If you loved Howard Sternâs in-depth interview style but grew tired of his increasing conservatism and bitterness, youâll love this podcast. Marc is funny, intelligent, thoughtful, open-minded, neurotic, casual, and empathetic. Even if Stern is your irreplacable King of Interview, you will likely peg Marc as the heir apparent (ironic given Sternâs dismissal of podcasts and his hypersensitivity to beating others in ratings). However, Marc doesnât interview the same people that Stern does. Although you will hear him speak with huge celebrities, like President Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Douglas, and Paul McCartney, youâll discover so many new artists, itâll expand your horizons. While he mainly brings comedians and musicians on the show, there is a liberal sprinkling of actors, writers, producers, painters, journalists, chefs, and the list goes on. Moreover, Marcâs empathetic, friendly, and casual style often relaxes guests enough to where actual real moments shine through. My only complaint is that a limited number of older episodes are available on iTunes. Any episodes older than a few months can only be accessed via another service, which would be worth the subscription given there are over 900 episodes. So, try it! My advice: Once youâre hooked, listen to the older episodes first and work your way up, that way you catch them before theyâre moved off the âavailable episodesâ list.
Love the show - always checking in to see whoâs on. But you know what REALLY makes Marc the Podfather (in addition to being a Founding Podder)? When he goes on other pplâs shows (Conanâs, Daxâs, etc.) - the public tunes in .
Avid listener for about two years and have gone back to the archives and listened to most of the older shows. This podcast is the best. Defintely has a nice structure although it may not seem like it at first. Nice mix of well known and lesser known guests. Highly recommended.
Occasionally has good guests. Sometimes accidentally conducts a decent interview. Always drones on for 20 minutes about l mundane nonsense.
Itâs just boring, an hour of talk show questions and meat and potatoes asking whoever is the guest about their life. As a fan of Joe Rogans podcast, itâs easy to understand why Marin gets such A list guests and its because his show is a talk show extended an hour longer and called a podcast. Jre is much better in that thereâs no procedure and no structure or format, which I imagine would be intimidating to celebrities whose careers depended on public image. Elon musk took a huge blow despite it being a fascinating podcast, however awkward again due to the lack of talk show type questions.
Marc is a comedic icon and a brilliant interviewer. I could listen to him all day. He is relatable.
The best interviewer in the business, and itâs a talented and crowded field..stick with Marc and youâll get the important bits from interesting folk.
You will not find a better interviewer, well maybe Terry Gross.
Itâs 95% Democratic Party how bout we add some republicans...Tim Allen
Marcâs podcast makes my week bearable. Just saying.
Late coming to the show and Iâm kinda sure I havenât missed much. I listened to a few shows trying really hard to get into this and a few things floated to the surface. The first being where is the humor? The second being the lack of chemistry. Itâs almost glaringly obvious that Marc is not really tuned in but interjecting an almost robotic âyeah, yeah, rightâ until he can find a pause to ask an unrelated question like heâs following some prepared check list of questions. The interviews feel largely forced although peppered with some flashes of genuine conversation yet sadly those are the moments that Marc is talking about himself. After almost ten years, Marc, it seems still hasnât found his stride. I give it three stars because hey, who am I to say really? That was my perception, and I could be wrong. I just wasnât engaged by this.
Marc can put anyone at ease and land an excellent interview. This podcast has been a lifesaver to me. Thank you Marc you are appreciated and you bring such joy to so many of us.
Marc has to move on with his pitch. Iâm just like you. Yeah. Not. I just get tired of the self centered talk. Iâve listened to Marc since he started. Time to move on.
The advantage of long form interviews, is that it gives a chance for the participants (along with the listener) to think, breathe and process the experience. The interviews are not rushed and they donât follow a set structure. This almost always results in naturally flowing, compelling, and often moving exchanges. Maron is not a generic interviewer throwing softballs at the latest actor trying to promote a movie. He brings his own life experiences to these conversations, and this is what makes it feel like a real conversation - as opposed to what you see on other most other interview shows. This is the arguably the best interview show of the modern age. My only wish is that he would interview more musicians, and fewer Hollywood stars. Maybe also throw in a non-entertainment guest occasionally (business, govt, etc)?
