The Lost Art of Conversation with Marc Maron

Marc Maron

Playboy.com: Do you think that having so many outlets of social media accessible to everyone is hurting or helping comedy?

Maron: It’s absolutely helping, there’s no way around that. The only question is how intimate a relationship you want to have with your fans. When you’re talking candidly on a podcast and having conversations with people a couple times a week, you’re going to have people that listen to you and know you very well. So they come into the show with a very deep and a very real relationship with you and your life and your emotion and what’s important to you. And a lot of times it’s exciting for them to see you live and it’s also very exciting to see you with other people that also have that relationship with you: a one-on-one relationship with the podcast. So it all adds to it. It adds a dimension to comedy in terms of access and people’s relationship with the performers that I think is very new and very exciting.

Playboy.com: What have you found to be most rewarding after having a conversation with someone for over an hour?

Maron: It’s amazing and sadly a lost activity. People say when they talk for an hour like I do on my podcast it’s like therapy. I think it’s a misconception and I take umbrage with that. I think that people talking about themselves while other people listen and exchange feelings and ideas about life is one of the great things about being people. It’s very nourishing for the heart, it’s very supportive to know that you’re not alone and it’s very helpful to engage on that level and enjoy the company and conversation of someone else. I think that our culture moves at a pace now that there is no real premium set on that, and that is a sad thing. So I find it all very fulfilling. I think that the people listening do as well. I think that they get a lot out of these conversations and a lot of times I have to let my experience with the conversation be what it is and not judge it because other people are going to listen or experience that conversation with someone they may love and not know, which is completely different than my experience. I just try to detach from my post-interview feelings and let the audience have the experience that they’re going to have.

Read the rest of my interview on Playboy.com

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