Since Marc Maron launched his popular podcast WTF, he’s proven himself a deft interviewer– someone who’s able to welcome comedians (and the occasional non comedian) to his garage — the site of most of his episodes — or his guest’s hotel or in a parking and anywhere in between, and make them feel comfortable enough so that the result is as compelling a conversation you could hear on anywhere.
He’s admittedly pathologically narcissistic, but it’s obvious he’s just as interested in the way others process life and deal with emotions as he is with his own idiosyncrasies.
On Monday, Maron will release a pretty special episode of WTF, featuring comedy legend Robin Williams. If you follow stand-up comedy even a little, you’ll know that Williams has been dealing with some major life situations the past few years: a divorce from his wife of 20 years, alcohol rehab after two decades of sobriety and heart surgery (aortic valve replacement). Maron managed to land an hour long interview with the man.
“I had about one degree of separation with Robin Williams,” Maron tells Punchline Magazine. “We’d hung out a couple of times but we weren’t tight. I was taking a trip up to his neck of the woods. I thought I would try to track him down. So I did and he agreed to an interview.”
Maron continues: “No matter what your opinions may be of him he was, and might still be, one of the biggest comedy stars in the world. I was nervous because I didn’t want to get caught up in the Williams riff cyclone and be blown out without getting a real interview– a genuine conversation with him. We sat down for about an hour and he stayed still and focused and open. This is a rare chat with a huge star.”
And below, exclusive for Punchline Magazine readers, we have a trio of clips from the show before it posts in full on Monday. You’ll want to go to iTunes or wtfpod.com to hear the whole thing.
Maron and Williams talk heart attacks:
Maron and Willams talk Robert De Niro
Maron and Williams talk blackouts