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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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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