WTF with Marc Maron

Comedian Marc Maron is tackling the most complex philosophical question of our day - WTF? He'll get to the bottom of it with help from comedian friends, celebrity guests and the voices in his own head.


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March 23, 2017

Religious scholar Reza Aslan has spent his life studying the facts and misconceptions about belief and the evolutionary reasons people need to believe in something larger than themselves. Beginning with his family fleeing a religious revolution in Iran, then landing in Oklahoma as a child and growing up in a Latino community in San Jose, Reza talks with Marc about his lifelong exploration of faith, including the findings of his new documentary series, Believer. This episode is sponsored by Proper Cloth, the new movie Wilson, and Seeso.

March 20, 2017

Actor and writer Paul Rust knew how to be funny as a kid growing up in Iowa and struggling with OCD. But he tells Marc it was his knack for taking intense, borderline-unspeakable risks on stage when he got to LA that caught the attention of people like Scott Aukerman, Paul Reubens and Judd Apatow, which led to his Netflix show Love. Also, Dax Shepard returns to the garage to talk about CHiPs, the movie he wrote, directed and stars in. This episode is sponsored by Audible, the new film Wilson, and Proper Cloth.

March 16, 2017

Filmmaker Louis Theroux once tried to make a documentary featuring Marc but he never used the footage. Marc’s been puzzled by that ever since, but when you look at the subjects of many Louis docs – addicts, criminals, hate mongers, pornographers – Marc might be lucky Louis never made that movie. Marc talks with Louis about evolving as a filmmaker, learning from Michael Moore, and what went into Louis’s latest film, My Scientology Movie. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Fusion’s The AV Club, and Casper.

March 13, 2017

Kevin Nealon is trying a new approach to life in order to be less of a people pleaser and to allow himself some anger from time to time. But Kevin is able to keep that anger at bay while he tells Marc about heading to LA during the ’70s comedy boom, working as a bartender at the Improv, getting onto The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and unexpectedly landing on SNL. Kevin also talks about the importance of his friendship with the late Garry Shandling. This episode is sponsored by Proper Cloth, Blue Apron, and Stamps.com.

March 9, 2017

Fred Melamed is instantly familiar, not only because of his scene-stealing performances in the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man and Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite, but because he is an indelible New York character. But that familiarity came with a price, as 20 years of successful work actually led to a complete bottoming out in Fred’s life. He tells Marc how he pulled out of it. Plus, Andy Kindler stops by to talk about the big change in his life. This episode is sponsored by Showstopper on Spotify, Proper Cloth, and Sonos.

March 6, 2017

Eugene Levy brings more than five decades of comedy history from north of the border into the garage. He tells Marc about his early days as a college student in Canada hanging out with Martin Short, Ivan Reitman, and Catherine O’Hara, performing in a fabled production of Godspell in Toronto with an all-star lineup of comedy stars, and joining the Second City theater, which paved the way for SCTV. Eugene also explains what goes into co-writing Christopher Guest’s largely improvised films. This episode is sponsored by The High Court on Comedy Central, Proper Cloth, ZipRecruiter, and Stamps.com.

March 2, 2017

Whether you see her in Christopher Guest’s movies or on 2 Broke Girls or as Stifler’s mom, Jennifer Coolidge is always a unique comic presence. She tells Marc how she put her wild New York City cocaine days behind her to come to LA and join the Groundlings, where she established her comedic chops. Jennifer also talks about her blown chance to get on Saturday Night Live and what she learned from that missed opportunity. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.

February 27, 2017

Filmmaker Raoul Peck spent more than a decade putting together the documentary I Am Not Your Negro, a powerful film illuminating the words and life of writer and social critic James Baldwin. But as Marc learns in this conversation, Raoul’s own backstory of living under dictatorships, studying across four continents, and learning how to engage activism through art is just as important in understanding how to respond to the world today. This episode is sponsored by Indochino.

February 23, 2017

Singer-songwriter Norah Jones can float between multiple genres of music with ease, whether its jazz or standards or country or acoustic pop. That’s not surprising when you consider how she was influenced by her Texas roots, her early piano playing, performing arts school and her estranged father, who she only got to know later in life. Plus, Pete Holmes stops by to test how prickly Marc will get as they talk about Pete’s new HBO series, ‘Crashing.’ This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron.

