The Sporkful | Podcast Review | October 1, 2015 | By

The Sporkful: Marc Maron’s Drug Of Choice Is Sausage Gravy And Biscuits

“If I’m going to put something into my mouth, I want it to be as good as possible. Or healthy.” Marc Maron often chooses the former option.

This week on The Sporkful we’ve got Marc Maron, host of popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron. It’s a more personal show for host Dan Pashman, who actually produced Maron’s first show on the radio, more than ten years ago. It’s clear from the start that this isn’t their first time gabbing about each other’s dietary proclivities.

On the topic of bad food, Pashman describes Maron as “someone who wants the highest highs. And you are willing to pay for it with the lowest lows.” Marc wholeheartedly agrees—the “food shame” is definitively worth it. And I agree—any pizza can be a personal pizza if you try hard enough. I think Marc and I would get along.

A debate about melon balls ensues, which had me googling what melon balls are. For the curious, they’re literally just balls of melon (though I did encounter some interesting image results while trying to figure that out. I also learned that Maron loves him some “melon balls.” More than anything, the discussion showcased Pashman and Maron’s great rapport—they’re clearly friends and Maron’s no holds barred comedic intensity serves as a nice counterbalance to Dan’s zealous—and maybe sometimes mildly irrational—discussion of his personal food opinions.

Thanks to the power of editing, we get a chance to listen to Dan and Marc chat—from more ten years ago—on Marc’s old radio show. Optimal sandwich preparation is a hot point of contention. Maron call’s Pashman’s credibility into question, highlighting that Dan doesn’t even like cheese whiz on a Philly cheesesteak. 1 They get to debating whether or not warm ingredients require warm bread, and Dan-from-ten-years-ago vehemently argues that the temperatures are required to match. But Maron retorts, that Pashman is “denying the power of fresh bread”. Once again, point Mr. Maron.

Flash forward to the present and their opinions—just like their radio voices—are exactly the same.

While Dan Pashman hadn’t yet found his calling as food podcast host yet, he clearly had the passion for talking about food all those years ago. The one thing Dan is correct on is that “this is the role he was born to play.” His fervor and energy for analyzing even the simplest of food choices and how they affect our lives makes for great tape. And for that, we thank him.

Be sure to check out Dan Pashman on WTF with Marc Maron, which should be happening sometime in the next few weeks. And for those of you keeping score? Three points Maron, one (massive, self-actualized) point Dan.


  1. I’m actually on team Maron here Dan. Cheese whiz is more American than American cheese. You’ve got to have the whiz. ^

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