Although the title of this podcast is likely offensive to those of the more conservative ilk, it's probably one of my most favourite podcasts to listen to — because it just teaches me so much about what makes excellent artists tick, grow, and create beautiful work.
The host is standup comic Marc Maron, and the entire premise of his show is simple: honest, off the cuff, genuine, insightful, moving, often crass interviews with artists. Here are some prime examples of some of the best interviews I've ever listened to:
Maron interviewed Robin Williams in 2010 and replays this interview after learning about his tragic suicide. I avoided most of the stuff that dug deep into William's suicide after it happened — because I felt like a lot of media people were using such a terrible tragedy to elevate themselves and generate engagement — but when Marc Maron spoke about Williams, I listened. Because he genuinely cared and cares.
Maron interviews Mike Myers and blows my mind in the process. Myers is such an awesome Canadian dude, and has a lot of amazing things to see. Plus, he's into punk rock, which makes him even cooler in my opinion.
Maron interviews Louis C.K. and they rebuild an estranged friendship. And what's more, Maron leaves in the parts where Louis C.K. calls him out and make him look like a less than ideal friend. I mean, come on, what interviewer does that? Maron does.
Those are good enough introductions to my top choice podcast, so do yourself a huge favour and check them out. I mean, don't check them out if you're offended by the f-word or get disconcerted when you encounter people with worldviews that are different than yours. But if you can get past that, you're going to glean some amazing artistic wisdom and learn some powerful stuff about what it means to be human in the process.
I guess why I love the podcast so much is because Marc Maron is just so darn sincere. He understands what it is to be an artist, to be sensitive, to be, well, human. And that comes across so clearly, so powerfully, so funny, and so rewardingly in the questions he asks and the statements he makes. I've learned a lot about good interviewing from this dude, and you will too I'm sure. So yeah. Check it out. Listen up. Learn some seriously awesome stuff.
Enough gushing now. Have to get my hair cut.