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Author: Marc Maron

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Marc Maron welcomes comedians, actors, directors, writers, authors, musicians and folks from all walks of life to his home for amazingly revealing conversations. Marc's probing, comprehensive interview style allows guests to express themselves in ways listeners have never heard.
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Michael K. Williams knows that a lot of people consider his character, Omar Little, to be the best character on The Wire. But he has a different opinion about the show’s best character. Michael tells Marc about how he brought his struggles as an addict to his performance, how he relapsed while making the show, and how the cast gave him the support he needed to get clean. They also talk about Michael’s scar and how it helped him land his first acting job, why he loves Rachael Ray so much, and why his role in the movie Body Brokers was so personal to him. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1203 - Melissa Leo

Episode 1203 - Melissa Leo

2021-02-2201:15:18

Melissa Leo’s acting style is a combination of gut instincts and a compulsive need to ask questions. It’s a style that already earned her an Oscar and continual employment, but also keeps her from falling into the trap of business-as-usual. Melissa and Marc talk about her performances in movies like Frozen River The Fighter and the new film Body Brokers, how she played a character not unlike Mitzi Shore for the series I’m Dying Up Here, and what is the one type of part she refuses to play, even though she gets offers to play it over and over again. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1202 - Sam Neill

Episode 1202 - Sam Neill

2021-02-1801:06:202

Sam Neill never had any ambitions as an actor, which is not true about his ambitions as a wine maker. Speaking to Marc from one of his vineyards in New Zealand, Sam talks about how he’s still striving to make the greatest bottle of wine as he lives a sort of double-life as a very familiar face on screens big and small. They also discuss Sam’s ideal music festival, their shared love of Randy Newman, the therapeutic reason Sam started acting in the first place, his new movie Rams, and his own ram named Jeff Goldblum. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1201 - Jodie Foster

Episode 1201 - Jodie Foster

2021-02-1501:24:156

Jodie Foster came out on the other side of being a child actor as a two-time Oscar winner, a celebrated director, a producer and someone who is content with her life. She tells Marc how she did it, which has a lot to do with her mother and establishing boundaries. They also talk about how Taxi Driver changed her conception of acting, the great lesson she learned playing Nell, why she loves David Fincher, and why she maintains strong relationships with a lot of her co-workers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1200 - Mark Harris

Episode 1200 - Mark Harris

2021-02-1101:18:172

Mark Harris is a writer, journalist, critic and lover of film, which is why Marc wanted to talk with him. After months of at-home movie watching, Marc is convinced that artistic appreciation and critical thinking around film is more important than ever. Mark Harris has devoted a large chunk of his life to doing that kind of work, including his books on Hollywood after World War II, filmmaking in the late 1960s, and his new biography about Mike Nichols. They also talk about censorship fights, pandemic award shows and being married to Tony Kushner. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1199 - Salma Hayek

Episode 1199 - Salma Hayek

2021-02-0801:05:534

Salma Hayek says she survived in Hollywood because she didn't let anger get the better of her. And she'd have good reasons to be angry, facing a barrage of sexism, discrimination, typecasting, and a general dismissiveness of her talent. Salma and Marc talk about how she stood up for herself, particularly when making the film Frida, and why Salma believes the gender imbalance in the industry is changing. They also talk about her new movie Bliss which depicts a false reality that feels uncomfortably relevant. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1198 - Stanley Tucci

Episode 1198 - Stanley Tucci

2021-02-0401:08:333

Stanley Tucci is fortunate that he broke into the mainstream with his movie Big Night because it combined two of the things he loves the most: acting and food. Stanley talks with Marc about the comfort he gets from cooking and the satisfaction he gets from a good performance. They discuss his extensive career, including The Devil Wears Prada, Spotlight, Murder One, and his new film Supernova, in which his longtime friendship with Colin Firth paid off. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
David Duchovny knows you know him from The X-Files. He knows you know him from Californication. But that’s not going to stop him from wanting to be taken seriously as a novelist and a recording artist. David and Marc talk about his multifaceted career, his early academic pursuits, and The X-Files episode that gave him the foundation for his latest book, Truly Like Lightning. David also explains how he became friends with Garry Shandling and why they maintained such a strong connection.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1196 - Rick Glassman

