Waiting for the Punch by Marc Maron

Waiting for the Punch

"Public figures as you rarely if ever hear them: strikingly personal, surprisingly open, and profoundly emotional."— Entertainment Weekly"I’m British, so I’m medically dead inside, but even I can’t help but open up whenever I talk to Marc. He uses his honestly like a scalpel, cutting himself open in front of anyone he’s talking to, and in doing so, invites you to do the same."—John OliverFrom the beloved and wildly popular podcast WTF...

Details Waiting for the Punch

TitleWaiting for the Punch
Release DateOct 10th, 2017
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreNonfiction, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir, Comedy, Biography

Reviews Waiting for the Punch

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Thanks to the publisher for providing access to this title through Edelweiss.I try to read as many books as I can about podcasts, podcasting, interviewing, etc., so I was excited to see this book come up. I used to listen to the WTF Podcast, and still do occasionally when the guest is someone who really interests me. I think, at times, Marc Maron asks interesting questions, and I was curious to hear more about his thought process. That isn't real...
  • Jason Miller
    It's not unusual for a Marc Maron interview to blow my mind. Christy Brinkley. Norm MacDonald. Molly Shannon. There have been over 800. The honesty of the conversations come through my podcast player clear and strong, and it often leads me to want to share my new insight or understanding with someone. Numerous testimonials out there describe how Maron's conversations have let listeners know they aren't the only one struggling with a problem (e.g....
    I’d never heard Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, but I read parts of this book because I was interested in a lot of the people he interviewed on his show about universal topics like relationships, mental health, and sexuality. I skipped some of the interview subjects whose names I didn’t know or whom I didn’t think were quite as interesting, but the ones I read had a lot of good, insightful things to say. Some of the interviewees whose wisdom I ...
  • Barry Wightman
    Full disclosure. Before this heartfelt, scatterbrained book landed in my lap, I’d never heard of Marc Maron. According to the bio on this collection of podcast interviews, Waiting For the Punch, he’s a “stand-up comedian, actor, author and host of the WTF podcast,” which my iPhone tells me is currently number 59 on the podcast charts! Mr. Maron is just ahead of Anna Faris is Unqualified, and Your Mom’s House with Christina P and Tom Seg...
  • Kevin
    In 2009, comedian Marc Maron began interviewing his friends for a twice-weekly podcast he still records in his garage. With each episode of WTF with Marc Maron running an hour or longer, Maron's intimate setting and relaxed, freeform conversational style lures comedians, actors, writers, directors and musicians into becoming more vulnerable and open. WAITING FOR THE PUNCH is a powerful and fascinating collection of some of those conversations. Al...
  • Kdawg91
    I used to be way more social than I am now, I don't know what happened but the older I got, the more inward I went. That is one of the reasons Marc Maron and the WTF podcast fascinate me. Maron is a bundle of issues and the last person you would expect to be easily one of the better interviewers I have ever heard. He feels like he has a honest need to be totally open with his guests, and has a great talent in bringing out the marrow in the figura...
  • Jared Duran
    This sort of anthology for a show as long-running and storied as WTF can often feel bloated, unwieldy, but Maron and Brendan McDonald have done a fantastic job grouping these interview excerpts thematically, weaving a thread throughout so that, combined--even in the very distinct voices of the people involved, it is a very much cohesive whole. A great meditation on the human condition.
  • Jenn
    The WTF podcast has helped me through some tough times, and this book encapsulates some of those really profound, important moments.
  • Nadine Anne
  • Christopher
    Collected a lot of my favorite highlights of the podcast over the years. Definitely recommend. Almost like an odd self-help book in a way.
  • Neri.
    I laughed and almost cried while reading this book, so much awesome thoughts were provided here. The author not only expresses his own thoughts about how things work in life but also asks opinions from other people in his and other profession fields. Great read overall.
  • Christina
    I liked the blend of humor and solemnity. I thought the book did a good job of balancing the different perspectives under each chapter heading to sort of play devil's advocate - one idea against the next - but in a thought provoking way, not too contradictory.
  • Mary
    I read 95% of this---I skipped over some guests' graphic descriptions of events in their lives. I'm a longtime WTF podcast listener, but I haven't heard all the conversations---after all, Marc has now done 840 episodes. Much of this book moved me deeply. (My copy is an ARC. The book will be released in October 2017.
  • Woody
    While I've heard most of the episodes included in here, for some reason my reactions reading the same statements had a more visceral effect. Maybe it's because I've always dealt with the world emotionally more through books than actually people. Literally made me laugh & cry & exclaim "Oh, shit!" more than a few times. Anyway, words of wisdom on a variety of subjects from everyone from Conan O'Brien to Barack Obama. Must read.
  • Robin
    Ah, yes! The thrill of receiving an advance copy of a book you are excited to read was manifest the day this book came in the mail at the library. After becoming a fan of the WTF podcast in 2015 (this is because I heard that President Obama had been a guest on a podcast which records in a man's garage...turned out to be Maron!) I've been an avid twice a week listener ever since. If you have heard the podcast, you will want to read through this bo...
  • Todd N
