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You Should be Listening to WTF with Marc Maron

You probably know Marc Maron, if you know him at all, as a regular guest from Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn or one of his many appearances on Late Night with Conan O’ Brien. By his own admission, he was a comedian who intentionally sabotaged his own career on multiple occasions. In September 2009, at one of his lowest points, he began hosting a twice weekly podcast in his own garage. What started as a way for Maron to work out his own demons has turned into the go to place to hear other comedians do the same.

In my opinion, there are few things more entertaining or interesting than an interview done well. A great interview makes you forget that an interview is occurring and instead makes you feel as if  you’re eavesdropping on a conversation between two people unaware of your presence. There is possible no better place to get that feeling right now than by listening to the podcast WTF with Marc Maron. 

Maron has the rare ability to break down the walls between himself and the person sitting across the garage from him, largely because he is so open about his own personal issues and neuroticism. Nothing is out-of-bounds, from his rampant drug use, to his shitty past (and current) relationships, to his own misplaced jealousy of his own friend’s (Louis C.K) success. This frankness allows him to ask Carrot Top how it feels to be a comedy punching bag or to question Carlos Mencia about his history of (alleged) joke stealing in a way sparks an honest back and forth (well, except for Gallagher, who couldn’t handle questioning of his racism and homophobia).

The most recent interview with Carrot Top marked the 221st episode of the WTF podcast. In the internet media world, that’s a hell of a success, and pod’s popularity seemingly continues to grow. If you enjoy interesting (and often deep) conversation, then you’ll enjoy listening in. I strongly suggest giving it a chance.

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