Marc Maron has the late comic Gallagher on his thoughts years after their contentious podcast dialog in 2011.
Hours after Gallagher died of organ failure on Friday, Maron reshared the “WTF” podcast episode that includes the watermelon-smashing comedian. Gallagher infamously walked out of the January 2011 interview when he was pressed about jokes he made about marginalized communities.
“This one’s a unique interview because it’s really the first time where a guest has died and, frankly, might not want this episode remembered,” Maron mentioned in Friday’s new podcast intro. “But it’s an honest representation of who he was 11 years ago and also who I was.”
The comic and host mentioned the chat in Portland, Ore., “went sideways pretty quickly” earlier than Gallagher finally stormed out of the resort room.
“We got into it because he had gotten a reputation for being a bit of a bigot and a bully and doing old, horrible racist and gay-bashing jokes,” he mentioned.
Within the 2011 interview, Maron confronted Gallagher about making jokes about Black and homosexual folks. The podcast host advised his visitor that “you reaffirm prejudice.” The 2 engaged in a heated dialog about which comedians can inform what jokes.
Minutes later, Gallagher bought up from his seat and walked out.
“Why did you want me to do this interview, if you don’t think I know anything about what you’re asking?” he requested Maron.
The abrupt ending prompted Maron to replicate on “where a career in comedy can end up.”
“God knows there’s plenty of people out there that are experiencing frustration because they’ve reached a certain age and they don’t feel useful anymore,” he mentioned within the authentic episode. “There’s anger there … you definitely see who he is.”
In Friday’s intro, Maron mentioned he has “empathy for the guy” and that he “kind of [loves] this interview.”
“He was an interesting, aggravated, stubborn old guy, and now he’s gone and we have this conversation,” he mentioned.
On Twitter, Maron remembered Gallagher as “one of a kind. A singular entertainer. A difficult man.”
“RIP Gallagher (if possible),” he tweeted Friday. Maron will deliver his “This May Be the Last Time” tour to the Carpenter Performing Arts Heart in Lengthy Seashore on Saturday evening.
Gallagher died in Palm Springs, his longtime supervisor, Craig Marquardo, mentioned. He was 76.