The story Marc tells to open the show is phenomenal. He talks about an experience he had just before doing a set at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge in Chicago. A woman at the show tried to mind fuck him and it devolved into a psychological battle. Great setup, great character introduction, all with a ticking time clock: Maron’s set. A great story, well told. And, Gelman kills in the interview afterward.
Congratulations to Marc on the success of his podcast. There have been some amazing shows along the way. I would check out the interview with Gallagher, episode 145. Marc basically calls him a hack and Gallagher walks. And, for pure laughs, get episode 255 with Big Jay Oakerson. I think the show has also help shift paradigms for the quality and value of digital content, especially in the comedy world.
Studio estimates are in and it looks like Pixar’s “Brave” is off to a strong start with $66.7 million and a per theater average just north of 16k. Thank you Pixar for not giving us another sequel. ”Cars 2” from last June felt more like a DreamWorks dud than a Pixar production. Personally disappointing is that some people did actually go see “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and it fared slightly better than expectations at $16.5 million. The marketing of the film was ridiculous, Abraham Lincoln spinning an axe like a baton and chopping bad guys while delivering very earnest lines about saving the nation from the undead. That expensive marketing campaign combined with the disappointing box office and their production budget of $70 million might save us from a George Washington redux. I’m sure Lionsgate is watching closely as well as they have “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” had a very soft opening doing about 1/3 of the business of “Dan in Real Life.” I think it may be a while before studios trust Steve Carell to carry another small film. Oh yeah and Woody Allen debuted another European love fest.