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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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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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