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Comedian Atsuko Okatsuka has familiarity with garages. But unlike Marc, she didn’t start a podcast in one. She lived in one with her mother and grandmother for seven years, as three generations of immigrant women dealt with cramped quarters, eating disorders and schizophrenia. Atsuko tells Marc how she was unaware as a young girl that her trip from Japan to America was going to become permanent and how her discovery of standup comedy helped her find her voice. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1342 - Dana Gould

Episode 1342 - Dana Gould

2022-06-2301:38:311

Dana Gould is in his 40th year of doing standup. He and Marc talk about what they’ve learned in their decades of comedy, how they came to accept their limitations, and how they see themselves in today’s standup environment. Dana also explains why he went back on stage after years of giving it up to work on The Simpsons, why he feels that progress in comedy means knowing when you were wrong, and why he always goes back to George Carlin. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1341 - Kate Berlant

Episode 1341 - Kate Berlant

2022-06-2001:22:592

Kate Berlant’s comedy defies easy categorization. That’s okay with Kate, who thinks people use a lot of empty terms to pin down comedy. Kate and Marc talk about how growing up in the art world helped Kate take a different approach when she got on the comedy stage as a teenager. They also talk about Kate’s sketch work with fellow comedian John Early, the inspiration she took from the late Brody Stevens, and why her Bo Burnham-directed comedy special remains in limbo. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1340 - Jen Statsky

Episode 1340 - Jen Statsky

2022-06-1601:25:402

When Jen Statsky and her collaborators were creating the show Hacks, they knew they needed to nail the portrayal of life in standup comedy because comics will quickly know if they got it wrong. Marc talks with Jen about how they did, indeed, nail it. They also talk about her work at The Onion and on shows like Parks and Rec, The Good Place, Broad City and Lady Dynamite. Plus, Jen and Marc talk about stuffing your feelings, getting better at acknowledging them, and understanding why growing up in Boston might lead you to ignoring them. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1339 - Greg Proops

Episode 1339 - Greg Proops

2022-06-1301:18:252

Marc has a very direct question for his old friend Greg Proops: “Did we lose?” In the fight for the heart and soul of comedy, there is real uncertainty about the current trajectory. What legacy did the alternative comedy movement leave, if any? Did the Obama years create a false sense of security for popular comedians that made them drop the ball? Will a there be a counterforce to the dominant strain of reactionary backlash comedy? Marc and Greg interrogate these questions and their own roles in the past three decades of comedy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1338 - Lara Beitz

Episode 1338 - Lara Beitz

2022-06-0901:15:411

For a while, Lara Beitz could only get on stage to do comedy if she was hammered. She'd drink to feel less nervous but then there wasn't a time when she didn't feel nervous, so she was just always drinking. Lara and Marc talk about their shared experiences with addiction and recovery as they were developing their voices as comedians. Lara also looks back on an upbringing that was clouded by the specter of alcoholism and how she had to come to terms with it later in life.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1337 - Phil Tippett

Episode 1337 - Phil Tippett

2022-06-0601:20:103

Oscar and Emmy-winning visual effects artist Phil Tippett is responsible for some of the most memorable effects in movies history, like the alien chess match in Star Wars, the giant robot walkers in The Empire Strikes Back, the ED-209 in RoboCop and more. And because his work is almost always rooted in stop-motion animation, Phil tends to be meticulous. It's why, as he tells Marc, he started his first film 30 years ago and it's only complete now. They talk about the creation of this movie, Mad God, and how it drove Phil to the brink. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1336 - Jesus Trejo

Episode 1336 - Jesus Trejo

2022-06-0201:21:362

Jesus Trejo knows he put in the work to become a paid regular at The Comedy Store, spending years doing open mic spots and performing at 1am for a handful of people. Not to mention paying his dues unclogging toilets at the club and putting up Mitzi Shore's Christmas tree. But even with all of that behind him, Jesus still breaks out in a sweat when he tells Marc about those times he completely bombed as he was trying to learn the ropes. Jesus also tells Marc about being a caregiver for both his parents and what gave him the courage to work that real life scenario into his act. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1335 - Rosie Perez

Episode 1335 - Rosie Perez

2022-05-3001:24:091

Rosie Perez initially thought success would paper over her trauma. But the emotional ramifications from the abuse she went through as a child were never going to stay hidden for long. Rosie and Marc talk about how acting is still risky for her but now she has tools to help work through the high-wire act of tapping into dark places. They also talk about her friendship with Spike Lee, her reasons for working a lot, and her two current series, The Flight Attendant and Now & Then. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ray Liotta from 2018

Ray Liotta from 2018

2022-05-2701:05:504

From 2018, Ray Liotta talks with Marc about getting his start in soap operas, the debt he owes to Melanie Griffith, and the emotional filming of Goodfellas. Ray died on May 26, 2022 at age 67. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1334 - Joey Camen

Episode 1334 - Joey Camen

2022-05-2601:10:586

Joey Camen left a dysfunctional home in Detroit as a teenager and, thanks to an ad he saw in a Playboy, knew exactly where he needed to go. He went straight to the brand new club on the Sunset Strip, The Comedy Store, and quickly became one of the club's first regulars. Joey and Marc talk about those early days of the Store, living in fear of Mitzi, and becoming friends with the likes of Paul Mooney and Richard Pryor before falling under the tutelage of legendary voice actor Daws Butler. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This is an episode about history. Collective history and personal history. Marc finds himself in Washington, DC on the latest leg of his standup tour, a place imbued with symbolism, both for what we want it to be, but also what we really are. And it's where Marc's college roommate lives. First, Marc reckons with a history of injustice at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture with curator Dr. Dwandalyn Reece. Then Marc tries to piece together his own past with his old roommate, Lance Mion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1332 - Michael Che

