WTF Podcast

Episode 386 - Alison Brie

Alison Brie visits the Cat Ranch and Marc tries to figure out whether she’s closer to Community’s Annie or Mad Men’s Trudy. In addition to talking about those two signature roles, Alison tells Marc about growing up around his neighborhood, participating in clothes-optional exploits in college and feeling the pressure of protecting the secrets of Mad Men. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, LegalZoom and Adam & Eve.

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  • 27 Comments


Ali May 08, 2013 at 11:32 am


Yes Marc, you have definitely turned into “creepy old guy.”  There’s no longer any doubt about it at this point.

fakemustache May 08, 2013 at 11:49 am


So the next interviewee will be Yvette Nicole Brown, right? It would be interesting for the sake of comparing how Marc responds to different kinds of women. That said, I don’t think that it’s entirely reasonable to expect Marc to completely disguise his attraction to certain guests (i.e. conventionally-pretty younger white women) and the anxiety that he feels in their presence. He is rarely blatantly lascivious, and I don’t think that anyone listens to WTF for neutral, unbiased interviews. Frankly, the other running theme of Marc’s hostility and resentment towards younger white male comedians is way more egregious and off-putting than his “creepy old guy” persona. If you don’t like creepy old guys, then don’t listen to a podcast hosted by a creepy old guy?

Robert May 08, 2013 at 1:47 pm


Sweet Jesus, Marc is awful with young women.  How condescending is he throughout this interview?  Dude is practically using a baby voice for huge chunks of the conversation.  Also, I can’t imagine him saying “how cute” repeatedly to a male guest.

Noah May 08, 2013 at 3:52 pm


I really enjoyed this interview, and the work of Marc Maron in general. I feel like I need to counter this insane negativity.

Jake May 08, 2013 at 4:41 pm


Skip to 13:00 for when it gets tolerable.

I Feel Embarrassed May 08, 2013 at 4:44 pm


LOL! Marc, you need a warning for new listeners. Don’t let them accidentally start by hearing you interview a young woman who is 1) hot, and 2) cheerful and friendly. They’d be baffled by your curmudgeonly reputation. “Who is this gushing, awkward and fawning old dude making those noises @ 39:00 - 39:10?”

 

Rob May 08, 2013 at 4:59 pm


Marc is right, everyone in this comment section is an idiot whose never spoken to anyone apparently, let alone a woman.

Noah, you’re cool.

Robert May 08, 2013 at 5:25 pm


Hey Rob, notice at the end how Marc asks if he’s a “creepy old guy”?  He’s aware of his behavior, or at the least, how he’ll be perceived.

Scott May 08, 2013 at 7:21 pm


I did not perceive any “creep” factor in this interview.

It would not bother me at all if Marc removed this part of the website.  That way, the disturbed fuckholes of the planet could get back to jerking off to their moms on porn sites.

Gaia May 09, 2013 at 2:11 am


My opinion? Super boring. I mean this purely from an informed criticism perspective. I’m a big fan of the show. But Alison Brie? Super boring. She’s not really into the whole zeitgeist of the show. Not dark and twisty and windy enough. You were kind of flirting with her too, which I made up might have distracted you from actually interviewing her.

Lana Patrick May 09, 2013 at 3:09 am


Hey Marc, bring the Lady to Farmshop in Brentwood. Im a cheese monger there, and I honestly feel like I owe you one for all of the entertainment that you’ve assaulted me with.  Cheers!

Chad May 09, 2013 at 11:28 am


Awesome interview. Alison Brie has a bright future. Nice to see the contrast in personalities between two people who work on the same show. You have the tightly wound, pensiveness of Gillian Jacobs vs the cheerful goofiness of Alison Brie. Both are great in their own way. I sometimes roll my eyes when people mention misogyny on this board but there is definitely a negativity directed towards Marc or his guest whenever a female is on this show.

Scott May 09, 2013 at 12:44 pm


Well, bugger me. The fools are out on this board tonight! What’s there to beef about in this interview? It was a good one! Alison Brie was fun to listen to (amazingly so, for a pretty actor), and Marc orchestrated an interesting interview, digging into the more unique aspects of this guest’s biography. Those of you analyzing every little click and chirp out of the dude’s mouth need to seriously get a freaking life.

Jon May 09, 2013 at 2:42 pm


What the fuck is wrong with people? The conversation was engaging and funny. There was no creepiness at all. I agree with this section being remove.

