Marc Maron - Saxophone Man

  • Season 1, Ep 2
  • 12/07/1998
  • Views: 1,196

Show business can embitter the best of us. (1:33)

IT TAKES TEN YEARS TO CREATEAN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS.

YOU'VE HEARD THAT, RIGHT?

BUT WHAT YOU DON'T HEAR

IS THAT THAT'STHE EXACT SAME AMOUNT OF TIME

IT TAKES TO CREATEA BITTER FAILURE.

AND YOU'RE REALLY NOT SUREWHAT IT'S GOING TO BE

TILL, LIKE, THE NIGHT BEFORE.

AND THEN YOU DON'T EVEN KNOWWHAT HITS YOU.

YOU JUST GO...

( disgusted sigh )

OUR LAST SHOW BUSINESS STORY--

WE CAN ALL ADMITTHAT THERE'S A DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN ART AND ENTERTAINMENT,RIGHT?

CAN WE? MOST OF THE TIME?

I THINK IT COMESFROM A DIFFERENT PLACE.

I HAVE A STORYTO BEST ILLUSTRATE THAT.

I WAS IN MONTREAL.

THEY HAVE A LOTOF STREET PERFORMERS.

I'M WALKING DOWN THE STREET

AND I SEE THIS HUGE CROWDGATHERED AROUND SOMETHING

I CAN'T QUITE SEE YET.

AS I GET CLOSER, I REALIZEIT'S A GUY IN A CLOWN SUIT

ON STILTS JUGGLING,AND PEOPLE ARE ECSTATIC.

IT'S LIKE JESUS HAD COME BACK.

THEY'RE CLIMBING OVER EACH OTHERTO PUT MONEY IN HIS BAG.

I'M WALKING BY GOING,"IT'S A CLOWN! TAKE IT EASY!"

I JUST PASS IT BY.

THE NEXT BLOCK DOWN

THERE'S A GUY PLAYING SAXOPHONEBRILLIANTLY.

HE'S JUST STANDING THERE.

HIS NECK LOOKS LIKEIT'S ABOUT TO EXPLODE.

BIG OLD CHUNKY COLTRANE RIFFSFLYING OUT.

LOOKS REALLY INTO IT.

IT'S REALLY GREAT STUFF.

NO ONE'S THERE.

JUST ME AND A DANCINGHOMELESS GUY, YOU KNOW.

THERE'S LIKE 50 CENTSIN HIS LITTLE BOX

AND THERE'S A LITTLE STACKOF CDs THERE.

AND I LOOK UP THE STREET

AND THE CROWD IS GATHERINGAROUND THE CLOWN

AND THENTHE GUY PLAYING SAX STOPS.

OF COURSETHE HOMELESS GUY KEEPS DANCING.

HE SORT OF AMBLES AWAY.

I SAY TO THE GUY,"MAN, THAT WAS BRILLIANT.

WAS THAT COLTRANE?"

HE GOES, "NO. IT'S AN ORIGINAL.

"IF YOU LIKE IT SO MUCH,WHY DON'T YOU BUY MY CD?

IT'S ON THERE."

I PICK IT UP.

HE GOES, "IT'S CUT THREE.

"YOU KNOW WHAT IT'S CALLED?

'KILLING THE CLOWN ON STILTS.'"

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