Marc Maron – Dave Anthony – Maron – Season 4, Episode 2

Dave on Top

Dave Anthony on Keeping the Comedy Real in Maron Season Four

See how success goes to Dave's head on a brand new Maron tonight at 9P on IFC.

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Click here to read part one of our interview, where Dave talks about playing a “psycho” version of himself and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the acclaimed “Racegate” episode.

Comedian Dave Anthony pulls double duty on Maron as both cast member and writer. As season four progresses, Dave finds success while his “frenemy” Marc struggles with the fallout of a drug relapse. We spoke with the real Dave about the new season and how the writing staff works to keep things real and hilariously cringe-worthy even as Marc’s journey goes to some dark places.

IFC: What was the thinking behind having Marc fall back into addiction? It looked like at the end of last season things could have gone a bunch of different ways.

Dave: Yeah, it could have. We kind of left it that way so we could think about it and figure out what to do. Marc, on his own, decided that he wanted to do a season that was completely fictionalized, that had nothing to do with his actual life. I had always talked about, we should have [the Marc Maron character] drink for an episode or go off [his sobriety] for an episode. [Marc] was like, “why don’t we just do it? That will be the starting point.” We come back and he’s lost everything. It’s almost like rebuilding the show, in a way. We thought that would be really fun to write.

IFC: Why the storage locker?

Dave: We wanted to have a place, like [how] he always opens the show, and he lifts up the garage door. We wanted him to open up a big door. We wanted to have a place that he could sort of lie to himself that things weren’t that bad when they were clearly horrific. One of the writers knew of a guy who lived in a storage locker for like a year. We just took it from that.

IFC: Were the characters Marc encounters in rehab planned out ahead of time, or did you discover them while writing the season?

Dave: The only thing we really wanted to do was have people that were younger than [Marc] so that he sort of stood out for being the guy who screwed up late in his life. Then we wanted people that seemed a little more real, but were a little bit odd in a way. [Adam], the guy who stutters, is a kid [comedian Drew Lynch] who actually started stuttering when I believe he was 22 or 23. He got hit [in the throat] by a softball.

IFC: Adam wasn’t written to be a stutterer?

Dave: We auditioned people and the casting director just brought [Drew] in because she liked him as an actor. The character wasn’t written to stutter, he was just stuttering because that’s what he does. We were like, “Well that’s a kid that might, if something like that happened to someone, that’s kind of a tragic turn and you might start drinking.”

IFC: What about Trey, the wannabe rapper played by Chet Hanks?

Dave: I always wanted to do a white kid rapper as [Marc’s] roommate. I couldn’t think of anyone who would be more opposite of Marc to room with than a white guy who wants to be a rapper.

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IFC: This season goes to some very emotional places. In terms of tone, do you and the other writers give thought to whether something is more sad than funny?

Dave: We’re not really concerned about things getting too dark or too weird. The only thing we really try to shy away from is being really too funny, so that if you’re just going for the funny, it doesn’t come across as real. Like a network [sitcom] will do joke, joke, joke, joke and it will just be about the jokes. We’re really trying to find the real moment, which was a hard balance this year, because in previous years, it was based on [Marc Maron’s] life — the moment and the emotions coming out of those moments were already established. Whereas this season, there’s a lot more discussing what a fictional character would do in the setting we’re putting him in.

IFC: Dave finds success this season with his own TV show. What was that like to play in a fictional setting?

Dave: That was really fun. To move my character into this place where he’s super successful but sort of still has that weird personality was really, really fun to act. Me personally, I’m super tied up in this old way of thinking that I’m not successful at all. It’s just part of my personality; I can’t get past it. Then I get to play with the character because the thing about me — and I would say this is the thing that’s most closely tied to my character — is that no matter how much success I’m getting, I always still feel like an open mic-er. I always still feel like no one knows who I am.

Watch what happens when Dave gets his own show tonight at 9P on a brand new Maron. 

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Very NSFW

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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Flame Out

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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