WTF Podcast

Episode 385 - Gillian Jacobs

Community’s Gillian Jacobs made Marc nervous when she was an audience member at one of his stand-up sets. Luckily, nothing gets rid of nerves like bonding with someone over a shared fascination with morbid Los Angeles murder stories. During their garage chat, Gillian also explains the stunning choice she made that led her to an acting career. This episode is sponsored by Pro Flowers and Shari’s Berries. Use the offer code WTF for Mother’s Day savings. 


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Ted May 06, 2013 at 8:28 am

There is something simultaneously cloying and creepy about the way that Marc tends to talk to women.  This episode is certainly no exception to that trend.  It makes my skin crawl.

Matt May 06, 2013 at 11:41 am

Anyone else find Jacobs pretty restrained and well uhhh… boring?

AEdouard May 06, 2013 at 11:56 am

Well, I feel there’s something behind the ‘‘never going out’’ that Marc didn’t quite get to.

Joey May 06, 2013 at 7:46 pm

And her sweet tooth.  Say boring or whatever.  Not every episode is going to blow people away.  This was just a good conversation.  Gillian, let’s talk next time I’m in LA.

ChrisJo May 06, 2013 at 9:48 pm


smitty May 06, 2013 at 10:57 pm

that was so cute: she was trying to say “preservating”.. i love ad hoc neologisms on WTF..

Firsttime caller May 07, 2013 at 1:38 pm

GJ is a fucking treasure.

I saw “MARON” S01E02, man.  Nice work.  Great performance from cast + crew alike.

Felt it.

Justin May 07, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Once again the ‘Mindy Kaling Effect’ on the WTF boards because heavens forbid a successful comedienne is relatively normal and happy to have landed a great paying gig! Take that lady!!

I enjoyed a really good quite and classy conversation and while I’m not a big fan of community I did think her story was perfectly worthwhile.

Maron on IFC is one of the best f***ing things I’ve ever seen on TV. Honestly I was a bit worried a TV version might skew my regular imagination of the Maron WTF world.
The TV show did nothing but exceed anything I could have hoped for.

(btw.. holy shlt those ‘Maron in Space’ clips were funny as fuck too)

HeyWorld May 08, 2013 at 3:06 am

Not top 5 material, but still enjoyed the episode.
Just one thing: what is it with Americans and therapy? Why is almost everyone on Marc’s show in therapy? And why does a successful, well grounded, intelligent woman such as Ms. Jacobs need therapy? Of course, I don’t pretend that I know her after one hour of interview, but sometimes I just don’t get it.

fakemustache May 08, 2013 at 11:33 am

@Justin: Your stirring defense of female interviewees is somewhat undermined by your use of the archaic and patronizing gendered term “comedienne.” “Comedian” suffices for both men and women. That bit of cognitive dissonance aside, I totally agree with you that it is unfair and sexist to hold female guests to a different standard.

Justin May 08, 2013 at 3:35 pm

thanks Jay Mohrs and I have to tell you I have been deliberately reusing ‘comedienne’ because I find ‘comedian’ (for males and females) condescending and old-fashioned. As if it were the 80s and we were assuring the girls they are worthy of the male title too.

But yeah.. I don’t know if it’s because a lot of us are divorced men who can’t get paid for our sitcom scripts but wow the women guests get a special beating on this messageboard! Worse than the fags!

Jojoba May 08, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I haven’‘t listened to this one yet but does he use that voice that he uses when he talks to women? It’s almost like a baby voice?  I mean I love Marc and this podcast but come on man talk to these women like they are people not pieces of china

Trevor Green May 15, 2013 at 1:56 am

Man, you weren’t lying Mark, your boards are full of critics and trolls. Am I trolling the trolls? Does that make me a Troll? Respect for leaving the boards on here regardless.

I’m going to have to look up the shows for the rest of the community cast. I don’t see Danny Purdi on there. And of course, Chevy Chase.

They are coming back for 13 episodes. They have had guest stars before. I think they should bring you on. Maybe as Star Burn’s brother come to look for him after he faked his death at the end of season 3."Star-Burns"_Osbourne

You would have to do some facial hair shaping to pull it off.

Bob May 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Gillian not only knows who he is, but has read the great Charles Willeford? I think I’m in love. Great interview, Marc. Hoke Moseley lives!

Jay May 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

Not so good—stopped halfway through. Condescending and boring conversation with a semi-interesting person.

wilberfan May 30, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Man, this whole interview I was picturing Alison Brie…  My bad…

Patrick August 17, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I liked it. Good conversation.  It felt like just scratching the surface around the hour mark, but Gillian’s surface is more interesting than most actor’s depths.

Harold C Hanger November 08, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Not one of the best.

Referring to her as ‘control freak’ because she hadn’t ever taken drugs is very revealing of Marc’s skewed idea that people who take drugs are somehow ‘brave’.
I have taken loads as has he, but my conclusion now at a similar age to Marc is that I could have done without them all if had been a happier person.
Is it so threatening to Marc’s world view that she could have been happy without them?
I guess the answer is yes and much of his comedy would have to make a severe turn if it were.

Still in parts very good, sadly I felt she had depths that remained hidden.