WTF Podcast

Episode 365 - Darryl Lenox

Comedian Darryl Lenox survived having a pimp for a father and triumphed over progressive blindness, but it was his own web of lies and trail of deception that almost did him in. Darryl tells Marc how he overcame it all. Plus, Marc asks for your help to stop a major threat to podcasters everywhere. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.


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Leif February 28, 2013 at 5:21 am

My 3rd time food poisoning at “Subway”, just unlucky? Podcast helped between hurls.

David Light February 28, 2013 at 7:07 am

Extraordinary interview of another human being’s pain and redemption. You seemed to understand all the sick and twisted turns of this man’s life. Your insights brought light to the darkness of his soul. Well done.

Alex February 28, 2013 at 9:14 am

Great episode! Depth, pacing, humor, it was all there. One of the best in a long time.

Luke Wronski February 28, 2013 at 10:09 am

Ah dude, that comment about douchebags on your comment page cut deep.  I left a douchey comment a few months back, and realized it minutes later, I do apologize.  EFF’d it today.  Great interview today, Marc.

Patent Troll February 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Marc, given your far-left politics and constant railing against evil corporations, it’s hard not feel some schadenfreude with respect to the patent trolling issue. Trial lawyers are overwhelmingly Democratic supporters and fight tooth and nail against the slightest attempt at tort reform. Meanwhile, even socialist utopias like Canada and Britain have ‘loser pays’.

Well, guess what. Now you’re one of those corporations trying to create a product while being compensated for your effort. By your own definition, that makes you evil (despite your repeated mentions of only being a ‘small business’... is there a convenient revenue above which you become evil?)

If it’s not already obvious, I strongly agree with you re. the patent trolls. But now maybe you have just a bit more empathy for the productive class who face an uphill struggle against the regulatory environment.

Next topic for you to address: If you hit it big in California, you’ll be paying nearly 60% of your income in state and federal taxes. You still on board with that now that your career is back in gear?

pierre February 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm

There is always some fucking idiot trying to turn any subject into a partisan political issue.

Patent trolls arent on any politcal side, they are on the side of money.  They will sue a democrat just as fast as they will sue a republican. 


rotten fruit February 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Marc, 100% with you on the patent trolls. But it’s not just trolls that do this. Look into what Apple has been doing to the competition and it’s very similar. Litigating instead of innovating. I hope you take that into consideration when you make your next tech/phone purchase.

The issue isn’t exactly patent trolls per se. The bigger issue is software patents which should really be abolished.

Scott Jones February 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Patent Troll, you’re a douchebag.  Plain and simple.

benedikt February 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

darryll sounds just like elliot gould in ‘‘the long goodbye’‘

thanks to both of you for the great conversation. ( god i love ‘‘the converstion by coppolla - just thought about that movie while writing this here)



luke February 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm

@ Patent troll. The Shield Act is in effect a regulatory legislation. I don’t see how Marc concerns about patent trolls and the need to regulate their activity through legislation are in any way a contradiction to his views on corporations and the need to regulate their activity.

If anything Marc is arguing for increased opportunity for enterprise and innovation through this

Keep innovating Marc!!!

grind March 01, 2013 at 7:56 am

in the words of mitch hedberg,
this was “heavy, boy, heavy…”
thanks marc and darryl for the
heavy convo.  loved it.
second52 out.

McM3 March 01, 2013 at 12:06 pm

the whole patent trolling thing is not the same issue as tort reform (related doctors being sued) that’s been a political campaign issue. @patent troll is conflating two very different things. both are problems, but one is a clear cut simple “shut them down” problem (patent trolls just need to be snuffed out). the doctors being sued too much issue is much more complicated (there are a lot of bad doctors - highest rate of alcoholism of any white collar profession - and law suits force hospitals to police their doctors more aggressively - although it’s fair to say that they go too far too often). in any event that politicized argument about tort reform doesn’t need to be solved to land a punch on patent trolls. @patent troll is straining to make political points on a rare things most everyone agrees on. chill man.

also good interview. enjoyed it.

Chad March 01, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I was listening to this at work and had to check myself because I actually started tearing up a bit.  It’s great to hear about someone getting a chance for a second act in life and doing getting it right.

maron id March 02, 2013 at 8:16 am

Why is it I get so many negative comments on my board? Maybe it is because I had a better than you attitude at Air America where I wouldn’t speak to anyone “beneath” me? Is it because I only respond to hate and love is an emotions I still grapple with? Who am I to give out marriage/relationship advice? I hook up with fans and latch on for my dear codependent life…..
Glad I did this interview, it gives me cred again after a group of celeb interviews. Real deep comic interview. Since I went to the screening for this is 40, I was convinced to be a used car salesman for showbiz, oh well. I’m rambling. I should look into going pro se for this patent thing, I mean I sit around all day playing with cats, guitars and of course myself. Legalese should be up my cultural alley

PJMinSeatown March 02, 2013 at 11:39 am

Thanks for the great Aimee Mann and Darryl Lenox shows. I was a little worried about WTF after the Brooks/Reiner shows. But you brought back to the here-and-now.
I had a good time at the Seattle show last night. My first live comedy show. Intense.

TomB March 04, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Wow! Great show. The perfect match between host and guest.

Joe Tily March 05, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Another good one . . . . really interesting and i found myself thinking about it days after i listened. Thanks Marc & Darryl.

Marie March 07, 2013 at 4:43 pm

This interview with Darryl Lenox is why I love you, Mark! Great stuff!

Pleasant Surprise April 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

i realize now it doesn’t matter whether or not i know of the person Marc is interviewing, for it will almost always be a great podcast. this one was no different, Darryl’s story made for a very compelling interview. the epiphany he had after recovering from his last eye surgery was inspirational to hear.

one of my favorite WTFs for sure. keep up the great work, Marc!!!