Marc Maron talks up WNY in 400th podcast episode
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • June 27, 2013 @ 10:42am
Recording his 400th episode of the WTF podcast from New York City, comedian Marc Maron spent a good portion of the intro recapping his visit to WNY.
Maron was in town for a three-night set at Helium Comedy Club last weekend and overwhelmingly enjoyed his visit. From the food to Niagara Falls and bonding with other Maid of the Mist participants, it was clear that Maron got a great “sparknotes version” visiting the area.
“I had a good time in Buffalo, I almost felt like moving there. I don’t know what I’d do there, just wanted to do my part to help out, bring a little business in. I could be doing this anywhere,” Maron said. Come on back anytime you’d like, Marc.
On visiting Buffalo:
You know, I’ve got to tell you. I had a great time in Buffalo, N.Y. They’re a little down on themselves there, and people are down on Buffalo. People think it’s some decaying rustbelt town or city. It may be that. But it’s a pretty warm, beautiful place, really good people, some really sh*tty great food and Niagara Falls.
On the food he had here:
I’ve got to tell you man, I mean, I ate some chicken wings at the source. I didn’t go to the Anchor Bar, but I went to Duff’s. I’m not going to get into an argument with anybody. Chicken wings are good, they’re fine, but the cat’s out of the bag. Anyone can get Frank’s Hot Sauce, but I enjoyed the wings.
I had beef on weck, I didn’t know what that was. Weck is an abbreviation for some kind of bread. I went to what seemed to be a slightly comforting, haunted house called Schwabl’s. Yes, since 1837, it wouldn’t kill them to update some of the decor, but the beef on the roll—awesome.
I went to Ted’s Hot Dogs—awesome, on the grill, all good. By the time I got to Anderson’s Frozen Custard, I was so consumed with self-hatred that I don’t know if they had ever experienced someone like me at Anderson’s Frozen Custard in Buffalo, N.Y.
On his accommodations for the weekend:
And by the way, I was staying at a hotel that really had the same personality as a heroin addict who no longer did heroin. I was in that place, the Lafayette Hotel and I was like “this was in bad shape at one time.” I can feel it.
I know they gutted it, they renovated it, but some things you can’t get out. I don’t know. This hotel could relapse at any second, you felt the ghosts in the hall.
You know walking down the hall to my room that at some other point and time, someone was running down that hall screaming, “he’s got a gun, he’s got a gun, he’d going to kill me!” As strange drugged out people just watch the drama unfold.
On his drive to Niagara Falls:
But I went to Niagara Falls and I’ve got to tell you, the drive up there—not great. Niagara, the town—bad shape. I don’t know if they do it on purpose so that the falls are even more amazing, but by the time you get to the falls after you’ve driven through Niagara, you want to jump into them.
I drove up to the falls, theres these horrendous tourist, sh*thole outposts of people selling stuff, several Indian food trucks, I don’t know why, it was just horrendous.
By the time I actually got to the water, I had such a contempt for humanity. Like I felt like it was all a failure, driving through Niagara. Hope had left. If only they could channel that water that goes over those falls and irrigated some hope and light into Niagara it would be amazing.
On his experience with the Maid of the Mist:
I was waiting in line with all these people to get our blue garbage bag ponchos that they hand out to everyone to get on the Maid of the Mist. I’ll tell you man, being on that boat you know, with a bunch of other people wearing blue garbage bag ponchos. It was heartwarming. We’re just people, small people and we’re wearing blue garbage bag ponchos.
And there are these amazing falls that are nothing but invigorating and the water just keeps coming. It’s uplifting. I stood on that boat with my other fellow humans in our blur garbage bag ponchos, fighting the urge to applaud Niagara Falls. It’s amazing, it keeps coming, it’s never going to stop!
It’s beautiful, it’s nature, it’s uplifting, it was great. I really think blue garbage bag ponchos are the great equalizer. Everybody is equal in a blue garbage bag poncho. Just small humans, looking silly, barely protected against the elements. Whenever there’s a problem between peoples, someone should show up with some blue garbage bag ponchos. That’s what I learned in Niagara Falls.
Overall, Maron enjoyed his time in the Queen City—something us locals love to hear. We may be put in a bad light by others (and sometimes ourselves), but it’s nice to see influential people come to town and have a real good time.
For more information on the WTF podcast, head over to Marc Maron’s website here.
Photo courtesy of Marc Maron.