WTF Podcast

Episode 426 - Robert Wuhl

Most people remember Robert Wuhl from his performances in blockbuster movies like Batman and Bull Durham or from his HBO show Ariiss, but the bedrock of his career is stand-up comedy. Robert tells Marc how his success is linked to Rodney Dangerfield, The Dating Game, the Academy Awards and American history. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and by Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial.


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Skip Golbach September 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

“I’m sure Gandhi lost his shit sometimes.”  ROFL

Kelsey September 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

I’m sure everyone loses their shit sometimes. I know I do and I think what you were explaining in your intro is descriptive of the human condition. It’s important for you to know that you’re not alone in your struggles and it’s great that you are continuing to pursue what you love. You will always have support from your fans and listeners. Keep looking up Marc!

Graham Larkin September 25, 2013 at 9:23 am

WOW. I love the story about Rodney Dangerfield’s contempt for pandering, no-risk observational humor. It’s all too easy to dismiss Rodney’s own comedy as schticky, outdated, Bob-Hope-style gag-mongering, but I don’t think that’s right. There’s an authentic vulnerability to Rodney’s public self—an antiheroic purity of heart—that places his work firmly in the camp of Charles Schultz and Richard Pryor. Thank you Robert Wuhl and Marc Maron for bringing that into focus.

Cat Admirer September 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

God, I get so tired of people lumping together Charles Schultz and Richard Pryor.

Bill Bernstein September 26, 2013 at 12:23 am

1:13:12—you missed an opportunity to say, “Kubric rubric.”  :-(

smitty September 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm

yeah, good, interesting,OK.  kind of hyper-monotone,in style and emotional thrust. funny, when marc took a little snipe at Wuhl,and much deserved I might add:  Marc said, “miracle you’ve been with your wife for 30 yrs, i’ve with you for just an hour and I don’t know how I could stand it”. to which, Wuhl said nothing and kept right on yapping. no comedic empathy or sense of levity. he sounds like a dude that’s caught up in his own world. nothn’ touchy-feely here.  jessuz,man!

jane September 30, 2013 at 9:29 am

totally agree with smitty!

Jason December 02, 2013 at 10:05 pm

@smitty: strange, I thought Wuhl was a delight, and felt a lot of love and admiration coming from Marc, “snipe” included.  Great interview imo.

Michael December 05, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Great interview! An ironic thing about you guys talking about both Rodney Dangerfield and Kubrick’s The Killing is that Dangerfield had a part as an extra in the movie. It was absolute murder for me when you guys never mentioned it.

Father Mucker January 08, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Good talk.