In 2009, Marc Maron was a down-on-his-luck comedian, a man who’d survived alcohol and drug addiction, two divorces and resentment over his friends’ successes in the comedy world. Then, his career was resurrected with a little help from iTunes. For the past two and a half years, Maron has hosted the wildly popular twice-weekly WTF, podcasts in which he interviews comedians like Chris Rock and Robin Williams, television stars including Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm, and even the occasional highbrow public radio personality (Ira Glass, in case it wasn’t clear). Moment editor Nadine Epstein sat down with Maron at his Los Angeles home to talk about Israel, his days as a Hebrew school provocateur and the time he thought he was the Messiah.
Stand-up comedian Judy Gold, a veteran of comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central and LOGO, and star of two critically acclaimed Off-Broadway shows: The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, takes on Jewish mothers, as well the history and importance of Jewish women comedians from Gertrude Berg, Totie Fields, Joan Rivers and Gilda Radner to Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer. Judy will be in conversation with Joyce Antler, Professor Emerita at Brandeis University and author of You Never Call: You Never Write: A History of the Jewish Mother.