WTF Podcast

Episode 459 - Andy Samberg

Andy Samberg says he’ll probably be most remembered for “D*** in a Box,” and that’s okay by him. Marc talks with the former SNL cast member to find out about the other things he’ll be remembered for, including his Lonely Island collaborations, his films and his new television show. Plus, Andy tells Marc why pro-wrestling is responsible for his devotion to SNL. This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker, Stamps.com and LegalZoom.

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erik January 06, 2014 at 4:37 am


This podcast has one of the most oddly short and specific edits I’ve ever heard. I only noticed it because it was part of the Youtube preview. It got left in the You tube clip, but cut out of the podcast. Literally a 6 second edit. In the Youtube clip Andy says “I get credit for what Kiv and Jorm have done”. You say “For who” and he responds. It’s a 6 second clip where you didn’t recognize the nicknames. The part where you say “For who” is cut from the podcast. I don’t see how it painted you in a bad light in the least and yet it was cut. Again, I wouldn’t have recognized if I hadn’t heard the Youtube preview a few hours earlier. It was a smooth edit too. I guess my question is does a lot of little clipping like that take place? I just can’t understand the reasoning for cutting it. Anyway, Marc not recognizing “Kiv and Jorm” right off the bat didn’t even register to me as an error, so it was odd. If anyone has insight on the editing process I’d be interested.

Scott January 06, 2014 at 10:00 am


Great interview.

These guys did the Great Day video.  It’s one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life.  How is Dick In A Box more popular?  Sure it’s funny, but Great Day is out-of-control genius.

Brendan January 06, 2014 at 11:46 am


Erik,
The edit you noticed is just a product of fine tuning. Much like you’ll see movie trailers with different takes or extended scenes than what you’ll see in the final film, we often cut our teaser clips before we edit the full episode. Sometimes after listening to something a few times, you realize there are ways to make things clearer. “Kiv and Jorm” were brought up in such an out of context manner, it sounded clearer and less confusing when the words “The Lonely Island” almost immediately followed them. Things like this are never major decisions, just the type of edits that happen when you have the time to reconsider things and decide what plays best for the audience. I would say 99% of all edits are done for clarity and we would never cut something out that alters the meaning of what a person would say.
Anyway, that’s probably way too inside baseball for most people, but I’m happy to answer questions about the process when they crop up.
-Brendan

Rob January 06, 2014 at 2:34 pm


Thanks for the response Brendan.  Not erik here, but to stay inside-baseball for a moment, do you and Marc listen to the interviews after and pick out these moments, does Marc just remember some from the conversation or is it something you do, since you have worked on the show for so long you understand the tone and how things should come across? Just curious, cause in my brain for some reason I wouldn’t expect Marc to listen back to every podcast, but I may be projecting.

Bob January 06, 2014 at 5:16 pm


I discovered SNL the exact same way Andy did. Saturday Night Main Event was the only time you could watch stars wrestle other stars. On Sunday morning wrestling they’d just wrestle some heel. I bet a whole generation of people in their 30’s discovered SNL that way.

Love the podcast Marc.

Bob

lightningclap January 06, 2014 at 9:57 pm


Ras Trent yu laaarge everytime!!  Big and broad inna de area!!

Efraim January 06, 2014 at 10:42 pm


What’s the restaurant Andy went to with Lorne after being hired? Latonzy? Le tonsie? Can’t find it.

Rocko Jerome January 06, 2014 at 11:55 pm


Check it out, I’m That Guy- You’re talking about stars wrestling jobbers on Saturday morning, Bob!  http://rockojerome.com/2014/01/07/insider-professional-wrestling-jargon-that-should-be-part-of-the-lexicon/

Krista Harris January 07, 2014 at 12:51 am


It’s so cool to know that it all started with sneaking around to watch SNL as a kid. I also found it interesting where his film making trajectory took him. Also, Lorne Michaels is one cryptic dude. Wow. Maybe that approach is what makes the most sense but man does it seem intimidating. Another cool and enlightening interview.

Marc, your laugh at the very end of this show made my day and that would have been the case even if the day had gone considerably better.  Ugg slippers and blank canvas. Nice!

Matt Soutendijk January 07, 2014 at 10:20 am


You talking to David O. Russell would be really interesting.

