Maron, the new sitcom created by and starring stand-up comedian and podcasting pioneer Marc Maron will debut on IFC Friday, May 3rd, the cable network announced today. The show is based on Maron’s life and will see him playing a fictionalized version of himself. IFC also revealed a list of actors who will have recurring roles on the show, including Judd Hirsch as Maron’s father, Maron’s fellow stand-up Andy Kindler as his comedian friend, Nora Zehetner (Grey’s Anatomy) as his young girlfriend, and Josh Brener (Glory Daze) as his assistant. All of these actors will appear in just 2-3 episodes each, with Marc Maron being the only actor who appears in all 10 episodes of the first season a la Louis C.K. in Louie. Judd Hirsch took over the role of Maron’s father from Ed Asner, who played the part in the original pilot. Sally Kellerman will also guest star as Maron’s mother in one episode, Laughspin reports.
IFC also announced a string of guest stars for the show, most of whom will be playing fictionalized versions of themselves as Maron’s guests on his podcast: Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Jeff Garlin, Dave Foley, Denis Leary (who’s also an executive producer), Ken Jeong, Mark Duplass, Bobcat Goldthwait, Illeana Douglas, Gina Gershon, Eric Stoltz, and Danny Trejo. Here’s IFC’s summary of the plot:
In this debut season, Marc upsets any balance in his life with everything from a visit from his dysfunctional father living in an RV to complicated feelings about his ex-wife and various attempts at dating that continue to challenge his ability to commit. Yet his compulsive need for human connection is only matched with his uncanny ability to make disastrous choices. Consequences of which always end up as fodder for his popular WTF podcast. Whether dating a dominatrix, sponsoring a recently sober ex-con or tracking down an internet troll who blasts him on Twitter, all of Marc’s life experiences are met with his unique brand of cynicism, self-obsession and heart.