Dispatches from the Head

One hundred million downloads!!

100,000,000! What the fuck, people?

Seriously. This week we will have served our 100,000,000th download of WTF.

Astounding. If only I could have had a dollar for each one, or even a quarter, a nickel even. Eh. I don’t need the money. What would I do with it? It would ruin me. I’d buy a bunch of stuff I don’t need, get tired of it, get rid of it and end up in a mansion sleeping on a futon on the floor eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s with the same problems I have now. Maybe. I’m not willing to risk it.

I’ve been insanely busy with one thing: Shooting the second season of ‘Maron.' I have to say the process is a bit easier mentally and emotionally having been through it once before. I’m actually having a good time. Which is an unusual feeling for me. I think the scripts are stronger than last year and the stories are all interesting and personal and FUNNY. I just want to be an okay actor. I know it seems that playing yourself should be a no brainer but it is really a version of myself that I am playing and God knows the role of me in real life is a pretty taxing undertaking. I think it may be a little easier to play the fictional me. I know what’s going to happen with that guy.

I want to talk about today’s episode a bit. I was excited to finally get to talk to Will Ferrell. Quite honestly, I don’t think there is a funnier human. I told him as much. I know if I watch a Will Ferrell movie, even if the movie isn’t great, I will get at least one solid deep laugh that will keep happening when I think back on the scene for at least six months, and that’s not nothing. So, what were my expectations knowing I was going to interview one of the funniest people in the world? To laugh, right? I had never met Will before. I had no idea what his life was like or who he was really. I only know him the way you know him—as a funny guy who is always funny when you see him. So, there was some part of me that was sort of grinning with expectation before he even got to my house.

I didn’t know if he would come with an entourage of handlers or just a publicist or what. He was a few minutes late so of course I started thinking he wasn’t coming. I wasn’t important enough. He forgot. Not the case. He came rolling up my street in his electric Rav 4, alone. He was very mild mannered and nice. Grounded. We went into the garage and just talked like people. The grin of expectation faded and I just got to know Will. The amazing thing about him is his talent is so refined and honed that he can turn it on and off in a second. He can effortlessly be funny as fuck in a SECOND. Amazing. Great guy. Great talk. Enjoy.

On Thursday I talk to Yakov Smirnoff. It was a pretty amazing talk. There was no one bigger in the eighties in terms of an identifiable hook, but once that hook became irrelevant you would think he did, too. Not the case. He’s been working ever since and actually is a college professor as well as an entertainer. Very interesting journey.


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John Rao December 09, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Life advice about talent & luck really struck me as so true. Brown cat update curiously funny! Keep up the great work. TY.

David Stone December 12, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I appreciated Smirnoff’s assessments about the differences between men and women—how women want love and men want respect, and how women look for men who can make them laugh, while men look for women whom they can make laugh. Yup—pretty much sums up me and my girlfriend. This was one of the only times I’d ever agreed with one of those ‘differences between men and women’ discussions—and it came from a comedian. Well, I guess I’m not surprised, really (plus, he does have that masters degree in psychology).

it was a great interview as always.

Shannon December 16, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Congratulations on the 100,000,000th download!  A phenomenally phenomenal number.  And as for Will Ferrell, as with many others you’ve interviewed, I love that there were no calculated moves on his part.  The true success come to those who do what they love to do rather than doing what they THINK people would love for them to do.  And I’m getting anxiety from making sure I type in the correct letters that reCaptcha distorts the fuck out of.