Marc Maron's career has seen its ups and downs, but I think having a one-on-one hour long chat with the current U.S. president could definitely be considered an "up"!https://instagram.com/p/4H91Z-xR9P/?taken-by=marcmaron
Maron's interview with President Obama will debut June 22 on the comedian and broadcaster's highly popular WTF podcast. Interviews with the president are certainly not uncommon, of course, and Obama has even appeared on comedic shows before, such as Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns. Obama's appearance on Maron's show is still unusual though. It's a bold step for the leader of the free world to dedicate so much of his time to a show outside of the mainstream media, particularly one whose full title is What The F*ck With Marc Maron. The interview is also unusual for where it took place. Instead of picking the Oval Office or an upscale hotel for the conversation, Obama opted for the location where most of Maron's interviews take place, the converted garage studio of the comedian's modest Los Angeles home.https://instagram.com/p/4IedV6xR69/?taken-by=marcmaron
Maron spoke to The New York Times about the extensive preparations involved for Obama's arrival at his home:
"Secret Service checked the parameters. They put a tent up that ran the length of my driveway, all the way behind my house to the garage. Today they came and put a tent over where the car was going to pull in. There were like 40 Secret Service people here. There were snipers on my neighbor’s roof. A sniper on my garage roof. They had L.A.P.D. all around the perimeter of the house. They have a protocol that occurs. And it was occurring in my house. Now everyone in the world knows where I live, O.K. And apparently the streets were lined with people for the motorcade. I was focusing on just dealing with the situation at hand and trying to have a personal conversation with the president in the midst of this."
Known for being high-strung and extremely self critical, Maron also expressed that even though he "freaked out" prior to the chat, he left feeling pleased with the final result:
"I feel good. We had a lot to cover. I had to honor what I do, and I had to respect what he does. He’s the president, but I had to try to connect with him personally, in the way that I do with my interviews. I think all that happened. It was a very varied conversation. And of course, with the events of Wednesday [the Charleston killings], that had to be mentioned. It was respectful and the right thing to do."
A brief snippet from the conversation is available here.
The full interview will be free to stream for a limited time and can purchased as a download through iTunes and other services. For all the details, visit wtfpod.com.
If the Obama interview will be your first exposure to Marc Maron, I hope you will take the time to listen to more of Marc's interviews, which are always honest, insightful, and often hilarious, regardless of the guest. Also make sure to check out his raw, razor-sharp stand-up performances and his brilliant semi-autobiographical IFC show, Maron. I've been a fan for years, and it's always gratifying to see someone who truly deserves widespread success finally achieve it. Not that he needs my endorsement, though, getting the stamp of approval from the Commander-in-chief himself must be the ultimate confidence booster!