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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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Jackson Browne is one of the most prolific singer-songwriters in modern music. He talks to Marc about how a lot of his aptitude comes from his enjoyment of being a solitary player. But that doesn’t mean Jackson doesn’t have stories about his career collaborations. He does, going back to Nico and the Velvet Underground all the way up to his upcoming tour with James Taylor. Jackson also talks to Marc about his new album Downhill from Everywhere and what it has to do with the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1233 - Helen Hunt

Episode 1233 - Helen Hunt

2021-06-0701:18:03

Helen Hunt: Oscar winner, Emmy winner, filmmaker, mother, and self-proclaimed “worst celebrity in the world.” Helen sits down with Marc to talk about how, despite her many accomplishments, she was able to block out the spotlight of fame, through her own choices as well as decisions imposed upon her by the industry. They also talk about Helen’s memories of working with Jack Nicholson, how Paul Reiser sold her on doing Mad About You, and how she craves being part of diverse projects like her new show Blindspotting. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1232 - Danny Elfman

Episode 1232 - Danny Elfman

2021-06-0301:35:219

Danny Elfman did not set out to become one of the most prolific film composers in history. He was a distractible kid who couldn’t focus on much of anything except music, loved jazz, loved Stravinsky, taught himself how to read, write and play music, and found himself as the frontman for the band Oingo Boingo for 16 years. But everything changed when a fan named Tim Burton came to Danny and asked if he would score a movie called Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Danny and Marc talk about all of it, including Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Simpsons and his new solo album, which is his first in 37 years. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1231 - William Zabka

Episode 1231 - William Zabka

2021-05-3101:11:164

William Zabka spent the ‘80s playing a variety of bullies all seemingly modeled after his star-making performance in his first movie, The Karate Kid. But by the time he was in Back to School, William grew tired of playing the same jerk again and again. He tells Marc how he expanded his life beyond the typecasting, through music, through family, through world travel, through the arduous mounting of an Oscar-nominated short. And now, with Cobra Kai, it’s all come full circle, as William finally gets the chance to explore the depth and pathos of the bully who started it all, Johnny Lawrence. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Andrew Santino and Marc didn’t know much about each other, aside from both being Comedy Store regulars and comedians from different ends of a generational divide. But in this conversation, they discover the similar paths they both paved in comedy, starting out with no money and no connections, finding themselves unhappy with their early work, and preferring the life of a lone wolf to the life in a pack. Andrew also talks about being a Comedy Store comic starring in a fictional show about the early days of The Comedy Store. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1229 - Gabe Kaplan

Episode 1229 - Gabe Kaplan

2021-05-2401:24:012

Whether he was getting booked on The Tonight Show or becoming the first standup to have a hit sitcom based on his act or finding success as a professional poker player, Gabe Kaplan says it all happened in spite of his lack of ambition. Gabe tells Marc how he really wanted to become a professional baseball player, how his athleticism served him well in Battle of the Network Stars, and how his initial years in standup were spent opening for strippers and bellydancers. They also talk about the making of Welcome Back, Kotter and how playing Las Vegas got Gabe into poker. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Rickie Lee Jones is, first and foremost, a storyteller. She realized at a young age that she could process her feelings and tell her own story through the fiction of songs. As she tells Marc, that same impulse prompted her to write a memoir in which she could present her life story through the narrative of her extended family of vaudevillians. Rickie Lee and Marc also talk about her formative and tumultuous relationship with Tom Waits and why it’s hard for her to reminisce about her early albums and the hits that made her a star. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1227 - Eric Bana

Episode 1227 - Eric Bana

2021-05-1701:17:185

American audiences know Eric Bana from his complex performances in movies like Munich, Black Hawk Down and Ang Lee’s Hulk. But in his native Australia, Eric got his start doing standup and sketch comedy. Eric and Marc share their respective experiences of the Australian comedy scene and Eric explains how his gift for mimicry and impressions helped him transition from sketch to dramatic acting. They also talk about Eric’s new movie The Dry, why the demise of movie theaters is greatly exaggerated, and why Australian actors are rarely allowed to play Australians. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Kristin Hersh needs to make music. Whether it’s with her bands Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE or in her solo albums, making music is a compulsion. But she only recently figured out that music was her way of managing trauma. Kristin tells Marc about a life changing car accident, her dissociative disorder, PTSD, “switching,” and how processing all of this helped her understand the music she’d been hearing in her head all her life. They also talk about her new book, Seeing Sideways, which deals with Kristin raising four children on a tour bus. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1225 - Steve Miller

