Dispatches from the Head

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Happy 300th What the Fuckers!

I want to thank you all personally for hanging out. I can’t believe we have all been together for 300 episodes. I had no idea this relationship would last this long. I wasn’t expecting anything, but this is far beyond anything I could have imagined. I was never going to be the one that would break things off but I am amazed sometimes that you hung out. I mean I know I can be difficult and annoying. You must really like me or at the very least like my friends.

It’s astounding to me what has happened over the last few years since I started the show. I don’t want toot my own horn but I am in a very different place than when I started. Don’t get nervous, I am still in a garage and I still foresee problems of self, but I am okay, for now. We are okay. I think we’ve all been through a lot over the last few years and I think we’ve all grown because of it.

I have talked to hundreds of people on WTF. Each one of them brought something different to the mics. Each one of them had a different story to tell and each story taught me how to look at the world a little differently and understand myself a little more. The effect the WTF conversations have had on my life and work is beyond profound. I have learned how to be a person who functions in the world as opposed to an angry, alienating, uncomfortable, panic-ridden drain on it and its inhabitants. It has taught me how to listen and be there for other people. It has taught me that empathy and humility are two of the most important human qualities. It has made me more comfortable with who I am which is really all I ever wanted out of life. I’m glad you were there for me.

We are going to keep going. The 300th episode features four guests for four reasons. I talked to Nathan Rabin from The Onion AV Club about the medium of podcasting and its place in culture. It was good talk. I also pay respect to and talk with podcast impresario Jesse Thorn who got me started in the garage. We talk about the effect podcasting has had on us as artists and how it has changed the trajectory of our lives and our goals. Then I talk to Pete Holmes who’s podcast, You Made It Weird, was directly influenced by WTF. So much so that Pete unashamedly admits to stealing it. Finally I talk to Andy Kindler. I know the show has a lot of comic fans but no one I know has the relationship with the show that Andy does. He loves it and I respect him and his opinion a great deal. Enjoy the 300th episode and thanks for listening.

On Thursday Bob Golub tells one of the greatest show business stories I have ever heard. Ever. Look forward to that.

Thanks for everything.


Love,
Maron

P.S. I will be in Chicago at The Maynestage Theater Aug. 2-5. It's a great venue. You should come if you live around there. I will be in San Francisco on Aug. 8th for one big show with Arj Barker. It's a benefit for Animal Control and Care. Good cause. Great show. I will be in Utah at Wiseguys on Aug. 11th for one night only. Get tickets while they last!


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