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Episode 188

Nerdist Podcast

Marc Maron

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Nerdist Podcast: Marc Maron

Fellow podcaster and comedian extraordinaire Marc Maron joins the guys for some hilarious podcast overload. They talk comedy, sobriety and, of course, podcasting!

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  • Great podcast. Marc was interesting.
    Chris, one thing I wanted to say that caught my attention was what you said about something to the effect of feeling genuine when you perform as a comedian. And that you do not feel as genuine as you think you could be. (again…something to that effect). I just wanted to say, in who’s mind? Compared to who? You sound genuine to me when you do your live shows in front of an audience. How do you know that the comediens you admire and sound and appear genuine to you do not also feel completely genuine as you portend?

    Keep up the good work.
    Thanks!

  • I’m not looking for a pity party, but I’ll be attending the Iowa City show alone. Sort of like what was said by Marc about him selling a lot of single tickets to his shows, I just haven’t been able to explain the Nerdist to friends. I’ve definitely mentioned it plenty, but I don’t have any friends who listen to the show :(

    Keep up the great work all, and I look forward to meeting you after the show in Iowa City!

  • I was listening to the podcast and I said “Waitaminute they’re talking about the stuff the last time Maron was on the podcast! Hardwick talked about that guy who left the Itunes review before! WTH!” And I realized at the 1H 9M mark “This IS the last podcast (Ep 52) Maron was on!” Need to check the episode numbers and not the names. Guess I’ll finish it anyway.

  • I sat in my car for an extra 8 minutes after I got home so I could finish listening to this podcast. Great stuff and I maintain that the best sound in the known world is the sound of Chris giggling.

  • I know it somehow bothered people, but I for one always get a laugh out of “noodle stories”. It’s not just the idea, but the inflection of voice used to introduce it. I guess that makes me a liverhead. Just like Mom always said. Dammit.

  • Awesome pcast (its gonna catch on) . Its always cool to hear people who share the same interests and kind of field of work give an insight to how it works. Keep the casts coming!

  • I have to say that because there wasn’t a ‘fancy’ title for this episode (since this is Marc’s 2nd appearance), I was a little worried that some old ground would be tread, and be a somewhat repeat of the first interview.

    I should know better than to worry with our leader at the helm. It also helps that Marc having so much experience, there would always be a wealth of stories and knowledge.

    When the discussion about the podcasting bubble came up (I assume it was from the AVClub article), I have to agree with both of them with regards to it being still in a bubble. I work in a research lab and despite all the technology and knowledge we see, few know what a podcast is, and even fewer follow any.

    I’ve heard podcasts described as essentially a marketing tool, but the power of it being much more of a long term thing. It’s a great way of bringing awareness and even better for maintaining the fan base. But the fact that there are people that still don’t know what podcasts are, but would potentially love the nature of it (comedy, technology, sports, etc.) tells me that there is still plenty of audience for growth.

    One of my recent desires is to get as many people as I can to get a listen to some podcasts, to at least discuss. Thus far I’m pretty much stuck talking to myself. But hearing all the live show bookings and the audience from them tells me that podcasting is going very very strong.

  • Does anyone know the name of the comedian that Marc mentioned being infatuated with? Is it Nick Bargatze? I’ve found a clip or two by a Nate Bargatze, but I don’t know if they are the same guy.

  • @Gary, For every one heart felt, just wanting to help, critic there are 10 “This shit sucks. Stop -insert completely personal pet peeve and a few more insults that most likely have nothing to do with the original complaint-” type critics. I have a feeling those are the people Chris is telling to “move on if you don’t like what you hear.”

    He obviously does listen to critique though, to at least some degree. Let’s all take some time to remember and honor our old friend “noodle stories”

  • @PodDamnit I wasn’t using partnered in the professional sense. Both are extremely self successful podcast with their own established fan bases. Of course there is definetly cross over but still wouldn’t merit a merger. I just meant partnered like teamed up. Can you see where I got that from, smart ass? I downloaded and enjoyed FEab. I just simply don’t find Kevin Smith appealing. As narrowed minded as that may sound that’s just my opinion. He’s fine as a guest on the Nerdist. I personally don’t want to listen to podcast with him at the helm. I’m obviously in the minority group since he has a successful podcast. He’s fine I’m not trying to talk that much shit on Kevin Smith. I just choose not to listen to him. That how my problem is resolved. I don’t normally waste my time on message board but since you addressed me I thought I’d respond.

  • Okay, this is something that’s been bothering me lately. Between yours and Maron’s podcast, you’ve brought up similar issues with criticism towards podcasting. It doesn’t seem to be a problem when people are valorizing your efforts, but when there is a criticism or a critique that isn’t favorable, the automatic reaction seems to be “Well, why don’t you listen/watch/hear something else?” Doesn’t any form get better when you do have criticism? It seems like people easily dismiss critics rather than addressing the criticism? Or is it just that there are too many bad critics out there overwhelming valid criticism?

