Dispatches from the Head

WTF - Carl Reiner tells the Jewish origin of the 2000 year old man.



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Enrique Robles February 07, 2013 at 12:09 pm


I loved listening to the grand old men of comedy. I grew up watching Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner’s stuff on television. I remember watching Carl’s stuff dubbed into Spanish in Mexico and when I finally made it to the States. These guys show a really warm , hard working and honest side of being funny men and you can totally see their sensibilities come through in the interview. Marc Maron has taken us to the dark side of comedy ,to the difficulties of addiction , the bitter fruit and medicine of heartbreak and the joys of success. In this set of interviews we can reflect on two rich lives lived in comedy.

ea February 08, 2013 at 3:17 am


marc,
beautifully done brother.  mel and carl is a brilliant little two parter.
mel was totally fucking with you- (us)...
80%.... my ass.

RBurns February 08, 2013 at 9:22 pm


My favorite episodes of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show were when George Burns was on talking about Jack Benny or Jack Benny was on talking about George Burns.  Your Brooks-Reiner episodes reminded me of them except your interviews are longer and without commercial interruption.  Thank you.

Nate February 10, 2013 at 4:24 am


Great interview.  Classic comedy genius. And he’s gotta memory like a steel trap.  Next he needs to get you in touch with Steve Martin or Dick Van Dyke.

Laura February 13, 2013 at 7:23 am


I thought I loved you before…... The love and respect that you showed Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner brought tears to my eyes, no joke. And tghe respect and delight that they both showed in YOU in return felt like the passing of a torch.
World class, Marc Maron. These interviews felt historic, And hysterical. LOVED them. And you! WTF just keeps getting better.

Tony February 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm


These guys out class all of us at every angle. Mel & Carl certainly have a special relationship, but I also sense a huge generational change in values and perspective.

Everyone in entertainment today either outwardly hates each other, or secretly hates each other. We’re all gonna be alone with a hospice nurse if we make it to 80+. Hope we all find “chicken feathers”.  Thanks for these interviews, Marc.

Cloud February 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm


This was a great interview.  Carl Reiner has been a favorite of mine since I was a 20-something late night barista in the mid-90’s falling asleep to Dick Van Dyke on Nick at Nite at 4 in the morning.  Learning more about his career, I realized I had loved his work for years through the Steve Martin movies and I discovered comedy of another time that I connected with instantly.  Thanks so much, Marc for this episode.

I was really taken with Carl’s comments about government programs and the arts.  Discovering that he is only in showbiz because of a WPA program is a huge revelation to me.  It’s remarkable that we, as a country, invested in teaching young people the arts for free and as a result we received the incredible contributions to the world of comedy that this man’s career represents.

Thanks again, Marc (and thanks, Mel, for making it happen!)

Becky February 23, 2013 at 10:29 am


Such a sweet picture of you… Great show.