WTF Podcast

Episode 467 - Morgan Murphy

Comedian and writer Morgan Murphy dealt with several life challenges on the way to a successful career as a television writer. One of those challenges was Marc Maron. Morgan and Marc reckon with what went on between them, and Morgan details the rocky road she traveled as a young writer heading toward gigs on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Two Broke Girls. This episode is sponsored by ProFlowers, Stamps.com and Shari’s Berries.

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  • 19 Comments


Joey February 03, 2014 at 5:54 am


I haven’t had time to listen to this one yet, but… Whoa. Langhorne Slim on Thursday? Really looking forward to that. I remember seeing him several times in North Carolina opening for The Avett Brothers. Glad to hear you’re a fan!

Goy Who lLikes Jews February 03, 2014 at 12:33 pm


Oy vey! Marc, please don’t expose us your cloyingly sensitive side that only comes out with younger female guests. It’s too jarring for those of us used to your usual curmudgeonly self.

Going to have to go listen to some Rogan or Carolla as a chaser.

Eric Skammelig February 03, 2014 at 3:00 pm


This is exactly the kind of thing I come to WTF for.  Funny, interesting people talking about their mental health problems.
Kind of a glib and narrow way to put it, but true.
Great interview.  Netflix has been trying to get me to watch “Irish Goodbye” for a while, I’ll definitely do that now.

Eric February 03, 2014 at 3:05 pm


in the opening pro flowers ad you used both pronunciations of “vase” in 2 consecutive sentences.

J February 03, 2014 at 4:31 pm


I thought it was pretty classy of Marc not to mention that he and PSH were both in Almost Famous. A lot of other people would’ve tried to get a little cred milage out of that.

Eric February 03, 2014 at 9:04 pm


J, i think it would have been worth mentioning, especially since the whole lester bangs/cameron crowe thing is relevant to last thursday’s marc spitz interview.  anyway, every time you hear “lock the gates” almost famous gets its due mention.

J R February 03, 2014 at 9:14 pm


Listening to Morgan’s story made me recall my own stint with severe depression and medication. Prescription drugs (specifically effexor xr) somehow got rid of the sense of imminent doom and gave me the ‘space’ to live a little, Looking back on my unmedicated self with a sense of horror and embarassment (and eventually some disgust at people with emotional problems who were unmedicated themselves) I didn’t realize that my own enlightenment would only last about a year before the pills lost their effectiveness and I was sick again.

All said, Morgan, I’m glad the pills are working for you.

Stephina Brewer February 04, 2014 at 12:07 am


This was a very intimate episode. Thank you so much for speaking about Philip Seymour Hoffman. Your sincerity and empathy honors his life and grieves another light lost to the black hole of addiction.

Your conversation with Morgan Murphy was very moving. I don’t know either one of you from a bar of soap, but I deeply want you two stay in touch. I wish I could be so brave as to apologize to someone I have hurt.

Amy February 04, 2014 at 6:18 am


First-time commenter. Marc, best of luck and health to you and Morgan Murphy.

I was hoping you’d talk about Philip Seymour Hoffman to acknowledge the loss, the cause, and the fact that there is help available - and you did just that. Thanks for putting some good information out there.

DM(Not Depeche Mode) February 04, 2014 at 7:03 pm


This episode took awhile to grow on me, most of your conversation with Murphy felt like forced exposition. “So tell me about your mom and your dad and point C and then elaborate more about your dad etc,” I didn’t know if that was due to Murphy and Maron’s tension or because Murphy is generally a somewhat difficult interviewer? The former possibility seems the most likely when you admit how broken a person you were during your Scotland days, a period you mention with most of your non-American guests but until now never really delved into. I can’t imagine a country how a country so beaten down and so niche in its culture how audiences could even begin to wrap their minds around you. There was that Doug Stanhope special filmed in a Scandinavian country that was really good but I felt the amount of effort Stanhope had to do to illicit a response took a lo more effort than a U.S. audience.

Your PSH tribute was the only one worth listening to as well, he is an actor I love dearly but those who never had to deal with serious drug addiction seem to struggle eulogizing about him. He’s been the 1st celebrity death to really upset me but I’ve always been more invested with “fictional” strangers and artists than I ever was with most people I actually know.

Timothy C February 04, 2014 at 8:47 pm


Hey - just wanted to say, this episode totally affirmed every reason I have for listening to your podcast… As someone struggling with addiction I found your words about Phillip Seymour Hoffman to be incredibly insightful and resonant for me on a deeply personal level. Sometimes it takes the words of a true wordsmith such as yourself to help someone like me gain some perspective, and see addiction for what it really is. You are more than a comedian, Marc, you deal in the profound and I sincerely hope you keep on doing what you’re doing. Cheers.

Terry M February 05, 2014 at 4:22 pm


This was probably the best interview I have ever heard.  I think Morgan Murphy is an AMAZING talent and hope we are all graced with more of her exposure.  There is nothing more exciting than to see amazing female talent get rewarded and getting their comedy into the world.  Marc Maron, I love your podcast and think you do amazing work. 

I had to shamelessly plug both Morgan Murphy and your show through various social media in hopes to spread the word.

smitty February 07, 2014 at 8:47 am


  just a general comment with no direct ref to my fellow WTF posters: 

  RE- PSH:    people that are disquieted by the fatal pain of another soul, disquiet me.  “oh he was so talented , and what a waste”.  “..so very much privileged and bestowed upon”.  first of all, how perverse and idiotic it is; to commodify a human being, any human being. secondly,it’s sort of obscene, to presume that a talented person has a responsibility to anyone ,for their personal angst or mortality.  follow that demented logic,and the “reasonable” opposite corollary;would be to say, that a person with “lesser” gifts in life, might as well blow their brains out,due to THEIR, lack of “specialness”.  let’s appreciate the wonders he left us. and above all, let’s please stop the stupid war on people , masquerading as a war on drugs…..

Kristi February 07, 2014 at 3:10 pm


I love everything about this episode. I mean, really, there hasn’t been a WTF that I didn’t love. Even when they’re people I don’t know. I enjoyed the heartfelt opening regarding the too soon death of Phillip Seymor Hoffman, and addiction. Which I can attest to, and agree with Marc’s stance.
Marc has a great ability to get people to open up that I absolutely love.
Thanks for the great talks.

Jeff H February 07, 2014 at 10:52 pm


This was a great episode. I have personally (well, at least through media pre-dating the internet) witnessed Marc Maron go from funny angry young man to funny bitter not so young man to funny middle aged soul-searching man. And I think it is AWESOME. Sincerely. I am on the same journey through these phases in my life, Marc Maron. It’s heartwearming to know that someone with a microphone is soul-searching. Honestly. Thanks.

NL February 09, 2014 at 12:06 am


Your show is therapy. You expose and disect things that I have thought I was alone with and make me laugh at the same time. Thanks.

smitty February 09, 2014 at 5:23 am


no…...  I think it’s way too soon for Marc to talk about his working involvement with PSH.  it’s too close and too raw. it would be unseemly ,i think. not horrible ,but certainly unseemly and lacking tact. give it time and space.

James Jewell February 14, 2014 at 10:17 am


Really? Am I the only one who noticed how depressed Murphy is? Really?

Smitty February 14, 2014 at 7:38 pm


i agree with James,she sounded depressed. maybe, that’s morgan’s low grade comfort equilibrium level.  i judge not,but i do think she’s a bit emotionally muted,to say the least.