Marc Maron

After more than two decades as a stand-up comedian struggling with both his own insecurities and addictions and with his apparent inability to break beyond a certain small level of fame, Marc Maron became an overnight success in his late 40s by going the DIY route. Turning to the new media realm of podcasting, Maron created the successful interview series "WTF," talking to fellow comics, actors and musicians about their lives and inspirations. The show, recorded in a makeshift studio in the garage of Maron's Los Angeles home, became popular enough to lead to a book deal and Maron's own television series.