WTF Podcast

Jonathan Winters Remembered

Comedy legend Jonathan Winters passed away on April 11, 2013. Here is Marc’s conversation with Jonathan at his home, from Episode 173 of WTF, May 9, 2011.


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Kelly April 14, 2013 at 7:20 am

Thanks so much for reposting this amazing interview. He didn’t seem to lose anything with age. Loved his comment, “We’re all visitors, we’re just passing through, don’t blow the visit.”. He certainly didn’t blow it and made our visit more entertaining. Thank you Jonathan.

Peter April 14, 2013 at 8:33 am

Thanks for the great gift Marc! Reminded me of how big a part of my youth he was. What a great guy & talent he was.

smitty April 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

i always feel a little awkward for marc,when guests start using sport metaphors. i start to wonder when they are going to lose him,since sports are not his “game”.  we miss U mr. winters, you were an original…

Bob Johnson April 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Thanks for reposting this, Marc. Jonathan Winters has been one of my idols since childhood. Improvisation and being able to really BE in the moment is great fun and an incredible freedom. I loved him for teaching me that, long before I studied improv and performed.

I think back on so much of what I do even in my day-to-day life that involves riffing on real-time moments and I realize what an influence Jonny had on me.

What a terrific interview. You really gave him the space to play while also drawing out beautiful insights into his life and character with great questions.

Thanks, again, for sharing this, Marc.

Dash April 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

There have been previous deaths of guests with spectacularly less impact than Mister Winters and Marc has seen to add new comments on audio reflecting those thoughts. I was expecting the same with this re-broadcast but there are none; just a word for word rerun. I was expecting more from Marc. YMMV.

smitty April 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm

dash….really?...that’s the kind of bullshit you’ve got to bring to the table..thanks for sharing…

KC April 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Marc did an amazing job with this interview. Get out of the way and let the genius of Winters roll! Adding prompts and questions sparingly & only when necessary. It is quite obvious that not much needed to be added to the intro.  Clearly Marc expressed his awe and admiration for Winters that defied words.Thanks Marc for recasting this gem.

Kelly April 14, 2013 at 6:58 pm

@Bob - Thinking back on Winter’s impact on my life growing up; I too recognized the influence he had on my day to day banter. How adding characterization thru voice & facial expressions can make the retelling of something so much more interesting.

I take to heart how he used humor to endure and overcome pain and hardships in life. Such a remarkable man!

doc April 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

The first comedy record I heard was my dad’s beat up copy of Jonathan Winters’ “Down To Earth”.  Still one of the funniest things I remember from my childhood.  Thanks for reposting Marc.

scott April 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

thanks for reposting this episode, marc. i never heard it and i’m feeling sad about jonathan winters dying. he was so great. i’m gonna listen to this interview and then watch it’s a mad mad mad mad world, especially where he single handedly eats a fucking gas station. RIP the great jonathan winters.

Dash April 15, 2013 at 12:59 am

Hey Moron ...I mean… ‘Smitty’? ...really?  Glad to share. Now go fuck yourself.

Sisyphus Jones April 15, 2013 at 11:48 am

After hearing that Jonathan Winters died, I scoured the interwebs for insight into his struggle with bipolar disorder and mental institution experience.  Kudos for keeping Winters on track with follow-up questions that dig deeper than most and for also knowing when to pull back and give him the riffing room he needed. As a result, he’s more honest and funnier than I’ve ever experienced him. I guess I just wanted to say thanks for helping me to better understand Winters’ life, pain, and creative process…and for giving this legendary comedic force of nature the opportunity to shine one more time.

smitty April 15, 2013 at 11:22 pm

hey dipshit dash- i think he may have known some of those people,therefore it was more than appropriate to talk about them, post mortem. it’s not about their magnitude of fame,idiot. just because marc didn’t add his ruminations to this winters re-pod,doesn’t indicate any lack of respect. you’re either twisted or just plain intellectually challenged. you’re calling me a moron is the highest of compliments,coming from a simpleton asshole the likes of you.

abgp April 16, 2013 at 2:38 am

thank you for this. he’ll never lost his sharpness.

Dickm April 16, 2013 at 7:24 am

DASH and Smitty :

In the words of Jonathon Winters in The Russians Are Coming:

“Why can’t we just get along !!!”  Then he punches the guy grin ..

Let’s get along in Mr. Winters’ honour eh?


Kari April 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I live in Springfield, Ohio and it was so neat to hear him talking about growing up in the area. Great talk. What a class act.

nick flory April 17, 2013 at 1:32 am


When Marc did those additional prologues to memorial re-releases, it was usually with a comedian he had more of a personal relationship with or saw frequently throughout his career. In this case it was a legend he grew up admiring—and this is expressed in the original prologue to the interview, so it was unlikely he felt he needed to expand upon the original audio.

If that’s not good enough, you can check out this article he wrote to memorialize mr. winters

Monty April 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Thanks for posting again.  Listening was a great reminder of how Jonathan opened my imagination as a kid.

Jay April 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

One thing about Jonathan Winters’ improv that made it so poignant was that it was so lonely. Few could keep up with him. Of course, if is had been any other way, he wouldn’t have been Jonathan Winters.