Comedy nerds breathed a sigh of relief this morning when IFC announced it would be renewing Marc Maron’s cult hit Maron for a second season. And as if that wasn’t news enough, the network who has brought us gems like Comedy Bang Bang and Portlandia, has increased the series order to 13 episodes, three more than we were gifted for season one.
“I’m thrilled,” Maron tells Laughspin about the season-two pick-up. “But as excited as I am, there’s a lot of work to be done. It’s going to be challenging and massively creative and fun, but all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Alright, I have to put my work brain on and lock in. I can’t say I’m not a little anxious.”
For hardcore fans of the show, there are, of course, so many questions– Will we see Maron’s onscreen girlfriend Jen (Nora Zehetner) officially move in? Will Marc’s young and seemingly green assistant Kyle (Josh Brener) further teach the elder Maron how to better maintain personal relations? Will there be another buddy adventure with ex-con Manny (Danny Trejo)?
“We haven’t made any casting decisions yet,” Maron says, “But obviously there’s a desire to have Josh come back, we’re hoping to write a couple of episodes with my father [Judd Hirsch], hopefully we can figure out how to do something again with Danny Trejo and hopefully Nora will be back. At this point it’s all subject to their availability and to where the stories go. It’s all a wish list. I don’t know where these people are in their lives or what they’re doing. I’d love to work with Danny again, just because it’s such an amazingly odd pairing. And there’s no reason that relationship can’t continue on the show.”
And while he’s got a season of television under his belt, Maron says the process — especially at IFC — is still a pleasant surprise to him. “The great thing about working on the show for IFC, is that I’ve been able to create vision and do things the way I want. I could never have imagined you can make television the way you want to do it. It’s a new world for me.”
Since the first season finale of Maron aired on June 28, Maron hasn’t had much downtime. He’s been promoting his book Attempting Normal, touring (as usual), cranking out episodes of his WTF podcast and prepping for the release of his next hour special, coming soon to Netflix. And this week he’ll be at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal for a handful of appearances: a live taping of WTF on Friday, July 26, and on Saturday, July 27, he’ll do his solo show at 9:30 pm as well as the Sarah Silverman-hosted Gala at 11 pm and then Andy Kindler’s alternative show starting at midnight.