Rest in Peace, Lynn Shelton: 1965-2020.
Even in these uncertain and scary times, the occasional news story can pierce through the fog to touch us. The news of filmmaker Lynn Shelton‘s passing was one such story. This wasn’t coronavirus-related, as an undiagnosed blood disorder took her.
Marc pays loving tribute to Lynn Shelton and re-plays their first conversation on today's episode. Thank you to everyone for the love and support. (pic from August 3, 2015)https://t.co/FoHufZYkyL pic.twitter.com/eNiuuOhvsm
— WTF with Marc Maron (@WTFpod) May 18, 2020
For the last year of her life, Lynn was in a romantic and creative relationship with standup comedian, actor and podcast godfather, Marc Maron. They most recently worked together on the 2019 film, Sword of Trust.
Shelton was a director for film and TV, with credits as varied as New Girl, Fresh Off The Boat and Little Fires Everywhere, which debuts on Amazon Prime Video on 22 May.
WTF with Marc Maron, for the uninitiated, is one of the OG podcasts, with Maron having interviewed more than 1,000 guests since 2009.
For the audience he has cultivated over the years, the news of Lynn’s passing was especially poignant and sad. Throughout their relationship over the last year, Marc seemed to be just a little different, a little more positive – himself, but with an added layer. In both his introduction and conclusion to this re-release of their interview from 2015, he tells you why he’s changed: it’s her.
He said it best by saying, “I was a better person when I was engaged with her.”
Grief is something that we all feel at some point in our lives. We couldn’t imagine recording something like this only days after losing a loved one. It was a hard and raw listen at times, and some people might not understand why he would choose to do this episode, but it has become custom when someone who’s been on the podcast passes away. As Maron said, “That’s what we do here.”
We are sorry for your loss, Marc, as well as Lynn’s family and friends. Our thoughts go out to you all at this difficult time.
Those wishing to listen to the podcast episode can do so via the WTF with Marc Maron website.