WTF Podcast

Episode 405 - Jonah Hill

Marc finds a kindred spirit in Jonah Hill - another guy who grew up with a desire to make people around him laugh, annoying his teachers in the process. Jonah talks about how being a cutup led to opportunities in acting, which led to more dramatic roles, which led to an Oscar nomination, and he explains why Superbad made it more difficult for him to take other roles. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom and Adam & Eve.

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  • 14 Comments


Graham July 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm


on the issue of your opening,  I live next to a guy with tourette syndrome and I sometimes cringe as my children listen to him and repeat those words at school,  so I get it when parents don’t want their kids to learn about these strong words when they don’t know how to use them.  But WTF is not a kids show, and if an adult wants to listen to it in the car carrying their kids to school they should be able to explain to their kids you don’t know how to use that word yet.
Shakespeare used so awesome curse words and he didn’t use it just for the groundlings.

WTF is your show, don’t just say it because that is what you say,  use profanity because it is funny or has a point. maybe the intro is losing it’s point, but it’s your show. say what you want.  smile somepeople will fast forward through the intro anyway. smile   

I enjoyed the talk with Jonah Hill, even when your talking about the Sopranos

norton July 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm


fun & nice interview. maybe not that deep, but i guess jonah is just a happygolucky type guy

Phallic My Balls July 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm


Yo that jacket corduroy as fuck, huh

B July 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm


Jonah Hill sounds like a nice guy.  I was a little surprised that Jonah and Marc felt like an Jews are underdogs in pop culture.  There are so many Jewish people who are famous or great scientists that it’s sometimes annoying to someone who’s not Jewish.  I mean - Jews make up something like 2% of the US population, but it seems like nearly every film I watch has Jews in major roles. (For example, all four male leads in “This is the End” are Jewish.  The movie I watched before that was “Garden State” - also revolved around two Jewish leads,)

I really don’t understand how Jews can view themselves as uncool underdogs.  Do Jews really not understand how disproportionately successful they are compared to everyone else?

jd July 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm


That sigue into the Legalzoom ad was smooooooth. I honestly didn’t see it coming, and I listen to every episode of WTF.

dp July 12, 2013 at 12:27 am


I already look forward to how Marc Maron is going to interview someone because of how he interviews people.

Justin July 12, 2013 at 3:21 am


I have to admit I’m one of the anti-semites who’s really really really tired of hearing jewish stuff or about jews and inside jew things. But in fairness its not really WTF but just all the comedy podcasts I listen to. Even the gentile hosted ones are talking about ‘shmickzas’ and shmuckza balls etc.

Anyways, in this case I enjoyed the Jews very much and might guess neither is that ‘jewwy’ and was happy to hear more about the jobs themselves. Jonah really is a natural talent and impressed the hell out of me in ‘21 Jump Street’ which might be one of the best comedies I’ve seen in the last few years!

And wow PLEASE TELL US ‘Maron’ is getting another season!?!

Happy ‘Schmeckel Gazoinkas’ and whatever brine and heavy breads for your Mashinka Holidays!

Jon July 12, 2013 at 9:16 am


@B. Entertainment is irrelevant in real life and not all Jews are entertainers anyway. That’s like saying that black people are not underdogs because most sport stars are black. So there you have it. That’s why they are underdogs.

sydney July 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm


Your opening is basically my life earlier this week.  In fact, I was in the shower crying over the same stuff.  Thanks Marc.  Your honesty helped the grey cloud to move from over my head; at least for now…

Jake July 12, 2013 at 11:08 pm


Seems like a nice guy.  Although his dramatic roles are him being comic relief.  You’re the jokey guy.  Don’t expect respect for being a clown in a drama versus a clown in a comedy.  He’s known for being difficult.  Well, very serious   Which is difficult when you’re not a real actor.

Paul Stewart July 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm


Great interview nice to hear someone whose work you admire isn’t a douche. THX!

Cat Admirer July 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm


Wasn’t it Nick Cave you were supposed to have had trouble clicking with? That seemed sparkling (albeit dour) rapport by comparison here. Super sweet and jovial though Hill clearly is, it could just be that the garage is a foreign country for the younger well-adjusted-and-happy set, and a neutral third party would be handy to interpret between guest and host.

Patrick December 06, 2013 at 2:58 pm


I was on season 5 of the sopranos when gandolfini died too. I’m now relieved his death wasn’t my fault.

Bee April 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm


for future reference:
Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht.

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman.

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.