Maron returns fresh and reinvigorated, even though Marc’s on drugs

The underlying story of WTF With Marc Maron, the comedian’s celebrated podcast, has always been one of recovery and redemption. After a decades-long stand-up career and multiple canceled shows on the liberal talk-radio network Air America, in 2009 Maron was at his professional bottom, unsure where to turn next. It’s…

What’s your favorite TV show that didn’t make our best-of list?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The year in swag 2014: Destroying Earth one dumb item at a time, part 1

Almost every day, The A.V. Club is absolutely inundated with promotional swag. And while we’re certainly not complaining about free DVDs, umbrellas, and boxy, oversized T-shirts promoting things we couldn’t care less about, we’d be remiss if we didn’t report extensively on all the perplexing, trashable, and/or amazing…

The A.V. Club and The Onion are launching a comedy fest in Chicago

Hey friends, we’re excited to announce the first annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival, presented by The A.V. Club (that’s us) and The Onion (that’s our sister publication). It’ll take place June 12-14 at Chicago’s beautiful Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport), and will feature Comedy Bang! Bang! Live (June 12, 7:30…

Maron’s second season will feature David Cross, Tig Notaro, Conan O’Brien, and lots more

The second season of Maron—Marc Maron’s quite autobiographical half-hour comedy—will debut on IFC on May 8, and the comedian/podcaster has assembled an impressive slate of guest stars to join him over the course of 13 episodes. Hang on, this list is not short: David Cross, Bill Burr, Wyatt Cenac, Paul Feig, Chris…

Maron: “Jen Moves To LA”

Despite Maron turning the corner with last week’s “Sex Fest,” Marc's true-life relationship with Jen isn’t my favorite pairing on the show—that would be Maron and his hopelessly pathetic “assistant” Kyle. He cleans the cat litter box, organizes all aspects of Maron’s professional life, knows where the nicotine…