Marc Maron is a podcast host and veteran stand up comic known for his frequently emotional and neurotic comedy. He's hosted several stand up specials and frequently appears as a guest on late night television, including a record number of appearances with Conan O'Brien.
Marc began his broadcast career by hosting Morning Sedition on the now-defunct progressive radio network Air America. He started hosting his podcast WTF with Marc Maron in 2009, interviewing fellow comedians about their careers, road stories, and occasionally delving deep into personal struggles.
Marc's new comedy album is called This Has to Be Funny.
Maron returns to The Sound to pick up where we left off in our last interview, discuss how things have turned around -- and talk about how a cynic deals with success.
For you Chicagoans out there, WTF is coming to WBEZ starting Sunday at 8PM. Mark your calendars!
I've had some fun doing some friends' and colleague's shows lately, and talking up our new WTF project, so I thought I'd share some of what we've done.
Jordan and I were guests on the Ann Arbor Library's podcast, and talked about where JJGo comes from, and about how new media has changed our careers and those of the people around us.
I visited with past Sound guest Oliver Wang on his new podcast, and we talked about the history of The Sound, and about music that doing the show has introduced to me.
Our pal Matt Belknap from Never Not Funny visited The Wolf Den podcast, which is about the business of podcasting, and Marc Maron dropped in to chat about WTF on public radio. Jeff Ulrich, the show's host, described me as a poet, a player and a pimp, iirc, so I feel obliged to link that up.
So, we're all caught up! Enjoy.
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:
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.