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Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
Jay Leno appears quite comfortable being the "timeless, deathless supervillain of the late-night-talk-show universe"
On Marc Maron's WTF podcast this week, the former Tonight Show recalled his late-night wars with David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel -- whom he reconciled with last year. The interview is notable in that Maron is a Conan ally, having been a regular on Conan's talk shows since 1994. As Rob Harvilla notes, "both of Leno’s major Tonight Show transgressions are hilarious to even contemplate now. The context is collapsing. The Conan debacle is less than a decade old but feels positively ancient: You boys were arguing about time slots? And comprehending his original sin—beating out Letterman as (Johnny) Carson’s successor in ’92—depends on your ability to still view the two candidates as different species." Harvilla adds: "The whole Maron interview is spectacular ... Maron’s goal is to get his guest to express regret, to apologize, to grovel at the feet of his many haters, from Howard Stern to Conan himself. But Leno doesn’t need, or at least doesn’t want, a redemption narrative. 'Who do you tackle? The guy with the ball,' he explains, affable as ever in reliving all that criticism and outright enmity. 'The quarterback. And to me, The Tonight Show was the ball.' In the end, (Leno) was merely a victim of his outrageous success. And so were we." ALSO: Leno is tired of complaints over political correctness: "This is why I don't bitch about political correctness, because to me, times change. Change with the times or die."
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
GLOW's first season was like a superhero origin story -- and Season 2 is the equivalent of The Dark Knight
Season 2 of the Netflix female wrestler series, says Jen Chaney, is "a sequel that exceeds its predecessor in terms of depth of storytelling and sheer entertainment value." She adds: "The majority of the season has great energy and sense of purpose, but it runs out of gas as it wraps up its story lines — the last couple of episodes also introduce a few romantic entanglements that feel a bit too sudden — and leaves an obvious opening for a season three. Overall, though, GLOW is the sort of Netflix offering that’s tailor-made for summer. It’s light enough to not feel like work, but substantive enough to satisfy one’s craving for challenging, quality TV."
- Marc Maron is so fantastic on GLOW that he might be its "stealth protagonist" -- which is a problem for a female-focused series
- GLOW provides a kind of meta-answer for why it’s okay that in the era of Peak TV, shows aren’t cancelled anymore
- GLOW has taken on a richer texture and greater relevance in Season 2
- How #MeToo influenced GLOW: Season 2 was going to tackle sexual harassment, but Harvey Weinstein scandal "emboldened" the creators to go further
- Alison Brie: "I love the fight in Ruth," but there are certain aspects of her character she's still learning to love
- Maron says he was drawn to the show because “I was looking to do something that wasn’t inherently me"
- How GLOW built its show-within-the-show episode
- What it was like to ride in Lyft's GLOW-themed limo
- Read the story behind the Harvey Weinstein-esque episode
- GLOW's music supervisor explains the Season 2 pop music choices
- How GLOW made its flashiest costumes
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Tina Fey and Rachel Bloom are changing the way female comics engage with "male gatekeepers"
Fey's recent appearance on David Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and Bloom's recent interview conducted by Marc Maron on his WTF podcast were remarkable, says Lili Loofbourow, because both interviews felt "thrillingly blunt." "Real cultural transformation is as laggy as its effects are subtle and hard to name, but the novelty is this: Neither Fey nor Bloom court Letterman’s or Maron’s approval," says Loofbourow. "In fact, Fey repeatedly rejects it. When Letterman raises Fey’s controversial August 'sheet-caking' bit (from SNL) and tries to declare it a success, she doesn’t let him, implicitly rejecting the authority he (just as implicitly) claims to pronounce her comedy good or bad. Both women are affable and funny interviewees, but when it comes time to indulge in the tired mutual-approval party these comedy chats so often become, Fey and Bloom refuse to participate. 'Well, dig into that. Why?' Bloom replies when Maron says he considers Crazy Ex-Girlfriend a 'guilty pleasure.' After describing for him plot points (including a suicide attempt) that Maron knew nothing about, Bloom pleasantly observes that shows written by and starring women tend to be dismissed as fluff—even after Maron, thinking aloud, admits he hadn’t thought the phrase through. It’s a small thing, but if you know the codes of etiquette these women operate under—and carefully dissect in their comedy—it’s pretty wild." ALSO: Tina Fey pitches Nicki Minaj a sketch idea in SNL promo.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Iconic Comedy Store owner Mitzi Shore, the "godmother of comedy" in Los Angeles, dies at 87
Source: Los Angeles Times
David Letterman babysat her children, Jay Leno slept on her club's back stairs and Jim Carrey tended bar for her. Shore influenced the careers of everybody from Robin Williams to Garry Shandling, Roseanne Barr, Jimmie Walker, Bob Saget and, of course, Letterman, Leno and Carrey. In fact, Carrey's Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here is inspired by his Comedy Store past, with Melissa Leo essentially playing Mitzi Shore. The Comedy Store released a statement saying Shore, who died after battling Parkinson's Disease, "was an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead of her time who cultivated and celebrated the artistry of stand-up comedy. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy. We will all miss her dearly." The Comedy Store was her fifth child. She was, according to Los Angeles Times' Paul Brownfield, "all-powerful, during a remarkably fertile time for stand-up comedy — the 1970s and early '80s — when many of today's comedy stars showed up in L.A. to go onstage at the only place that mattered."
