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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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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.