WTF Podcast

Episode 475 - Allan Stephan

Comedian Allan Stephan is in the garage to challenge some of the conventional wisdom surrounding The Comedy Store. Allan brings another side of the story to Mitzi Shore’s rise and the infamous comic strike of 1979. Also, Allan talks about two of the defining relationships in his career - Sam Kinison and Roseanne. This episode is sponsored by Sirens on USA Network and by


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Yasmin March 03, 2014 at 10:34 am

Great insight into The Comedy Store—I always love hearing about just how fucked up everything really was.
Have to say, however, definitely some parts of this interview came off as insincere. I think it’s really difficult to break the veneer of these old school guys who live in the grandeur of bygone days. They expect you to know that not everything is 100% true and that’s just the way it is; take it or leave it.
Also, Mr. Stephan sounds a little morally robbed (but who on that circle wasn’t). Enjoyed listening to this episode, nonetheless.

Bob March 03, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Perhaps Yasmin can clarify “morally robbed”.  Are you saying he once had morals, but now they are gone, or considerably relaxed?  That would be true of lots of folks, not just show biz types.

I did think Mr. Stephan tooted his own horn a bit strongly, but that comes with the territory, as Yasmin also notes.  I am always interested in tales of Kinnison, in this case from what seems like a unique perspective.  I’m liking Matthew McOscar for the Kinnison biopic.  We are all our own heroes.  Sheesh.

Anyway, nice interview Marc.

greg March 04, 2014 at 8:52 am

this episode was fucking awesome, Allan is a great storyteller!!!!

Michael P. Gowdy March 04, 2014 at 11:08 am

Marc, Carolla is reporting about the patent trolls’ recent aggression and your unlikely alliance with him.
Fuck ‘em. I hate those predatory bastards.
I can’t wait to listen to your/his comments on the next show.

Michael P. Gowdy March 04, 2014 at 11:13 am

....Is “unlikely” the word I wanted to use there? No. Morons just throw that phrase out there like “could care less,” and I got lazy.
Unusual alliance. There. Anyway, bottom line: fuck ‘em.

Niagra March 05, 2014 at 2:43 am

That was great!  I could listen to that guy for hours, despite his being “old school” and “bygone”. 

One day you will be known as an important resource for having helped chronicle this art form, M. Maron.

Mr. H March 06, 2014 at 11:01 am

It’s not difficult to understand why several of Stephan’s colleagues are wary of him. This may sound trifling to some, but selling a fellow comedian—he may have even referred to the man as a friend—fake blow is not only untruthful, it is treacherous. I believe Dante had a thing or two to say on that subject.

Ollie March 06, 2014 at 1:22 pm


James March 12, 2014 at 6:28 am

Fascinating but not a likeable man. Marc is in a good position to write the definitive Comedy Store book?

J March 14, 2014 at 12:01 am

Have to agree with the others.  Mr. Stephan was a very good story teller, but I found myself thinking he was bending (twisting, turning, you name it…) the truth to make himself look good to an extent that far surpassed the normal reshaping of history we all do. 
I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on it, though I imagine it may be hard for you to be totally honest and not offend anybody.

Even with all that, right meow is the first time I’ve been compelled to comment, so kudos to him for that!

Keep up the strong work!

kevin March 22, 2014 at 7:54 am

This guy is a legend in his own mind.

Darla April 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm

What a blowhard.

Gaz Manbro May 01, 2014 at 12:42 pm

HA!!.. Allan is full of shit. I was at the Fremont show that he’s talking about when Kinison died. Greg Allman was at that show to see Bob Rubin. It was Bob’s birthday show. No one knew who Allan Stephans was. Or for that matter.. is.