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

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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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 IFC.com

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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.

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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…