Episode 1196 - Rick Glassman

2021-01-2801:24:023

Not unlike a lot of comedians, Marc’s relationship with Rick Glassman started out with an apology. But that apology led to both of them liking each other more than they expected. Rick explains how a recent diagnosis has given him more self-awareness and prompted him to reassess the boundaries in his life. And Marc is able to relate to Rick’s desire to start doing comedy as a way to control the laughter coming at you. They also talk about Rick’s time on the show Undateable and his own podcast, Take Your Shoes Off, which is more than a name, it’s a way of life. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
For a guy who’s been working at the top of the comedy scene since the 1970s, George Wallace has held a lot of other identities too. He was a computer engineer, a rag salesmen, an ad executive, and a real estate investor. Even within the comedy world, George kept an eclectic profile, working with musical acts like Tom Jones, operating a Vegas showcase for himself, and finding newfound popularity with his Twitter feed. George also tells Marc about his enduring friendship with Jerry Seinfeld. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Larry King from 2013

Larry King from 2013

2021-01-2350:172

From 2013, Marc talks with talk show icon Larry King about his start in the business, how he got over being nervous on the mic, and the interview subjects who left the biggest impression on him. Larry died on January 23, 2021 at age 87. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1194 - Andy Zaltzman

Episode 1194 - Andy Zaltzman

2021-01-2101:24:346

When Marc first met Andy Zaltzman, Andy was in his element at the Edinburgh Fringe. They talk about why the festival circuit was important for Andy and other comics working their way up in the UK. They also talk about Andy’s podcast The Bugle, which he started with John Oliver, his new career paths as a cricket statistician and a quiz show host, and the strange confluence of Covid and Brexit. Plus Marc and Andy consider what the world will be like when they can return to standup. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1193 - Daniel Lanois

Episode 1193 - Daniel Lanois

2021-01-1801:26:363

There’s a good chance Daniel Lanois is responsible for some of your favorite music ever and it’s all thanks to a penny whistle he bought with his allowance when he was growing up in Canada. Daniel tells Marc about his time working with Gospel choirs and doing experimental music with Brian Eno which led to him producing some of the biggest albums of all time, like U2’s The Joshua Tree and Peter Gabriel’s So. They also talk about Daniel’s work with Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Neil Young and more, as well as his solo work and his uncompromising personal standards. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1192 - Kate Winslet

Episode 1192 - Kate Winslet

2021-01-1401:13:165

Kate Winslet is all about learning on the job. She never trained to be an actor, she just observed her talented co-stars on set. She used her work in Contagion to prepare herself and her family at the onset of the COVID pandemic. And she learned that global fame wasn’t something she wanted after the success of Titanic. Now, with her new film Ammonite, she learned how to tell a universal love story that does away with heteronormative storytelling. Also, Kate tells Marc about reuniting with James Cameron for the next Avatar movies. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1191 - Nicole Kidman

Episode 1191 - Nicole Kidman

2021-01-1101:22:427

Nicole Kidman keeps going for a very simple reason: She feels like her job helps her understand the meaning of life. After winning pretty all the major film and television acting awards, after being one of the world’s biggest movie stars, and after becoming a major producer, Nicole says she’s still working because it allows her to explore what makes humans the way they are. Marc talks with Nicole about those explorations, including Eyes Wide Shut, To Die For, Big Little Lies, Destroyer, The Undoing and more. There’s also a cameo appearance by Keith Urban.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1190 - Thundercat

Episode 1190 - Thundercat

2021-01-0701:11:085

Thundercat thinks bass players run the world and not just because he’s a great one. The multi-talented singer-songwriter talks with Marc about growing up with music all around him, learning at the feet of his brother and his friends Kamasi Washington and Cameron Graves, and finding his own sound on the bass. They also talk about his work with Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp A Butterfly and Thundercat describes the three areas around which he has structured his life: music, Marvel and anime. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mandy Patinkin is a renowned star of stage and screen, beloved for his roles in The Princess Bride and Homeland, admired for his mellifluous voice and impressive vocal range. But Mandy and Marc barely talk about any of that. Instead, they get deep into a discussion about life, death, love, religion, the Holocaust, depression, suicide, self-doubt, insecurity, and the meaning of this whole thing we’re all going through. And believe it or not, they find some answers! It’s the perfect talk for a new year as we head into the unknown. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1188 - David Ritz