February 20, 2017

Comedian Trae Crowder does not shy away from his Southern upbringing, in which he saw economic devastation and drug abuse lay waste to several generations around him. But in defiance of the stereotypes some might assign to him, Trae finds himself being called the Liberal Redneck Comic. He and Marc talk about what those labels mean in today’s social climate. Plus, Lena Dunham returns to the garage as the final episodes of Girls draw near. This episode is sponsored by Crashing on HBO and Stamps.com.

February 16, 2017

Unfolding world events are messing with Will Arnett and Marc as they sit in the garage, but they won’t let the existential terror stop them from tracking Will’s path and finding out how growing up in Toronto, getting kicked out of school, becoming a voiceover actor, hanging out at UCB, doing off-Broadway plays and working on failed pilots all led to Arrested Development. They also discuss how the lines between fiction and reality got blurred while Will was making his new show, Flaked. This episode is sponsored by Missing Richard Simmons, Squarespace, and Casper.

February 13, 2017

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams knows there’s a stark difference between the way he views the work throughout his career and the popular perception of it. Whether it’s his years in Whiskeytown or his song New York, New York becoming a rallying cry after 9-11, Ryan tells Marc why history has created a different narrative of these events than what he experienced at the time and how that guides what he’s doing today. This episode is sponsored by Detroiters on Comedy Central, Blue Apron, and Stamps.com.

February 9, 2017

If Steve Jones was going to start a band after a troubled upbringing filled with petty crime, it makes sense that the band wound up being the Sex Pistols. Steve takes Marc through the formation of the band, the rocket ride to the top and the just-as-fast dissolution, which led to Steve’s descent into heroin addiction. Also, Marc’s neighbor Jed Maheu of the Zig Zags stops by to premiere the band’s new song. This episode is sponsored by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO and Shari’s Berries.

February 6, 2017

If Bill Paxton hadn’t suffered from rheumatic fever when he was growing up in Texas, he might not be in show business. Bill tells Marc some great stories about some of his most memorable work in things like Weird Science, Aliens, Big Love and his new TV show Training Day. Plus, Marc’s friend Dylan Brody returns with an all new ornate wardrobe. This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon, The Bouqs, CNN’s The History of Comedy, and ZipRecruiter.

February 5, 2017

From Episode 466, this is Marc’s conversation with author, playwright and music journalist Marc Spitz, conducted in two parts. Marc Spitz passed away on February 4, 2017.

February 2, 2017

Marc had prejudged comedian Joe DeRosa. He thought he was a Philly tough guy who wouldn’t want to have anything to do with a guy like Marc. Now that they’re friends and realize how similar they are, they can commiserate about the insecurities and doubt that plagued both of their careers. Also, John Hodgman and Jesse Thorn stop by to compare facial hair. This episode is sponsored by Hint Water, Squarespace, and Blue Apron.

January 30, 2017

Robbie Robertson is in the garage to give Marc the full lowdown on the history of The Band, from its origins as a backing group to its final bow with The Last Waltz. Robbie talks about being with Bob Dylan when he went electric and dealing with the blowback of that, and he explains how he came to have such a great working relationship with Martin Scorsese on many of the director’s films. This episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus and Stamps.com.

 

January 26, 2017

How did an ’80s glam metal bassist become one of the most prominent music managers in the industry, representing Sia, Weezer, Train, Courtney Love, Fall Out Boy, Lorde, and many others? Marc hears one of the most unlikely stories of show business success from his friend of more than 20 years, Jonathan Daniel. Plus, comedian Nick Thune stops by to talk about making jokes with Jesus. This episode is sponsored by Roast Battle 2 on Comedy Central, Dunkin’ Donuts, and The Comedian from Sony Pictures Classics.

January 23, 2017

Martin Landau is an Oscar-winning actor with a lifetime of work on film, TV and stage. But he’s also one of the foremost educators on his craft. Martin takes Marc through his early days in New York City at The Actors Studio studying under Lee Strasberg alongside fellow students like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, which led to Martin becoming a revered acting teacher in his own right. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com.

