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Episode 446 - Larry King

It turns out Larry King is a stickler for time, which means this WTF gets off to a rocky start. Is Marc able to turn things around? There’s lots to talk about with Larry - his relationship with Jackie Gleason, being a father again at 80, interviewing presidents. Will Marc and Larry be able to overcome an early miscommunication so they can get to the good stuff? This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting. Get started today by clicking the Try It Free button and using the promo code WTF.

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  • 29 Comments


Mark Duwe November 25, 2013 at 4:59 am


You guys should talk about how to make relationships last.

Michael P. Gowdy November 25, 2013 at 5:23 am


Ooohhh, man. This episode is much, much more interesting than I assumed.
Your pre-interview fretting was hilarious. Sorry. It reminded me of the scene in “Paths of Glory” when the soldiers are awaiting a firing squad—yes, that intense…

Angela November 25, 2013 at 10:43 am


Holy fuck man, listening to you arriving at Larry King’s house gave ME an anxiety attack.

erik November 25, 2013 at 11:08 am


This seems to be Larry’s move. Hardwick recounted a similar prickly, “no time for you” start to their podcast.

ua November 25, 2013 at 11:14 am


Why so short? Do another interview with Larry in the garage.

mike tyson November 25, 2013 at 11:29 am


great guest! larry king is an interesting and unique individual who has lived a remarkable life. he has no time for slipping i don’t think he was being disrespectful he does it his wayyyyyy

Megan November 25, 2013 at 11:31 am


At points very interesting but all the teeth sucking I could hear from Larry was disgusting.  I can’t imagine if I had been sitting with him, I probably would have ralphed.

Bumper November 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm


I’m quite enjoying this interview, but I have to say…

When Larry makes his comment about profanity on the air driving him nuts, then leaves for a bathroom break, your choice of the interum music was…fucking hilarious. I laughed so loud I scared the hell out of my cubicle mate here at work.

Brilliant.

Thanks for that.

Eric November 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm


I’m grateful for the fantastic perspective!  I’d love another interview of Marc by Larry for the purpose of the discussion on how everything (show business, art, content and the entertainer/artists relationship with the audiences) is in flux.  Marc’s at “ground zero” and Larry’s watched a “ground zero” for going on 60 years.  Looking for Larry’s original interview of Marc now… Thanks again Marc for making life better!

nickster November 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm


“The hassle of entry” might really be about all the unknowns. It’s about the fear of the unknown and all that might go wrong. THEN what will happen?

jfox November 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm


I love that you talked about Ty Segall & that new FUZZ record!  I got it the day it came out and have been listening to it quite a bit since then.  The first I’d heard of Segall’s music was a song called “Swag” off of the Split LP.  Check that out, but, since you already like FUZZ, I’d definitely recommend “Slaughterhouse” by The Ty Segall Band as well as his heavier solo work on songs like a song called “The Drag” off of his self titled album.  If you’re feeling extra curious, also check out a band called “Thee Oh Sees”.

I think it’s really cool when you talk about new music that you’ve been listening to in general, but I was really excited and kind of surprised when you brought up FUZZ.  And although this is probably the first time ever hearing the name Ty Segall for a majority of listeners, I think it could make for a really great interview.  As an avid music fan, studio technician/recording engineer, & a fellow tube amp enthusiast (haha!), I’d love to hear you do a full length interview with Ty Segall.  He has such an interesting signature sound.  I’d be especially interested in hearing about how he does what he does: musical techniques, artistic influences, guitars, amplifiers, recording equipment, & of course his writing & recording process, etc, etc… 

smitty November 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm


      after that inauspicious beginning, I started shitting bricks for marc when Larry started talking about sports;since Marc knows about as much about sports , as I know about French couture. 
      btw- my perverse side, would love to have heard the alternate universe take of that beginning ,with Marc and Larry cursing the shit out of each other…. [fill in with your imagination and enjoy..  I’m cracking myself up..]

