Maron, wondering where the crowds are in the Extra Mooga side. Photo by Timothy Krause.
Do you guys listen to Marc Maron’s WTF podcast? It’s pretty much the best, and his whole career arc from struggling, under-appreciated comedy to king of the earnest podcasting world is an inspiration for all of us hustling to make a living doing what we love. Which is why we were excited to hear he was going to be a part of the GoogaMooga fest last weekend (we’re sick of talking about it too, but bear with us), but were then disappointed to learn he would be on the ExtraMooga side so you’d have to pay $250 (at least you did until they refunded the money) to see him chat up Joe Mande, Chuck Klosterman and John Hodgman. On the intro to his podcast on Monday, Maron was openly disappointed by the whole thing. (more…)
Bourdain toasting those Extra Mooga fat cats. Photo by Rachel DeLetto.
Did you drop $250 for the supposedly all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink, Anthony Bourdain-schmoozing Extra Mooga pass at the Great GoogaMooga? We didn’t, because we’re Brokelyn, not TooMuchDisposableIncomelyn, but lots of people did, and lots of people were pissed that the food ran out, the beer ran dry at some points (forcing people to drink CIDER of all things!) and all the other bells and whistles weren’t that impressive (as Gothamist said, you would’ve gotten more full had you eaten the money). Turns out you may have won out after all, because GoogaMooga is refunding 100 percent of the money you paid, including handling fees, to make up for the disappointing experience:
“Our intentions were good, but our execution came up short in several areas,” a message from organizers says. “At Superfly Presents and GoogaMooga, we pride ourselves in creating great experiences—and exceeding expectations—and we sincerely hate to disappoint and under-deliver.” Read the whole message below. So you ExtraMooga people got in free, skipped the biggest lines, mingled with Marc Maron and Patton Oswalt, and drank and ate free anyway? Well played. (more…)