I have a new favorite thing. And I have to give complete credit to my best friend for this one.
I’ve probably only finished five episodes but I’m in love.
Maron is a long-time standup comedian who has worked the circuit with talents like Louis C.K., Margaret Cho, David Cross and pretty much every other successful comic you can imagine.
I had never heard of him before. It seems that, although he’s been doing comedy for decades and has a long history with industry big-hitters, he’s been largely overlooked.
Until he started this podcast.
It works like this: He interviews celebrity comedians (and some musicians or other creative types) from his garage. Every show is introduced with a “bit” by Maron (this is my favorite part and it’s usually just a super-hilarious rant about his personal life) and then you listen to the interview.
But, come to think of it, “interview” isn’t the best word to describe what Maron does.
It’s a conversation. A really interesting one.
And we get to eavesdrop.
Sure, he kicks it off with a few questions but before you know it, Maron is frankly discussing the ache of gambling addiction with Norm MacDonald or cracking up with David Cross about living in a roach-infested apartment in 1980′s Los Angeles.
It’s a mix of funny life stories and a whole lot of talk about process.
The process of developing concepts, exploring a creative voice, attaining success, swallowing failure, and feeling like a clueless hack throughout the whole thing.
I particularly identify with that last part.
So, if you’re someone who is swimming through molasses each day as you attempt to scrape together a living by being creative, listen to this podcast.
If anything, you’ll learn that you’re not alone. And you’ll probably laugh your ass off in the process.
I became a premium member for just $9 per year. You should probably do that, too.