Marc Maron: Live from the comedy garage
In a spider-ridden Los Angeles garage, surrounded by half-read self-help books and the whiff of stale cat's-pee, a stand-up comedian called Marc Maron has for the past two years been taking listeners on a twice-weekly journey behind the red velvet curtains of his profession.
This makeshift domestic studio is the home of WTF, a brilliant podcast which has recently turned Maron into a cult figure. It is where he records the vast majority of a highly-compelling celebrity interviews which are now something close to required listening among comedy nerds and show-business power-brokers alike.
Roughly a quarter of a million listeners now download each episode of hour-and-a-bit-long show, a statistic which now sees it troubling the iTunes top 10 podcasts. But this success story has done little to blunt either Maron's natural melancholia, or the remarkable intensity with which he digs under the skin of his guests.
Each WTF begins with a comic monologue which trawls through Maron's various obsessions – cats, broken relationships and his battles with drugs and alcohol are staples – in a free-rolling manner that intersperses anger and narcissism with moments of hilarity before the long interview.
The list of Maron's subjects reads like a Who's Who of American comedy, including Judd Apatow, Conan O'Brien, Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, Demetri Martin, Patton Oswalt, and Chris Rock. He has also interviewed actors (Jon Hamm, Bryan Cranston) and the occasional Brit (Stewart Lee).
MusicThe band accidentally called Londoners the C-word
Film 'I've never been comfortable on-screen', she says
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Exodus Gods and Kings: Ridley Scott never considered casting 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
- 2 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 3 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jungle security stepped up after murder and 'suspicious death' close to camp
This house and dental clinic 'piled up like bricks on the brink of collapsing' is why Japan wins at architecture
Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
Exodus Gods and Kings: Ridley Scott never considered casting 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
James Cameron hypes up Avatar sequels: 'You will s**t yourself with your mouth wide open'
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'