Waiting for the Punch
"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 honesty 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 OliverEach week over a million and a half listeners tune into WTF with Marc Maron to hear Marc and a guest do something remarkable: talk.Waiting for the Punch is not simply a collection of these interviews, but instead something more wondrous: 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, 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. Bruce Springsteen speaks on the dual nature of desperation to both motivate and devastate. Amy Schumer recounts the pain of a parents' divorce.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.

Waiting for the Punch Details

TitleWaiting for the Punch
Author
ReleaseOct 10th, 2017
PublisherFlatiron Books
ISBN-139781250088888
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Humor

Waiting for the Punch Review

  • Jason Miller
    January 1, 1970
    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., addiction, mental illness, bad parents) and givi 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., addiction, mental illness, bad parents) and giving them a nudge in the direction of a solution or solace. This book is an interesting reformatting of the long-running podcast that allows guests to speak in their own voices and reach the reader like they did when they were sitting in "the garage" talking with Marc. Each of the eleven chapters addresses a theme (e.g., sexuality, identity, parenting, addiction, failure, success) that's been a thread in his years of talks. Marc opens each chapter with a few paragraphs on the topic, and then he lets his guests speak. From that point on, he allows his guests (simply identified by name and professions or professions) to speak by sharing a transcript of part of their conversation. Sometimes, Maron includes some of their dialogue, but most of the time Maron is listening along with us, the reader.I've been a faithful listener of the podcast since I heard Ira Glass advertise it on This American Life, so I can safely say I've listened to every episode. This book captures many of the piquant moments that I remember, and it reminds me of many that I'd forgotten.The book isn't a substitute for listening to the podcast. Many great recorded moments are not memorialized on these pages. But Marc and Brandon's organization of hundreds of conversation snapshots create a gripping and don't-want-to-put-it-down arc in each chapter.Who will like the book? If you like the WTF podcast, you'll enjoy the book. If you enjoy hearing celebrities talk about how they really think and feel, the book will be very satisfying for you, even if you have not listed to Maron's podcast. If you have a heavy heart for some reason, there may be something for you here, even if you don't know who the fuck Maron is.NOTE: I received an advance reading copy (trade paperback) in April 2017 after entering some sort of raffle. I never win anything in raffles, so I consider getting this book a huge deal.
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  • Erin O'Riordan
    January 1, 1970
    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 gleaned from this book included:Ali WongAnna KendrickBarac 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 gleaned from this book included:Ali WongAnna KendrickBarack ObamaCarl ReinerCarrie BrownsteinChelsea PerettiDan SavageDave FoleyElizabeth BanksJudy GreerKevin HartLeslie JonesMargaret ChoMel BrooksMelissa EtheridgeMichael Keaton (talking about Tim Burton, Batman, and Beetlejuice)Natasha LyonnePenn JilletteRobin WilliamsRuPaul CharlesSarah SilvermanSir Ian McKellenSir Patrick StewartWanda SykesSome of these folks are real gems of human beings. They have a lot of worthwhile things to say. Some of these things are very funny, some are poignant, some are both. All of these people are smart people capable of articulating a coherent thought, which is shockingly refreshing in this era of idiocracy.
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  • Bookish
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up Waiting for the Punch by Marc Maron and Brendan McDonald while I was at BookCon. It’s a collection of excerpts from Maron’s WTF Podcast, divided into chapters titled “Growing Up,” “Identity,” “Addiction,” “Success,” and the like. With guests like Amy Poehler, Robin Williams, Margaret Cho, Patrick Stewart, and even President Obama, you can imagine that the responses to conversation about these topics vary widely. But in their differences, there’s also a beautiful sense that they (and I picked up Waiting for the Punch by Marc Maron and Brendan McDonald while I was at BookCon. It’s a collection of excerpts from Maron’s WTF Podcast, divided into chapters titled “Growing Up,” “Identity,” “Addiction,” “Success,” and the like. With guests like Amy Poehler, Robin Williams, Margaret Cho, Patrick Stewart, and even President Obama, you can imagine that the responses to conversation about these topics vary widely. But in their differences, there’s also a beautiful sense that they (and we) are all living the human experience. Even without any addiction issues (except perhaps to coffee) so many of the excerpts really resonated with me—in all of the chapters. —Kristina (https://www.bookish.com/articles/staf...)
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Woody
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    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 book. It's not the type of book you'll read in one s 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 book. It's not the type of book you'll read in one sitting because it's divided into topics but, on the other hand, you won't want to put it down because it's engrossing especially when you discover a person interviewed whom you hadn't known about.
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  • Maryjo
    January 1, 1970
    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 some not so famous people. The way that all these peo 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 some not so famous people. The way that all these people opened up to Marc Maron and were blatantly honest about some really tough topics was amazing. The brutal honesty was actually a bit intense at times. I've finished with the book, but I do want to read it again and write down some of the things that really made me think and resonated with me. I think most people would benefit from reading this book for the simple fact that there will almost certainly be something said that each and every one of us can relate to. Warning: Some of the topics and language may be offensive.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    From Barack Obama to Margaret Cho to Cindy Crawford, Marc Maron has interviewed -and related to - all of them. And they've spilled their secrets. Yet this feels like back porch conversation with old friends. Sit back with a glass of lemonade and listen in for a spell.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Insightful book, mostly demonstrates that you shouldn't take life too seriously.
  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    GoodReads giveaway winner...Thank you!
  • Daniel Casey
    January 1, 1970
    A cross-section of Maron's WTF podcast arranged into thematic sections. You get a collage of voices around a broad topic, an approach that both works and doesn't. This isn't just the podcast transcribed but it doesn't really become its own thing rather remaining simply a supplement.
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