Guest May 09, 2013 at 3:49 pm


For me it is not women but youth. Many WTF guests under 35 have come across as guarded and artificial and calculating in my opinion, but not so much this week. Happy women talking about Shakespeare makes me happy.

Cook Dane May 09, 2013 at 3:50 pm


@Maria, I think you’re making it more complicated than it really is. Marc isn’t cheesy with the Bernhardt’s, Garofalo’s, etc. because they’re older and not hot. So he’s relaxed and free to be his grumpy self with them.

He IS intimidated by someone like Alison Brie. I don’t read his attitude toward her as condescension at all, but as awkward flirting. He’s like the emo goth kid who makes snarky remarks about the (genuinely nice) cheerleader for being cute and fun. But the second she lets him into her orbit for a moment and is nice to him, he turns into a puddle of admiring goo.

Justin May 09, 2013 at 5:34 pm


yes! for the second time in a row the WTF commentators are sticking it to the young successful woman!
Take that Mindy Kaling!! Now we go for the Three-peat whoever is the next comedienne - take that for my divorce and unsold scripts lady!

Oh and for the normal people out there - excellent WTF episode and a very cool young gal who’s not a douchette and worked long and hard and well to get where she is!

CaptainAnon May 09, 2013 at 5:35 pm


I have only heard one podcast of WTF before and I thought this one was very good!

smitty May 09, 2013 at 10:22 pm


i used to pass the subway stop of ‘hoyt-schermerhorn’ on my way to HS in brooklyn…i’m so fucking glad it’s new york, and not new amsterdam as NYC was previously called.  just imagine, how linguistically cumbersome that would be. and oh shit,what would the fucking blues sound like in dutch.                    buy me a vowel mother fucker…!!

smitty May 09, 2013 at 10:47 pm


at the risk of sounding totally uncool…WTF is “D & D”, as in her theater boyfriend ?!

Justin May 09, 2013 at 11:44 pm


Smitty, I’m probably ashamed to know this but ‘D&D’ refers to ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ the popular nerd game coincidentally featured on episode 1 of ‘Maron’ (the trolls are playing D&D) and yep its surprisingly popular as a real ‘at the table’ group game despite all these online virtual magic worlds, you left-wing creep.

smitty May 10, 2013 at 12:21 am


@justin—  thanks…......  and i don’t self define as left wing,my values just happen to be humanistic and anti-totalitarian.  if you, need a box to define me for your comfort,that’s okay;but that’s your trip not mine….labels, are nothing other than vacuous vertically driven linguistic prisons. get a key,they’re pretty cheap..

smitty May 10, 2013 at 12:57 am


capoeira- is a brazilian dance/martial art…..marc and alison…

Master David Goodmen May 11, 2013 at 11:28 am


I enjoyed the interview, very much. 

The interview sounded like a comedian interviewing someone who is intelligent, and is having fun with the interview.  I do not inhabit the world of show-biz, so her discussions of acting school, and of acting jobs, was particularly interesting to me. 

The negative comments do not match the podcast I audited.  Sorry, guys!—(NOT)

54m00 to 54m53, the discussion of the passed-out-drunk bagpipe player, was unexpected.

Trevor Green May 15, 2013 at 2:04 am


She is all optimism and sunshine. The only thing I missed was I wanted her to rap some more. Next time put in a request for some rap. I liked her and love her show but seeing her rap put it over the top for me. Very endearing. I didn’t know she was on Mad Men, now I have to watch.

So it’s a choice, Maron or Mad Men. I think I’ll start with Maron because I belong with the creepy old guys because I’m tempted to pick Mad Men.

jdog June 05, 2013 at 3:52 pm


I’ve listened to at least 50 WTF podcasts and this was definitely one of the weakest.  They don’t get to Mad Men and Community until over an hour in… These are two of the most interesting shows on TV, with really compelling story lines behind the scenes.  And instead we get twenty minutes about being naked in film school.  Alison is delightful, funny, and a great interview subject.  Maron sounds like he’s 5 minutes from falling asleep…

Oh well.

Melanie August 09, 2013 at 10:12 am


I think someone mentioned it above but the guy who made the incense was Sathya Sai Baba.  He died recently and some stories surfaced…unfortunately it sounds like he was a questionable guy.  But growing up he was like my parent’s guru.