Dispatches from the Head

How about a hand for the old guys?

Okay, let’s get into it here, people-

I have not been to Oklahoma City for more than a drive-through ever but this Saturday I will be there for a show and if you live in the area you should come down. I will be at the City Arts Center at 7PM. Get your tickets now. I may add another show depending on how sales go but it seems likely.

Well, I am feeling old and disgusting. If I don’t start going to the gym as opposed to just thinking about going I’m going to crawl out of my skin. I don’t feel 48 but I am 48. I imagine if I had kids I would be more aware of myself aging but I don’t. I can’t watch them grow. I can only tell from photos of myself and recently I have been noticing an older man in the pictures. He looks like an older version of me. It is not the same guy I see in the mirror so I either have to question all cameras' ability to capture me honestly or just start looking at myself differently in the mirror. I can also just deny it’s happening but that would be ridiculous. I’m okay with it. Seriously. As long as my organs keep working and my brain stays relatively sharp I think I’ll be okay. I’m dating a younger women so that will either keep me young or kill me. More will be revealed. I didn’t plan on her. It just happened and I’m going with it. Okay?

In all honesty I have never done better work in my life. I finally feel like I have arrived in my skin and have little fear around expressing myself. It’s strange to me. I think this is the natural progression of things. Why wouldn’t I be doing my best work? I’ve spent years getting here. This culture puts so much emphasis on being young, looking young and appealing to young people that you forget older people have years of craft and wisdom to bring to the table. I think as long as older artists aren’t whining about being old and/or desperately trying to be young there’s probably some great work being done. I am not necessarily talking about me but I am talking about my guests this week.

Nick Lowe is arguably at the top of his game and he is 62 years old. He was a pop sweetheart back in the day and has written some great songs but now he is a bonafide Troubadour. I saw him perform with just his guitar, an open heart and nothing to hide as performer and it was spectacular. We talk about his life in music and he dishes a bit about Elvis Costello and Johnny Cash AND he sings a couple of songs. It is a unique episode. Not your regular WTF. On Thursday Bill Maher is on the show. I went to his home and sat down with him for about an hour. He’s not what I would call an elder statesman but he is definitely in his prime at 56 and at the top of his game.

So, how about a hand for the old guys! Enjoy!


WTF - Nick Lowe “The Beast in Me”

Full episode out 2/13

WTF - Bill Lawrence talks about his preppy roots.

Full episode out 2/9

I’m not a fucking whore.

Yes, People-

It happened. I am no longer afraid to sing in public. Now I just have a few fears that have to be dealt with: Riding a motorcycle, skydiving and death. I can live without confronting the first two and who really has a handle on that last one.

The shows in San Francisco at Sketchfest were great. The live WTF was sold out and it was fun as hell. The standup went well as did the ‘Bring the Rock’ show which is where I watched my fear of singing and playing die thanks to Dave Alvin. The premise of BTR is a comedian tells a story and then the band plays the song either with the comic or not. This is the show I did last year and sang in public for the first time since the fear set in when I was 15.

The story is this: Years ago when I was living in Hollywood and a doorman at the Comedy Store, the Hard Rock Café opened in the Beverly Center. Me and my friend Jim were hungover and had nothing to do during the day so we decided to go in and check the place out. I was fascinated with all the rock paraphernalia. The place was pretty empty. It was a weekday. We were waiting for our food so I went into the bathroom. I approached the urinals and started to pee. I was looking at the gold records on the wall as I went and a man approached the urinal next to me. We were both just pissing looking up at the records. I looked over and realized it was Dave Alvin from the Blasters. Me being me, I needed to have some kind of earnest moment of connectivity with him so I mentally scrambled for something to say. Given the situation I didn’t want make it too weird. So this is what came out of my mouth: “How come you don’t have any gold records up here?” I really didn’t think it was a shitty question but in retrospect maybe it was. He looked at me and said, “Because I’m not a fucking whore.” After that we both just looked at the wall, did what we had to do, flushed and walked out.

I ran into Dave years later at a show and asked if he remembered it. He said he had only been in that place once and it sounded like something he would say. I guess I didn’t make that big an impression. Probably better off.

I sang ‘Help You Dream’ last night. It was great.

On the show this week I tracked down a guy I started out with who has an intense and wild story, Matt Graham. Matt went from comic to professional Scrabble Player to Poker Player to attempting to play college basketball at 40. Intense dude. Good talk. On Thursday, Bill Lawrence. He created Scrubs and Cougar Town and is also an intense guy. Another good talk.

I'm driving a U-Haul from SF to LA now. I bet you envy me.


WTF - Matt Graham and Marc talk about their history.

Full episode out 2/6


Marc Maron on Jimmy Kimmel Parts 1 & 2

Do it!

We had some amazing make up sex, twice.

Hey, People-

Boston was fahkin wicked pissah!

Before I get into that I would like to remind you Bay Area folks that I will be at SF Sketchfest this weekend doing a lot of shows including a live WTF and a stand up show. Please check out what isn’t sold out at their website. I know the live WTF is already packed out.

In general, If you are new to this email thing you can always go www.wtfpod.com and check the calendar for my upcoming dates: Oklahoma City, Minneapolis, Grand Rapis and Vancouver are all coming up.

