New Thing #130: Maron

WTFWarning: Adult Content. I feel like I need to preface this one with that warning because I know what I'm about to write about won't be for everyone.

And usually I go out of my way to avoid anything that isn't family-friendly.

(I always think about my kids approaching an age where they will find this and read it, and I don't want there to be anything embarrassing. Same with work - I don't want to offend anyone. I do work with children, after all...and I'm aware someone will stumble across this site eventually.)

But the host of one of my favorite podcasts now has his own TV show and it would be wrong of me to not write about it.

It's called Maron, and it airs Fridays at 10pm on IFC.

Marc Maron is a comedian. He's been around for a while, and I remember him from the late 1980s (or maybe early 1990s) when we used to watch Stand Up Stand Up or shows like that on The Comedy Channel.

(I came to this realization last year when Maron appeared on Louie C.K.'s show Louie. In that show there were clips from 20 or so years ago of Maron and Sarah Silverman doing stand up. I recognized Silverman easily, and then had a huge flash of recognition of Marc Maron as a young man. I used to see him doing stand up all the time on The Comedy Channel. I had zero memory of C.K., for whatever that's worth.)

Anyway, if you've ever listened to his podcast you know what happened in the past 20+ years. He fell into drugs, got sober, married, divorced, married, divorced, did some radio work, hit bottom, then found new fame with a podcast where he talks with other comedy folks (and, lately, musicians) about their lives. It's called WTF, and it's probably my favorite of the podcasts to which I subscribe.

The podcast has been so successful it's led to other opportunities, hence, Maron on IFC.

For months I worried about what I would do when May 3rd rolled around. That was the show's premiere, and I really wanted to see it, and I didn't think we had IFC in our cable package.

On May 2nd I finally got around to checking out the channel lineup to see where IFC fell, and lo and behold, channel 234 - IFC! So that problem was easily solved.

Like Louie, this is a 'me' show...not an 'us' show. It's not one of those where I feel compelled to wait for my wife to watch it with me. It's not her cup of tea...though last week's pilot episode was surprisingly clean.

Some of the ads I saw for the show made me laugh out loud. I don't think that exactly happened with the first show, but that's not to say I didn't think it was funny - I liked it. I just wasn't rolling on the floor or anything.

If there's anything I've learned from a lifetime of watching TV it's that it's very hard to draw conclusions from one episode of television.

I think Maron has an initial run of 10 episodes here. That seems like a pretty good sample size from which to draw a conclusion. I'll be watching all 10.

But I'll also say this - I'm biased because I love the podcast so much. It would have to be a terrible show for me to not watch all 10...or any future seasons.

And that's the other thing about WTF - Marc Maron is so honest and open that you just want to root for him to do well. So I doubt I'm alone among fans of the podcast who, no matter how good the TV show is, are just rooting for Marc Maron to have success.