Gallagher walks out of Marc Maron's 'WTF' podcast

Categories: Comedy, WTF
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"You can't tell a lesbian joke in Boston, Minneapolis, or Portland. They'll boo you."
"I'm not sure I handled it well...it kinda went off the rails."

Marc Maron's WTF podcast has been a sleeper hit in the comedic world (and increasingly, every other world too), often uncovering artists' and other people of note's source of motivation and inspiration in ways that uninspired journalists are unable to access. Maron's open-door policy to his checkered past (drugs, foot-shooting), no-or-all-bullshit oratory, and long history in comedy provide a perfect vehicle to the insecure, constantly questioning, and genuinely interesting wire frames that compose the minds of the talented and famous.

So in that spirit, last week Maron sat down with Gallagher... and Gallagher stormed out halfway through.

A little background: Some of my (and I would venture to guess most people's of a certain age) earliest memories are of Gallagher on the infant version of Comedy Central, smashing food items with anti-capitalist abandon and a big smile. His voice, so perfectly tuned for the ears of babes; his shirts, all Jimmy Buffett beachwear--he was practically designed for my generation's television-as-nanny childhood. What we didn't know then was that he's a godless, racist, homophobic conundrum, covered here by the Stranger ("'Hey, President Obama,' he spits out the name like a mouthful of burning hair. 'You ain't black. I don't care what you say--you're a latte. You're half whole-milk. It could be goat milk--you could be a terrorist!'").

Which is where Marc Maron wanted to go.

After an 18-minute diatribe introduction (Maron definitely knows when he's sitting on gold) and several protracted introductory minutes talking science (Gallagher is a trained chemical engineer...YAWWWWN!), Maron began to move the conversation toward a black hole. "Fast forward to where we are now, and you've got this reputation for being racist," he states. From there it quickly devolves, and the lines blur between reasonable and vitriolic. Gallagher keeps his cool through and through as Maron gets more and more heated, skirting holier-than-thou until Gallagher reluctantly follows suit.

Whatever your opinion of how the interview was handled from either side, it makes for great listening. The disastrous WTF episode (and all episodes, for that matter) are available for download on podcast's website.





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Joethelionn
Joethelionn

Wow. SO a guy who once had a somewhat relevant act and is now doing hackneyed homophobic one-liners (material that has NO social relevance whatsoever) got called out on his shit and couldn't defend himself and then capped it all off by telling Marc that the cvast majority of comedians aren't funny because they don't have the chops to play state fairs got called out on the TONS of horseshit he was laying down, couldn't adequately defend himself and then stormed off in a snit, And thus Maron (one of the more even hands of all podcast interviewers-listen to his Robin Williams or Carlos Mencia interviews) is a high handed dick.

As Bill Cosby would say: Riiiiiiiiiiiiiigggggggggghhhhhhht. Get over it Gallagher has turned into a hack at best and an pandering jerk-off at worst. Any fair listen of the interview will uphold that.

Chad Bowers
Chad Bowers

I didn't like how this turned out, I honestly didn't know anything about Gallagher politically but it sounds like Maron new right where he wanted to take this. I just didn't like how this felt, it made me feel bad for everyone involved including myself. Didn't enjoy this episode at all.

Liam
Liam

I'm so tired of Black people. I'm disgusted by their lack of civility,contribution to society, their inability to speak clearly, the saggy pants & their overall prideful ignorance.

kickerofelves
kickerofelves

While Gallagher is a sad man Marc Maron is kind of a hypocrite. I'm a fan of his podcast but he regularly appears on one of the most misogynistic, racist and homophobic shows on the radio--the Opie and Anthony show. Gallagher's few idiotic jokes pale in comparison to the racist and homophobic humor Marc Maron's friends--he's considered a "friend of the show" partake in. It's often mean-spirited but admittedly funny at times which apparently does not keep Maron from appearing. Seems like there's one standard for a has-been like Gallagher and one for Marc.

Robert
Robert

Gallagher was antagonistic from the start of the interview. Maron asked him harmless questions and the guy was literally screaming. He (Gallagher) was condescending and kind of disingenuous with his "I got them from the street" line. Gallagher is on twitter now and he is racist and homophobic so it looks like Maron was right.

Caleb M
Caleb M

i'm listening to it right now, and it's downright painful. I love Marc Maron (he's performing at the House of Comedy at the MOA next week, by the way) but he's definitely being a bit antagonistic in this interview. i think he got the result he wanted. instant classic.

Joethelionn
Joethelionn

If asked about that I'm fairly sure Maron could offer a cogent defense. He might even admit that he is a hypocrite (he calls himself out on his own shit repeatedly and indeed even does in the intro to this interview) and stop doing the show. Gallagher's response was to fall back on pedantic "I'm only giving the people what they want" defenses, outright racism "black comics only talk about the difference between white people and black people" and then leaving in a huff. I think Maron's standards survive your comparison fairly well (it's a weak analogy) and still leave Gallagher in an dubious position at best.

(BTW call Maron out on his shit if you think it-he'll at least make an effort at a rational response-unlike Leo Gallagher)

Andrew Flanagan
Andrew Flanagan

Gallagher was a bit patronizing and frumpish, you're right. But Maron himself admits that he got a bit too heated...TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR, MARON. Not.

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