Dispatches from the Head

Be Thankful

Be thankful, people!

I love this time of year because winter in LA feels like fall everywhere else. The air is crisp, it's raining occasionally and I can wear a beanie if I want to. I like to wear wool hats. I like dressing for colder weather. So, I’m layering up even if it’s unnecessary.

This is the first year in a while that I’m not going to my mother’s for Thanksgiving. I will find something to do. I’ve been invited a couple of places. I’ll try not to sit at my house by myself though that is definitely an option. It might not be bad but I think it’s a bold action. I think if you sit holidays out when you have the opportunity to spend them with other people and it is an intentional celebration of sadness. Though sometimes spending time with other people can be even sadder. Tough call. We’ll see what I decide. I do know I probably won’t be cooking. Or I could actually just cook for myself. Maybe I should sit at home and eat scrambled eggs on Thanksgiving just to be contrary. We’ll see.

I just want to tell you about tomorrow’s show. I had the opportunity to talk to Larry King. I think it came through the folks that work on his Internet show. I don’t know if I would have interviewed him if it were just my decision. I guess I’m saying I wouldn’t have sought him out. I have nothing against Larry King per se. We do the same thing in some way. I just would not have thought to interview him. He’s a real guy. He’s is like a media truth of some kind: An archetype, a singular presence, an institution. I'm not going to put a value judgment - good or bad - on it. I’m just saying I didn’t seek him out. I think it was primarily because I couldn’t picture the person in there. I had absolutely no sense of who that guy is. I agreed to the interview and even made the trip to his place in Beverly Hills. I was given the time of 10:15 as when I was supposed to be over there. I waited out in the street in my car because I got there early. When I rang the bell I was greeted by a woman, walked into the entry way and waited for Larry King. He came out of the back house and said, “You’re late.” I wasn’t. We had been given different times. It got so uncomfortable for a few seconds that I wasn’t sure it was going to happen. He said he wouldn’t do the whole hour. I guess as punishment for my perceived lateness. At that point I wasn’t sure I cared one way of the other. I was cranky, he was cranky. I just wanted you to know that going in.

On Thursday comedian John Heffron talks a bit of shop and then we get into the real stuff. Great guy.

Have a great week and be nice to your family if you can.


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Kyle November 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Just wanted to say nice job on the interview with Larry. He didn’t make it easy on you, but you handled it very well I thought. You’ve not a bad interviewer yourself Marc, keep up all the great work. I’m grateful to have discovered your podcast last year, and thank you for the hours of entertainment you’ve provided. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

Steven November 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Can not WAIT for John Heffron. Love that guy. Couldn’t give two shits about King. I will listen, like a good little WTF’er…but I have to admit hearing that he was cranky makes me less inclined to care what he has to say.

Keep up the good work, Marc. We love ya!

Lindsay November 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

LOL -who the fuck is Ty Segall?
I thought exactly the same thing when I heard him a few weeks ago and haven’t stopped listening, pure awesomeness.
Get him in the garage dude!

Robert November 26, 2013 at 12:07 am


Felt compelled to write in. I uploaded your podcast with Larry King this morning. I must say that it brings me quite a bit of happiness to see the dot on my iPod next to your podcast. I knew little about him except for the obvious stuff but I figured that a guy like that, with the people he’d interviewed over the course of his life, that he’d be a great interview.

What a jerk. He reprimands you for being late when you weren’t. I felt uncomfortable listening to the exchange. I’m sure it paled in comparison to being there. And then he decides to knock off 15 minutes, as to scold you. Give me a break.

What bothered me the most was how we mentioned several times that he was just a humble guy and how he felt blessed to be where he was, so how could he act like a jerk to the tourists that pass by his house? He missed the irony that was clear to anyone listening to the interview - that he treats people outside of his home better than the people that are inside of his home. And let’s just say you were late - so what?! It happens. Also, he mentioned that the interviewer is in control but he never gave you control. It felt like he was in control the whole time (no offense).

Larry KIng is such a jerk. I know you say that you’ve been taking the high road more lately but that the low road is more fun. I couldn’t have blamed you if you took the low road on this one. Kudos to you for not. I think he needs to revisit that supposed lesson he learned in humility.

Dee November 26, 2013 at 9:04 am

Happy Thanksgiving, Marc! Love ya!

Whatever you choose to eat and wherever you choose to go or not go. It’ll be good. smile

Shannon November 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I know Chinese food is typically designated for Christmas, but maybe it wouldn’t be so bad ordering some takeout to celebrate the coupling of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

Martha November 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm

However you spend your Thanksgiving, I hope you’ll give yourself a break and forget your cares for a while. You deserve it!

By the way- I really enjoyed your performance in the Dylan video, and I’m looking forward to season 2 of Maron. All the best to ya Marc!

Elizabeth November 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

Hi Marc! When you said that you might write a self help book, I don’t know if you were kidding but I think it might be a good idea, even if it’s a comedy book written in the style of a self help book. You once said on a podcast, “no matter what, just remember that you are a person sitting on a couch.” And that actually helped me a lot.

I would also appreciate a chapter on how to handle when your parents divorce and you’re an adult. I know that’s something you went through and it’s something I’m going through right now. Would love to hear your take on it.

Rick Baldwin December 02, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Mugs gone. Just like my will to live.

Harvey December 10, 2013 at 1:16 am

Any time a person tells me they “had the opportunity” to do something, I say, “So, did you do it?”

Of course, what they mean is that they actually did the thing. Why don’t they just say that?  So, Marc not only had the opportunity to interview Larry King, he actually did interview Larry King.