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Waiting for the Punch

Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast


Flatiron Books
Available: 10/10/17
6.57 x 9.58 · 416 pages
CDN $31.99 · cl

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Marc Maron

foreword by John Oliver

Since 2009, WTF with Marc Maron has been one of the most widely listened to, and influential podcasts in the country. Each week over a million and a half listeners download, stream and tune in to hear Marc and a guest do something remarkable: talk. Described as a "must-listen" by the New York Times, WTF perfects the lost art of conversation while attracting guests as varied and prominent as Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld and even President Barack Obama. In the course of seven years and more than 700 hours of conversation, Marc Maron and his incredible roster of guests have tackled life's most pressing issues and deepest concerns.

Waiting for the Punch: Life Lessons from the WTF Podcast is not simply a collection of these interviews, but instead a running narrative of the world's most recognizable names working through the problems, doubts, joys, triumphs and failures we all experience. With each chapter covering a different topic: parenting, childhood, relationships, sexuality, success, failures and others, Punch becomes a sort of everyman's guide to life. Barack Obama candidly discusses the challenges of the presidency, and the bittersweet moments of seeing your children grow up and away from you. Robin Williams opens up about the burdens of fame and his struggles with addiction. Jim Gaffigan speaks about the joys, and hilarious frustrations of parenting five children.

Taken together, these voices form a chorus discussing both life's biggest questions, and smallest, most intimate moments. Full of stories that are at once laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreakingly honest, joyous, tragic and powerful, Waiting for the Punch is a book to be read from cover to cover, but it is also one to return to again and again.

Marc Maron is a stand-up comedian and host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron . He has appeared in his own comedy specials on Comedy Central, HBO, and Netflix, and his sitcom, Maron, airs on IFC. He lives in Los Angeles. In 2017 Marc Maron will star alongside Alison Brie in the Netflix original show GLOW.