Waiting for the Punch

Waiting for the Punch : Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast

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Since 2009, WTF with Marc Maron has been one of the most widely listened to, and influential podcasts in the country. Each week over a million and a half listeners download, stream and tune in to hear Marc and a guest do something remarkable: talk. Described as a "must listen" by the New York Times, WTF perfects the lost art of conversation while attracting guests as varied and prominent as Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld and even President Barack Obama. In the course of seven years and more than 700 hours of conversation, Marc Maron and his incredible roster of guests have tackled life's most pressing issues and deepest concerns. Waiting for the Punch: Life Lessons from the WTF Podcast 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, 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, heart breakingly 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 155 x 236 x 33.02mm | 635.03g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Colour endpapers
  • 1250088887
  • 9781250088888
  • 97,130

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"As readers will expect, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, but what is more surprising and refreshing is how many profound and powerful insights Maron manages to draw from his guests. An insightful collection of interviews about what it means to be human. This book, it turns out, helps explain W is TF."
-- Kirkus

"Maron's latest is a deeply moving, inspirational, and witty work."
-- Publishers Weekly

"People say stuff to [Marc] that you can't imagine them saying to anyone else." - Ira Glass

" Somehow [Maron] is able to elicit from his guests [a] vulnerability...The interviews often end up feeling more like therapy sessions... A must listen." - The New York Times

"One of the most talked-about and listened-to podcasts on the Internet" - NPR

"A must-listen for fans and students of comedy as well as a place for an increasingly impressive, high-profile roster of comedians, artists, musicians, and writers to reveal themselves and publicly wrestle their demons."
- The AV Club
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About John Oliver

Marc Maron is a stand-up comedian, actor, author and host of the podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. He has appeared in his own comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central, EPIX and Netflix, created the IFC sitcom Maron, and stars in the Netflix Original Series GLOW. He lives in Los Angeles.

Brendan McDonald is the co-creator and executive producer of WTF with Marc Maron. Heis an Emmy-winner and a veteran producer of television, radio and digital media. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
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