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Thursday, February 17   >>

THE WTF PODCAST WITH MARC MARON

If you've never heard the WTF Podcast, it's a talk show hosted by comedian Marc Maron, who I'd say is in the mid-tier of lasting comedians from the supposed "'80s comedy explosion." His bits range from diatribes on daily minutiae to issues of galactic proportions. He is angry and tragically self-deprecating.

His podcast is simply him in his house having deep, intimate, and scarily raw conversations with notable funny people. While it is very funny, it will almost always sink into dark places few people would want to confront, let alone in front of thousands of listeners.

It's a podcast that I've been told I "have to" listen to countless times by friends for months. For a bunch of reasons, I never got around to it, that is until I got an iPhone recently. I've been hooked.

I've gone through 5 episodes, and in each one Maron's guests are people who he openly admits to having been a complete asshole to. I don't know if this is a constant, but it seems quite clear that Maron wasn't the greatest guy to be around, and he's trying to change that. Call it an intuitive mid-life crisis. A very public intuitive mid-life crisis.

His insights are mirrors. Listening to him is like listening to someone directly tell me how fucked up a person I'm not any more and still am. Whether it's about his crass narcissism, or his experiences in being cold or distant to people close to him, or envious and resentful of his contemporaries' successes, or his sex life, or his relationships both intimate and platonic, or feeling unappreciated and underrated and marginalized, or in being aware of the truly fucked up natural state of the world, I hear these truths -- my truths -- in a way I've never heard before.

There's comfort in knowing there are people in all stages of life/supposed levels of success who have the same inner-monologues as I do. It's very empowering.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Maron in a way that I don't have for any other type of media personality. I'm both excited and terrified of learning more about myself through his podcast. As someone who doesn't have too many role models (I've been solo on this "evolving into a Man" business), the program could not have come at a better time. It's a must-listen, but not if you aren't ready for a harsh self-indictment.