WTF Podcast

Episode 465 - Simon Amstell

Comedian Simon Amstell is British but has a shockingly large amount in common with Marc. They both have complicated relationships with their Jewishness, they both encountered problems being honest about their families, they both struggled with early jobs in television. Heck, they both even hosted the same game show. Simon and Marc discuss these similarities and one big difference. This episode is sponsored by NatureBox and by


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NPD January 27, 2014 at 9:15 am

I’m a fan of your comedy and enjoy the podcasts, Marc. But I wouldn’t want to have any personal dealings with you.

You announce to the world your father is bipolar, yet he’s the selfish one for being upset? For a guy who’s always going on about how sensitive he is, you can’t understand how someone who isn’t a public figure wouldn’t want this out there? Just because “it didn’t cause anything major to happen to him”, it’s not something you’d want every neighbor and casual acquaintance to know. I’m sure he appreciates knowing those folks are saying “Hey, didja hear about Maron Sr.? His kid wrote a book that says he’s nuts!”

But hey, I guess you got a little juice out of it and that’s the important thing. The next time you’re calling out someone for being bipolar, you might want to also check out Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the DSM.

TF January 27, 2014 at 10:55 am

Great interview Marc, really enjoying your intros at the moment as well; you seem looser and there’s a bit of an edge to your voice. And you seem content with it! I wouldn’t worry about people saying you’re ‘getting juice’ out of your father by the way, it’s a part of your life after all and you, being the honest buddha that you are, carve your life into art for us out here.

Forever grateful, x

Eric January 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm

all your interviews lately have started with “Hey, folks.”  What ever happened to changing it up?  You used to have “Hey, gang” and “OK, people” and even “OK, folks.”  Don’t deprive us of your other 2-word combinations to launch your intros.

Mr. pays-too-much-attention to minutia OCD boy

Peter January 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm

I loved this interview! I felt like both you and I learned something new. I’m enjoying this moment.

Tad Daniels January 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Man, fuck NPD and all the other haters out there.

They’re the ones who are sick in the head.

Keep on doin’ what you’re doin’ Marc. Awesome stuff.

lp January 28, 2014 at 12:21 am

Great interview. This is the most relaxed I’ve ever heard Simon Amstell. He usually come off as either extremely timid and on edge or conversely borderline psychotic in interviews. The Daniel Kitson bits were golden.

OGNERD January 28, 2014 at 7:16 am

Yet another fantastic interview.

I wonder if Simon is aware that he has stolen Ricky Gervais laugh?  Oh well, not important.

Joe Tily January 28, 2014 at 7:45 am

Great interview with a great stand-up.  Thats the first time i’ve heard Chris Evans cited as a major influence . . . took me by surprise!  Also, nice to hear Kitson mentioned.  I have to say, i dont think Daniel would get along with Marc’s interview style so its probably a good thing he wont do the show.  I think Marc would get even less out of him than he did from HDS.

Christopher January 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Loved this and Simon’s laugh is great too. It strangely reminded me of Desi Arnez from I Love Lucy.

Kylie January 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Glad you had Simon on, Marc. He’s great. I sent you an email about a year ago suggesting him. You never wrote back, but I’m taking credit for this episode anyway.

sally January 29, 2014 at 12:28 am

OMG!! You’re dating Moon?!?!!!???

mjm January 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Sally - not a surprise. I called it during her episode. Unless of course it’s not true.

smitty January 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Bro..[Marc]  please look up/Google up:  CONDESCEND.  you misuse and overuse it like crazy….

smitty January 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Chia seeds are great for you, but they don’t taste like much.  grab some hemp seeds [no, they won’t make you high];but they taste delicious, and are also a great source of protein.

thecatewhite January 30, 2014 at 10:52 am

Loved this one. I need to know what shaman joint Simon went to. I’m going to Peru for real and I don’t want to get some fake shaman that will fuck me up more. Can you ask Simon to share this info if it’s not top secret? I needs it bad. There’s a veil between me and life that I don’t think is supposed to be there. Thanks.

Simon February 03, 2014 at 1:47 am

What a gall! Simon Amstell is known for the nastiest - the cruellest type of humour - abusing and making fun of people constantly - just search youtube.

Yet here he tries to paint himself and a self deprecating mensch.  Unbelievable!

Laura February 06, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Simon - Simon Amstell is known for that kind of humour in his TV presenter persona, but if you watch his stand up you’ll find it’s a completely different kettle of fish. Personally I enjoyed his snarky Buzzcocks schtick, but I like his raw, honest and hilarious stand up much, much more.

Laura February 06, 2014 at 5:43 pm

OGNERD - Jeff Garlin has also stolen Ricky Gervais’s laugh. Listen to his podcast By The Way (which is great, by the way) and you’ll see what I mean. Honestly it’s like some kind of creepy virus infecting the world of comedy. Shudder.

Daniel February 20, 2014 at 5:31 am

Simon - If you see his standup or grandmas house he references the fact that his career was being mean to celebrities for money, and he didn’t enjoy it and didn’t want to do it anymore.