WTF’s Marc Maron at Laughs in KirklandPosted by Gabriel Arguelles
On the February 17th episode Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, he told his guest, the great Paul F. Tompkins, that he’s a raconteur. He said it more than once. it may be true, too, in Tompkins’ ability to fill any given room with audible joy, but Maron failed to acknowledge the truth of the matter– of the two of them Maron has and will always make the loudest noise.
Marc Maron has been a comedic muckraker since the late 80s, gaining access to America’s collective consciousness on the many cable stations that used stand-up comedy as filler through the comedy boom of the late 80s and early 90s. After a half-dozen appearances on late-night talk shows and as many attempts to get his own show off the ground, Maron landed a cameo in 2000’s beloved ode to rock music Almost Famous (IMDB credits him as “angry promoter”). Soon after, he begun his life on the radio with co-host Mark Riley on the now-defunct Air America’s Morning Sedition. By the listener’s standards, “Marc and Mark in the Morning” was a success both politically and comedically, but sadly a higher-up at the station didn’t see things that way. They were booted in 2005, after a year and a half on the air.
For a while, not much was heard from Marc Maron beyond the occasional appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. 2009, though, was the beginning of a new life in entertainment for him. He began WTF with Marc Maron, a twice-weekly podcast that centers mostly around interviews with comedians and people involved in the comedy world. He has the occasional author, actor, or director on as well. WTF with Marc Maron gained him, and as a result, the comedy world, a lot of attention. The show is on or near the top of the iTunes comedy podcast list almost weekly, and now it would appear that it is what he does for a living. He continues to tour and perform in clubs relentlessly, but the podcast and its in-depth format is what has garnered him a new, younger audience. He has changed the podcasting atmosphere for the better, and he deserves all the credit in the world for it.