  • This was a wonderful podcast! Mr Nerdist’s decision to invest in a bard who dual wields comedian and host yielded yet another funny and engaging conversation. I was also happy to see Mahona (colloquial Hawaiian for Matt and Jonah) were feeling good.

    I also thought this podcast was funny because I’m 125% sure that Marc Maron was in no way faked by any of the many voice actors that have ties to Nerdist Industries (like Tom Wilson, Ellen and John McLain, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche) who will now be taking over Marc Maron’s podcast (suddenly Nerdist) and his upcoming TV show (suddenly animated).

    Hypothetically, I am sure Marc Maron totally had his fate (of being cut in half by a laser in the basement of Nerdist Industries) coming to him. His nemesis invites him to come (alone) to his lair as a guest on a podcast. Don’t worry about that huge laser warning image you’re walking past; it just looked cool. Don’t worry about the fact that Nerdist will be launching its YouTube channel.

    I’m 250% sure of the mere coincidence between the facts that lasers don’t work on people who are invisible and anybody with even a single level of voice acting also gets the feat/curse of invisibility. However, if a conspiracy between voice actors were to play out then I do see the brilliance in using weapons that cannot be turned against you.

    Hypothetically, I would want to be the second (because that “first capitulation” jerk almost always gets himself killed off) to welcome humanity’s very fist hilarious overlords!This was a wonderful podcast! Mr Nerdist’s decision to invest in a bard who dual wields comedian and host yielded yet another funny and engaging conversation. I was also happy to see Mahona (colloquial Hawaiian for Matt and Jonah) were feeling good.

    I also thought this podcast was funny because I’m 125% sure that Marc Maron was in no way faked by any of the many voice actors that have ties to Nerdist Industries (like Tom Wilson, Ellen and John McLain, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche) who will now be taking over Marc Maron’s podcast (suddenly Nerdist) and his upcoming TV show (suddenly animated).

    Hypothetically, I am sure Marc Maron totally had his fate (of being cut in half by a laser in the basement of Nerdist Industries) coming to him. His nemesis invites him to come (alone) to his lair as a guest on a podcast. Don’t worry about that huge laser warning image you’re walking past; it just looked cool. Don’t worry about the fact that Nerdist will be launching its YouTube channel.

    I’m 250% sure of the mere coincidence between the facts that lasers don’t work on people who are invisible and anybody with even a single level of voice acting also gets the feat/curse of invisibility. However, if a conspiracy between voice actors were to play out then I do see the brilliance in using weapons that cannot be turned against you.

    Hypothetically, I would want to be the second (because that “first capitulation” jerk almost always gets himself killed off) to welcome humanity’s very fist hilarious overlords!

  • @Ray84 Nerdist and Smod hardly have a “partnership”. They merely co-sponsor FEab as it’s made up of Matt Mira (Nerdist) and Scott Mosier (Smodcast). I have no idea where you got that from. It’s not a merger. That wouldn’t benefit either party. And I for one would like to see Smith featured on The Nerdist again. Whether live again or in studio. I though people loved the repore.

  • Thanks for responding to me Chris. That’s why I love your podcasts. You listen to you fans. Again, I meant nothing by comment. I apologize if I came off as a dick.

  • Thanks for responding to me Chris. That’s why I love your podcasts. You listen to you fans. Again, I meant nothing by comment. Sorry for my misconstruing absolutely nothing.

  • @Ray84 yes, you have an adorably active imagination. I didn’t go out of my way to not mention Carolla. I love Adam! I have no reason for why I didn’t think to mention his show. Sometimes, things just happen! He’s coming on again soon as far as I know.

  • FWIW…and I should probably doublecheck…but I seem to remember the Craig Ferguson “Hitler” name being “Bing Hitler” rather than Elvis…but that might’ve been his name as a young standup rather than as a musician…

  • I’m probably trying to read between lines that don’t exist, but I got the feeling, from listening to the podcast, that Chris was going out of his way not to mention the Carolla podcast as one of the top podcast. Did anybody else notice that or was this just me?

    I remember when Chris made the announcement of the Nerdist podcast on the Carolla podcast. I’ve been on board since day one. I love both podcast equally so I hope this doesn’t come off as me trying to start shit.

    Ps i wish the Nerdist hadn’t partnered with Kevin Smith and Smodcast. I understand that you want to build a lager fan base and that’s awesome. You and Smod have similar fans. Kevin Smith just weird “me first me first” kind of guy. I remember him bitching when Smodcast first started that he was doing long before anybody and….blah blah blah blah. That just rubbed me the wrong way. It’s what turned me off of him and his brand.

    Sorry. I still love your podcast and would like to know what your opinion is on Carolla and where he stands.

    Thank you for all 188 podcast and thanks for the many more to come.