Dispatches from the Head

This is it! The big week!

Coming in for landing, People!

This is it! The big week! The book, ‘Attempting Normal', drops on Tuesday and IFC’s ‘Maron’ premieres on Friday at 10/9c on IFC.

I feel flashes of dread and relief. I’m actually excited to see what people think. I think I’m prepared to deal with whatever happens, even the good things.

I wasn’t completely prepared to deal with my father’s panic. He’s concerned about how he is portrayed in the TV show. He had heard about one of the promos on IFC and called me worried, panicked a bit. He doesn’t get IFC. He is concerned about how the ‘public’ will see him. I told him that it is a fictional character based on him. I told him that Judd Hirsch is playing the character. I told him that the life of the character is not his life and that it is not real. It is a ‘fictional’ show and not a ‘reality’ show. He said, ‘Okay, that makes me feel better.’ I said, ‘Okay.’ Then he said, ‘What’s it on? IFC? No one really sees that anyway. Okay.’ The beauty of that last remark is that he didn’t say it as an insult or a dig. He said it matter of fact like closure on the thought process he needed to comfort himself with. He’s never listened to my podcast and now it seems he will not watch the show for any other reason than to see what his public is seeing. I love the guy but, boy, that was a rough moment. I could’ve easily regressed into an angry teenager but I didn’t. I really hope he doesn’t take it too hard.

As always, I appreciate all your support and I hope you all like all the me centric things that will be out in the world this week.

Milwaukee! I will be at the Pabst Theater this Saturday, May 4th, doing standup. If you want to be part of that come down.

Also, Apple's iBookstore selected Attempting Normal as their Editor's Choice this week. They've got an 'enhanced version' that's got six specially-recorded audio segments with more than 35 minutes of brand-new, never-before-heard stories and reflections I recorded only for this version. Download it on the iBookstore at iTunes.com/MarcMaronBook

We’re doing 3 shows this week! A pretty amazing chat with Hank Azaria on Monday, the live WTF from Vancouver on Wednesday featuring Margaret Cho doing a one woman show about my penis and Huey Lewis on Friday. Yeah, Huey Lewis. Wild, right?

Boomer lives!




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Craig April 29, 2013 at 11:10 am


I should be studying for a final, but I just watched your segment on “CBS This Morning”.  You did quite well; funny, poised, and reacting quickly to their Inquistion-style comments and questions.  Conversely, those three hosts were clueless and screwed you out of a legitimate plug for the IFC show.  At the risk of asking you to tell tales out of school, is that CBS Host Panel as awkward in person as it appears on TV?  It seems like the inter-host banter is completely forced - or, more forced that normal on such talk-shows.  Charlie wants to ask real “Interview” questions while Norah and Gayle jockey to insert cute quips and irrelevant asides.  I hope those three (plus a producer or two) all apologized for short-changing your segment.
Again - you did well.  Hope the march of publicity and plugs steadily improves.  Back to studying.

Keith Kaufman April 29, 2013 at 11:40 am

This is your week Marc!  It’s about time the stars line up and that everything finally comes together for you.  Good Luck!

CM April 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm


Just watched “Dead Possum” thanks to SlashFilm posting about it. I laughed my ass off! You guys killed it. Definitely excited for the season. Congrats.


Simon1961 April 29, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Firstly, *THANK YOU*. I have been in a pretty dark place for the past two years, and your podcast, the way you think, talk and interact with your guests, and the historic comedy minutiae, have all added up to something that, despite how craptacular my mood/day is, has been something to look forward to.  Even if I’m burrowed in beneath a cumulus cloud-sized mound of sheets and comforters and bailing on my day…I think…“Well, listen to him with Robin, Judd, Louis, Conan, Merrill…” Am so happy that you are surfing up on top of this lovely, huge wave that appears to go from the East to the West Pacific coasts, of new fans and interest in you and what you do. I’m about 5 minutes into your interview that aired today with Terry Gross on Fresh Air. Next time you’re in New York, Cafe Mogador,lunch on me…whatever you want honorary friend.

me April 30, 2013 at 4:04 am

judd hirsch is on your show? now i’m gonna check it out for sure! been watching taxi recently, funny stuff. hope judd will be on you podcast!
best wishes & good luck with everything!

jb April 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

Another one here that just caught “Dead Possum.”  Wow.  As CM said, you killed it indeed!  Too damn funny.  Great work and many congrat’s.  Very happy for you.  And for me - now have a great show to look forward to, which is saying a heck of a lot these days ...

Arthur Thomas April 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm

All I did was smile, smile, smile, when I caught the first episode dude! Great job, you were, as always, grumpily charming. There’s a few pilot-jitters to shake off, but I’m sure you, your cast and crew will do swimmingly as the episodes continue to come out and rhythm and chemistry begins to coalesce. Hey man don’t worry about the people in your life that write you off, with their dismissive, condescending natures, you have a legion of folks who love you, and want to see you win, who can say that anyone can take the place of the love and support that you yearn for from your parents, but its time to let go of whatever hold they have over their ability to hurt you, let it go man, and let all the other love in

ps I’ll thank you a thousand life times over and over for that Aimee Mann episode, she means so much to me!!! If she’s not in this season, please don’t wait till season 5 to put her on the show

doc April 30, 2013 at 10:21 pm

The big week.  The big week.  The big week.

Looking forward to Saturday night’s show.  I’ve never seen you live in the theatre—only the bit you did on John Oliver’s show last year—and the damn DVR cut out halfway through, and you were funny.  You made my wife laugh, dude.  She normally finds any comic that isn’t Paul F. Tompkins or Louie Anderson annoying.

I’ve been listening to WTF for the last two years (I think it was after you were interviewed for The Nerdist during the torrential deluge, and you had former Soviet Bloc plumbers “making house better”).  Hearing the way you described that incident, and the way you engaged in that conversation, and subsequent conversations, I’ve been hooked ever since.

And you interviewed my favorite comic of all time, Jonathan Winters.  It was a wonderful thing.  He was the first comedian I ever heard… must have been about 6 when my dad played “Down To Earth”, which changed everything.

This is your year, mate.  Keep it going.



Frank von Winkhorst May 01, 2013 at 7:11 am

Judd Hirsch. Judd Hirsch! The guy should be honored.

jane May 01, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Gotta say loved the first episode of Maron. I laughed out loud twice. That’s a good start. Can’t wait to see/read/listen to more from you. Will I ever get enough Maron? I aim to find out.

Nicole May 03, 2013 at 2:34 am

I just heard the Comedy Bang Bang episode promoting the premier and got bummed out because I don’t have IFC, but it turns out that it’s on iTunes. I bought a season pass, because I’m so excited for this show! Episode #2 is already up!

Steven Pofcher May 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Great show on IFC.  It was awesome seeing the legendary GARAGE - even if it was only a model.
I am not a big fan of Huey Lewis, but I enjoyed the podcast.  Huey is pretty amazing.  He decided that he was going to make music his career and he wrote a bunch of tunes for the radio.  BIG congrats to him for living his dream.

Can’t beloeve that you don’t know Spider John Koerner.  He played many times at the Plough & Stars in Cambridge.  This place made serving Guinness Stout an art.  Take a listen to this song, which I first heard on WBCN

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