January 19, 2017

Comedian Martha Kelly told Zach Galifianakis she cannot act. That didn’t stop Zach from casting her as one of the leads on his show Baskets, but Martha’s insecurity plagued her throughout life and, as she tells Marc, probably had something to do with her alcoholism, depression, eating disorder, and suicidal thoughts. Plus, Marc’s buddy Dan Pashman stops by to talk about Bruce Springsteen. This episode is sponsored by Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, Dunkin’ Donuts, Squarespace, and Blue Apron.

January 16, 2017

John Larroquette knows that people still identify him most strongly with Night Court, and he’s okay with that. John believes things would have been different if he hadn’t made his character, Dan Fielding, endearing beneath his cynical exterior. John and Marc talk about booze, recovery, sobriety, Stripes, The Librarians, and the one job that was so intense, John forgot his wife’s birthday for the only time in 40 years. This episode is sponsored by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central, Katie Couric on Earwolf, ZipRecruiter, and The Great Courses Plus.

January 12, 2017

Roger Corman made hundreds of films and gave huge opportunities to filmmakers who became the best Hollywood has to offer. Now, at 90 years old, Roger joins Marc to look back at his career of high concepts and low budgets. Plus, hear from a young director, G.J. Echternkamp, who just went through the full Corman experience while making Roger’s latest film, Death Race 2050. This episode is sponsored by the new series Six on History, Hint Water, and Casper.

January 9, 2017

Before James Hetfield formed Metallica, his musical awareness was shaped in equal parts by classical music, Aerosmith and the desire to kill disco. James talks with Marc about the band’s continued growth, his recovery from not only addiction but also anger issues, and his belief that bands need to reconcile no matter how bad the break-up. This episode is sponsored by Workaholics on Comedy Central, Colony on USA, Hint Water, and Stamps.com.

January 5, 2017

Martha Plimpton says she learned how to act on the job. She talks with Marc about her childhood roles in movies like The Goonies, how those paved the way for her work on Broadway, and what she does to overcome crippling stage fright. Plus, Marc’s friend Laurie Kilmartin stops by to talk about how she was able to take overwhelming grief and turn it into a new comedy special. This episode is sponsored by the new series SIX on History, Squarespace and Stamps.com.

January 2, 2017

Marc leaves the cozy confines of the garage and heads to New Jersey (where else?) to talk with The Boss. Just two Jersey guys hanging out, talking about dads, depression, fear, fulfillment and the future. Bruce tells Marc how and why he constructed “Bruce Springsteen” and what he’s learned about the struggle we all go through to become who we really are. This episode is sponsored by UNDP, Hint Water, Blue Apron, and Audible.

December 29, 2016

Singer-songwriter David Bromberg is a human bridge between at least a half-dozen different styles of music. David and Marc talk about the pivotal evolution of modern music, as folk transitioned into rock, and all the people David worked with over the years, including Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, The Band, The Grateful Dead and Reverend Gary Davis. Plus, David explains why he quit for 20 years and developed a highly specific obsession. This episode is sponsored by UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) and Loot Crate.

December 26, 2016

Marc makes a pilgrimage to Las Vegas for a sit-down with Sammy Shore, a comic with a long show business life that doesn’t quite have the ending he planned on. Sammy tells Marc about starting his career as Shecky Greene’s partner, becoming the opening act for Elvis, starting The Comedy Store, and how each of these successful points of his career seemed to fall apart every time. This episode is sponsored by Sonos and Casper.

December 23, 2016

It’s not entirely accurate to say this episode has never been heard by anyone before. About 700 people were in the room at the Now Hear This podcast festival in Anaheim this past October to hear Marc and his producer Brendan McDonald reveal the secrets behind WTF. It’s the first time Marc and Brendan ever did anything like this together in front of a live audience. This episode is sponsored by Squatty Potty.

