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5 Things You Need to Know About the New Season of Maron

Maron season four premieres Wednesday, May 4th at 9P ET/PT with back-to-back episodes.

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After hitting rock bottom in the season three finale, Maron fans are wondering how deep the titular curmudgeon can sink. Well, we won’t have to wait much longer as the fourth season is slated to premiere on Wednesday, May 4th at 9P ET/PT with two back-to-back episodes. The new season will air Wednesdays at 9P on IFC with episodes available anytime on IFC.com and on the IFC app. 

So what can we expect for this year’s 13 new episodes? Here are five things you need to know before diving into the new season of Maron.

1. Marc begins Season 4 in a very dark place.

1. Marc Maron in Junkie Shower
When we last left Marc, he was spiraling out of control from addiction and self-loathing. But the season premiere won’t be much better for our underdog: He’s lost his house, friends, career, and even his beloved cats, leaving him to become a squatter in a storage facility. Let’s just say it makes the garage look like the Four Seasons.


2. But he’ll make some interesting friends along the way.

2. Marc Maron Destroying Lives
Unfortunately for Marc, the road to recovery has several exasperating obstacles. He has to face a rehab facility where he’s the oldest person there (and if there’s one thing Marc hates, it’s whiny millennials), a sober house filled with sexual awkwardness, and an extended stay at the home of his competitive frenemy Dave Anthony. According to Maron, “In this season I was able to have the worst things that could happen in my life, happen. I’m okay. I made it through the fiction and it was hilarious. I actually end up in a fictionally better place too.”


3. This season will have guest stars aplenty.

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As it has in previous seasons, Maron will continue to feature cameos by Marc’s comedy pals and offbeat guest actors. We’ll see drop-ins by Ron Perlman, Constance Zimmer, Amy Smart, Joey “Coco” Diaz, and the Sklar Brothers.


4. Of course, returning fan favorites are back.

4. Andy Kindler and Marc Maron
Plenty of familiar faces will reappear this year. We’ll see the return of Marc’s parents (played by veteran actors Judd Hirsch and Sally Kellerman), as well as dedicated buddy Andy Kindler and dubious cohort Dave Anthony.


5. Speaking of Dave, he’s doing pretty well.

5. Dave Anthony Podcast on Maron
Marc will also have to deal with his “frenemy” finding success in the new season. To tide you over until Maron‘s return, you’ll want to keep up with Marc on his WTF podcast, the full archives of which are now available on the Howl Premium app. Oh, and in case you’re like Marc and weren’t aware that Dave Anthony also has an awesome podcast, you should definitely check out The Dollop, where Dave and cohost comedian Gareth Reynolds cover all things strange and horrific from American history.

Want more Maron? Check out Marc talking about the new season below. And catch up on season three right now on iTunes and Netflix.

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The Brockmire Premiere Is All Truth

Watch The First Episode of Brockmire Right Now for Free

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At long last, the Brockmire pre-premiere has arrived. Which means you can watch it right now—on IFC.com, at Funny Or Die, on IFC’s Apple TV and mobile apps, on Youtube, on Facebook, on the AMC apps, and right here. So grab some headphones and get watching.

No seriously, get headphones.

Because whether he’s giving a play-by-play or ruminating on the world around him, Jim Brockmire calls it like he sees it. And how he sees it is very NSFW. His take on life is actually quite refreshing, even to the point of being profoundly sage. For proof just look at these pearls of unconventional wisdom from the premiere…

Brockmire On The Internet

“If I need porn I just buy a nudie mag, like my father and his father before him.”

Brockmire On Sex-Ed

“Kids, a strap-on is a belt with d— on it that mommies use to f— daddies.”
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Brockmire On The Perfect High

“Somewhere between 10 cups of coffee and very low-grade cocaine.”
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Brockmire On The Tardiness of Spring

“Old man winter’s reaching his hand inside your coat to give that thing one more squeeze.”

Brockmire On Keeping Perspective

“I thought I hit rock bottom in a handicap restroom in Bangkok where a Thai lady-boy snorted crank off my johnson while a sunburnt German watched us on the toilet”
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Brockmire On Humanity

“If you want to look directly into the gaping maw of oblivion, don’t look up to the heavens. Just look in the mirror.”
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See these nuggets and more in the first episode of Brockmire, and see the whole season beginning April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Flame Out

Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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