- Son Pauly Shore, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings pay tribute to Mitzi Shore on Twitter
- The Comedy Store released a star-studded "Thank you Mitzi" video just three days ago
- Kathy Griffin: "Mitzi Shore was a pioneer who gave more comics their start than I can count...I did my first legit comedy gig at the Store"
- Watch David Letterman's The Comedy Store 15-year reunion Top 10 list
- Pauly Shore tweeted his mom's final days -- he took her for her final visit to The Comedy Store on Monday
# TOPICS: Mitzi Shore, Showtime, I’m Dying Up Here, David Letterman, Garry Shandling , Jay Leno, Jim Carrey, Kathy Griffin, Marc Maron, Pauly Shore, Whitney Cummings, The Comedy Store, Obits, Stand-Up Comedy
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Check out real estate photos of Marc Maron's house and famous garage
Source: Curbed Los Angeles
The G.L.O.W. star and WTF podcast host is selling his home in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles for $749,000.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Marc Maron is getting ready to move out of his famous WTF garage
Source: The New York Times
The garage in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles is where Maron considered ending his life, where he revived his career with his hit podcast, and where he's interviewed such big names as President Obama and, most recently, Jennifer Lawrence. It's the garage that led to Maron becoming a TV star, on shows like Maron and G.L.O.W., but over time it's also become too small and crowded. So he's moving to a new house with a new garage 10 miles away.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 9:22PM EST
Has Louis CK’s sexual harassment scandal ruined the self-referential comedy genre?
Louis CK's Louie influenced a wide range of shows, including Marc Maron’s Maron, Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi and Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite. “CK’s downfall has brought the meta sitcom’s dark side into hard contrast,” says Stuart Heritage. “If you’re making a show about your life, and you’re willing to throw a few self-deprecating bones to the crowd here and there, you can use it as a shield to hide all your worst impulses. The audience will assume honesty in what it watches, because self-referential comedy relies on the perception of honesty to function. And now the trust is eroded, so the form has to work harder to win us over.”
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:57AM EST
Marc Maron: Louis CK denied the sexual misconduct rumors to me, and “I believed my friend”
“I knew what most people knew,” Maron said at the beginning of Monday’s WTF podcast episode, in addressing his longtime friend Louis CK's sexual misconduct revelations. Maron said he didn’t know the extent of his friend’s behavior until reading about it in The New York Times last week. Yet Maron said he once did broach the subject with Louis CK, asking about the published rumors, and CK would respond: "No, it's not true. It's not real. it's a rumor," Maron also pressed him on why he didn’t try to put a halt to the rumors. Maron pointed out that he knew one of the accusers, Rebecca Corey, but she never told him about her experience. The problem, he said, is that for women, “there was no place for them to go with these stories. It's f*cking sad.” Maron admitted his guilt and “man brain” with not having empathy for what women have experienced when it comes to harassment. Maron also revealed that he, too, was the victim of sexual harassment in college when a male teacher kissed him on the lips after they went to lunch. “My body went into paralysis,” he said of the experience. “It was almost like a leaving the body kind of moment… I felt bad, and I carried that confusion and shame for a while.” Maron said he won’t apologize for Louis CK’s behavior, but he’s sticking by him as a friend. “I’m disappointed in my friend,” said Maron. “He did some gross sh*t. Some damaging sh*t…He f*cked up, and he’s in big f*cking trouble. So what am I going to do? I’m going to be his friend.”
- Jon Stewart and Robert Smigel issued a statement on their friend Louis CK: “It’s obviously very upsetting, and we hope the victims are finding some solace. We’re thankful that the culture’s finally changing and allowing them to feel safe enough to speak out.”
- Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari and other comedians are still with Dave Becky, Louis CK’s (now) ex-manager, who is accused of trying to silence CK's victims.
- While Poehler and Ansari sharing a manager with Louis CK isn’t a crime, their silence on his behavior is particularly glaring
Posted Friday 10/06/17 at 10:24PM EDT
Marc Maron: IFC never wanted to increase the limited budget on Maron
Source: The Ringer
Maron and fellow podcast pioneer Bill Simmons recently got together to compare notes. When asked about why he stopped doing his TV show after four seasons, Maron (at the 28-minute mark) responded that it felt it was time to call it quits. But he also expressed frustration that being on such a small cable network resulted in having the same budget season after season, which limited creativity.