From the host of the wildly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron comes a book of intimate and hilarious conversations with Amy Schumer, Mel Brooks, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Sir Ian McKellen, Lorne Michaels, Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, Jimmy Fallon, RuPaul, Louis CK, David Sedaris, Bruce Springsteen, President Obama, and others. More than a collection of interviews, here are stories that are at once laugh-out loud funny, heartbreakingly honest, joyous, tragic and powerful.
Marc will be joined in conversation with WTF producer and Waiting for the Punch co-author, Brendan McDonald.
WAITING FOR THE PUNCH, which has a foreword by John Oliver, 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, WAITING FOR THE 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, EPIX and Netflix, and created the IFC sitcom, Maron. In 2017 Marc Maron stars alongside Alison Brie in the Netflix original show GLOW. He lives in Los Angeles.