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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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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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