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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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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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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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