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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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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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