A different country. — WTF with Marc Maron Podcast
Long journey, people.
Still in London.
It’s weird how I used to travel untethered. Like as soon as I left where I was living, I became totally groundless and painfully alone. Almost as if I was invisible. It’s a strange psychological phenomenon that I can’t really explain.
I remember when I was a kid and my parents would go on a trip, I would crumble. I would think they would die. Usually in a plane crash. I imagined it over and over again until sometimes I became physically ill. Maybe this panic of being away from what I know or the patterns I’m used to is causing me panic and who and anything in my life.
Stopping my brain from spinning is hard. It seems harder now for some reason. I miss kit. I miss cats. I miss my routine. I just guess something terrible is going to happen and I won’t be there.
I guess that’s it. Anxiety. That doesn’t quite explain my feeling of alienation when I’m away or in another country. Psychological, emotional. It doesn’t really happen from state to state. It’s not really like before. There is still a hint. The strange loneliness. It’s a little debilitating when it comes to having fun or hanging out.
I was however. I had fun inside and outside my head. I’ve been busy and fine here in London.
I immediately went to the Tate Modern. I love this space. I saw a big exhibition on Cézanne. It’s always good to hang out with the Cezannes. I saw the sculptures of Maria Bartuszová. Surprising. Helen Hunt contacted me to tell me about a play she’s in, Eureka Day. Mark McKinney is also there. I went. It addressed many of the issues that we all face in the political clash of revivals and revivals around cultural and scientific issues in a very accessible, entertaining, and fun way. Maybe it will come to the United States. I have eaten at amazing places like Nopi, Bocca Di Lupo, Engawa, Dishoom, Tayyabs and The Ham Yard. I had to go to Starbucks. I felt bad. I just couldn’t take any more espresso. I needed a huge drip coffee to get the job done American style.
I did a live podcast with David Baddiel which went really well. Very good. We are almost the same person. It was like a secular Jewish, atheist, cat-loving, not-so-pro-Israel summit between two comedians from different countries. I think I should probably talk to him in the garage at some point to find out more about myself. I had one-on-one interviews with Armando Iannucci, Rob Delaney and Courtney Love. All very exciting and moving in their own way. I’m glad you hear all the work.
I did a stand-up show here as of this writing. The Bloomsbury Theater show last night was perfect. Perfect size venue (around 500) and a great crowd. My first game was perfect, Ania Magliano. Very funny.
Some very serious discussions this week. Today I talk to Jeremy Strong about acting and life. On Thursday, I talk to jazz legend Ron Carter about music and life. Big talks.
Boomer, Monkey and LaFonda live!