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Marc Maron’s podcast headed to public radio

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The Public Radio Exchange is going to make it even easier for you to listen to Marc Maron‘s hit podcast, “WTF with Marc Maron.” PRX has announced that they’ll be airing his uncensored interview series on public radio stations across the country, including New York City’s WNYC and Chicago’s WBEZ. It’s time to start tuning that dial.

Maron has earned plenty of acclaim for his series of interviews with beloved comedians and stars that can be both hilarious and heartbreaking. “WTF with Marc Maron” has become one of the most successful shows on iTunes with almost a quarter of a million listeners per week, so it was only a matter of time before it was going to be nationally syndicated. We’re just glad it’s on public radio.

“Marc Maron embodies the spirit of fearless experimentation and raw energy that has typified PRX’s recent initiatives aimed at revamping the stereotypical public radio demographic,” said executive director of PRX Jake Shapiro. “‘WTF with Marc Maron’ brings a fresh and provocative new voice to the public radio landscape.”

This season, Maron will talk to Amy Poehler, Dave Foley, Norm MacDonald, Todd Hanson, Carl LaBove and perform a tribute to George Carlin with Sally Wade. Previous guests have included Louis CK, Judd Apatow, Conan O’Brien, Robin Williams and Ben Stiller.

We have a special place in our hearts for Maron, as his new TV series will be debuting on IFC next year. Much like Louis CK did with “Louie,” “Maron” (which is a working title for now) will explore a fictionalized version of Maron’s life as a comedian and talk show host, from his two divorces to his WTF podcast. We’re excited to soon be welcoming him to the IFC family.

Are you a fan of Maron’s podcast? Are you glad he’s coming to IFC? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Check out the trailer for “Sleepwalk With Me,” one of the year’s funniest films

Mike Birbiglia in Sleepwalk With Me

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Hand’s down, “Sleepwalk With Me” is easily one of the best films of the year. Gentle and genuinely funny, the film is loosely based on comedian Mike Birbiglia’s issues with sleepwalking, and his long-term relationship with his girlfriend played by Lauren Ambrose. Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in the film, and he enlisted a bevy of colleagues to help him out, including Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac and David Wain. The result is a touching, hilarious film that also doubles as one of the best portrayals of what it’s like starting out as a stand-up comic.

The first trailer for “Sleepwalk With Me” had now been released, which you can watch below. The movie hits theaters August 24.

(Disclosure: “Sleepwalk With Me” is distributed by IFC Films, a sister company of IFC)

Help raise funds for the Eddie Pepitone documentary “The Bitter Buddha”

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Eddie Pepitone is a comedian and for those in the know, Eddie Pepitone is THE comedian. It seems clear that funny people think Pepitone is funny. Yet for some reason Pepitone hasn’t achieved the level of fame he deserves and for years was mostly known inside of comedy circles. Now, thanks to the success of his podcast, The Long Shot, and his frequent contributions to other comedy podcasts like WTF with Marc Maron (hey, we know that guy) his career is finally on the rise.

Now the beloved fixture of the comedy community is finally breaking out. He has over a million views for his daily Youtube video series Puddin’, released his first stand-up album, A Great Stillness, and he’s starting to tour nationally. He also has a documentary called “The Bitter Buddha,” which stars himself and features some of our other favorite comedians including Maron and our Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman. The film is directed by Steven Feinartz, and stars Pepitone, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis and a cavalcade of comics including Patton Oswalt, Todd Barry, Dana Gould, and Paul F. Tompkins. The film is all ready to go except for the small issue of funding and distribution. That’s where you come in: They are having a fundraiser in Los Angeles to help Pepitone finish the documentary and get it out to distributors. As part of the festivities, Maron, Jen Kirkman (Chelsea Lately), Paul Scheer (Human Giant), Rob Delaney (twitter legend) and more will be performing. If you’re around Los Angeles and love comedy be sure to head to The Echoplex on June 26th to help get this film out in the world. Check out the flyer below for details.

Here’s the trailer for “The Bitter Buddha”:

Here’s the flyer for the fundraiser:

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