Dispatches from the Head

I have an inner Alter Kocker.

Shalom, Friends!

First things first. I have dates coming up in Boston (stand up and a live WTF) and Chicopee, MA, Cincinnati and Columbus, OH, Vancouver, BC (stand up and a live WTF,) Portland and Eugene, OR, Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA and Bethlehem, PA! Please check my calendar at wtfpod.com for more info and dates if you can’t see it directly to the left of this paragraph.

Thanks to all who came out to The Egg in Albany. It was a fun show. I was a little nervous that they moved me to the smaller venue but it seated 400 and it was full. The Egg is an amazing place. I felt like I was inside a giant piece of Mid-Century Danish Modern furniture. Beautiful venue.

I did a monster set of an hour and 45 minutes at the Sixth and I Synagogue in DC. We packed it out and I appreciate you coming. I am happy to say I think I pulled in a few more bucks than I did at my Bar Mitzvah. I earned it. It was a much longer set than my Bar Mitzvah and I think I put much more work in to it. About a half a lifetime’s worth as opposed to a few months learning songs in a language I didn’t understand.

This is a very exciting week on the show. On Monday I talk to Mel Brooks and on Thursday I talk to Carl Reiner. Just a little heads up, when I talk to Mel I may have become and old Jewish man for a while. It happens. I think I have an inner Alter Kocker. I guess we all do. I don’t want to tip too much here but I will say it was an amazing experience talking to both Mel and Carl. Mel was tricky in that there is very little he hasn’t talked or shpritzed about. I actually watched hours of different interviews and TV segments. I always remembered him as being hilarious but I had forgotten or maybe never knew just how fucking funny he is. I tried to find a way to connect with him that would get me to places other than his public narrative about himself. I think I succeeded. He was very taken with me and he insisted that I talk to Carl. He said he would set it up and he did.

Mel is 86 and Carl is going to be 91. It is astounding how much clarity they both have and engaged in life they both still are. Mel and Carl hang out together almost every night. Mel goes to Carl’s house and the two of them spend hours together. The whole thing is very touching and they both talk about it. Talking to them was an incredible experience for me. I will get into specifics on the show. Just know that I was beside myself for both of these interviews in a way I have never been. It all felt so familiar but so otherworldly simultaneously. Hope you enjoy the talks.

Boomer lives.



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lordbalto February 04, 2013 at 10:13 am

Vilna (Vilnius) is the capital of Lithuania.

Jeff Cohen February 04, 2013 at 11:00 am

Rarely have I been as envious of another man as I am today. Mel Brooks! I’d give up a year of my life to have the chance to talk at length with him. You did a terrific job, avoiding the set pieces he uses in so many interviews. And the respect comes through very well. So if it couldn’t be me, I’m just as glad you got to do it.

Sky Clad Guru February 04, 2013 at 11:15 am

What a priceless recording.  To be able to hear Mel talk about the whole range of experience behind the recordings that have kept me laughing for 45 years of life…  from his singing “Toot, Toot, Tootsie” to the enemy as a soldier stationed on the front in WWII Germany, to collaborating with Gene Wilder over a plate of digestive biscuits, this recording is a fantastic additional to the lifetime of recorded works Mel has brought us.  Nobody could’ve done it done it better Marc; fantastic interview!

Oprah February 04, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Hi Mark! You’re an imbecile and not only do you lack true intelligence, but creativity also seems to be out of your reach. Welp, thanks for not having kids or attempting to raise any. Clearly, Earth has enough polemic, dimwitted clones already.

Andrew S February 05, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Shut the fuck up Oprah (i always wanted to say that).

Rosetta Maranos February 07, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Well, now I’m tearing up. Thanks so much for the last two interviews. They really meant a lot to me in ways I can’t convey in a stupid little comment box. Mel was sort of a father figure to me as a kid (in my imagination), and hearing him and Carl still being sharp and witty is a wonderful thing.  It also makes me happy to hear how they took to you, especially how Mel recognized that special Marc thing you have.  You are turning into the Alan Lomax of comedy. Thanks Marc.

Becky February 08, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Moarc. Wow. Thank you. I heard Mel on another podcast a few weeks ago and wondered if he’d get the Maron treatment. Your interview blew theirs away, and then he hooked you up with Carl Reiner?!? I’m in comedy heaven. Thatns for your 185%.