Neurotic humor from a progressive genius
Somehow I just found out now about this podcast. Was already a fan from his show âGLOWâ, so the familiarity in the podcast is welcomed. I love the raw authenticity. Going to keep listening.
Suggest cutting all the meaningless yapping upfront and get to the interview.
If you can fast forward the mock-self-loathing/not-well-hidden narcissism of the first fifteen minutes (and a several good bits peppered throughout the interviews), the interviews themselves are a nice change of pace from other, more surface-oriented interviewersâ styles. The thing that makes me turn it off midway more than anything else is his complete and unabashed condescension to the CRAFT and WORK of acting. Heâll go on and on (and on) about his disregard or hostility toward amateurs who think theyâre stand ups just bc they think theyâre funny or bc theyâve done some open mics, but then heâll also repeatedly and insultingly ask guests who are actors something along the lines of âBut with acting you basically just have it or you donât, right?â And this guy gets to do scene work with two of our greatest artists (deniro and Phoenix) and in a spandex movie that he also mercilessly mocks. Where is the Justice? Acting is an art form and a craft and has been around for centuries. A lot of people (many of whom youâve kissed up to on your show) take it very seriously, dude. Also, and I say this as a tenured and published professor of cinema studies at a research one institution, having a minor or even major in cinema theory does not make you an expert! Itâs like having a psyche major and declaring yourself a psychiatrist. Try a bit less performative self-loathing and a bit more legit humility, man. But keep in taking about recovery. More people need to destigmatize the disease and itâs treatments. Good on you for that.
Marc Maron gets the best guests and I actually enjoy his political ramblings and such when heâs flying solo. Problem is heâs a TERRIBLE interviewer. He canât let anyone speak for five seconds without interjecting with âyeah...mmm hmm...sure...right.â I want to scream âWill you just let the person talk?â
Marc does his research, asks thoughtful questions, and cares about the world in which he inhabits. I also enjoy hearing about the ways in which his recovery and methods to keep up sobriety have helped others. Myself included.
Marc Maron is a talented interviewer and the personal "essays" that introduce the shows add an interesting perspective. I came to this late, and now I understand what all the buzz is about. Don't like it? Don't listen. Spare us your dumb one-star reviews. You don't get it.
Marc brings some amazing people to his show. That alone makes this show great. Howeverâ¦yesâ¦howeverâ¦.Marc takes pride in NOT doing his homework and having no prep done before his interviews. He brags about not doing his homework but this leaves the show with huge missed opportunities to get into the soul of the folks he brings in. Also, because of his lack of prep he often asks some really stupid questions. I think this is a comic thing since Kevin Pollack does the EXACT same thing. If you are going to wing it be more like Craig Ferguson and know something about the guest THEN do it all off the cuff. But there is hope! I listened to his interview with Kim Gordon and Marc was prepped and had a great interview. He complained that he does;t like to do the homework but having done it really paid off. Keep it up Marc!
Social commentary and lifeâs reflections with some cool cats.
The D.L. Hughley episode was great! I have to admit that as a long time listener I had become a bit bored with the interviews over the past few months. This interview was what I love about Maron. It was honest, raw and enlightening. Bravo to both of youð!
Keep on keeping on Marc! You are the best!
A great podcast from one of my all time favorite comedians. A wide range of guests and very smart and funny.
Great podcast and amazing host, you wonât be disappointed. Go ahead download a couple
Hey Marc youâre awesome! I love everything you do! Keep up the good work!
Iâve spent the last 19 months NOT doing drugs, and the knowledge that someone else has had similar struggles and a little bit of wisdom gleaned from their personal experience that bleeds into the show is great. Itâs far from the main topic of the show, somehow that made it even more supportive. Thanks Marc, I wish I had listened to my dad sooner and tried this podcast out sooner, but just like sobriety, things come to u when u need them the most.
cut out the first 17 - 20 minutes. and you might find this drivel good for background uselessness...marc maron is just waiting for a moment to cut in and talk about himself. if you like Mr. Maron you are in luck --- you will love this show.
Iâve been a listener since his interview with President Obama and I look forward to the next ones each week. Iâve been turned onto books, movies, music and, of course, comedians from listening to this podcast. Clearly you have to be willing to listen to a bit of Maronâs personal life during his opening monologues. I find it interesting despite the fact that my life is vastly different from his.
