WTF with Marc Maron (Weekend Inspiration)

WTF_with_Marc_MaronDo you like comedy? Well, this is the place to go to listen to wonderfully interesting interviews of comedians by a comedian!

Marc Maron, a self-depreciating and clever comedian and podcaster, brings funny people into his garage and has a chat with them on WTF with Marc Maron. The result: an entertaining and insightful way to spend an hour.

A few highlights for me:

  1. Last year, he had the opportunity to interview Barack Obama. Not only is the interview funny, it is also very informative on policy, American politics, and the self-identity of one of the most important people in the world right now. In addition, Maron discusses how he prepared for the interview and how he had to physically prepare for receiving the president.
  2.  Early on in the show, Maron got the opportunity to talk with Robin Williams. Looking back on this interview, I am impressed by how Maron cut through Williams’s “funnyman” personality and captured a little bit of Williams’s inner self. That was so rare and, having lost Williams, so special.
  3. When Maron set out to interview Louis CK, he ended up revealing more about himself than he meant to… and it is a beautiful meditation on life, humor, and friendship. I consider this episode my “gateway” drug to Marc Maron.

[Note: the interviews with Robin Williams and Louis CK are behind paywalls. You can access them through iTunes for free or Google them.]

Listening in on these conversations, I am struck by how much people want to share with Maron and the world about there lives. In addition, Maron makes all of these great, funny people seem simultaneously more compelling, special, and human.

Why do we need good interviewers in order to get a glimpse at reality? Why do you think people resist showing themselves so much? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

[Image from Wikipedia and, I believe, qualifies as Fair Use.]

Schedule: Week 3, 4/11-4/15

The schedule for week 3…

Monday, April 4th: Structuring Memories

  • Homework Due
    • Body Paragraph
      • Should be approx. 250 words. You should have several done at this point, but just bring in one.
      • Print out a copy and bring it to class.
    • Read:
      • Dillard, “An American Childhood” [SMG pages 17-22, thinking through the post-essay activities]
  • Paper Benchmarks (suggested, not required)
    • Your rough draft should be mostly complete. Remember the principle of “Shitty” for your rough drafts.
    • Use SMG 44-46 to guide you on this.

Wednesday, April 6th: Self-Editing (attendance is mandatory)

  • Homework Due
    • Shitty Rough Draft
      • Must be approx. 750 words and include the introduction and several body paragraphs.
      • Print out a copy and bring it to class.
    • ***If you do not have a rough draft, then there is no reason for you to come to class.***

Friday, April 8th: Introduction to Profiles

  • Homework Due
    • “Remembered Event” Essay Due
      • Submit via iLearn
      • See prompt for specifications and grading rubrics.