Rich January 07, 2014 at 11:12 am


Andy was very gracious as Marc condescended to him a bit (the trope and parent call-backs, for instance). Too bad, because I really enjoy Samberg and think he’s very smart, if obviously a different style of performer/writer.

It was very interesting to hear Marc and Artie, which might be one of my favorite WTFs ever, followed by Marc and Samberg, where there was so much more I wanted to know but it fell somewhat out of Marc’s wheelhouse.

For instance, when talking about the Franco roast, Marc zeroed in an an off-the-cuff comment in the outro (?) that I never even saw and didn’t discuss Samberg’s brilliant off-kilter “roast”. And too bad Marc didn’t know Joanna Newsom, I’d love to hear more about the relationship/marriage between these two very smart people.

Anyway, I thought Samberg was genuinely gracious and a nice guy.

Brendan January 07, 2014 at 2:52 pm


Rob,
Your first suspicion is correct. Marc certainly does not have the time to listen back to every interview after he conducts it and before we post the episode. But the editing process includes a combination of the other three things you mentioned. Sometimes it’s something that stood out to Marc, sometimes it’s something I bring to his attention, and sometimes it’s just something that I edit because it rubs up weird against my ear when I’m re-listening to it.
In putting together the finished episode - which includes marrying Marc’s intro, the interview, the music and promos - things will get smoothed out and, in some cases, cut (if someone has a sneezing fit, for instance, it generally won’t make it into the final episode) but nothing is done that will alter the conversation. If there is a major issue with something in the conversation, input from all parties is requested, the guest included.
Also, if a guest requests we remove something, we honor that request.
-Brendan

Joshua January 07, 2014 at 5:12 pm


Enjoyed the interview so much I thought I would comment. I walked to the grocery store and chose food to eat while you guys talked about dick boxes. Ribeye steak and pasta if you must know. This is why I walk. Keep doing your thing. Much love from Ventura county.

M January 07, 2014 at 5:16 pm


Can I be that asshole that notes that Max Greenfield is on New Girl and not Girls.  I feel he knows that, just misspoke and my comment is utterly unnecessary.

Eric January 07, 2014 at 7:29 pm


The new generation of emotionally well-adjusted comedians are not as good as the older generation.  Without a history of mental illness and/or drug abuse the motif of the tragic clown is lost.  Seth Meyers will NEVER be Sam Kinison.

Joey January 08, 2014 at 2:52 am


Marc, I know you really like Ty Segall, so you should check out Mikal Cronin, who plays with Ty Segall from time to time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S2eTV2v3V0

a4est4me January 08, 2014 at 10:21 am


like Andy’s new sit com and wish Marc would make more episodes on IFC

igor January 08, 2014 at 11:16 pm


what about wife newsom?

ladida

forbee January 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm


Jews who are actually good-looking: Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Wolk, Andrew Garfield, Gabriel Macht, Paul Rudd, Ezra Miller, etc. And there are quite a lot of them. But… Andy Samberg? People like Marc Maron are so ignorant.

Jason January 11, 2014 at 8:07 am


Not sure why Marc’s opinion on beauty, which is by any definition is subjective, makes him ignorant. Great episode.

Sarah January 12, 2014 at 11:15 am


Could you please have Joanna Newsom on your show?

Kevin January 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm


Glad to hear Maron is going to have a second season—just finished binge watching it on Netflix and I dig it quite a bit. Took a couple episodes to warm up, but it’s pretty darn good.

Ryan January 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm


I’d like to second the call to have Newsom in the garage. Her music is incredible as is her ability to remember the lyrics to numerous 10+ minutes songs that generally lack any sort of chorus/refrain.

mike January 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm


He knows Joanna Newsom. He was just being a dick this episode, condescending to Andy and not dealing well with the dude’s success. Of COURSE he knows who Joanna Newsom is.

Frank February 04, 2014 at 2:38 am


Hi,

I noticed that Andy mentioned that he’s been on a live show before. I think I’ve listened to it before and I want to re-listen to it again. So I checked the episode guide but I can’t seem to find it. I clearly remember a joke about how he’ll be forever remembered for Dick-in-a-box and that when he dies he’ll have that as his epitaph and someone quipping along the lines of “now he’s a dick-in-a-box”. Does anyone remember which episode that’s from?

I don’t expect an answer but I will greatly appreciate one. I don’t know why but I suddenly felt that I want to re-listen to it and not finding it has made me mildly obsessive about it.

Thanks