Episode 1188 - David Ritz

2020-12-3101:29:141

David Ritz is one of the most prolific biographers of music industry titans, writing about the lives of artists from BB King to Willie Nelson to Janet Jackson. David tells Marc about his obsessive pursuit of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin and how chronicling their lives changed his. He also explains why he often enjoys ghost writing for a musician more than writing in his own voice. Plus, David talks with Marc about finding faith through the Blues and writing his own story for a change. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1187 - Patty Jenkins

Episode 1187 - Patty Jenkins

2020-12-2801:14:343

Patty Jenkins’s connection to superheroes runs deep. Long before she became the first woman to direct a major superhero film, Patty was relying on Superman to help her process the loss of her father. Marc talks with Patty about how she was intrigued by the romance of tragedy, as filtered through the type of mythic storytelling depicted in her two Wonder Woman movies. They also talk about her time as a punk rocker, her years working the camera on hip-hop videos, and how the Beatniks are responsible for her entry into the film business.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1186 - Sam Tallent

Episode 1186 - Sam Tallent

2020-12-2401:31:462

Sam Tallent felt compelled to write a book about the guy he was afraid to turn into. As a comedian plying his trade on the road, Sam did enough one-nighters and heard enough horror stories from other comics to know there’s a path to ruin while going from club to club. Marc is also familiar with that path, which is why he connected so strongly with Sam’s book, Running the Light. Marc and Sam talk about the book’s fictional (but all-too-real) protagonist Billy Ray Shafer, as well as the actual rogues and borderline criminals they’ve met in their industry. Sam also explains what it was like to bet on himself and publish the book on his own.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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nicole mabie

the WTF mugs, how do you get??

Feb 21st
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Matt Learning

I used to like mark but when he thinks that anyone who disagrees with his toxic liberal ideology is a nazi it just sounds like another pathetic episode of him blaming his daddy for everything.

Feb 19th
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Ryan McKinless

I miss Mark getting to know people, he's so good at it. Feels like inside the actors studio these days. I dunno, maybe it's just me.

Jan 29th
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Rick Malis

Marc - one of my favorite shows. So much insight and a perfect guest for you. Bring him back for more please. In Dylan's bio, he didn't seem happy with the process or results. Dl's take on that would be interesting.

Jan 23rd
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Rick Malis

Marc - one of my favorite shows. So much insight and a perfect guest for you. Bring him back for more please. In Dylan's bio, he didn't seem happy with the process or results. Dl's take on that would be interesting.

Jan 23rd
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Howard Stein

listen to the cricket on bbc a lot, and never knew the stats guy was a comic!! should be a good listen...as ever

Jan 21st
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nope22

really for me to me ...a wonderful and moving discussion!

Jan 17th
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Clayton Roudebush

where the f** is Brian Collins podcast app

Jan 15th
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Howard Stein

this was an outstanding interview. given up trying to rank these interviews as the standard is so high and the guests so engrossing. thanks again marc for an outstanding body of work

Jan 13th
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Willow Gorden

Love listening to you, Marc! Thank you for sharing yourself on this podcast, I look forward to it every week.

Jan 7th
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Mark Power

A lovely conversation.

Jan 6th
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John Reed

And way too much jesus bs in this one.

Jan 3rd
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John Reed

Was with you for awhile but more and more am wondering why such a brilliant rich white guy does so much complaining.

Jan 3rd
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Howard Stein

awesome interview. great stories

Jan 2nd
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Chris Frost

she is a good filmmaker. wonder woman is a fun film. wonder woman 83 is a abortion. she has bought into her own hype

Dec 30th
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John Reed

Was amazing.

Dec 26th
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nicole mabie

really love this podcast Michael j.fox was so inspiring and so are you Mark love your podcast love your music

Dec 22nd
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John Reed

So full of himself!

Dec 14th
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Edwina Tollstoy

I am digging these riffs on Beatnicks, early punks, Rimbaud...I don't think there is anyway Mark will see this but there is one beatnik alive at least 6 months ago when I checked....Lawrence Ferlengetti he of city lights fame...100 years old.

Dec 8th
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Maria Newbauer

tdd 72v7

Dec 8th
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