Episode 1225 - Steve Miller

2021-05-1001:30:232

Steve Miller didn’t expect to become a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with hit songs that stand the test of time, like The Joker and Fly Like An Eagle. He was just a kid from Wisconsin who loved the Blues and wound up with teachers like T-Bone Walker and his godfather Les Paul. Steve tells Marc how he got his first breaks in clubs run by the Chicago Mafia, how he learned an important lesson from Paul McCartney, and how he discovered a lost 1977 concert performance which he’s finally releasing.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1224 - Mark Normand

Episode 1224 - Mark Normand

2021-05-0601:28:247

Mark Normand is relieved to get back to the comedy clubs after a year of doing outdoor shows and other compromised sets during the pandemic. But Mark never considered stopping because comedy is something he has to do. Maybe it goes back to growing up feeling like an outsider in his own family of overachievers, or maybe it’s how he coped with childhood anxieties like bedwetting, or maybe it has to do with being a victim of crime at several points in his life. He tries to get to the bottom of it with Marc while they also reminisce about the New York comedy scene and the fight-or-flight impulses they have as comedians. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1223 - Nancy Wilson

Episode 1223 - Nancy Wilson

2021-05-0301:24:322

Nancy Wilson is one of the world’s great guitarists, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and creator, along with her sister Ann, of one of the great American rock bands, Heart. But after more than 40 years in the business, she’s finally releasing her first solo album. Nancy tells Marc what led up to it, from opening for big rock acts to writing massive radio hits to headlining giant arena rock shows all over the world. Nancy explains how things got messy within Heart when romantic relationships cropped up and she details how they were able to navigate the cocaine-fueled ‘80s to score some of their biggest hits ever. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1222 - Robert Smigel

Episode 1222 - Robert Smigel

2021-04-2901:43:066

Robert Smigel became best known for having a foul-mouthed dog puppet on his hand, but the truth is he’s a defining force in popular comedy for the past 35 years. Robert tells Marc how he was on the path to becoming a dentist until a stand-up comedy competition changed his life. From there it was on to SNL where he forged relationships with people like Conan O’Brien and Adam Sandler, collaborating over the next decade to change the comedy landscape. Robert also explains the origin of Triumph and why he’s gone back to puppets with his new show Let’s Get Real.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1221 - Richard Kind

Episode 1221 - Richard Kind

2021-04-2601:18:425

Richard Kind knows his face is memorable, but he still thinks he uses it too much. He knows his characters often exude warmth and joy, even though he is personally powered by dread and anxiety. He wants to be more like George Bailey, but worries he’s closer to Willy Loman. Maybe this is why Richard and Marc connect so easily. They also talk about Richard being a part of the Coen Brothers’ legacy, his friendship with George Clooney, and how he did most of his acting training in front of the camera. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1220 - John Waters

Episode 1220 - John Waters

2021-04-2201:13:218

On the day this episode is released, John Waters is celebrating his 75th birthday. But he’s still doing the same things that brought him cultural notoriety when he started making movies in the ‘60s: Celebrating filth, fighting censorship, and breaking any rule you can think up. John and Marc talk about those early movies like Pink Flamingos, as well as John’s relationship with Divine. John also tells Marc why Hairspray was the most transgressive movie he ever made, why he prays to Pasolini, and what is the only thing he regrets in his life. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1219 - Tom Jones

Episode 1219 - Tom Jones

2021-04-1901:16:108

Tom Jones doesn’t feel like resting on his laurels. He tells Marc there’s one main reason he’s going strong, recording new music and performing live at the age of 80: Because he still has a point to prove. Tom and Marc talk about his big hits like It’s Not Unusual, Delilah, and What’s New Pussycat?, how he learned to belt them out by listening to gospel music, and the secret weapon he calls The Push. They also discuss his friendship with Elvis, his musical heroes, and his new album Surrounded by Time. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1218 - Yo-Yo Ma

