Today the comedy community, and practically everyone I know, was saddened to learn of yet another WTF guest’s premature demise–making the now revered Robin Williams episode in many ways a memoriam for the beloved Academy-Award winning actor. My apologies to Marc Maron for posting the unauthorized YouTube upload of Williams’s interview, but it was readily available. Thought I’d make both versions an option. Truly a wonderful episode; just two guys at what we now know to be a turning point in their careers and personal lives. Take a listen.
The WTF episode with Guest Robin Williams
Marin County Coroner investigators claim the “the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.” The actor was reportedly suffering from extreme depression, and had been in a rehabilitation facility for substance abuse as recently as July.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Those of us who grew up on this guy are really feeling this. We’ll miss you, Mr. Williams. Nanoo nanoo.
Man, I feel like an idiot writing about this kind of thing. But it’s podcast news, and that’s what I write about so here goes: After six months together, Marc Maron and Moon Unit Zappa have called it quits, amicably.
On episode 493 with Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus, Maron announced, as he has in the past, the dissolution of another romantic relationship. There was no melodrama. Maron made note of the situation respectfully and moved on.
As a regular listener of many podcasts, I get acquainted with the hosts. I notice when things feel off. Sure, some of these guys are pros, and you wouldn’t know it if their brother had died minutes before air time. But Maron wears his heart on his sleeve.
At one point in yesterday’s WTF, he eluded that he may be more capable of healthy intimacy with his podcast audience than he is with another single human being. I doubt that’s the case, but again, I bet his fans saw this news coming weeks ago.
He’s been dropping little hints not dissimilar to, though much less evocative, his breakup with his former girlfriend Jessica. He’s mentioned fights with Zappa, and the romantic sentimental observations all but disappeared. But what do I know? One can only speculate what ended their relationship.
By the way, I love Pavement, and would’ve really enjoyed writing about Malkmus had this not come up. What can I say, I’m a slave to impression volume.
Podcasting needs your help. I know, I’ve talked about this before, but a re-visitation isn’t going to hurt anyone. Marc Maron and Adam Carolla were joined Thursday, March 27, by Jimmy Kimmel, Andy Summers from the Police (he was on the podcast too), Dr. Drew Pinsky, and Doug Benson for a legal fundraiser at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in California.
Carolla’s Legal Fundraiser to Fight Patent Trolls
Their goal: raising money to fight patent trolls. To date they’ve raised more than $230,000. If you missed the event because, for example, you live on the East Coast like I do, you can still help support the legal defense through Carolla’s Fund Anything Campaign. You can also email LegalDefense@AdamCarolla.com. Here’s a little video he put out.
Some background: In 2013, Carolla was sued by a Texas Federal Court–an area of the country very amenable to dubious patent lawsuits–by a company called Personal Audio LLC. They are claiming ownership of a patent for “the carriage of serialized episodic content” on the internet. This same company started sniffing around other podcasters, including Maron, earlier this year.
I’m not sure if this patent troll trend is facing extinction. Obama’s talked about it. It certainly has seen its share of media coverage. But typically these guys target big companies. And I can’t say whether their plan was to begin attacking the everyman as Carolla has indicated. But that’s neither here nor there. I just don’t want podcasting to suffer. And no one likes greedy lawyers from Texas.