    Obviously very influenced by Please Kill Me, which is a book Mr. Maron has mentioned several times on his podcast as being influential on him. It also happens to be one of my favorite books as well.This book is arranged thematically instead of chronologically, which works well in this case because Mr. Maron (or really Mr. McDonald, who I'm pretty sure did most of the heavy lifting on this book) can take the core insights from interviews that dea...
  • Liz Willard
    This book takes blurbs of what famous people have said on the podcast and groups them together by topic (relationships, parenting, failure, etc), and the result is pretty uneven. Some of the impact of each story seems lessened by taking it out of context and plopping it amongst other stories; there isn't really a thread to follow. I fully confess I found the parts by people I'd actually heard of more interesting than those of people unfamiliar to...
  • Jill
    i don’t like marc maron and i don’t listen to wtf so this was a good way to get some of the interviews without all the stuff I dislike. but ugh louis ck is talking about jerking off fucking everywhere all the time, isn’t he?
  • Bob
    I'm a big fan of the podcast, so no surprise that I loved reading this. Very moving, very funny. Good book to pick up once in a while– not necessarily something you need to power through.
  • Lila Vasudevan
    I've been a big fan of Maron's podcast for a couple of years now. I love watching/listening to interviews, and it's amazing how Maron does it. There's plenty of people who do gentle-questioning-as-a-friend, like Simi Garewal, there's the shock jock sorts like Stern, there's the structured interviewers like James Lipton, and then there's the people who try to irritate, like Karan Thapar. And then the assortment of respectful people on whose shows ...
  • Erin
    This is a hefty read because Maron has interviewed SO many people. I've listened to a bunch of these podcasts, but there's something in the written word (versus listening to them speaking) that made many of these segments sound like I'd never heard them before (Obama's segments stood out the most to me--I remember his podcast with Maron pretty vividly).The surprising part to me was how compelling these were in the way they were edited. It's not j...
  • Jay Johnston
    I’m a longtime fan of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. The show resonates with me on an emotional level…..probably because I may share many of Marc’s personality “quirks”(translation: character defects). It’s been inspiring to see him grow, using the platform to get out of his own head, connect with people emotionally (hard when you’re riddled with anxiety), and become a better person. I wasn’t sure how this book was going to turn out ...
  • Patrick Terry
    I received this *advance copy of Waiting for the Punch over the summer through a Flatiron Books giveaway promoted by Marc through his WTF weekly newsletter.How time quickly passes, but I have been a weekly listener of WTF for over seven years around the time of the two-part Carlos Mencia episode that was essentially the nail in the coffin for his headlining career.The personal narrative to start this review is to say that the collection of interv...
  • Peter Knox
    Read this over a few days and if you are a fan of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast you know what you’re getting into: a mixtape collection of interview snippets with famous artists grouped by common theme. So if you’re interested in hearing from oversharing snd honest celebrities about how fucked up their: childhoods, parents, sex lives, careers, addictions, health, and near death experiences are then you’re in luck. People tell Marc personal shi...
  • Bradley
    Since 2009, Maron has been hosting (with McDonald producing) his podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.” With more than 830 episodes featuring interviews with people such as comedians, actors, musicians, and even a sitting president, Maron has earned the reputation of being a thoughtful and engaging interviewer. Often considered to be the face of the podcast medium, “WTF” has set a standard for podcasting as well as created an environment for othe...
  • Davida
    from Ben Stiller on p. 179:"Working can also be a way to not stop and feel. That's something I've learned over the years. When I actually stop, there's a kind of chaos and there's not order necessarily. There's a real simplicity in working. I don't think it's a bad thing necessarily. Having kids, and learning life just doesn't happen on its own if you just go off and work all the time, forced me into figuring out "What's the balance?" I'm trying ...
  • Rebecca McPhedran
    Do I want to admit to skimming this book? Yes. Are there some people quoted in this book who I have no interest in reading? Yes. Is Barack Obama quoted in this book? Freaking A, YES!!! Told in a collection format (chapters that focus on things like failure, death and mental illness...light topics I know), this book brings together some of the hundreds of guests Marc Maron and Brendan Mc Donald had on their WTF podcast. Having never heard of said ...
  • Nathalie Walachnia
    I have been listening to Marc Maron's WTF podcast for years now (love) and I have also watched all four seasons of "Maron" (love even more) AND read his other book "Attempted Normal" (still have to read "The Jerusalem Syndrome" though), so obviously I am totally and crazy in love with Marc and the consequential Halo bias might make this review maybe a little less objective as would normally be the case... although according to radical constructiv...
  • Maryjo
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.I wasn't sure how I was going to like this book since it's not the kind of book I normally read, but I loved it! The book is divided up into subjects such as growing up, relationships, parenting, mental health, failure, and life lessons. Basically, each sections takes excerpts from interviews Marc Maron has done over the years on his WTF podcast. His interviews have been with some very famous people and som...