Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:56 PM
I think the key to getting MM's humor on this episode is to understand that he, like most middle-class US Jewish people, has known a lot of people like R and B (usually relatives who are hectoring, annoying, judgmental, provincial) and is in on R and B's joke that it is the height of insanity to bring such an approach to life to celebrity interviews. He is simply reacting as a normal (if somewhat defensive) person would when bombarded by insults, intrusive questions, non-sequiturs, etc. I personally thought that MM's refusal to "yes, and" produced one of the funniest episodes of any podcast I have ever heard. In some ways, it points out just how "crazy" R and B's other guests are in reacting so calmly and graciously. Maybe the best comparison would be to the different kinds of humor that Borat or Ali G drag out of different kinds of people with whom they interact?