Cat Admirer November 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm


This was good. So was the Larry King Now interview with you. Take him up on coming to the garage. Just by the way, though, 1000s of people heard Carl Reiner tell you about the cushion feathers game on your show—it wasn’t crotchety or kooky, it was amusing. While they sit watching TV, Mel and Carl dig for feathers. Go easy on Carl. He’s fine. Mel’s punchline through the phone is all that story needs.


Amen to “vindictive women and fire.” Ever see Fiona Apple sing Elvis Costello’s “I Want You”? Scarier than the frickin Exorcist. Youtube it if you need any extra incentive to keep your penis to yourself while you rebound.

Mr.TrentStewart November 25, 2013 at 11:56 pm


ish…
handled yourself well man.
you displayed grace in the presents of a very sad man.
you amaze and inspire

Sorta Totally November 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm


Larry-
“Do Unto Others” is actually The Golden Rule and predates Judaism. It was addressed in Hammurabis Code, Ancient China, etc. It was adopted by the Judaic religions (xtianity, islam, mormon) because it existed in Judaism’s root socio-religious beliefs in the middle east/mediterranean. It has been shown to exist in human nature independently of supernatural faith systems.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule

Eric November 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm


Regarding ice cream, how many of your listeners now buy a separate tub of vanilla just to use as a cutting agent?  You mean well but you give us ideas that double our caloric intake.

Wardo November 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm


Check here for the Larry King Now interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM9llqYde-k

Cris November 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm


yeah, Marc. you did a pretty good job there, man. I was frozen with anxiety at the beginning of the interview, but you conducted yourself very nicely: you were humble and good humored. keep on rocking!

(and the bathroom break song with the cheerful WTFs just after LK said he dislikes swearing on the radio made me laugh out loud as well—thank you for that)

annie November 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm


wow, LK, a cautionary tale of how irritating an egomaniac can be.

David November 27, 2013 at 8:18 am


Much like in the Mel Brooks interview, it was hilarious hearing Marc slip into his Jewish voice when telling the joke about the Rabbi.

Joe Tily November 27, 2013 at 10:54 am


Even though it was a weird start and an abrupt ending i thought this was a pretty good interview . . . Larry seemed to warm to Marc despite himself.

Mark Duwe November 27, 2013 at 11:11 am


I’m sure Marc was a bit startled at the door, but looking back I can see how Larry would be like that. When you spend most of your time every day doing something in the radio business they call ‘back-timing’ ,..timing in general becomes quite important and anxiety surrounds every break. If you’re not asking your guest a question you’re looking to see where you are in time. Board operators take some of the responsibility on their backs, but the voice you hear is still the one who is ultimately responsible for the show running smoothly. I’m sure Marc understands this.

David November 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm


Great interview Mark!  You did a much better job dealing with Larry King not knowing you were than Seinfeld did:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVTP8xZCGVw

Jen Night Hawk M. December 01, 2013 at 12:07 am


Holy fucking shit that was uncomfortable… Like all of it.

smitty December 03, 2013 at 8:03 am


Larry king’s approbation of Bush 1 :  I felt your discomfort Marc. I’d of liked to of said: tell that to Allende and the Chilean people , Larry.  see how the hell they’d felt about that….?!

Bobby January 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm


You showed up late for the interview and then you complained in your outro that Larry was impolite not to show you out?  He’s fucking 80 years old and from the old school of show business.  You think he’s going to give two fucks about you after you show up late when he gives an interview?

kate January 21, 2014 at 3:16 am


the “i have no ego” thing is kind of a warning sign.  Any time someone launches into “i’m like this” and they start listing off their exemplary personality traits i get suspicious. like if you really exhibit these traits then why do they have to be enumerated? shouldn’t they just be obvious? it’s like wearing a shirt with the words “red tshirt” printed on the front.  maybe it really is a red tshirt or maybe it’s some other kind of shirt, but telling me what kind of shirt it is in words seems unnecessary. unless of course you’re hiding something. am i making sense? i can’t tell.

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