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See what everyone is saying about “Maron”

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Last Friday, Marc Maron’s scripted comedy show “Maron” premiered on IFC (don’t worry, it’s every Friday at 10/9c). To help promote the show, Marc left the garage where he makes his WTF podcast and faced the media heading out on a whirlwind press tour including conference calls, interviews and a few videos. Here’s a round up of Marc’s wild ride: Newsday called the show “amusing and bleak and sad and sweet,” while the Boston Globe called it “oversharing done right” and the LA Times made it a pick.

Marc also talked to NPR’s Monkey See culture blog about his creative process:

I’m always curious about this — are there differences in the creative process, writing material to be read as opposed to performed?

Yeah, but I always start with talking first. I never write first. A lot of the standup just evolves from talking onstage or on the mic in the podcast — I improvise almost all of it. I think out loud and sometimes I hit upon things that I think could be built out into a nice bit. With the book, you have more leeway to expand and maybe be a little more poetic in a way that does not require a laugh. You can work with the language a little differently, so it resonates on the page.

Over at NOLA.com, Marc talked about creating the character for his television show: “When you’re making a show, you are certainly wanting as many people as possible to dig it and to enjoy it. I think that was always a consideration. I think they were able to let me honor who I was. I wouldn’t say I am immediately a loveable character, but I would say I am a familiar character.”

Splitsider had a similar question for Marc:

What was it about doing a show like this that appealed to you? It’s so much more collaborative and in some ways traditional than what you’ve done over the past few years.

Well as a comic, when you start out, part of what you do is you want to be the best comic you can be, and you want to find your voice up there. I never really set out to do television like that, but you always have a thought in your head as a comic like, if I could base a show on my life, that’d be a great opportunity. And I’ve been through it a couple different periods in my life and my career where I’ve had deals to do sitcoms or at least get a script done, and nothing really went. So the fact that this came about after I’d sort of given up on having that opportunity ever again, and then pitching the life that I was living now as a possibility for a world that a show could live in, it was surprising. I didn’t think I’d ever get to do that. It was something I’d wanted to do.

USA Today/AP got Marc to sit down for a video interview:

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“Maron” airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.

Quirks

Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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