Marc Maron

Alumni Newsletter: September 6, 2011

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This Week Live: August 22nd, 2011

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Here are some spots around the country where you can catch your MaxFun favorites this week.

Andy Kindler will be at the Playboy Comedy Lounge of the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas August 25th to 27th.

Bill Burr will be at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ from August 25th to the 28th.

Colson Whitehead will be at the University of Wyoming in Laramie tonight, August 22nd.

Childish Gambino, Mobb Deep and Blu & Exile will be in Mountain View, CA as part of the Rock the Bells Festival at the Shoreline Amphitheater on August 27th.

Jackie Kashian and Maria Bamford will be performing at the Helium Comedy Club in Portland, OR on August 25th, 26th and 27th.

Jimmy Pardo will be at the Funny Bone in Virginia Beach, VA on August 25th-27th.

Kumail Nanjiani will be performing the Meltdown Show at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles on August 24th with Brent Weinbach, Jen Kirkman and Brett Gelman.

Marc Maron will be at Hilarities in Cleveland, OH on August 25th-28th.

Tig Notaro will be at the Tin Roof in Charleston, SC on August 24th and at the Calendonia in Athens, GA on August 25th.

Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson will be performing Two Kids, One Hall at Zanies in Nashville on August 25th-28th.

Wyatt Cenac will be appearing at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse in Arlington, VA on August 26th.

This Week Live

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Here is a quick list of cities and venues where you can catch some face time with your favorite MaxFun performers during the coming week. Click on the name of the venue for ticket info.

From time to time, of course, there are shows which are likely to be so popular that I wouldn't recommend waiting until the week of the performance to buy tickets. I'll list one or two of those separately each week. Buy now:

Alumni Newsletter: August 9, 2011

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  • Marc Maron is releasing his fourth CD today on Comedy Central Records. "This Has to Be Funny" is available as a CD or mp3 download. (BTW, for long-time Maron followers, that's his cat Boomer on the cover). Recently, Marc gave the keynote address at the annual Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. (You can find the text and the audio here). The speech is a moving commentary on the importance of continuing to believe in yourself, and continuing to do good work, even when times are hard. It sends an important message to creators everywhere: Never give up.
  • Congrats to the team behind "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"! FX recently picked up two more seasons of "Sunny" which will make it the longest-running live-action comedy on basic cable. The show will return to your screens on September 15th and later this fall our Canadian listeners will be able to join in the fun as the network plans to launch FX Canada on November 1st.
  • Speaking of FX, we're also getting excited about the upcoming season premiere of the quick-witted animated spy comedy "Archer" featuring TSOYA alums Chris Parnell and H. Jon Benjamin. The network will air the first three episodes of the third season in mid-September reserving the rest until early 2012. If you haven't been following the adventures of Sterling Archer, you're missing some of the fastest and cleverest dialogue on television. You can check out the first season on Netflix, but I recommend buying the DVD of that season as it features some very funny and unusual bonus materials.
  • The movie "30 Minutes or Less" featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Nick Swardson and TSOYA alum Aziz Ansari will be released on August 12th.
  • Kids in the Hall alums Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson are touring comedy clubs around the nation with a new show called Two Kids, One Hall. The show, which will feature stand up and sketch elements, as well as an appearance by favorite classic character Buddy Cole, will tour for about three months. Their next performances will be August 11th - 13th at the Punchline in Atlanta. If you want to know when the show is coming to your town, you can check out their tour dates here.
  • In order to build anticipation around the upcoming new Dr. Who episodes that will begin airing on August 27th, BBC America is releasing a series of Who-themed specials featuring a diverse plethora of TSOYA alums including Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, and Scott Adsit. The first special, "Doctor Who: Best of the Doctor", will air on Saturday, August 13 at 9/8c.

WTF Starts on WBEZ This Sunday!

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WTF on WBEZ from WBEZ on Vimeo.

For you Chicagoans out there, WTF is coming to WBEZ starting Sunday at 8PM. Mark your calendars!

WTF: The Public Radio Show!

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For about six months now, Sound of Young America editor Nick White and I have been working on a secret project. Now, the secret can be revealed... please welcome WTF with Marc Maron, the public radio series!

We've taken the hundreds of episodes of the WTF podcast and boiled them down to what we think is ten hours of exceptionally compelling radio. We've chosen the best stories and the best guests and made a ten-episode public radio series, produced by Marc, Nick and me.

Thanks to the kind support of Torey Malatia and Ira Glass, our first station commitment came from WBEZ and Chicago Public Media. We've got lots of other stations on tap, but feel free to let your station know it's available on PRX and that you love it. We hope that stations will air it this summer and early fall all over the country. (It was Torey and Ira's insistence, by the way, that led us to keep the name "WTF".)

If you want to hear the show, you can check it out, share it and review it on PRX. Our goal was to capture what makes WTF special and communicate it to folks who aren't comedy nerds - or even necessarily comedy fans. I think they sound wonderful.

Here's the first episode:

And here are the great promos Ira made out of the kindness of his (very kind) heart:

MaxFunCon 2010 Podcast: Marc Maron

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Marc Maron got personal during his standup at MaxFunCon 2010, and here's your chance to listen to it.

Be sure to visit www.maxfuncon.com to find out everything there is to know about MaxFunCon 2011, and subscribe to the MaxFunCon Podcast to hear exciting segments from last year's MaxFunCon as they become available. In the coming weeks we'll bring you segments with some MaxFun favorites, including John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton.

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Jesse on WTF and TBTL. OMG!

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A couple of my favorite podcasters invited me on their shows recently, and now you can check out the results.

I stopped by The Cat Ranch in beautiful Highland Park, California on a sweltering day recently and visited my friend Marc Maron. Marc visited the Sound of Young America last year, and I was repaying the favor. We talked about all kinds of stuff, including the feud Marc's insecurity was trying to start with Jad Abumrad, nerd identities and more. You can download the show from this link, and you can find iTunes info and more at WTFPod.com.

I also visited my pal Luke Burbank's live show at the Troubador in Los Angeles. I was by far the least significant person on the bill, which also featued folks like Garfunkel & Oates, Rob Corddry and Dana Gould. You can grab it in iTunes by going to TBTL.net, or listen to the embed below. Luke had me play a game in which I was tricked into critiquing the outfits of his producer and engineer. I come in about half an hour into the show, but the rest is pretty great, too.


More audio at MyNorthwest.com

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