■ The comic, glow star and podcaster, 55, talks about recording shows from his garage
What equipment do you use making your podcasts?
Garageband, a Shure SM7B microphone and a Samsung analogue desk mixer. I use an analogue mixer because it’s what I’m used to using from when I did radio years ago. That’s been the mixer for the 1,000 episodes I’ve done. I could update it but that would
mean learning new things. I don’t even separate the tracks. I’m used to doing it that way, so if it’s not broken don’t fix it.
Why do you still do the podcasts from your garage? Has it got fancier over the years?
I moved a couple of years ago – the garage is definitely nicer. I’ve got some new sound panels installed but the equipment is still the same.
How smart is your home?
I have Sonos, which is great, but that’s about it. I have a record player with nice British speakers made by Spendor and still buy vinyl — I’ve got a few thousand vinyl albums.
What was the podcast landscape like when you started in 2009?
There were some around but it wasn’t like it is today. I knew some comedians who were doing podcasts but it wasn’t a popular medium. Shortly after I began, people like Joe Rogan started and it blew up over the next decade.
How do people build an audience for their podcasts?
Be consistent – some people do one, then don’t do another one for six weeks. I decided on two a week as it would be three hours of programming, which is enough to fill someone’s commute. It would build a relationship with people.
What’s been your most disappointing gadget purchase?
Good nose and ear hair trimmers are hard to find. You have to be careful with the battery-operated ones. If the blade isn’t spinning fast enough, you’ve got problems – you don’t want them ripping the hair out. I found one by Conair Man that is good. Everything is marketed as ‘this amazing thing’ but most of them are garbage. I had agreat milk frother but they updated it and now it’s terrible.
If you could invent any gadget what would it do?
Something small that I could wear in a discreet way that would take away my anxiety and dread.
■ Marc Maron is performing his new stand-up show live in the UK Apr 4 at The Lowry, Salford, Apr 6 at The Royal Festival Hall, London and Apr 8 at Birmingham’s The Rep. Details at: www.wtfpod.com