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Marc Maron: Recovering Messiah

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Courtesy of Marc Maron

In 2009, Marc Maron was a down-on-his-luck comedian, a man who’d survived alcohol and drug addiction, two divorces and resentment over his friends’ successes in the comedy world. Then, his career was resurrected with a little help from iTunes. For the past two and a half years, Maron has hosted the wildly popular twice-weekly WTF, podcasts in which he interviews comedians like Chris Rock and Robin Williams, television stars including Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm, and even the occasional highbrow public radio personality (Ira Glass, in case it wasn’t clear). Moment editor Nadine Epstein sat down with Maron at his Los Angeles home to talk about Israel, his days as a Hebrew school provocateur and the time he thought he was the Messiah.

Jewish Rapper Asher Roth Debuts at #1 on iTunes

Asher RothBy Marista Lane

Asher Roth is now number one on iTunes. The white Jewish rapper from Morrisville, Pennsylvania, struck it big with “I Love College,” an anthem/satirical ode to college life. It was the first hit off his debut album, Asleep in the Bread Aisle, which climbed atop iTunes rankings after it’s release on Monday.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer:

[“I Love College”], which Roth calls ‘satire at its finest,’ has sold nearly a million copies since its release in January, and been streamed more than 36 million times on his MySpace page….

[The Guardian proclaimed] “rap is about to get its first white Jewish superstar since the Beastie Boys.”

The Inquirer also said, “A spokesman for Roth said he does not consider himself Jewish and does not practice Judaism.”