“Everybody wants to be a nerd. They think, ‘Oh, I like obscure shit so that makes me a nerd.’ It’s not about liking things, it’s about people not liking you.”—Christopher John @ Stork Club/Storking Comedy[Paraphrase. Full Set Available Here @ 00:29:20]
Nato sits down with Marc Maron, the beloved comedian, podcaster, author, and star of his own IFC tv series Maron, which was just renewed for a second season. They talk about intellectual inspirations in Albuquerque, Maron’s contentious relationship to liberalism, and what lessons should be drawn from his newfound creative success.
I’m a little late on this one so here’s some backtracked tracks of Bay Area Comedy Gold available on Spotify:
1. Sean Patton by Holy Fuck Comedy. Sean Patton has a fabulous album — 2012’s Standard Operating Procedures — that’s unfortunately unavailable on Spotify. The only result for Mr. Patton’s persuasion is from the recently released Holy Fuck Comedy compilation and it’s a bona fide doozy. Riffing turns of histrionics with a exuding presence and groove: Patton is on another planet.
2. Gay Porn by Margaret Cho. Our beloved, native faghag princess has been on the forefront of comedy and culture for as long as I can remember. Her story of her brother’s vengeance-inspired fish bowl defacing still ranks high as a childhood memory. This piece, taken from her SF-housed special “I’m The One That I Want”, offers a great prelude her upcoming shows at the Nob Hill Masonic for her “MOTHER” tour.
3. "Dating Aggressively" by Marc Maron. A modern folk hero, everyman made “made man”, deft self-destructor. However you perceive the Renaissance WTFer, he’s made a prolific niche that includes “This Has To Be Funny” and that’s recently expanded with "Thinky Pain".
Guy and I watch the one where the gang join glee club, and whether or not they win a trip to Hawaii hinges on the ups and downs of Screech and Violet’s relationship, as the entire performance at the All City Sing consists of her solo.
Laurie Kilmartin joins the podcast. We discuss hustling in New York, performing at Guantanomo Bay, being a finalist on Last Comic Standing, writing for Conan, and her NY Times Best Selling book, Sh*tty Mom.