I discovered Maddox when his I am better than your kids post originally went viral. Not only was the post hilarious, but damn near everything else on his website was too. I spent the whole night reading through his archives and laughing my ass off. I dreamed of being able to have that effect on a reader, having experimented with comedy writing myself. A few years later, I settled on a shameless Maddox ripoff website to call my own. Long story short, Maddox was my hero.
I stayed a Maddox fan through thick and thin. Years of infrequent updates, an uninspired second book, changes in comedic style, and breaking up my all-time favorite podcast couldn’t turn me against him. The world changes, people change, and success is hard to replicate. I get that as well as anyone.
Then he shot himself in the foot with a rocket launcher. In a hit piece “explaining” why he broke up the podcast, Maddox accused Dick Masterson, his former cohost, of being a rape apologist. It was a sleazy attempt to ruin Dick’s comedy career. Ironically, it ruined Maddox’s. Most of his fan base called him out on his bullshit and abandoned him.
Despite having lost a lot of respect for Maddox, I continued listening to his new podcast for several months. While it wasn’t good, it wasn’t quite bad either, and it was ingrained in my weekly routine. I didn’t feel like dropping it—until Maddox’s behind-the-scenes sleaziness was exposed on The Dick Show. Maddox had been continuing an online and real-life harassment campaign against Dick, people who appeared on his show, and people who associated with him in real life. It was disgusting.
The final straw came when Maddox had his chief attack dog as a guest on his podcast. One of his podcast’s saving graces was that it had several interesting and accomplished guests. That week, however, he could only schedule a scumbag whose claim to fame was doxing. I didn’t want to hear his voice. Dropped.
I’ll always be a fan of Maddox’s website from 1998-2005, book from 2006, and podcast from 2014-2016, but I can’t call myself a fan of who he is and what he does now.
Maddox has a new book coming out this month. I won’t be reading it.