We got ourselves a new comedic beef… Gallagher vs. Marc Maron.
Here’s the quick of it…
During a recent recording of his very terrific WTF? Podcast host Marc Maron had comedian and the man who’s #1 on watermelon’s most wanted list… Gallagher in as his guest. Each comedian’s manager exchanged emails and Gallagher ended up on the show. Maron acknowledged he wasn’t really familiar with Gallagher’s new material but heard through the grapevine that it turned darker, vicious, homophobic, and racist. The interview started off odd with Gallagher not knowing really what he was actually doing on the podcast and started talking a bit looney, rambling about science as of answers to questions, discussing the body getting hit by photons and electrons, and even something about ownership of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
And then things went downhill from there…
When Maron pressed on with Gallagher about his new material, things got weirdly political and Gallagher decided Maron was harping too much on one point and decided to end the interview by abruptly marching out of Maron’s Portland hotel room where the podcast was being recorded. This left Maron wondering what the hell happened as he tried to make sense of the situation.
These actions spawned a debate as to who was in the right, Gallagher for huffing out, or Maron for being a bit of a bully. Shortly thereafter a Twitter page some claimed to be Gallagher’s (it’s since been taken down), popped up saying to pretty terrible things. Gallagher’s management stated that he was not the author of the Twitter page, which makes sense if you ask us, if he wasn’t terribly familiar with a podcast, what makes anyone think he has a grasp of Twitter?
Maron later told Punchline Magazine (a sponsor of the WTF? Podcast) that had he not been approached, he’d never would have had Gallagher on his show.
“I’m in the game of conversation,” Maron tells me. “I don’t want to be talked down to. If I was being douchey it was a reaction to being condescended to and dismissed.” “I’m generally more sympathetic than I am attack-oriented. I didn’t get into this [podcasting] to be Mike Wallace.” [Punchline Magazine]
Punchline also talked to Gallagher’s manager Craig Marquardo to try to find out what the watermelon man thought.
“I don’t think he knew how aggressive Maron would be,” Marquardo said, adding that Gallagher is not at all sorry for walking out on the interview and that Gallagher “doesn’t care.” In fact, Marquardo relayed that after Gallagher left the interview he was seen being mobbed by fans on the street, where the comic took pictures with fans and signed autographs. “Where would you rather be?” Marquardo said. Marquardo added, “I respect what Marc was trying to do, but he did it in a douchey way.” [Punchline Magazine]
We now have ourselves a case of he said / he said…
The best thing to do is visit www.wtfpod.com download the podcast and form your own opinion.
Sound off in the comments: Who’s right here, Gallagher or Marc Maron? Anyone?