Episode 1218 - Yo-Yo Ma

2021-04-1501:28:034

Yo-Yo Ma remembers a moment in his childhood where it all began to make sense. As a seven-year-old prodigy, he was playing cello in front of an audience that included two U.S. Presidents. But it was an act of kindness and respect from the actor Danny Kaye that helped Yo-Yo look at the world in a different way. He also tells Marc how he found the meaning of art and culture in the Kalahari, why he developed a friendship with Mr. Rogers, and why he chose the title “Beginner’s Mind” for his new musical narrative project for Audible. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sally Struthers is thinking a lot about the passage of time these days. For one, this year is the 50th anniversary of All In The Family premiering on CBS. She’s also thinking that so many people she worked with in movies like Five Easy Pieces and The Getaway are no longer with us. And she’s thinking about how all this downtime from the pandemic is keeping her from doing what she loves: touring the country in stage productions. Sally talks with Marc about how time catches up with all of us, but also how she can look back fondly and with gratitude on what has passed.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1216 - Katey Sagal

Episode 1216 - Katey Sagal

2021-04-0801:21:329

Katey Sagal is known by the public in ways she doesn't see herself. She's known as an actor, but always thought of herself primarily as a singer. She's known as a seminal comedic TV character, even though she didn't think of herself as funny. She's defined by brash, confrontational roles, but sees herself as reserved, even shy. Katey and Marc talk about these contradictions and how they played out in public - on Married... with Children, Sons of Anarchy, her new show Rebel - and in private - in relationships, career stall-outs and struggles with substance abuse. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 1215 - Hunter Biden

Episode 1215 - Hunter Biden

2021-04-0501:45:1311

Marc only knew Hunter Biden from what he saw in the news. He never heard him speak, he had no sense of who he really was, and he wasn’t sure he cared much about the troubled son of a President. Then he read Hunter Biden’s book. The sad, tragic, honest, disturbing and concerning story at the heart of the real Hunter Biden made Marc want to talk with him, face to face. Hunter and Marc have a conversation about grief, desperation, tragedy, trouble and deep drug addiction. It ends up in a good place, but that place is fragile.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Bryan

Too Short.

Jun 10th
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Jeff Strange

Great interview. Tnx.

Jun 5th
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Boris

13:30

Jun 4th
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Rick Abel

Zabka was someone who delivered so good in his early films at being a jerk I really believed that is who he was. I’m glad I was wrong. He sounds like a great guy who follows his gut in life. I envy dudes like that.

Jun 4th
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Damian Rudys

It's bout being Jewish, the whole show...

May 25th
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Rick Abel

Gabe did a basketball movie Fast Break in 1979. I loved that movie when I was young. Just watched it and it still holds up! Guy kills!

May 25th
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Rick Abel

Effin’ amazing! Nancy is the shit! 😍

May 11th
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Julie Brown

what afacinating interview and life story Enjoyed it very much!

May 10th
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Joe Son

Comedy! 13:36

May 9th
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Larry Chrisco

You sold out long ago.. just suck his dick already

Apr 26th
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Joe Honsberger

I do have to say, I believe he is wholly mistaken when he talks about "dignity" in the barista interaction. Not everyone likes or appreciates eye contact. Also, so many of us in the service industries are forced to pretend to be someone else (jovial, never-depressed, dishonestly positive about the company we work for), so we feel very cornered and taken advantage of when people try to have "genuine" interactions with us. We will be fired if we are genuine. Just be nice/polite, tip us; and be on your way. The more interaction that happens in customer service interactions, the more we are starved of social interaction in our real lives. The only way our dignity will be restored is if we are paid a living wage. Smiles don't pay the bills.

Apr 19th
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John Reed

Way to do the fossil mining.

Apr 19th
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John Reed

Was enjoying him immensely until about 2/3 in it began to feel like listening to a saint and so like he was laying it on pretty thick and turned it off.

Apr 17th
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Sean Clarke

great show Marc and good luck Hunter

Apr 13th
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Rick Abel

Pretty short one. Got the feeling Marc was bored with Lloyd. Not a bad one. Just not as meaty as other interviews.

Mar 24th
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Kain Kenny

13:40

Mar 23rd
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Anthony Cruz

Wilde

Mar 18th
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Barbra Hawkins

That was so great. Two comedians shooting the breeze. I have never heard Eddie or Mark so relaxed and enjoying each other's company. That was the best interview that I heard of Eddie. They really made each other laugh. I really enjoyed it.

Mar 15th
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John Reed

Geez dude your way into the square space commercial was ...

Mar 11th
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snosaer

now i just want the Eddie Murphy interview.

Mar 4th
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