie
    I'm with Damon. The talk about Africans selling other Africans into slavery implies that these tribes had a choice in the matter.
    "See a bunch of big-ass conquistador ships with cannons over there?"
    "Yep."
    "If you don't want to get blown to smithereens or turned into a slave, hook us up, homie..."
    "Err, um, ok."

    I wanted to like Steve Byrne because I don't think Dane Cook is funny and comes off like a frat-boy wannabe comedian, but racist apologists are not my bag either. Good on you for calling him out, Marc.


  • over three years ago
    Conrad
    I believe he actually said the words "Get over it" in regards to slavery and the underground railroad museum. Holy shit.
  • over three years ago
    BobH
    I appreciate Byrne's side of the Dane Cook thing. Cook's version always did seem a bit off (though I did always love the bit of you riding him on the "essence" thing, and appreciate the replay), and I think I have a much clearer picture now.

    On the other hand, Byrne can just fuck right off with his views on race. So sorry that those minorities won't let him make his hackiest jokes on TV (while he remains free to do them on stage, on podcasts and anywhere else). He was getting really close to Gallagher territory there. Seriously, offended that security company commercials don't have black criminals? If you have something genuine to say about race, say it, and if "The Man" won't let you, you have a legitimate complaint. If all you have to offer is hack than quit complaining.

  • over three years ago
    Damon Levine
    Steve Byrne visited the the National Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati and his ONLY takeaway was that Black people really need to stop "complaining" about slavery because some African tribes sold members of other African tribes captured in battle into slavery?

    Errr...... OK.

    That's certainly one way to take an actual fact and come to an ill-informed conclusion.

    Steve Byrne, though seemingly a "nice guy," is--like Carlos Mencia--suspect. I imagine that not feeling like he fit in in either the Asian world or the White world while growing up makes him gravitate toward the biased world view of the dominant culture.

    I actually liked this guy's Comedy Central special but I'm done with this jerk. Nice bigots are the scary ones.
  • over three years ago
    DefinetlynotaJew
    That story about Dane Cook closing eyes, doing hand gestures, and talking about getting energy from the city is fucking hilarious just picturing it. As silly as it sounds, it seems perfectly plausible that he is that type of person after listening to him from several podcasts. lol
  • over three years ago
    Ext
    Dane Cook sounds like a wannabe Mafia Don. Maybe this isn't the city for you now... wtf?! What a peculiar man.

    Another good one, thanks marc.
  • over three years ago
    Greg
    Listening back to Dane's section, it made me wonder why Dane couldn't laugh at Marc's little pokes at his ego and the idea of "essence". I personally found it hilarious, but when Steve revealed what the last thing Dane said, it made sense. Great interview, and my respect for Steve just shot up. Keep doing your thing Marc, when I got long hours to do homework and art, your podcasts make it THAT much more enjoyable to do.
  • over three years ago
    Dan
    Love the show, but it would be great if you could let us know what the names of the songs you play before the guest comes on. All we get to hear are these cool little riffs and it'd be nice to be introduced to some new bands through you! :D
  • over three years ago
    blooptaabi
    Thanks for not letting Goebbels here go on and on about poor white folks not being able to say racist things on stage. It's funny to ridicule the powerful, not those who are struggling or being oppressed.