Typically, when Robin Williams appeared on a talk show, the only one doing the talking would be Robin Williams; and it wouldn’t be to answer any questions.
Whether it was Carson, Letterman, or even Barbara Walters, once they got past “Hello,” Williams was off, a thousand miles a minute with one brilliant routine or stream of consciousness after another. In the end, the only thing we typically learned about Williams was what we already knew; that he was fucking funny.
Marc Maron is a very funny comedian in his own right whose been on the comedy circuit for more than twenty-five years. He’s finally getting the recognition he clearly deserves through both his top-rated talk show podcast, WTF, and his self-titled IFC sitcom, MARON.
In 2010, Maron interviewed Robin Williams for his podcast. The interview took place at Williams home in Northern California and the result is one of the most authentic, thoughtful and insightful interviews I’ve ever heard Williams give. Listening to him talk of his struggles with depression and addiction, as well as touching on the topic of suicide is both compelling and disturbing in the wake of his recent death. It speaks even more to how painful those final hours must have been for him that taking his life was his only reasonable option.
Don’t panic, there’s plenty of Williams being Williams so it’s by no means the downer I might be alluding to.
Perhaps because the interview took place at his home, Williams seems in a different mindset than the one we normally saw where public appearances were concerned. Whatever the reason, it’s a rare glimpse into the man he might have been when the lights and cameras weren’t on him.
If you don’t know Maron’s work and career, he really shines given this opportunity to interview someone he clearly admired, if not idolized. This is merely one of hundreds of great interviews Maron offers through his WFT podcasts. His interview style is not unlike Howard Stern but without the fixation on his guests sexual deviances. And while you’re at it, search for him on You Tube to check out some of his very funny stand up. He performs non-stop so try and get to see him live if he comes to your hood. And definitely look for his semi-autobiographical show Maron on IFC.