Thank you Boston! I couldn’t figure out why I never go to Boston until I realized that I spent a lot of formative years in that city. That means there was a lot of pain and emotional drama associated with it. I went to college there for five years and then went back there to start my comedy career. Can you think of two more traumatic times in a life as college and early standup gigs? Horrifying. So many memories, so many of them awful. Boston was like a crazy, draining ex-girlfriend who I was afraid to run into.

Well, all that has changed. The live standup show and the live WTF at The Wilbur Theater were completely awesome on every level. Almost 1000 people showed up for each show and we had a blast. It was definitely a life changing experience for me. I want to formally thank the comics I had on the show. I have nothing but respect for all of them and they were great! Kenny Rogerson, Tony V, Jimmy Tingle, Mike Donovan and Frank Santorelli were just spectacular. Rick Jenkins did an awesome job opening for me as well. These guys are real pros and it was a fucking joy watching them work as they talked to me.

So, I guess you can say that me and Boston are cool now. We had some amazing make up sex, twice, and it was better than ever.

I will be on Jimmy Kimmel tonight if you want to tune and he will be on WTF today if you want to tune into to that, or both. On Thursday we will run the live WTF from Boston. I hope you can feel the love.


WTF - Jimmy Kimmel & Marc talk diets

Full episode out 1/30

Marc Maron Remembers the Lower East Side: Luna

From the NY Vaults

Biscuits & Gravy.

Hey, friends-

This week is the big Magner’s Comedy Festival in Boston. I’m doing a live WTF and a standup show on Friday Jan. 27th. There are still a few tickets if you want to come out. It’s going to be a good time. The following week I will be doing another live WTF at Sketchfest in San Francisco on Friday Feb. 3 along with some other shows.

For those of you that are relatively new to the show and you want access to the earlier episode you can always get a premium app subscription or there are some select episodes available at iTunes for purchase at WTF Premium. You can also pick up my new CD if you want on iTunes. If you get it at the site I will sign if for you.

I just want to thank you all again for all the love that came the way of the show for the Todd Glass episode. It was a big deal for him and the support that flowed his way was amazing.

I’m sitting in a hotel in Atlanta. It’s a long week here but the shows have been great. I can’t eat anymore burgers, fried food or biscuits. When you are down here, no matter where you are, you are within a mile or two of Biscuits and Gravy. You could be walking down the street and ask someone, “Hey, where can I get some good Biscuits and Gravy?” They would say, “Well, you can go down the street here a bit or you can come on in and I’ll fix you some.” Sweet people down here. Honestly.

I know now that there really aren’t that many healthy places to eat here because the last few times I’ve been here and hit this wall on the last day. Someone always brings me to the same healthy restaurant called RJ Thomas. It is an odd place that has a bunch of cage tropical birds out front. There are literally a Toucan, Cockatoos and a Macaw or two outside this place as you walk in. The place itself looks like a very small circus from the street. This time I was here I fully realized just how high you have to wave that freak flag to get it above the Confederate flag on that poll. Love the renegade progressive south when I can find it.

Ralphie May is on Monday’s show and I think we had a very intense, loaded conversation about comedy and overcoming hardship in life. Very engaging and revealing talk. On Thursday Paul Feig, the creator of Freaks and Geeks and the director of Bridesmaids, brings it to the garage with a very candid and intelligent talk about comedy, his work, Christian Science, show biz and living with some personal issues that are daunting. This is a comedy nerd dream chat. Great guy. Enjoy.


WTF - Marc Maron Visits the Statue of Liberty Pt2

From the Vaults: Marc Maron Visits the Statue of Liberty Pt2

I saw Space Jesus.

Okay, Brothers and Sisters-

I will be in Atlanta at The Laughing Skull Lounge this Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 19th throughout 22nd. Come on out.

I made it out of SLC without becoming part of the LDS. I really had a great time in Utah. I swear. I was there with Ryan Singer and the crowds were great at Wiseguys. Whenever I go to SLC I’m a bit apprehensive. I get nervous. I don’t know anything about Mormonism but I know the corporate HQ is there. I wish I understood more. I wish they spent more time in their missionary efforts explaining the religion to people who are just curious as opposed to spending all their energy recruiting Latinos. I get it. Business is business. It’s all about getting higher numbers.

I was impressed with Temple Square. I saw the Space Jesus and the Tabernacle Organ and between the two, if I was in a slightly more vulnerable place, I’d be in, and out knocking on the doors of Mexican households wearing a suit within weeks. Instead I went ice skating and ate a Belgian waffle. I didn’t become Mormon but I got a little fatter. I had a great time in Utah. Thanks.

space jesus

When Todd Glass called me a few months ago because he wanted to come on the show to talk about something specific that was very important to him I was honored. I was nervous because it was very personal and I had never really had the conversation he wanted to have. I knew I just had to listen and be present for this life changing discussion. I want to thank him for thinking of me to be there for him. On Thursday classic NYC comic Fred Stoller talks about his independent film and the struggle of being and remaining Fred Stoller.

I love you all,

WTF - Steven Wright talks sex changes.

Full episode out 1/12


WTF - Marc’s New Years Eve 2008

From the Vault
Marc makes peace with 2008 and gets ready to start fresh in 2009.