WTF Podcast

Episode 508 - Craig Gass

Comedian Craig Gass visits the garage and spooks Marc with an uncanny Sam Kinison impression. Craig explains why growing up in a family where everyone was deaf helped him develop a talent for doing impersonations. Craig also takes Marc through the chain of events that led to the end of his time working with Howard Stern. This episode is sponsored by the Oddball Festival, the new movie Obvious Child, and LegalZoom.


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Mary June 23, 2014 at 9:04 am

Just listened walking my dog and I just loved this ep and your conversation. It’s amazing how you sort of “tune” yourself to your different guests and fit your interview/conversation to how much they talk. You guys were great.

john stuart June 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm

keep fightin the good fight, marc. some people got no gosh darn respect.

JLK June 23, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Regarding the question about why some people like something and other people don’t, or why some people think a certain episode of your show is the best ever, and then other people hate it.

This is something that I thought about for a long time too, and the most satisfying conclusion I came to is that Art is a subjective and personal experience. Once you put out something in the world, there will never be any consensus, because there is no such thing as good or bad art, there is no right or wrong. There is only different people relating to something according to their own aesthetic tastes, personal experiences, ideas, expectations, etc.

You can’t win ‘em all. And sometimes the best work is the one that provokes strong reactions on people, both good and bad reactions. That’s a good sign.

Stuart June 25, 2014 at 4:40 am

Thanks for the interview with Mr. Gass. Great chat with an interesting and entertaining dude. I’m not sure if I’m in the majority, but I much prefer podcasts with comics and oddball entertainers (Rupaul and Ribisi) than I do with musicians. Music tastes are personal and my musical tastes are nothing like yours so I find most the musicians you interview boring. I would imagine interviewing musicians is very hit or miss for your listeners, whereas comedians make their livings entertaining people and know how to tell stories. Like so many of the comics you have on here, I had never heard of Craig Gass, but now I’ll be looking out for him. Your podcast has done a great thing for comedians. Thanks man.

Smitty June 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm

i agree Stuart,but for slightly different reasons. musicians are often guarded,and some are a bit too introverted to make good conversation. i can find them interesting, whether i am or am not; familiar with their work,or even like it, if i am.

Clare June 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Really enjoyed this interview. Not sure why I find stories of overcoming addiction so compelling, but I do. Wish we could have learned a bit more about his family of origin. Why did you not ask Gass what his “old man” did for a living?! Also, I would have liked you to pull him out a bit more on his comments about why he likes hanging out with regular folks. He was trying to say something interesting there.

In general, I too prefer listening to comedians I’ve never heard of than listening to musicians, but of course you need to talk to people you’re interested in. Some musicians seem sort of … boring (as do many actors). That said, I have really enjoyed some of the musician interviews: Billy Bragg, Iggy Pop, Patterson Hood, Jason Isbell (the latter two I’d never heard of, much less listened to).

Anyway, thanks for providing two or three interesting hours every week. I never know what I’m going to hear when I pop in my headphones, head out for a walk, and touch the play arrow on the latest WTF.

C. June 27, 2014 at 11:14 am

Dude’s Mitch Hedberg impression is hilarious. Every time he’d say, “Hey, Craig!” was brilliant. It’s funny that this guy nails Kinson and Hedberg with such accuracy.

BigGuy July 03, 2014 at 4:22 am

Craig’s physically bigger than most comedians.  He’s taller and fatter and more muscular than most guys.  The only guys you’ve interviewed that seem as big are Vince Vaughn and Gary Gullman.  I think his size helps him with his Sam Kinison impression.  I think asking him about being a big guy, not fat, but big, may have added something to the interview.