December 22, 2016

A lot of former child stars have been in the garage, but Derek Trucks wasn’t so much a child star as he was a prodigy. At the age of nine, Derek was a guitar wizard. He talks with Marc about avoiding the pitfall of becoming a novelty act and evolving into a versatile practitioner and appreciator of music, with help from several notable mentors along the way. This episode is sponsored by Squatty Potty, Sonos, Blue Apron, and Audible

December 19, 2016

Annette Bening attributes her longevity in acting to stopping when she wanted. She talks with Marc about being able to put the brakes on her career when dealing with the responsibilities of parenting. They also talk about privacy, winning (or not winning) awards, Warren Beatty, and the many influential people Annette worked with who are no longer with us, including Garry Shandling, Mike Nichols, John Candy, and Robin Williams. This episode is sponsored by Joule from ChefSteps and Stamps.com.

December 16, 2016

Every so often Marc gets together with Tom Scharpling of The Best Show to figure out life’s big questions. They record these conversations and release them as The Marc and Tom Show. This one was recorded almost four years ago and was never released. For the first time, hear Marc and Tom talk about painful high school experiences, times they’ve fallen victim to con artists, what they plan to do during the apocalypse, and more. Featuring theme music by The Tokeleys. This episode is sponsored by Squatty Potty.

December 15, 2016

Comedian Billy West is a master of voices and one of the preeminent voiceover artists working today. Billy tells Marc about his need to escape into characters while growing up in a chaotic home. It was a retreat from reality that led to success later in life with Ren and Stimpy, Futurama, The Howard Stern Show and countless other projects. And it all hinged on his lifelong love of The Three Stooges. This episode is sponsored by Children International, MeUndies, and Squarespace.

December 12, 2016

Casey Affleck says he doesn’t want fame or stardom. So how’s he handling it now that the spotlight keeps getting hotter? Casey talks with Marc about growing up in Massachusetts, maturing as an actor, living in the public eye, having kids, dealing with an alcoholic dad, and creating his performance in Manchester by the Sea. This episode is sponsored by Children International, Squarespace, Stamps.com, Blue Apron and Squatty Potty.

December 9, 2016

In September 2016, Marc recorded a conversation with the legendary Jerry Lewis. Until now, no one has heard it other than those in the room. This was supposed to be a full-length episode of WTF, but the interview was compromised and there were no plans to release it. Marc explains what happened as we present this never-before-heard conversation. This episode is sponsored by If She Only Knew from Kensington Books.

December 8, 2016

Comedian Shane Mauss saw his career gathering steam only to stall out and make him feel like opportunities were passing him by. Then an accident that left him with two broken feet coincided with another journey. One that involves neuroscience, psychedelic drugs, and an altered perception that led to a career rejuvenation. This episode is sponsored by SimpliSafe, Sonos, Carnivore Club, and Squarespace.

December 5, 2016

As Dana Carvey puts it, he gave a Heisman to fame, essentially putting himself on the sidelines of showbiz for 15 years. Dana and Marc talk about the string of events that happened after SNL and Wayne’s World that prompted Dana to reevaluate what’s important in life and how he’s developed a new perspective on his early years. This episode is sponsored by Sonos, Joule by ChefSteps, Casper, and Stamps.com.

December 2, 2016

We go back into the WTF Shoebox Vault to find another unaired pilot for The Marc Maron Show in Los Angeles from 2006. This time the guest was comedian Maria Bamford, the sidekick was still Jim Earl, and the investigative reporter was Eddie Pepitone. The only people who ever heard this were the people who made it, plus one angry program director who didn’t want to put it on the air. This special presentation is sponsored by Squatty Potty. Use code WTF for 25% off and free shipping.

 

December 1, 2016

Gothic folk duo The Handsome Family meet up with Marc while he’s in Albuquerque to talk about American roots music, carnival sideshows, meeting your heroes, and dealing with bipolarity. But first, documentary filmmaker Sam Pollard joins Marc in the garage to talk about his new film Two Trains Runnin’, a look at the summer of 1964, as history converged in unexpected ways. This episode is sponsored by Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds on HBO, Squarespace, Carnivore Club, and Audible.

November 28, 2016

Comedian Joe Matarese has struggled with bouts of rage, anxiety and paralyzing indecisiveness. As he tells Marc, Joe is correcting these problems through medication, therapy, help from his wife, and inspiration from one particular episode of WTF. Joe also explains why his big idea of being the comic who snaps on the audience didn’t have a lot of running room. This episode is sponsored by Joule from ChefSteps, Sonos, Blue Apron, and Stamps.com.

