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Marc Maron - Biography

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Comedian Marc Maron
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Born:

September 27 1963

Marc Maron Overview:

Comedian and host of the WTF podcast Marc Maron openly admits that he can be his own worst enemy, and that's part of what makes him funny. As a pioneer in the early days of the alternative comedy movement, Maron developed a style of comedy that is confessional and confrontational, driven by his own neuroses and anxieties which he often works out on stage. Though his act is not overtly political, Maron had an affiliation with Air America on and off for five years, but discovered his real calling in 2009 as host of his own podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. Perhaps his most successful endeavor ever, the new confidence afforded to him even began to shape his stand-up act, making that even stronger, too.

Quick Marc Maron Facts:

  • Marc Maron was born and raised in New Jersey in his early life, but lived in both Alaska and New Mexico growing up.
  • He began performing stand-up comedy in the early 1990s as part of New York's burgeoning alternative comedy scene.
  • In 2004, he began hosting a morning show called Morning Sedition on the left-leaning Air America syndicated radio network. He ended his run as host in late 2005 when his contract was not renewed.
  • Maron hosted a second radio show, The Marc Maron Show, in 2006. It was canceled after six months.
  • In 2009, Maron stared his own podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, which quickly became one of the most successful comedy podcasts on the internet.

Marc Maron Discography:

  • Not Sold Out (2002)
  • Tickets Still Available (2006)
  • Final Engagement (2009)
  • This Has to be Funny (2011)

Marc Maron on Air America:

In 2004, Maron began co-hosting the morning talk show Morning Sedition (alongside Mark Riley) during the early days of the syndicated political talk radio network Air America. The show played like a satire of morning radio for Air America's left-leaning listeners and was popular on the station, but Maron's contract was not renewed in December of 2004 due to differences of opinion with one of the station executives.

In 2006, Maron became host of his own nightly show, The Marc Maron Show, for a "progressive talk" station in L.A. The show was canceled after six months.

In 2009, Maron and Air America host Sam Seder began hosting a live web series for Air America called Break Room Live, but that show, too, was canceled after roughly six months as Air America basically went bankrupt and eventually dissolved.

WTF with Marc Maron:

In September 2009, the second act of Maron's career began as he found tremendous success as host of his own comedy podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. Recorded at his home in California, the twice-weekly show typically features Maron ranting about a new topic at the start of each show before bringing on a guest to be interviewed (usually a comedian, but some actors have appeared on the show as well). The interviews are incredibly frank, honest and revealing; Maron has twice confronted Carlos Mencia on charges of stealing jokes, while Louis C.K. actually teared up during a conversation about how their friendship had fallen apart. Prop comedian Gallagher actually walked off the show in anger over Maron's interview. The podcast has become one of the most popular comedy podcasts on the internet and should be required listening for any true fan of stand-up comedy.

Additional Marc Maron Facts:

  • Maron has written and performed two successful one-man shows: The Jerusalem Syndrome, which ran off-Broadway in 2000, and Scorching the Earth, with which he toured in 2009.
  • He has a small role as "angry club promoter" in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, and his most significant line of dialogue ("Lock the gate!") can be heard at the start of every WTF podcast.
  • Maron auditioned for Saturday Night Live in 1995, but did not make the cast.
  • He struggled for several years with drug and alcohol addiction and frequently discusses both on his podcast. He has been sober for over a decade.
  • He has been married and divorced twice, the second time to fellow comedian Mishna Wolff. Both ended badly and have provided inspiration both in his stand-up act and his one-man shows.
  • Maron made more appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien than any other stand-up comic.

If you like Marc Maron, check out: Janeane Garofalo, Dana Gould

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