Last Friday, Marc Maron’s scripted comedy show “Maron” premiered on IFC (don’t worry, it’s every Friday at 10/9c). To help promote the show, Marc left the garage where he makes his WTF podcast and faced the media heading out on a whirlwind press tour including conference calls, interviews and a few videos. Here’s a round up of Marc’s wild ride: Newsday called the show “amusing and bleak and sad and sweet,” while the Boston Globe called it “oversharing done right” and the LA Times made it a pick.
Marc also talked to NPR’s Monkey See culture blog about his creative process:
I’m always curious about this — are there differences in the creative process, writing material to be read as opposed to performed?
Yeah, but I always start with talking first. I never write first. A lot of the standup just evolves from talking onstage or on the mic in the podcast — I improvise almost all of it. I think out loud and sometimes I hit upon things that I think could be built out into a nice bit. With the book, you have more leeway to expand and maybe be a little more poetic in a way that does not require a laugh. You can work with the language a little differently, so it resonates on the page.
Over at NOLA.com, Marc talked about creating the character for his television show: “When you’re making a show, you are certainly wanting as many people as possible to dig it and to enjoy it. I think that was always a consideration. I think they were able to let me honor who I was. I wouldn’t say I am immediately a loveable character, but I would say I am a familiar character.”
Splitsider had a similar question for Marc:
What was it about doing a show like this that appealed to you? It’s so much more collaborative and in some ways traditional than what you’ve done over the past few years.
Well as a comic, when you start out, part of what you do is you want to be the best comic you can be, and you want to find your voice up there. I never really set out to do television like that, but you always have a thought in your head as a comic like, if I could base a show on my life, that’d be a great opportunity. And I’ve been through it a couple different periods in my life and my career where I’ve had deals to do sitcoms or at least get a script done, and nothing really went. So the fact that this came about after I’d sort of given up on having that opportunity ever again, and then pitching the life that I was living now as a possibility for a world that a show could live in, it was surprising. I didn’t think I’d ever get to do that. It was something I’d wanted to do.
USA Today/AP got Marc to sit down for a video interview:
“Maron” airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c