WTF with Marc Maron: First 100 box set coming April 24

MARC MARON announces the release of the “WTF with Marc Maron” box set. The two-disc set, packaged in die-cut limited edition release of 1,000 copies, includes the first 100 episodes of Maron’s phenomenal podcast With over 100 hours of content, the WTF box set features Maron’s compelling, in-depth interviews with Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Zach Galifianakis, Dane Cook, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, plus many more classic WTFs.


In addition to audio files of the first 100 WTF episodes, the box set includes video of WTF Live taped at The Bell House in Brooklyn. The live show features Maron with an all-star guest line up which includes Artie Lange, Morgan Spurlock, Ira Glass, Elna Baker, Nick DiPaolo, Nick Griffin, Joe Mande, and Wayne Koestenbaum onstage in Fall 2011.
The two-disc “WTF with Marc Maron” collector’s set will be available April 24 in limited edition from aspecialthing Records.

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Paul Gilmartin, host of The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast, and Marc Maron are two very disturbed individuals that have made quite illustrious careers utilizing their neuroses. Put the two of them together on WTF with Marc Maron and you’ve got a conversation that, at times, was at the height of self-loathing. Subjects that were touched upon include: alcoholism, suicide attempts, psychotherapy, and depression. They also talked a little about comedy. It was HILARIOUS.

There was a common thread amongst the improv scenes today on Improv4Humans, which was semen and the consumption, nay, guzzling of said bodily fluid. Chad Carter, Katie Dipold and Gil Ozeri were guests and as always, Matt Besser took improv story suggestions from Twitter. There were a couple of scenes that went nowhere, but on the whole, this episode was great. It made me want to look further into my family history.

I was most excited to hear The Nerdist’s Writer’s Panel today because of Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad. And as I hoped, he provided a treasure trove of wisdom about writing and directing. The panel also included Julie Plec (developer of Vampire Diaries), Josh Friedman (developer of Sarah Connor Chronicles), and Jeff Greenstein (Desperate Housewives; Will and Grace). They all had a lot of interesting things to say; Vince Gilligan fessed that he doesn’t have Twitter or Facebook in order to avoid comments from his fans. And then a couple writers on the panel admitted that they hate writing. Listen to the ep to find out who.

Superego had a huge group of guests with Greg Proops, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins, Chris Tallman, Jeff Davis, Susan Burke, Emily Maya Mills, Lizzy Cooperman, James Bladon, and Amanda Lund. Patton Oswalt as Richard Dawson on Family Feud was really the highlight of the show. Even though his impression is not quite the likeness of the game show host, he painted a super funny picture of what it would be like if Family Feud had a bunch of dullards on it. Paul F. Tompkins played a few of those numskull contestants like Vanessta and Dotchard. 

For many years, I was devoted to The Paul F. Tompkins show at Largo and also when he came to San Francisco. Now that I live far away from his staged comedy, I appreciate every moment with him on the Pod F. Tompkast. His openings are off the cuff and a lesson in how people used to speak in an older day. He’ll then go into his impressions on “The Great Undiscovered Project”. Today’s ep featured Werner Herzog, Cake Boss, and Arianna Huffington. Then he’ll play a recording from The Paul F. Tompkins show; this one was titled “Lice Capades”, featuring Judy Greer (recorded live at San Francisco SketchFest). As always, he has a phone conversation with his bestie, Jen Kirkman and today, “Community’s” Gillian Jacobs visited The Internet.

Oh, hello.

WTF with Marc Maron is a favorite of mine, because I think Maron is an incredible interviewer. Few of his guests have been hesitant to open up or answer honestly about otherwise, sensitive subjects. This week, he was talking to Big Jay Oakerson, whom you may know from his many television appearances and/or the nautical stars tattooed on his forearms. I enjoy Maron’s rants in the beginning of the podcasts, because they help me realize that I’m not the only person who over-analyzes day-to-day minutia. But for those who don’t like to commiserate about society’s idiosyncrasies, the monologue ends at 15:44. For the next hour, Oakerson discusses what keeps him in stand-up, despite wanting to quit the biz several times. His wild road stories sound like reason enough. Next episode is this Thursday, Feb 23— Guest will be Diablo Cody.

There have been dozens of episodes of The Nerdist thus far, so it saddens me to start blogging about it so late in the game. But, it’s no disappointment that the first Nerdist guest I get to cover is current SNL star, Seth Meyers. In today’s ep, Chris Hardwick talks with Seth Meyers about SNL (duh), his take on fame, and Lana Del Rey. Query: Is Lana Del Rey being hilariously ironic or is she really obsessed with fame and taking herself seriously? Discuss. Also, they were recording this episode in the SNL green room, so Sleigh Bells can be heard in the background doing rehearsal for their appearance on the show (2/18/12). Coincidentally, the music ends right as Chris and Seth finish the interview…ooOOOooh.

For those who don’t know, Comedy Bang Bang is an interview based show that holds up a non-structured mix of improv, made up games, and malarkey. This week on Bang Bang, host Scott Auckerman welcomed David Wain to the studio, along with his real life father, Norm and his real life son, Henry. The not-so-real life Gary Busey stopped by the studio as well to talk about his collection of birds and his faith in the Holy Spirit. In case you were curious, David Wain explained how he balances work and family (Spoiler: he’s a successful writer/director who makes the time) and reminded us all that his new movie Wanderlust comes out this Friday, Feb 24. Check out his web series “Wainy Days”, because it’s funny and easy to watch.