Dispatches from the Head

Thank you Brendan McDonald.

Holy shit! 500!

Are you fucking kidding me? I’m not sure I thought I would do anything 500 times that wasn’t eating or masturbation related but I have and I have shared it with the world. I’m truly happy about what we have achieved with the show. I feel like I have done something with my life.

Something I don’t talk about much is the impact that my producer and business partner, Brendan McDonald, has on the show. I’ve been working with Brendan on and off since I first started doing radio at Air America. He’s a wizard. He shapes the show and is my go to person with any questions about almost anything. He’s a brilliant producer and he now works with me full time on the show. His mark is on every episode and may not be something you all pick up but it is indelible. I want to thank him here and make sure you all know his contribution. He was there at the beginning.

I know many of you have been racking your brains about who the guest on this episode would be. We were, too. We reached out to many of the people you would think I would want to talk to. I know some of you think that I have my pick of anyone in show biz and they would just come at my beck and call but, no. That is not the case. As we moved toward the 500th we realized we weren’t going to get any of those guests. They were not moved by this milestone in my garage. Fine. As we closed in on the show Brendan and I realized that the guest was not what the show was to be about and that was better off. The 500th episode should be a show about the show and about me and where we are now. I know the show has evolved over the last 5 years and I know I have as well. We didn’t want to do a greatest hits show or a retrospective. We wanted to talk about the amazing achievement that is WTF and about where it is now and where I am now in terms of the challenges and changes I am dealing with in my life.

Many of the challenges I face have to do with the emotional cost of being as transparent as I am with my life and feelings on the show. It is what I do. It does not come without a price. I have alienated wives, girlfriends, friends and my father doing it the way I want to do it. In this 500th show I reckon with that through some carefully selected clips from the past and some very current talks with important people in my life, past and present. That’s all I’m going to tell you.

I wouldn’t be where I am without you. I mean that. I am glad we have the relationship we do. I appreciate you. Thank you.

On Thursday I will give you the live one-on-one talk I did with Vince Vaughn in Nashville. We had fun. I think you will have a good time listening to it.


Boomer lives!



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Luis Rede May 26, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Congrats Marc on 500! I hope the next 500 are as great as the first!

Keith Kaufman May 26, 2014 at 7:40 pm

THAT was an incredible 500th episode.  You really did it right.  Congrats, and keep the awesomeness flowing!

Brian May 27, 2014 at 3:32 am

think episode 500 is a masterpiece. Emotional (conversation with Dad), sweet (conversation with Mom), frustrating (Conversation with Brill, as usual I wanted you to shut up and let him talk!), and funny (everything else). What more could we ask of a Podcast?

El Rojo May 27, 2014 at 9:05 am

Mazel tov, carnal!
Continue playing guitar on the podcast, with singing.
My wife and I really enjoy it and, god forbid, you have fun playing it!

Maron rifa!

Misha May 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I’ve never commented on here before, but after listening to the episode I felt compelled to say great job!  I was really moved.  You’re an inspiration Mark! Maybe that sound trite but it’s true, at least for me.  Long live WTF!

Sean May 28, 2014 at 4:01 am

Thank you Marc Maron.

Jen May 28, 2014 at 9:30 am

OK Marc, thanks. Can you please get out of comedy now, you bitter old unfunny man? Don’t you rather want to pretend to be a musician anyway?

heyworld May 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

That was unexpected and really really great. Teary eyed on the commute to work. Wonderful human beings we all are.

James May 29, 2014 at 6:51 am

I’m at 28 minutes. Tell me you guys aren’t saying “Japs”.

andee May 29, 2014 at 7:31 am

Episode 500.  When your dad answered the phone, after a slight pause saying hi and calling you “kid”, I heard the love.  What a climax to a great, great episode.  You both agreed you have to put the negative stuff in the past.  We could all only wish for such turning points, no matter what else happens.  Thanks, Marc.

Gary May 29, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I saved the 300th episode because it was stellar. I especially loved it when your mother told you how proud she was of you. However, this 500th episode I cannot express the words for it, lets just say I cried. More please. Thanks.

Shannon May 30, 2014 at 11:56 am

I think you did your 500th episode the way it was meant to be done.  You’ve got good instincts for how this thing should be done.  And if you did nothing but talk about yourself, with no guests to be had, I’d be a happy camper.  I relate to you and am fascinated by you.  Odd…I know.

Molly May 31, 2014 at 10:14 am

Looking forward to seeing you tonight in ABQ! Good luck getting to the Frontier - today is the Pride parade. I always have felt like we should be friends - email me and we could get coffee!  I’m a north valley girl who has some friends in common with you.

Marilyn May 31, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Just started listening because I’m starting my own podcast, I hear WTF was one of the top rated so I thought I would check it out.  I like what I hear so far.
Thank you(:

Diana June 02, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Thank you for 500…listened during a road trip when I too was having issues with my dad. The episode helped me regain perspective. Appreciate your insight and humor!