WTF Podcast

Episode 382 - Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria lends his voice and talent to many of the most beloved Simpsons characters. But he lends Marc some valuable advice about becoming a dad later in life and about finding productive ways to deal with professional setbacks. This episode is sponsored by Inside Amy Schumer on 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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Scott April 29, 2013 at 8:00 am

Great interview.  Sometimes it was hard to know who was speaking because of some similarities in your voices.

I watched an episode of Maron just now.  I didn’t know what to expect.  I was afraid that I’d be disappointed and feel like someone shoved an ice cube up my butt. 

Not so.  It is fantastic.  Very strong.  I am so happy.

Dickm April 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

That was yet another great interview.  I am not surprised that Azaria is a good guy.  I am surprised at how similar they both sound .. amusing.

BTW I am in the Nederlands and I cannot see the Maron Trailers or any of the video related to it because I’m not in the U.S. That really sucks :-( ...  Don’t know why they do that but it makes me feel icky as if I’m some kind of second-class World citizen (even though I am actually an Amercian citizen) ...

Good stuff Marc and I’m sure the show will be a hit.

Other Chris April 29, 2013 at 11:14 am

Wow, what a coincidence; I *just* watched Godzilla ‘98!

Jt April 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Hank Azaria is an amazing voice actor, and like he said, mimic. His Marc impression was spot on; down to the tiny lisp. His thoughts were his own but his voice was all Maron’s. Genious!

Guest April 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Here’s one episode of “Maron”, at least -

Scott April 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm

The New York psychiatrist stuff is amazing!

item April 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm

hey.  i was just over at and i saw that Maron is doing an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on May 1st at 2PM (i believe thats eastern time?). anyway i just figured i would post here to maximize exposure.

you’re the best, Maron!

rb April 30, 2013 at 8:06 am

After Marc’s talk with Amy, I looked into his tv show trailer and am now excited to see the show…looks original and enjoyable, which is saying a lot, because I don’t really like tv anymore. For limited cable clients, like myself, though, I hope I can catch episodes online on hulu or something.

Justin April 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm

OK…. I’m not going crazy because JT spotted the Marc Impression too!

Did everyone else catch that? Marc asks about a ‘Marc Maron’ impression and Azaria insists it might take him a week or so.
Over the next 15 minutes of conversation Hank Azarias voice starts ‘morphing’ into Marc Maron!

Everyone else did notice that right? Wow.. wow that was eerie and freaking amazing!

Joe Tily May 01, 2013 at 4:05 am

Great interview, but - Men who never want kids are infantile?  Really? You just keep telling yourself that buddy . . . .  whatever you need to make that decision late in the game. I’d say knowing yourself, being true to yourself and not giving-in to pressure from society and/or your girlfriend is very mature and responsible.  I’m sick of this attitude of treating childless people as if they are weird, lacking something or damaged in some way. What the fuck is wrong with not wanting kids?

Distracted Guy May 01, 2013 at 8:32 am

Wait when did he start morphing his voice into Marc? Was it near the end?

mike May 01, 2013 at 10:07 am

Right on, Joe Tily. I second that. Truly, no one is capable of being an adult until they have children. Utter shite. I used to like Louis CK until he started preaching this same sort of shit about ‘you can’t be a real man until you have kids’. Typing narcissists universalizing their experience.

mike May 01, 2013 at 10:11 am

‘typical’, not typing, narcissists

Saivite ATL May 02, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Loved the interview. Re: child conversation (in the interview as well as in posts):  having a child (hopefully) will create/uncover/release the desire to serve another with unconditional love, where your life is not about you, “where (they) are first”.  Unfortunately, as we have seen so many examples of, not every person who becomes a parent has that ability.
Also, there are those who choose to serve humanity where those desires, compassion and ability are awakened, by just a love for humanity. A few we may all recognize, Mother Theresa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and but so many more who will never get their names in the paper who are working publicly and privately and have through out history.  Children are not necessary to awaken these desires to serve, love fiercely and care beyond our ‘selfish’ interest but, for some people (not all),  children spontaneously awaken this space in the heart that may not otherwise be opened because in our culture, service is not a primary focus.  A sign of maturity is how well you serve others, regardless if they are related to you or not.
You’ll make a great parent Marc, if you that’s what you choose to do. And if you don’t, maybe you can dive into those depths anyway. Mazel-Tov!

smitty May 02, 2013 at 6:00 pm

a little historical note[and i could be a bit off]-  marc- in the 60’‘s and 70’s, most of the garment industry would have been in midtown manhattan[NYC]{before NAFTA killed it}. the lower east side at that time, was kind of a wasteland. there’s nice restaurtant/bar/nightlife there now;although,it’s still a little funky. and, Clinton signed NAFTA,so it’s on him. the D before his name don’t mean shit. shame on us liberals who overlook that!!

aldomars May 05, 2013 at 6:35 pm

if any folks have not checked this out it is damn funny.  the film short that hank mentions about the down and out sports broadcaster.

Having kids May 07, 2013 at 4:28 am

The world will continue to be a beleaguered, shitty, place as long as people are either trying to fix the world while not raising their kids, or raising their kids while not fixing the world. “In our culture, service is not a primary focus…” is this because not enough people are having kids? We should mind our own business instead of trying to better our lives rolling the dice with others’ welfare.

Rishabh Sharma May 09, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Hi Mark & Hank - Just listened to this twice, still processing it and just wanted to say thank you. This was a very relatable interview for me and taking in Hanks and Marc’s perspective has really helped me out. Thanks again! Keep up the work Marc!

sonicmolasses May 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Marc, I am a huge fan, but I had to turn off your Hank Azaria interview when y’all started bashing those of us who don’t have children. I realize you are working through your own issues about becoming a father, but this whole thing about the childless being somehow less human—so awful. I agonized over the decision a good bit in my mid-forties, but now, at 49, I am at peace with the choice not to be a parent. But when I hear these generalizations and the absolute judgment people have, it just makes me angry. I am a writer and a professor and I feel fully human, fully contributing. You sound like you’re probably going to take the plunge, and I applaud you for that, but on the off chance that you decide not to, I promise your life can be completely meaningful without kids.

Jim May 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

Great interview.  I won’t get in on the whole kids thing above, but I will say that having kids will hand you your arse (ass) in terms of how you see your parents.  Not saying you’ll think they were faultless but jeez, eye opener!

Amanda June 04, 2014 at 8:18 am

Marc, PLEASE apologize on your show for your comments in this episode. You’ve offended and hurt people who have opted not to have children for various reasons, and chances are you’ve offended people who desperately want children but are unable to have them.

I love your show, but you fucked up this time. Your comments towards people without children were ignorant and mean-spirited, and likely rooted in your own insecurity about being 50 and childfree.

It would mean a lot to the childfree community if you would apologize.