For Your Listening Pleasure

James Wolcott

Originally published in Vanity Fair

If you haven’t subscribed to Marc Maron’s WTF podcast (via iTunes, etc), remedy this, immediatement. Because the show, it’s hilarious, the latest installment—taped live at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles and featuring, among others, Maria Bamford, Chris Hardwick, and Jim Earl—resembling a Plato’s symposium for standups, if a Platonic symposium was devoted to bombing on stage, being a bad drunk, bowling, the fine art of passive aggression, and how to deliver and receive a convolute compliment with a stinger at the end. I have never heard Maria Bamford before, but now she is my new magical pixie friend.