Marc Maron to Star in Netflix Wrestling Comedy 'GLOW'

He joins Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin in the comedy from 'Orange Is the New Black' creator Jenji Kohan.
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Marc Maron

It didn't take long for Marc Maron to set up his next gig.

A month after announcing that his IFC series Maron would end, the comic has nabbed the male lead in Netflix's 1980s wrestling comedy GLOW, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

GLOW — aka Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — is inspired by the real story of the 1980s female wrestling league. The 10-episode comedy is set in Los Angeles and will showcase big hair and body slams as it tells the fictionalized story of Ruth (Alison Brie), an out-of-work actress who finds one last chance to live out her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers. GLOW is based on the professional women's wrestling syndicated TV series that existed in the '80s. The project was picked up to series in May.

Maron will play Sam Sylvia, a washed-up Hollywood director who has a very complicated history with women — and now must lead 14 of them on the journey to wrestling stardom. Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie) co-stars.

GLOW was co-created by Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (Orange Is the New Black), who serve as showrunners on the series that also counts OITNB's Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann as executive producers. 

The news comes a month-plus after Maron announced his IFC comedy — which he created, wrote, starred in, produced and directed — would not return for a fifth season. Netflix, coincidentally, has the first three seasons of the WGA Award-nominated series available to stream. The stand-up comedian and prolific podcaster's TV credits include appearances on episodes of Girls, Louie and the forthcoming Joe Swanberg series Easy on Nettflix. On the film side, he most recently appeared in Get a Job and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Maron is repped by WME, Avalon Management and Gray Krauss.

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