November 25, 2016

This limited series dives deep into the WTF Vault (aka a shoebox under producer Brendan McDonald’s bed) to present lost Marc Maron material that has never been heard by anyone else. In this episode, hear an unaired test show Marc and Brendan created ten years ago for a nighttime variety program on Los Angeles radio, featuring Patton Oswalt as the guest and Jim Earl as Marc’s sidekick. This special presentation is sponsored by Zappos and Blue Apron

November 24, 2016

Singer-songwriter Scott Fagan created a beautiful album in 1968, called South Atlantic Blues. But things didn’t go the way they were supposed to. Scott talks with Marc about why the album and his career fizzled, how they were both resurrected, and how he connected with a son he never met, who is an accomplished artist in his own right. Plus, Marc delivers his annual Thanksgiving Day pep talk. This episode is sponsored by the new Rolling Stones album Blue and Lonesome, Sonos, and Squarespace

November 21, 2016

Michael Shannon cuts a pretty intimidating figure on stage and screen. The combination of his Southern upbringing and his early-career immersion into the Chicago theater scene probably accounts for much of his intensity. Michael and Marc talk about his experiences with creators like Tracy Letts, William Friedkin, and Jeff Nichols, and they delve into what occupies Michael’s mind when he’s not acting. This episode is sponsored by LifeAfter from GE Podcast Theater, Sonos, ZipRecruiter, and Squarespace.

November 17, 2016

Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain wrote a book that changed Marc’s life. On the 20-year anniversary of ‘Please Kill Me: An Uncensored Oral History of Punk,’ Legs and Gillian tell Marc why they wrote it in the first place and why it still resonates two decades later. Also, Marc’s neighborhood buddy Andre Royo stops by to talk about his new independent film Hunter Gatherer. This episode is sponsored by The Rolling Stones’s Blue and Lonesome, Squarespace, LifeAfter from GE Podcast Theater and Panoply, and MeUndies.

November 14, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda is not only the creator of Hamilton and In The Heights, he’s also a long-time WTFer. So he’s well prepared to get into everything with Marc during a visit to the garage, including his multicultural upbringing, his early exposure to both hip hop and musical theater, his reasons for making Hamilton, and what “Weird Al” Yankovic has to do with all of it. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, Sonos, Stamps.com, and Audible.

November 11, 2016

Marc Maron presents a definitive collection of stories about Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, as told by past WTF guests. Hear Lorne Stories from Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poelher, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, Norm Macdonald, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, Molly Shannon, Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Andy Samberg, Will Forte, Dan Vitale, Mike Myers, Chris Parnell, John Mulaney, Jenny Slate, Harry Shearer, Kenan Thompson, Penelope Spheeris, and Michaela Watkins. This episode is sponsored by Sting’s 57th and 9th, the new documentary Gimme Danger, and Seeso.

November 10, 2016

Talent manager Shep Gordon had no real interest in pop music. He was a young hippie making money dealing drugs to rock stars. Shep tells Marc how he transitioned into a life of management and production with an eclectic group of clients including Alice Cooper, Ann Murray, Teddy Pendergrass, Raquel Welch, and a bunch of celebrity chefs. Also, Marc reflects on the 2016 Presidential Election. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Sonos, Warby Parker and Blue Apron.

November 7, 2016

On the eve of the U.S. Presidential Election, you owe it to yourself to hear this conversation between Marc and journalist Sam Quinones. Sam’s travels in Mexico and his curiosity about the epidemic of opiate addiction in America led him to discover how cheap heroin production, pain management proliferation, impeccable marketing and unfettered capitalism combined to create a crisis that is at the heart of modern American dysfunction. This episode is sponsored by Sonos, Stamps.com and Squarespace.

November 3, 2016

Endless Boogie was never supposed to become a band. It was made up of some guys who worked at Matador Records, one in particular who loved to collect old vinyl. Frontman Paul Major and guitarist Jesper Eklow tell Marc what it took to put the mother of all jam bands together and how the band’s style is influenced by Paul’s nearly obsessive practice of collecting rare LPs. This episode is sponsored by the new documentary ‘Gimme Danger,’ Squarespace, Audible.com, and Casper.

