Telling Jokes about September 11th

Friday, September 09, 2011


Comedian and host of the WTF podcast Marc Maron was living in New York during the attacks of 9/11. Brooke talks to Maron about how comedians began to grapple with the tragedy in their acts and how he dealt with it personally.

Comments [5]


I remember the exact moment I felt it was safe to laugh again after 9/11...because it was the day I accidently discovered "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" airing on my local NPR station. They had taken a hiatus until September 22. I just checked, and the show is in their archive...pre-podcasts, so I'll have to stream it just like in olden days.

Great show BTW.

Sep. 12 2011 06:16 PM
RER from Chicago

I was more than dismayed to hear Mr. Maron describe the first joke that he felt comfortable telling after 9/11. It was something along the lines of "After 9/11, being a New Yorker makes everyone treat you like that girl in the office who got raped." Disheartening to realize that at a moment when absolutely nothing is funny, violence against women can still be a punchline. I was surprised that OTM and Brooke Gladstone let that pass without comment.

Sep. 12 2011 05:52 PM
MrJM from

Thank you for including this conversation with Mr. Maron in your review of 9/11 related media.

(FYI Morty: When you presume that YOUR sense of humor is THE sense of humor, the terrorists win.)

-- MrJM

Sep. 12 2011 09:42 AM
Morty Sklar from Jackson Heights, Queens, N.Y.C.

Esteemed People at On The Media,
First, I am a man with a fine sense of humor--and in fact, when I was an insecure and troubled child, laughing was what made me feel human.
Second, I can see humor regardless of the subject matter--I don't censor my laughter.
HOWEVER, what I heard on WNYC in On The Media this morning, Sept. 10, 2011, regarding humor soon after the Twin Towers were destroyed, was simply not funny or even witty--none of it. The explanations by your guests didn't help, as surely it wouldn't--does humor need to be explained, or does one simply laugh or smile?
Sincerely, a long-time fan of your show, Morty Sklar, Jackson Heights, Queens (8th floor, with downtown Manhattan in sight--at least smoke rising from it)

Sep. 10 2011 01:04 PM
Clopha Deshotel from Bridgeport CT

Aesop was too ugly so they threw him of a cliff. What The Frygia? Frygia is an ancient place no longer on maps, but you can find it with Google. Try the alternative spelling as well, Phrygia. So, "WhatThe Frygia" is an expression that began with some community college students - no copyright on it - upon learning that a Frygian Slave (Aesop collected fables) was thrown over a cliff to his death for being too ugly. They learned this online instead of their textbooks - actually at businessballs dot com / check for yourself. And use "What The Frygia?" often.

Sep. 10 2011 05:54 AM

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