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
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
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
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
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
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.