WTF Podcast

Episode 370 - Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke made as big an impression on young Marc Maron as he did on so many generations of kids who grew up with his movies and TV shows. So it’s a real treat for Marc to talk with Dick about his career, from Broadway to The Dick Van Dyke Show to his iconic family film roles. This episode is sponsored by Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.


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Steve Junion March 18, 2013 at 3:59 am

Just a fantastic episode.  I’ve been a WTFer for a while…and these nostalgic interviews are just a treasure, especially over the last couple of months with Mr. Van Dyke, Mr. Brooks, and Mr. Reiner…and yes, we should respect our elders in general and specifically because the folks you are talking to helped to pave the trail for modern comedy.  Thanks Mark for this episode and I look forward to more and hoping that you might be able to get some interviews with women who blazed a comedy trail as well!  What a fantastic way to start a Monday morning…I think I’m done here.

Adam Moore March 18, 2013 at 4:43 am

i am downloading this episode right now off of the wtf are very good a what you do i love your podcast.i can’t wait to listen to this interview you aways do a really good job i just can’t belive i did not know about this podcast sooner it is good i love it so much i love hearing about the old storys keep up the good work marc maron you are very good at what you do.

Tad Daniels March 18, 2013 at 8:31 am

Give Marc a goddamn Pulitzer already!!!

Scott March 18, 2013 at 8:38 am

I am holding off listening to this one….trying to savor it.

Todd from Minneapolis March 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

Van Dyke was great in a made-for-tv movie, The Morning After.  He played an alcoholic who loses everything - career and family - and, if my memory is right, he doesn’t bounce back.  It ends with him facing the sunrise alone with his bottle; it was surprisingly dark for a tv movie.  He’s still obviously very sharp but is mistaken about the Bob Newhart Show -Bob and Emily weren’t the first tv couple to share a bed.  There’s Archie and Edith (and Meathead and Gloria) in All in the Family and Carol and Mike on the Brady Bunch, and there were probably other couples before that.

strit March 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

Good lord, hearing him say “sunshine biscuit company” is the happiest thing I’ve ever experienced.

jim March 18, 2013 at 11:16 am

Are you Serious? Dick Van Dyke? The Dick Van Dyke? This is bananas!! Can’t wait to listen

Matt(midwest) March 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

cant wait to hear it!! i love this guy, know nothing really, i think he was on a silly mystery show i rarely watched as a kid with walker texas ranger.  the other old comics recommended him too and it sounded like hes more versatile than i had proof of. it always occured to me though in the delivery of jokes on the show that he might actually be funny beyond acting funny and reading a script

Dean March 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

WOW Mark!  Mel Brooks, Rob Reiner, Dick Van Dyke?  AMAZING - and your intreviews are spot on…  You relate with them quite well instead of just an admirer. Great flow.
This material belongs in a Time Capsule for entertainment - For Real!!

WTF indeed (in a good way!)

Thank You Mate

M. Peerce March 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Wish Marc could have culled another hour out of Mr Van Dyke. He’s a real father figure in my life. Fine, sweet,  memorable episode. Thanks

J Harris March 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm

DVD as King Lear. Now that’s funny! Thank you, Marc ... who’s next?!

Justin March 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Instant Classic WTF!
      Absolutely amazing interview and Dick Van Dyke is just awesome! Huge thanks to Marc and Mr. Van Dyke this!

Ryan March 19, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Great episode!

To me the real testament to how great WTF is is that I have never seen any of Dick Van Dyke’s work (not even Mary Poppins, kind of weird eh) but I still found conversation completely enthralling.

I also got a little smile out of how Marc changes his demeanor depending on the guest. No cursing in front of Mr. Van Dyke!

Nucular Robit March 20, 2013 at 1:42 am

Hey. I realize I have only left one comment on your site. It was negative.
So rather than continue to be a douchebag I figured I would just tell you how much I love the podcast.
I love it.
Have a good day.

grind March 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm

i’ve never heard
the word “Atlanta”
said more beautifully…
. loved it.  thanks.

Damon Levine March 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Dick Van Dyke… pure class. Brilliant interview.

Matthew Hostetler March 22, 2013 at 8:32 am

An instant classic.

