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Sober Listening

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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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

James Franco

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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Breaking News

From Canada With Love

Baroness von Sketch Show comes to IFC.

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Breaking news that (finally) isn’t apocalyptic!

IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

Baroness Von Sketch Show premieres later this summer on IFC.

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