WTF Podcast

Episode 485 - Lewis Black

It took Lewis Black 50 years to break through to mainstream audiences, but his passion was on the page for most of his life, specifically in the form of playwrighting. Find out what Lewis was doing before he became known for his sizzling rage and caustic insights on The Daily Show and in his stand-up comedy. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, the WNYC App, Silicon Valley on HBO, and Lumosity


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Bill Collins April 03, 2014 at 10:09 am

Marc, best of luck with Moon at the Well this weekend. If it is any consolation to you I am 64 and it does not get any easier with the parents…..just different and frequently weirder!

Zimm April 03, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Wow Lewis sounds awful…

MrJM April 03, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Last comment?


Gary April 03, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Just finished listening to the Lewis Black interview.  I love the ease at which the conversation went.  I had to look up Black’s age as there were so many similar experiences.  Yup 2 months difference in age.  The Realist and Krassner were important in my life as well.  The Realist was on some new stands in NYC but I subscribed immediately.  At some point after not receiving an issue for a while I called the Realist phone #  and to my 16 year old amazement Krassner answered the phone himself.  Big thing at the time.
I am catching up on your old podcasts and you can count me in as someone who values the amount of information,life sustaining thoughts and feelings and real diving into the reality and unreality of life.
If you do stop the comments know that there are those of us who “get it”

Eric April 03, 2014 at 8:58 pm


Dee April 04, 2014 at 5:28 pm

‘when did you hit a wall and stand in front of a brick one?’—haha! cracked me up. great summary of conversation leading up to that statement and then blam. you have skills, marc! still laughing.

CAA April 04, 2014 at 11:16 pm

I’m sorry that the comments are going away. I enjoy reading the ways that each interview impacts certain listeners’  lives. I’m happy when the occasional comedian chimes in. And I like reading comments such as those left on this episode. Who gives a shit if a few people think that Lewis Black sounds unhealthy?  Who cares if you are more engaged with LB and therefore speaking more than you would be with Larry King? Larry King took the same measured approach to all of his guests and that’s why your fans (I’m projecting) found him boring.  I urge you to keep the comments.

I loved this interview. Most of us knew nothing of Lewis Black except for the Daily Show character.  Thanks.

Frank April 06, 2014 at 11:31 am

I had hoped that the both of you would touch upon Kathleen Madigan at the end of the podcast. It’s okay though. It’s a very interesting chat and one that is very enlightening and heartening. To find out that Lewis Black spent 20 years as a playwright before transitioning to the comic that I knew was heartening. That you can still find success late in life.

Bryan April 06, 2014 at 8:06 pm

My download was glitched this week. It shows up on my ipod but it won’t play. I deleted and reloaded it but it acts exactly the same way. Any suggestions besides listening to it on your lovely website?
I enjoy your interviews and show.
I love your interviews with women and the Lena Dunham interview was excellent. Love to listen to her chatter.

David April 07, 2014 at 10:16 am

Same Exact problem as Bryan, cannot play Lewis Black interview! Any help please?
Been an avid listener ,great podcasts! WTF

Kevin April 07, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Hi Marc, 2 things:
-Same issue as Bryan and David.  I’m a huge fan of both Lewis and yourself, and it’s killing me not to be able to download.
-I think I can get you Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices if you’d have him on your show.

Shep April 08, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Ditto others comments on the mp3 file being unplayable on several media players that I tried

Don Bowls April 09, 2014 at 8:09 pm

crashed my mp3 player

Dan Arencibia April 09, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Big fan Mr. Maron! I could listen to u tell a story all day. You’ve inspired me to get back to my dream of writing comedy. Keep up the amazing work

Adrian Hernandez April 10, 2014 at 1:23 am

IT also doesnt work on my ipod. Please fix it Mr. Maron!

Glenn April 10, 2014 at 6:01 am

Same issue - it won’t play on my iPod and crashes it when I try to delete and resynch.  Can this be fixed at your end and reissued with an announcement that it is safe to redownload?

DebbyS April 10, 2014 at 6:46 am

I just downloaded it okay for me, but of course I’m using a lowly, abandoned (by B Gates et al.)  WinXP computer and don’t have a fancy cell phone.  I simply right-clicked/saved as… I look forward to some good listening smile

Peter April 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

This is the only podcast that my podcatcher (Using gPoddder w/ Ubuntu OS) can’t catch. Otherwise, no complaints!

Maury Dann June 26, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Like many others, I also find this won’t play on an ipod.