I particularly loved hearing about DVD hanging out with Buster Keaton.

But now that Marc has gone down this road, doesn’t he sorta feel the obligation to capture conversations with as many of the other heavy-hitting old-timers who are still around? And if not him, who?

What I’m saying is, when’s the Mickey Rooney episode coming out?

Chadley March 23, 2013 at 12:53 am

You’re doing God’s work, Marc.  I’ve been a longtime fan of WTF, NPR, and your stand-up, and you’ve taken it to another level with these recent interviews with the godfathers of comedy.  You have such a unique gift for relating to your guests, be they twenty-something fuck-ups or living legends.  If this were a just world, you’d be hosting the Tonight Show live from the Cat Ranch, just shootin’ the shit with whomever, with a big bowl of nicotine lozenges on the table.  I just want you to know, when you’re humping your gear across town or across the country, asking yourself, “Why the fuck am I doing this?”—people like me are eating it up.  Godspeed, you beautiful mensch! Good luck with “Maron,” and I’ll be watching.  Watch your cards with those TV hacks, and keep Boomer breathing!

Pete R. March 24, 2013 at 1:28 am

All I can add is thank you in every imaginable way, Marc. Podcasts are such a gift, in my opinion, and this episode demonstrates it.
Mr. Van Dyke’s just tough not to like.

kjevans March 25, 2013 at 10:14 pm

I heard it here - did you hear it?  Tim Conway would be a great next get on your list of comedy legends.

Sundry March 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I also imprinted heavily on Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore.  Still quote stuff from that show I didn’t even realize was from it till I saw it years later.

michele April 03, 2013 at 8:58 am

These ‘classics’ interviews—Dick Van Dyke Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks—are a brilliant addition to your archive of comedy greatness.  And, although i realize it’s the demographic that media tries to pretend doesn’t matter (who has more money to burn, the 19-yr.old barista who lives in his mom’s basement or my 80-ish retired exec dad in his brand new BMW that he flew to Germany to buy?), you have attracted a whole new,senior audience both to wTF and podcasts in general.  I wish you would add to the collection by rebroadcasting the jonathon winters episode.  Yes, i know i could buy it (I heard it the first time around), but it would be even better with your new intro that included your thoughts now that you have talked to the other “old dudes”.  And while you are looking at the comedy classics, how about a few of the senior females, like Joan Rivers and Carol Burnett?  Thanks for it all…

Ken Jensen April 03, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Just fantastic! You handled that so well Marc. I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy and appreciate these things too! So glad I listened!

Joe Tily April 08, 2013 at 8:56 am

Wonderful . . . . i found the chat about Stan Laurel & Buster Keaton fascinating. Thanks Marc!

Amy Christine April 08, 2013 at 10:11 am

Just loved this episode. All class that Dick Van Dyke. So warm, funny and smart.

Donna May 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

What a delightful interview!  Marc’s admiration for Dick Van Dyke really made this episode glow.

Gotta say, I’m so sick of trash-talk and “The F word” thrown around so randomly.  Kinda hurts my ears.  I noticed that Marc turned off the swearing while interviewing DVD.  Made it that much better.

Kevin July 24, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Marc, I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved your interview with Dick Van Dyke.  The rapport you almost immediately gained with him was the mark of a true professional.  I have no doubt that Mr. Van Dyke absolutely loved reminiscing about his own personal influences he got to meet.  The way you are able to get your guests to relax and open up to a real conversation is almost unheard of in this age.

Please, I beg you, use these relationships you have made with Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke and others to get interviews with more and more of these giants of comedy.  It’s just an honest truth that they will not be with us much longer and I really can’t imagine someone more capable of bringing that glorious comedy past into the present for younger generations to appreciate it.

Marc, honestly, you owe it to each and every one of us to interview as many of these scions of comedy as you can while they are still with us.  You owe it to us, you owe it to them, and, most importantly, you owe it to yourself.

Cynthia July 26, 2013 at 1:01 am

I haven’t laughed so much from pure delight this much…probably ever. “Mary Poppins” is one of my favorite movies and “The Dick Van Dyke” show is one of my favorite TV shows. The interview was excellent and just such a treat. Thank you so very much.