WTF Podcast

Episode 435 - Jim Breuer

Comedian Jim Breuer is more open and candid about his time at Saturday Night Live than any former SNL alum who has been in the garage. Jim also provides Marc with a big missing piece about a pivitol moment in Marc’s life. Plus, Jim shares the stories behind two heartbreaking lost opportunities of his career and explains how a meeting with Bill Cosby gave him the inspiration to pave his own way in comedy. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom, Audible and Adam & Eve.


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Zoe Dune October 24, 2013 at 6:17 am

This clarifies one thing, and that’s that there are answers to some of our questions and we’re not just all fucked up in the head! Wow. One of the best wtf episodes and it ran long, I only wish it would have run longer. Jim Breuer is the rosetta stone into that new direction for Marc Maron.

Victor C October 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

Incredible episode and one of the best guests that I’ve heard in over 400 episodes that I’ve listened to.

jane October 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

You’re out of mugs already?!! WTF!?

Juan October 24, 2013 at 11:45 am

One of the best episodes yet! I knew Maron and Breuer would get along great if they were in a room together!

Eric Kincaid October 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Great episode; one of the best. Very inspiring. Thanks to both of you.

Scott October 24, 2013 at 4:54 pm

One of the best episodes ever. This could have gone on for another 2 hours.

Cat Admirer October 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Holy shit was that engrossing. Never mind Lorne Michaels: the blown up Barry Katz dealfest was the stomach-churning backstage story of this one. I also thought it was one of the more touching moments in the history of WTF when Breuer finished the killer Cosby story by turning it around and saying I love where *you’re* at right now. That’s a hell of good guy right there. Anyone who doesn’t listen because of the preconceptions Marc copped to will have missed one of the great WTFs.

Guest October 26, 2013 at 5:25 am

That Dave Chappelle impression, I howled. Funny dude, always was.

Tony A. October 26, 2013 at 6:36 am

Great interview, loved the Cosby story.

Jordan October 26, 2013 at 6:47 am

Great interview!  About Lorne Michaels….. understand that sometimes in life you never get closure.  Not having closure, is closure.

Bob Gnarley October 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm

great interview! maron continues to kill…breuer is fucking hilarious

Michael October 27, 2013 at 9:31 pm

These are the best kind of WTFs - people who you sort of know or remember but had no opinion of (or even had a slightly negative opinion of), and they turn out to be awesome, thoughtful people with an amazing story.  Bobcat Goldthwait was the same way.  This show is so fucking good…Thanks, Marc, as always!

Michael P. Gowdy October 28, 2013 at 12:41 am

The behind-the-scenes stuff about Saturday Night Live was some of the most fascinating material that I’ve ever heard on WTF.
I could listen to such stories literally all day.
“Live from New York” is my favorite book.

Bull October 28, 2013 at 1:34 am

That turned out to be one of the best episodes in a while. For one thing, because I love any “SNL” lore, secondly because it reminded me of classic, early “WTF” when it was all about interviewing comedians who had some kind of history with Maron, and lastly because I was as surprised and charmed by Breuer’s candor and insight as Maron was.

Passing Shot October 28, 2013 at 5:33 am

Good episode, but teaching is NOT a blue-collar job, it’s a woefully underpaid profession.

Rick October 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm

My favorite interview so far on this podcast!  Was hoping it would go on for a few more hours.

Christopher October 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

Great one. Loved the inside stories.

Also, was hoping for a Carlos Mencia WTF-style call to Adam McKay to hear his side of the SNL days. Just a thought.

MM October 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Great episode. McKay sounds like a serious douche, plus he wrote “The Campaign”, so I’m convinced he’s a horrible person.

brasky October 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm

sounds like breuer was in the way of adam mckays boy will ferrell.  both kind of chris farley-esque real “big” perforamces on SNL.  someone had to go and looks like it was goat boy

Teddy October 30, 2013 at 1:39 am

Totally inspired and at the same time feeling heavy from Jim’s stories of the entertainment industry’s stark coldness, as I’m also trying to navigate through it. Didn’t know there was so much going on in the “silly dance” guy’s head, but when you come from a working class home you speak from the guts, and you deal with the shit most people can afford to buy their way out of.

Tania November 05, 2013 at 10:40 pm

OK I’ll admit it: the only reason I clicked on this episode was because the app was locking up in the gym & wouldn’t let me scroll - I had Breuer pegged as douchey. Maybe being so wrong is what makes this interview so right. Great stories, great guy. One of your best Maron.

Buster Brown November 08, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Marc, not a WORD from you about those pretty spectacular impression Breuer did in the process of his story telling?  From Chris Rock, to Lorne Michaels, and several others in between, he had ‘em nailed.  I think his story was a pretty great example of WTF - bring us someone from the stand-up world who we may THINK we know, and run them through the last 40 years or so.  Well done.

Guest November 09, 2013 at 9:03 am

Using my WTF Premium Membership power, which is less than $10 a year and so convenient, I went and gave that Adam McKay interview a second listen. And you know what? He’s kind of a jerk, that guy!

Jason November 15, 2013 at 12:12 am

*so* many great impressions.  although, strangely, his Cosby was bad.

dapete December 11, 2013 at 6:11 am

Wow….what a great guest at such a time in your life…like the ghost of Christmas Present

Cosby bless us every one.

Marv January 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Adam McKay weighs in on his side of the story on Matt Besser’s Improv4Humans.  Interesting.
(and no, I’m not trying to promote that show - I listen to both podcasts)

Guest February 07, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Yeah McKay sounds totally corporate there, and that’s a euphemism.

Besser should have asked him - how does Fallon spend his whole SNL career laughing in Horatio Sanz’s face, then Lorne gives him a talk show, when McKay says that Lorne hates it when you crack up during a skit. According to Jim Breuer.