Dispatches from the Head

The Breuer Episode



Thanks to this excellent piece by Brian Koppelman at Grantland, there's some renewed interest in Episode 435 - Jim Breuer, particularly this section of the interview:

Jim: Now this is interesting too… you were up for SNL as the news guy and Lorne sat me down, and I swear to God, here’s how it went. He goes, “Jim, we’re thinking about using Marc Maron as the update guy. Do you have thoughts on him?” This is exactly what I said I went, “Um, okay. I think he’ll be the best news guy you’ve ever had in your life.” I really said that. I said, “You need to know a lot of people have problems with him.” I go, “He pisses people off but… If he’s for the news guy, I think you got a homerun.” I go, “Am I best friends with him? No. Do I love the guy? No. However, the guy would be a monster news anchor. I really feel that way Lorne.”

Marc: Oh, my God.

Jim: He’s like, “That’s pretty much the feedback I get from everyone.”

Marc: Come on. Are you fucking with me now?

Jim: No, I swear to God I’m not. I swear to God. That made me really like you.

Marc: Come on.

Jim: I swear to God.

Marc: I’m obsessed with that meeting, you know. I mean, I talk about it all the fucking time. I’m obsessed with that meeting with Lorne.

(Transcription service provided by Rev.com)

You can hear the rest of that story and find out Jim Breuer redeemed himself in Brian Koppelman's eyes by listening to it here.

And let us know if you like reading excerpts from the interviews. It's something we might try more often.


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Jeff December 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm


Yes, transcripted excerpts of telling/noteworthy exchanges are a great idea! The written word forces us not only to actively engage (as reader) but it also provides us a suspended/static representation of the spoken word that enables deeper (or at least alternative) experiences with the event. So one vote yes.

Carmen December 29, 2013 at 10:59 pm


Man,don’t ask questions like that. I come here so someone else can make the decisions.  Maron by Committee sounds bad.

Donna February 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm


Great show.  i have listened to WTF for about 10 hours today and am reading all your blogs.  Having an obsession.




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