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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.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…