You’ve got to read this keynote speech from Marc Maron (formerly embittered) lifelong standup comic who’s found creativity, expression and salvation through starting a podcast in his garage.
In his WTF podcast, he has frank, funny and sometimes devastatingly serious, hour-long conversations with comics, comedy writers, and performers (Judd Apatow, Conan O’Brian, Ben Stiller among others). They talk about the craft, managing their lives, and hahah often their mental health.
His podcast inspired me to start my own podcast, The CreativeLife podcast with Jenny Yang.
FYI, the Montreal Just For Laughs festival is one of the top/most prestigious comedy festivals for standup comics. So Maron was beside himself with nerves about how this would go. Wanna listen to it? He uploaded it to his podcast site so you can download the audio of this speech for free.
Marc Maron’s powerful keynote address at Montreal’s JFL 2011