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Marc Maron talked to the LA Times and Wall Street Journal and Mashable about “Maron”

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“I had to warn my Twitter followers, ‘Prepare yourselves for a barrage of tweets promoting my new show and book. We’ll get through this together,” Marc Maron told Mashable. You see, Marc is doing his part to help promote his new show “Maron,” which premieres on IFC on Friday, May 3 at 10/9c. (That’s THIS Friday for those keeping track.) That means tweeting about the show and doing a round of press, including talking to Mashable, LA Times and the Wall Street Journal. Not that Marc minds talking about himself or tweeting. He told Mashable: “We have no other outlet,” he said, referring to social media. “Unless you are so huge, you have to fend for yourself out there. How will people know what you are doing unless you have a presence and are out there.” The article continued, “At the same time, Maron also has to deal with how to spend his time on social. “I tend to get off on [Twitter] in almost a druggish way. Jamming on Twitter and getting into a Twitter hole can be really satisfying.” If you’re not following Marc (@MarcMaron@MarcMaron) on Twitter yet, you should start now. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, especially when Marc is on an airplane.

At the Wall St. Journal, Marc explained how low he felt he had sunk in his career before things turned around: “I had suicidal ideations,” he said. “It was a dark time. Going broke and being drained by a vicious divorce. You don’t always know that you’re going to recover from heartbreak or financial devastation. Also, my career was atrophied. Mentally I was in a bad place. I hadn’t bought a gun or made any big plans, but in my mind, I was, ‘Well, that’s probably how this is gonna go.’ ” But it didn’t go that way at all. Instead, things started to turn around when he started his WTF podcast out of his garage back in 2009. As WSJ explained: “Early in the first episode, he promised he’d “keep it as personal as possible.” Listeners soon knew intimate details about Mr. Maron’s ex-wives (Kim and Mishna), his trips to the urologist, his past cocaine addiction and more than anyone bargained for about his cats (Monkey, Boomer and LaFonda),” the WSJ wrote. Listeners responded and Maron has recorded almost 400 episodes of “WTF” with about 2.5 million downloads a month, with advertisers and paying subscribers. Random House is publishing Marc’s memoir, “Attempting Normal,” and on May 3, the scripted sitcom “Maron,” premieres in which the comic plays a neurotic and bitter comedian who podcasts out of his garage. According to the WSJ: “The show is in the tradition of comedians playing pricklier versions of themselves, as pioneered by Jerry Seinfeld, made extra-awkward by Larry David and given heart by Louis C.K. In one episode, comedian Denis Leary, as himself, berates Mr. Maron for being a wimp who’s afraid to remove a dead possum that’s beneath his house.” By the way, you can watch that episode right here, right now.

Over at the Los Angeles Times, the reporter visited the set of “Maron” on the final day of shooting. Once again Marc expressed surprise that his career came out of what he considered a slump. “I really thought this wasn’t gonna happen for me. It’s all pretty astounding,” he says. “Of course I have a certain amount of dread and anxiety. It feels like this is definitely my shot.”

The LA Times also spoke with Denis Leary, who is a guest star and co-executive porducer on the series: “Marc’s at this place, personally and professionally, where his bitterness and his rage has subsided enough that he’s able to play it,” says Denis Leary. “The reason it got picked up is because of Marc’s performance. It’s honest and heartbreaking and weird — and unbelievably funny.” Marc worked hard to have that effect on his audience. “I wanted to do the best I could with the acting,” Maron told the LA Times, “because everyone’s always skeptical about comics acting. I wanna look at the show and say: ‘How can we tell the story in a deeper and funnier way?'” To see if he pulled it off, tune in to “Maron” on Friday, May 3 at 10/9c. Spoiler alert: He did.

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“Maron” premieres on IFC on Friday, May 3 at 10/9c

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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.