Marc hits on many strings unattended by most podcasts and comedians as a whole. Forgo celebrity and enjoy the best a podcast has to offer in the vein of increasing interest where you might not have realized you held any.
"Yeah...uh-huh...right...yeah...yeah, uh-huh...yeah..."Seriously, count how many times he says just Yeah in an interview. If it were a drinking game, you would have liver damage after one episode. I delete most episodes unless it's someone I really want to hear about and even then, I usually can't finish it because of this. Hey Marc, listen to your own episodes, it's okay to not fill every available second with your voice.
I love Marcâs podcast, but why does he interview one woman for every four dudes? I would love to hear more women interviewed.
Yo, the competition is getting real. Keep it up, Maron!
This show is always great and the guests always manage to drop helpful gems of wisdom! Why? Because Marc is Gem Wizard.
maron's show is only compelling for the guests, who for some reason are more willing to open up about their lives than at any other time, which could be maron's doing but he's such an obnoxious personality i don't see how, and he spends so long yammering before the guests even arrive that i end up having to fast forward to wherever it is the guests come in, this show should really mimic more of an errol morris doc where the interviewers voice is almost completely eliminated and you just get the subject spilling themselves to the listener/viewer.
Marc Maron has evolved over the years and his interviews are getting better and better. It's a joy to listen!
I usually thoroughly enjoy your podcast, but this latest episode with John Cleese seemed off from the start. My hesitations were validated when the dusty John Cleese began talking about the young American generation. He seems as out of touch with whatâs actually going on he might as well be in the Senate. The only thing I will give him is that he gave me a visceral enough reaction to write this review.
Marc Maron is excellent! He is the most curious and compelling interviewer since Larry King. He singlehandedly addicted me to podcasts, and inspired me to start my own! No praise is high enough!! LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST!
Annoying .. please donât bring her back ! I do love your podcast though !
About celebrities, about humanity, about myself, about Marc Maron's cats ...
Marc manages to get real insights from his guests and draw you into the experience. You understand how the guests live and how they make decisions. And Marc provides wise analysis of human frailties and interactions. Marc by himself (the episode intros) can be an acquired taste. So if, at first, you find yourself impatient, just forward about 10 minutes (sorry, Marc) to find a deeply emotionally satisfying experience. Soon youâll look forward to each whole episode as you visit with a very good friend.
I love your interview style.If I were to do what you do, I can only hope to do so with similar fluidity.You do the same with comedy.Before watching one of your standup specials (thinky pain), I was not a standup fan. I just assumed it was just some easy way to get in to the entertainment industry.Thanks to you, I have learned that comedy is itâs own ragged beast.I thank you for turning me on to Sam Tripoli of all people, as well as the amazing Christina P!!!!!! Your interview with music people are my favorites.Thank you Marc, for the laughs, sure, but especially the inspiration.You are a constant reminder, that there is always more to people, and that we all have value.Rick on!
Another wonderful interview Marc!
Iâve come to the Maron game so late. Iâve been going back and listening to all the available old episodes I can get. Great job, Marc.
Your style of interview deserves an entertainer-chameleon like Donald Glover. I think you could wring some bits of untapped insight out of his mind. He seems like a great prospective guest for any interviewer, but you'd hit him from different angles than the usual stuff. I hope you two cross paths somewhere and exchange numbers. Make it happen!
Marc is the most present and engaged interviewer working today. By truly connecting with his guests he shows us what it is to... engage... in genuine, reflective and challenging dialogue with another human. WITHOUT A KEYBOARD.Boomer Lives!!!
What a treat hearing Joe Walsh and his history and musical journey. I loved hearing every honest interesting word. You did a beautiful job letting him speak. Lovely. Thanks.
Iâm not into the self indulgent ranting, the chicken little political hysteria, or the preponderance of preening narcissists Mark often has on. But occasionally heâll have someone good on with an interesting story. Iâd rather have fewer episodes than a regular flow of dullards. Itâs really too bad that he hasnât matured past the point of viewing everything through the lens of partisan politics. Is the world really ending, or is this guy just profiting from promoting the idea of a malaise that only really exists for people who share his insular mindset?