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Marc The Date

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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SAG Life

Rappers Act Up

Watch the Yo! IFC Acts Movie Marathon Memorial Day Weekend.

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Memorial Day weekend: how to celebrate? Nothing quite says “screw spring—let’s do summer” like blockbuster movies starring rappers who ditched lucrative music careers in order to become actors. It happened a lot, remember? Especially in and around the ’90s. Will Smith, Eminem, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Marky Mark Wahlberg, Ludacris…icons with the hubris to try the silver screen instead and have it totally work out.

But what if more rappers had made the leap? That’s a rhetorical question—movies (and life) would’ve been better, obviously. To prove it, here are some movies that totally would’ve been more memorable with rappers.

The Godfather

Starring Biggie, not Brando.
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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Only Coolio could improve upon Gene Wilder’s performance.
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Billy Elliot, with a dose of Missy Elliott.
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Robin Hood: Price of Thieves

Low hanging fruit, Hollywood.
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And of course…

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See NONE of those movies and a whole bunch of real ones this Memorial Day weekend on IFC’s rapper-filled movie marathon.

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Brock Hard

Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Oh Mama

Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

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The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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