Marc Maron & Mel Brooks – Oh HELLZ to the YEAH.

Before the more altruistic post, this —

Mel Brooks PicMarc Maron's WTF Podcast logoYou’re all aware of my love for Marc Maron, his comedy, and especially his WTF podcast. If not, just take a gander at this pic —

Faddah & Marc Maron at Helium Comedy Club, Portland, Ore., 2012

Yup. That’s me and the man when he played Helium Comedy Club here in Portland last year.

In any case, on the podcast today? Totally out did himself. Full on interview with the classic, Mel Brooks. No lie. Mel Freakin’ Brooks. Mel Hisself.

Yes, I know, Chris Hardwick had already done this on The Nerdist Network. So what? That was nice. This? Is Godhead. Deep Mel information. Birth onward. John Wayne was asked to play Waco Kid in “Blazing Saddles” before Gene Wilder. I KNOW! Mind-roasting info on a King of Comedy History. Be amazed. Check it here.

Oh, and Thursday on WTF? Carl Reiner. I KNOW!

O.k., now on to the urgent post we really need to get to…

Mike Birbiglia & Terry Gross: Action Stars!

This American Life LogoSo from a earlier post on here (even though the radio episode referred to has now been largely discredited), you have probably guessed what a big ol’ NPR/PRIlistening, This American Life and Ira Glass fanboi I am.

Well, last Thursday, May 10th, I had the pleasure of wandering over to our own Portland Regal Lloyd Center 10 Cinemas in the evening, and watched, through Fathom Events, broadcast live from New York via satellite, a two-hour extravaganza of This American Life Live.

I was in Public Radio visual heaven, on the theme of “making the invisible visible.”

Ira Glass and Ryan Knighton and the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company and OK Go (who coded a special mobile app that the audience could use to play along just for their performance in the show) and David Rakoff dancing and Glynn Washington and David Sedaris inexplicably in clown make-up and fun animations and films and dance and stylized photos by an amazing unknown photographer from the 1960s and Tig Nataro and Taylor Dayne. That’s right, you heard me: 90s dance club legend Taylor Dayne. We really love her voice.