Maron//Season 1//Episode 4//Dominatrix

Written by Sivert Glarum & Michael Jamin
Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait
Originally aired May 24, 2013

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I’ve begun to notice that Maron can sometimes feel disappointing because of its failure to live up to the caged wisdom of WTF. In some ways the podcast is like the dream girl you meet on the Internet and Maron is more like what happens when you move in together. Marc is pretty relentless about thrusting himself into awkward, dubious and strangely plausible scenarios. Sometimes he forcibly extricates himself only to discover that the damage has already been done while elsewhere certain situations simmer on the back burner with no clear resolution in sight. Late in “Dominatrix”, Marc’s father tells him that he has to “let it go.” Marc is a guy who pathologically clings to the things that cause him pain (not unlike a masochist…), while also being self-aware enough to realize he’s doing so. These two instincts, for self-preservation and destruction, provide the psychological framework for Maron and a neat metaphor for the BDSM practices Marc is introduced to this week.

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Maron//Season 1//Episode 3//Marc’s Dad

Written by Sivert Glarum & Michael Jamin
Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait
Originally aired May 17, 2013

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The opening of this week’s episode (played over the pop goodness of Hospitality’s “Friends of Friends”) basically summarizes the character of Maron better than anything else thus far. What appears at first to be a to-camera rant with Marc brashly summarizing his family gets an ironic twist when it turns out that we, the viewer, are not the audience of Marc’s tirade but rather his bewildered and incredulous postman. It’s a clever trick that neatly points to the different types of relationships on display in the show: Marc to the comedians playing themselves on his show, Marc to his audience, both real and fictional, and Marc to himself.

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Maron//Season 1//Episode 2//Dead Possum

Written by Sivert Glarum
Directed by Luke Matheny
Originally aired May 10, 2013

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As you might expect from a guy with a guilt-complex, Marc Maron uses his platform(s) to heap heavy shit upon himself. Perhaps this is some kind of trial run or alternative reality to see how his fictional representation will handle these situations that may or may not happen or that may or may not have already gone down. Obviously, Marc Maron is more than capable of interrogating himself to the point of madness. We usually think of indulgent art as having more to do with the creator drawing upon some fantasies of control and power: to dominate his/her world in ways that are not actualized in their real life. However, comedians are some sick, sordid fucks, so it’s not really surprising that Maron is a direct challenge to Marc’s ongoing and relatively noteworthy success as a human being and entertainer. “Dead Possum” articulates some of Marc’s more insidious doubts about himself and plays like the fantasy of someone with a casual masochistic streak.

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Maron//Season 1//Episode 1//Internet Troll

Written by Marc Maron
Directed by Luke Matheny
Originally aired May 3 2013

Marc Maron has so more devices for talking about himself than your average smart, self-loathing 40something dude. Not that he needs them, of course. Except maybe the cats. I started listening to his podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, a month or two ago and it’s quickly become one of the highlights of my work commute. Marc has a way with disarming honesty. There are plenty of loud, angry white men in comedy but WTF is more interested in people and their stories rather than people and how stupid they are. But if you know Marc you won’t find it surprising that in a knee jerk reaction to his role as interviewer in WTF, he throws himself front and center as the self-effacing subject of Maron, his new show on IFC

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