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Listen to Marc Maron on Howard Stern

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In advance of the premiere of “Maron” tomorrow at 10/9c, Marc Maron stopped by Howard Stern’s radio show. For almost an hour, Marc and Howard hashed things out, diving deep into Marc’s career, his professional jealousies, his new show, his book “Attempting Normal,” and his many many years making people laugh as a comic. It is an amazing interview where Marc, who is used to directing the interviews on his WTF podcasts, is drilled into by Howard who wants all the gory details about Marc’s past, including exactly how he was a dick to Jon Stewart, how he mended fences with his old friend Louis CK and how he got his career back on track after wallowing in the depths for so many years.

Listen now and tune in tomorrow at 10/9c for the premiere of “Maron”:

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Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

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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WTF Would Maron Say?: Week 2 Challenge

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Did you hear? We’re giving Marc Maron fans a chance to win a trip for two to see Marc perform and meet him in person. And on top of that, we’re giving away ten copies of his new book, “Attempting Normal,” each week.

All Maron fans have to do is tell us… WTF Would Maron Say? Each week, we will share a new topic and ask fans following @MaronIFC to tweet us what they think Marc would say about the topic, tagging their response with #WTFWMS. Then we will pick our favorites, turning the best tweets/ comments into beautiful pictures for the “Maron” Facebook page.

Last week we asked Maron fans to tell us, WTF Would Maron Say about the new diaperless baby parenting trend? The results? Nothing short of amazing. It was tough, but we picked ten of our favorite responses. See all ten winning entries here.

Do you do a great Marc Maron impersonation? Have you listened to every episode of WTF and think you know how Marc would respond to any situation? Do you think you know WTF Maron would say? Here’s your new challenge:

WTF Would Maron Say… if he were a guest on Sesame Street? Haven’t watched in a while? No problem. Check out the video of Sesame Street’s recent guest, Jon Hamm, for a little inspiration.

Sesame Street: Jon Hamm and Elmo

READ THE RULES HERE and follow along on Twitter@IFC to participate.

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