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5 WTF With Marc Maron Episodes That Brilliantly Tackle Addiction

Marc gets sober Wednesday at 9P on a brand new Maron.

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Marc Maron‘s struggles with addiction are no secret. The comedian has delved deep into his past substance abuse in his stand-up and on his podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. Thankfully, Marc in real life has never relapsed like his fictional alter ego on his IFC series Maron. This season, “TV Marc” lives out real Marc’s worst nightmare, getting hooked on painkillers and winding up in a clean living facility with a group of annoying Millennials. Before you catch this week’s brand new Maron, check out a few stellar WTF episodes where Marc has gotten his guests to open up about their own addictions with both hilarious and moving results.

5. Lynn Shawcroft

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Shawcroft isn’t just a stand-up comedian and recovering addict, she’s also the late wife of Mitch Hedberg, who died of a drug overdose in 2005. With such a turbulent past, it’s no surprise that she and Marc burrow in on addiction, and all that its taken from the two comedians. (Click here to listen to the episode.)


4. Bob Forrest

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Bob Forrest has traveled a unique road through the world of addiction. While fronting the band Thelonious Monster, he was an addict. He then got sober, and became a drug counselor. And in recent years he joined with Dr. Drew to create Celebrity Rehab, a reality show showcasing the highs and lows of drug treatment. In this episode, Bob walks Marc through this unusual journey. (Click here to listen to the episode.)


3. Rob Delaney

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Rob Delaney may star in the critically acclaimed sitcom Catastrophe these days, but he has his own dark history with addiction. On this episode of WTF, Delaney walks mark through his dark days as an alcoholic, and how he bottomed out. (Click here to listen to the episode.)


2. Artie Lange

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Lange made a surprise visit to WTF back in 2011 to recount his suicide attempt and his time in rehab and in a psychiatric ward, where he recalls playing Scrabble with a 400 pound schizophrenic man and an 80 pound methamphetamine addict. It’s a harrowing listen that sheds new light on the ups-and-downs of a popular comic. (Click here to listen to the episode.)


1. Robin Williams

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Robin Williams sat down with Marc back in 2010 for one of the most revealing interviews of his long and varied career. Keeping things mostly serious, the manic comedian opened up about his divorce, his depression, and his history with drug addiction. A true confessional, this episode sadly helps connect the dots for his tragic suicide a few years later. (Click here to listen to the episode. Subscription to WTF premium required.)

Watch Marc discuss his relapse in a clip from this week’s brand new Maron episode.

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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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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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