My New Favorite Thing: WTF with Marc Maron

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WTF with Marc Maron is my new favorite thing. Not only is it a fantastic and hilarious podcast but the guy is a cat lover and that automatically makes him awesome.

I have a new favorite thing. And I have to give complete credit to my best friend for this one.

Since we’ve reconnected, she has recommended (over and over and over again) that I listen to Marc Maron’s podcast called WTF.

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.



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