Episode 1332 - Michael Che

2022-05-1901:22:549

Michael Che wanted out his life on the Lower East Side, but his initial path was not comedy. It was painting and fine art. Michael tells Marc how he became enamored with standup while living in his brother's basement, how he came to love the grind of building an act, and how he puts everything he's learned into his sketch show, That Damn Michael Che. They also talk about the growing pains of doing Weekend Update on SNL and why hosting award shows isn't all it's cracked up to be. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1331 - Sandra Oh

Episode 1331 - Sandra Oh

2022-05-1601:25:263

Sandra Oh spent much of her career believing certain opportunities weren't going to come her way because they're just not afforded to Asian actors. Sandra and Marc talk about what she found in herself to overcome that sense of externally imposed limitations and how she built a body of work including Grey's Anatomy, Sideways, Killing Eve and The Chair. Sandra also explains how she's drawing inspiration from John C. Reilly in this next phase of her life as an actor. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Doobie Brothers is a band with almost twenty official members throughout its five decades of existence. But Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons have been playing guitar and performing vocals for the band since Day One. Tom and Pat talk with Marc about how their family-like band has grown and evolved throughout the years, particularly during iterations with members like Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Michael McDonald. Also, during his time in Tulsa, Marc pays a visit to the new Bob Dylan Center and talks with its director, Steven Jenkins. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Marc remembers the life and comedy of Dan Vitale, a comedian whose raw and unapologetically personal style of stand-up was a big influence on a young Marc Maron. Marc talks about how his perception of what it meant to be a stand-up comic changed while watching Dan, how their talk in 2014 exemplified WTF, and how the connection they maintained in the following years helped Marc through the darkness. Marc also shares the entirety of Dan's episode from March 2014. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nicole Holofcener has trouble breathing. She finds herself holding her breath for too long, which could be a result of allergies or a byproduct of sleep apnea. But it's also an apt metaphor for the life of an independent filmmaker. Nicole and Marc talk about what it takes to make films with small budgets, casting conundrums, and deeply personal subject matter. They discuss the films she wrote and directed like Walking and Talking, Lovely and Amazing, and Enough Said, as well as her contributions to The Last Duel and her reasons for continuing to work on episodic television shows. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1327 - Tony Hawk

Episode 1327 - Tony Hawk

2022-05-0201:21:127

Tony Hawk walked into Marc's garage on a broken leg, the result of a recent skateboarding trick gone wrong. It's everything about Tony that's on display in the new documentary Tony Hawk: Until The Wheels Fall Off, distilled down to one cracked femur. Tony and Marc talk about why it's so hard to stop doing what you love, the fear of being seen as washed up, and the feeling of being a kid and finding something that you know you want to do for the rest of your life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It's normal for everyone to call Troy Andrews by his stage name, Trombone Shorty, because he's been playing the trombone since he was a tiny, four-year-old boy. Troy and Marc talk about the musical culture of New Orleans, growing up in the Treme, touring with Lenny Kravitz right out of high school, becoming the frontman of his own band, making the trombone a featured instrument, creating a musical education academy, and recording his new album, Lifted, which is inspired by his mother. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 1325 - Vanessa Bayer

Episode 1325 - Vanessa Bayer

2022-04-2501:24:234

Vanessa Bayer knows her comedic talent comes from a decidedly unfunny place. Vanessa's teenage cancer diagnosis focused her comedy skills, which in turn allowed her to help people process, understand and laugh at horrible things. Vanessa and Marc talk about how her natural optimism guided her through this health crisis and also put her in a great headspace for the Saturday Night Live audition process. Vanessa also explains why she incorporated her real life medical history into her new comedy series, I Love That For You. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Richard McCarthy, Jr.

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Jun 25th
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Alireza Salehabadi

rip ❤️

Jun 11th
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snosaer

i dig the way she talk

May 30th
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Mike

RIP🙏🏻

May 28th
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Ruth Gordon

R. I. P. Ray Liotta 🕯

May 27th
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Deanna Figurskey

jmy4

May 22nd
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Kain Kenny

15:55

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Kain Kenny

8:30

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Kain Kenny

13:20

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Carrie Olejnik

o.m.g

Mar 14th
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Lori Nehring

I LOVE SAM ELLIOT! He is a REAL man. Sad to say it, but welcome to being cancelled for your views like the rest of us normal, commonsense people. Luckily, like Sam, all of us have other ways to voice our opinions. Thank you, Marc for having him on.❤

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michelle bahnman

Worst interview ever. What a self involved woman.

Mar 5th
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Lauren Holland

Is it just my app or is the file messed up about 53 minutes in?

Feb 28th
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Free speech merchant

Obama is a communist traitor who serves his federal reserve masters.

Feb 25th
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baut

Marc has had everyone! RIP Mark.

Feb 24th
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Ann Urban

q

Feb 15th
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Rick Abel

Now I understand why I have always believed that Kathryn Hahn was on SNL. Ana and Kathryn sound almost exactly the same. They should do something together as sisters. It would me magical.

Feb 14th
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Sarah Walker

Unable to play this due to a broken source. is there any way to fix please?

Feb 2nd
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Howard stein

really good interview., funny too

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Deineath

good talk

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