WTF Podcast

Episode 477 - Kevin Macdonald / Kevin McDonald

You may know Kevin McDonald as a member of the influential comedy group Kids in the Hall. But if you’re like Marc, you’re not aware that there’s an Academy Award-winning filmmaker from Scotland named Kevin Macdonald. This is the story of how Marc wound up talking to both of them in the garage, which was definitely NOT the plan. This episode is sponsored by Sirens on USA Network, LegalZoom and



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dan r March 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

Cool, good interviews and very funny situation they were obtained in , any feedback from Kevin MACdonald? Hope he took it well!( “how I live now well ” worth seeing btw)

Sorta Totally March 10, 2014 at 8:54 am

Ironically, since Touching the Void is one of my fave films. I was excited for MacDonald. (I’m not familiar with all of the Kids in the Hall).

Sorta Totally March 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

btw, there’s also the actor Kevin McDonald that was on Breaking Bad.

Christopher March 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

#communicationFAIL FTW!

Nicolas March 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

If you have a chance, check out MacDonald’s documentary Touching the Void, fantastic story even if you don’t care at all about mountain climbing. AND it’s on Netflix!

Casey March 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Marc, I thought you did a great job covering during the MacDonald interview. If you wouldn’t have prefaced what happened I probably wouldn’t have known. Has he become aware of the events or did he find out with the rest of us? Hopefully if he does know the story, he was a good sport about it.

Stephen March 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm

This is my favorite episode of the year, so far! I loved everything about it, from hearing you do an excellent job of bullshitting Kevin Macdonald, to your wonderful chat with the extremely lovable Kevin McDonald. This is a classic.

Jessica March 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Kevin McDonald is super adorable! I grew up watching The Kids in the Hall so it’s great to hear some stories about the troupe.

Dan G March 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

During Marc’s intro, I thought he was going to say he ended up interviewing anti-semitic author and Long Beach State professor Kevin MacDonald. Now THAT would have been a weird episode.

Nick March 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm

If anybody is looking for Kevin Macdonald’s documentary, Donald Cammel: The Ultimate Performance, its on youtube in 7 parts. Here’s the link to part 1:

Greg March 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I’m listening to the opening and howling in laughter. Awesome.

Derik March 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm

All I do in my life is watch cartoons and I always laugh when I hear Kevin McDonald’s voice.  It’s probably one of the most recognizable and enjoyable cartoon voices I hear.

Cat Admirer March 11, 2014 at 3:40 am

It’s great when the off-stage guy is the guy you hoped he’d be. It would have really sucked if McDonald were self-serious or jaded. That he’s light-hearted and enthusiastic put me in a hell of a good mood. Great episode.

Adam March 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

This episode turned out really great, Marc.

David Torres March 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Great show - I wasn’t sure how you were going to do it, but you did it!  Did you ever cop to the director MacDonald that you didn’t know who he was?

BTW - Stern used to be my favorite, but brother you’re now my favorite interviewer, hands down.  You’re the best.

Jason Carey March 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm

You Must interview the director Guy Maddin,, who Kevin McDonald mentioned as being from Winnipeg.. do you know his work.. if not I think you would love it.. very very interesting.

Keep up the great interviews

Joey March 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

Your winging was incredible. I’m sure you were about to crap a brick, but for those listening, the intro and first several minutes of the interview were solidly funny. Well done, man.

Kathy March 12, 2014 at 10:34 am

I love, Love, LOVE Kevin McDonald! He has indelibly etched some of the best comedy lines ever into my psyche. And thanks for interviewing Kevin MacDonald, as he is now on my radar, and I’d like to see his new film. Always love the show!

Erica March 12, 2014 at 8:21 pm

All-around great. To echo what another commentor said, Kevin McDonald is every bit as unassuming, self-deprecating and boyishly enthusiastic that you could wish a comedy idol to be.

Frank March 13, 2014 at 2:29 am

I loved the interview with both Kevins and now I want to watch Touching the Void and the David Cammel documentary. Also, I could still hear the slight tinge of panic from your voice in the intro when you were thinking about the situation you were in earlier and I’m sorry but it was hilarious.
I knew about the Kevin MacDonald/McDonald thing for a few months already from an article I read long ago and I’m glad I could finally hear the interview smile

Erik March 14, 2014 at 4:41 am

This was hilarious. A brilliant concept. Great way to tweak with the form of the podcast. Kind of like the way Kevin Mc mentioned Monty Python did with their sketches.

The second interview was kind of boring, though. I kept waiting for you to get to the part where you explained the name mixup to him. I couldn’t concentrate on what he was saying because I wanted to hear the concept that made me laugh in the beginning of the podcast come together. 

I think it would have been better if you explained it to the Kids in the Hall guy up front, then the two comedians could riff on it and call back to it throughout the rest of the interview.

I mean no disrespect though. I listen to every episode. I love taking a vacation in Whatthefuckistan two (sometimes three) times a week. .

Reilly D March 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

After following the podcast series not long after the beginning, it seemed a triumph or epoch of sorts, to hear how professionally smooth your Macdonald interview went- despite the chaotic circumstances. To think this was the Maron voicing so much inner turmoil and doubt when the series started.

I have learned how truly gifted your abilities are and hope you keep a soft heart for others who struggle, because the reality is that most of the people who are working out their destructive demons are about average, and don’t have the intellectual abilities/god given talents to reach the heights of your progress.

Thank You Mark and please continue to keep it real by not forgetting how it was.



Eric March 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Air India happened on June 23, 1985.  Kevin’s memories are way off if he thinks it was on the same day as a blizzard in Toronto.

Justin March 16, 2014 at 10:49 pm

This might be one of my all-time favourite WTFs! The crazy mixup worked out perfectly for me and both Kevin’s are true hard-working talents. Was surprised and inspired by KITH Kevin’s family story. *yes it’s strange but Winnipeg has an impressive arts community and for some reason epic restaurant choices.

Great great episode thanks Marc and Kevins!

Mike March 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

@Eric: he’s probably thinking about the Arrow Airlines DC-8 crash, which happened in December of 1985.

MC March 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm

That was hilarious and amazing, Marc! Well handled, in any case.

According to Wikipedia, Kevin Macdonald is a second cousin of *Norm* Macdonald! If that’s true, you were just a few degrees separated from him after all.

Puff March 23, 2014 at 4:17 pm

For the Kevin McDonald half alone, this might be one of my favorite episodes you’ve ever done… but you did an amazing job with Mr. MacDonald considering the situation you were in.

robin orona March 24, 2014 at 2:41 pm

best fucking mix up!!  loved both interviews.  marc you are a genius that you can genuinely talk with both of these guys.  you’re awesome, as were they.