ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Marc Maron is an entertainer who grew up in New Mexico, spent decades on the road as a comic, and now hosts one of the most popular podcasts in the country: “W.T.F.”
The 52-year-old Albuquerque native has written two books, just wrapped up four years of his TV series “Maron” on IFC, and just landed a leading role in a new Netflix series “G.L.O.W.”
But it all started with “W.T.F.,” the interview podcast he records in his garage in Los Angeles.
“I do a podcast, W.T.F, which stands for… Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,” jokes Maron.
KRQE News 13 talked to him right before a charity performance for the Endorphin Power Company, an Albuquerque based substance abuse rehab program.
“I was definitely here (in Albuquerque) for important parts of my life,” says Maron.
The Highland High School graduate started his stand-up career right out of college in the late 80’s, and spent more than 20 years on the road as a comic.
“I was out there, I was making a living doing comedy and in show business one way or another, but it wasn’t really panning out, I was not becoming a star,” recalls Maron.
After a battle with addiction, and two failed marriages, Maron tried something new.
“I started doing a podcast out of my garage, and that changed everything.”
Podcasting was in its infancy. What started as Maron complaining about his problems to celebrities, evolved, developed a following, and helped define the new medium.
Part of the charm is that things get under his skin. Think of him as a cranky old man for the 21st century.
“I just had good cosmic timing for once in my life,” Maron says of the podcast.
His podcast guests include giants of entertainment like the late Robin Williams, and Will Ferrell. Even President Obama has stopped by Maron’s garage.
The Albuquerque native who struggled for years with failure, never quite making the big time, is now struggling with his success.
“There’s the bitter jerk who’s got nothing, who’s kind of desperate and sad, but then there’s the successful jerk who has everything, and he’s still a jerk. So I’ve got to stay… somewhere in the middle,” Maron explains.