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Highlights of Marc Maron’s Reddit AMA

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Marc Maron fans are used to Marc cutting loose on Twitter, but yesterday he took to a new corner of the internet: Reddit. As part of his whirlwind press tour in advance of tomorrow’s premiere of “Maron” (Friday, 10/9c) and his new memoir “Attempting Normal,” Marc headed to Reddit for a session of Ask Me Anything (aka an AMA). The questions covered the gamut of Maron fandom including why Jon Stewart won’t come on the show, what happened with Gallagher, and what’s wrong with Pete Holmes. Here are some of the highlights of the Q & A, which you can read in its entirety here:

Who is that one comedian that will not come on the show? You mentioned him in passing in the early days but not recently. I think I had it figured out to be Adam Sandler but I can’t remember. Is there anyone you pissed off so bad back in the day that they will never do your show?

Tosh doesn’t want to because he doesn’t want to. Not for any anger reasons. I don’t know… wait. You’re thinking of Jon Stewart. He won’t do it.

Is there a reason Stewart won’t do it? I’d like nothing more than to hear you two geniuses talk.

I was a dick to him, a lot, when we were younger. He remembers that and doesn’t like me. I get it.

Hey Maron, Did you have any blow back from your ladyfriend because of Margaret Cho’s description of your penis?

No. I told her about it.

Do you notice the changes to your voice/vocab when you speak to different guests? Jewy when speaking with a Jew, lots of “Man” and “Cat” when talking to musicians. I get a kick out of listening for it.

I know I ‘Zelig’ a bit. Happens.

I love your podcast. It has to be the highest regarded podcast in comedy communities all over the country. That’s crazy – a couple decades ago, young comic’s heads were swimming with ideas of getting on The Tonight Show. Now I imagine there are myriad young guys like myself who imagine themselves getting interviewed by you and seeing that as a huge benchmark. How does it feel to go from almost struggling to having such a powerful influence?

I don’t think of myself as having power or influence. I just work in my garage.

What’s the deal with your relationship or lack of, with Pete Holmes? Birbigs seems to be caught up in it too.

Pete is like a fungus or a puppy.

How did the Gallagher interview wind up going down how it did?

he got riled and thought I was sandbagging him with an agenda which maybe I was a bit but he should’ve been able to take it. He thinks he invented everything and if you argue with him about anything he gets upset.

How bad did you want to punch James Franco in the fuckin’ head?

I just wanted him to lighten the fuck up.

Any chance you will ever have Jerry Seinfeld and/or Larry David on WTF? They would obviously fit in well with the veritable pantheon of comic legends you have already had on the show.

I would love to have either of them. They are hard for me to get hold of directly.

The J Mascis interview & performance was amazing. What is your favorite Dinosaur Jr Album/Song?

Bug and Green Mind. It was real thrill talking to that guy and watching him play was fucking astounding.

Hey Marc, I loved your previous appearance on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast and I was wondering if you are planning on doing that again any time soon.

I think we recorded one a while ago to come out this week or next. So, yeah.

If you could interview 5 dead comics, who would they be? I’ve composed that list in my head for you a few times. I’d strongly consider including Kinison, just to hear shit go down.

Kinison, Hicks, Pryor, Lenny and Carlin

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

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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