October 31, 2016

Roger Waters wrote songs that changed rock and roll, organized them in ways that changed how albums were made, and performed them in ways that changed how concerts were staged. The Pink Floyd frontman tells Marc why he only now feels like he’s getting it right. They also talk about his Pink Floyd bandmates, John Lennon, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, and the state of the world. This episode is sponsored by Sonos, Skyn Condoms, magicJack for Business, and Stamps.com.

October 27, 2016
Ron Howard knows the key to longevity in show business. He should, considering his evolution from child actor to sitcom star to award-winning director to highly respected producer. Ron divulges that key to Marc, and also talks about his experiences with John Wayne, Henry Fonda, George Lucas, Robin Williams, Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe, and Tom Hanks, who he just directed for a fifth time in the new movie Inferno. This episode is sponsored by Sonos, Dollar Shave Club, and Blue Apron.
October 24, 2016

Sarah Jessica Parker started her acting career at age 11 working with Harold Pinter on Broadway. That would be enough for most people, but it only got better from there. With a new show on HBO called ‘Divorce,’ Sarah Jessica and Marc talk about her career, her life, what she learned while dating Robert Downey Jr., what she loves about Matthew Broderick, and how she dealt with Carrie Bradshaw becoming an iconic character in American culture. This episode is sponsored by Joule from ChefSteps, Seeso, Squarespace, and Stamps.com.

October 20, 2016

Comedian Ritch Shydner is a true road warrior who made his reputation during the comedy club boom of the 1980s. Ritch talks with Marc about diving into the deep end of stand-up comedy, getting out entirely, and then coming out of retirement after more than a decade away from the mic. Plus, Anthony Bourdain stops by with his new cookbook to tell Marc how to make the things we take for granted. This episode is sponsored by Those Who Can’t on TruTV, Squarespace, and Audible.

October 17, 2016

David Crosby readily admits that he probably shouldn’t be alive. Drug addiction, alcoholism and health issues have taken their toll but have not knocked David out. He’s still making music and going out on tour, but he had a little time to talk with Marc about The Byrds, CSN, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock, Altamont, Melissa Etheridge, and much more. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, Seeso, Stamps.com, and ZipRecruiter.

October 13, 2016

Singer-songwriter Margo Price entered the garage on a wave of acclaim and notoriety that is rare for an artist with only one album. But Margo’s country music bona fides are not in doubt. Despite her modest origin as a young Midwestern cheerleader and dancer, Margo encountered personal tragedy, struggles with depression and a battle with substance abuse on her way to Nashville. This episode is sponsored by Seeso, Sonsos, and Squarespace.

October 10, 2016

Larry Clark does not consider himself a photographer and he explains to Marc why he doesn’t. But that didn’t stop a young Marc Maron from being drawn to Larry’s raw, unflinching photos and his uncompromising art. Larry talks with Marc about his photography, his experiences in war and in prison, his struggle to get clean, and his films Kids, Bully, Another Day in Paradise, and Wassup Rockers. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Squarespace, Blue Apron, and Casper Mattress.

October 6, 2016

When Marc first saw Hutch Harris perform live with his band The Thermals, he was won over immediately and invented a whole mythology around who Hutch Harris must be. But as Hutch tells Marc, he was just a kid who wanted to start a band and did it with talent, timing, a lot of gumption and a little luck. On a related note, Marc’s friend Dan Pashman stops by to talk about the expectations we have when we see our favorite artists play live. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, The Tim Ferriss Show, Basecamp, and Audible.

October 3, 2016

Comedian Rachel Feinstein has conquered one of the most difficult spaces in the comedy world: The back table at The Comedy Cellar in New York. You better be able to give as good as you get if you sit there. Rachel talks to Marc about her early years of living in squalor and having second thoughts about a comedy career, all while honing her craft and gaining the respect of her peers. This episode is sponsored by Joule from Chef Steps, Skyn Condoms, Stamps.com and Squarespace

September 29, 2016

If you’re wondering how John Prine, one of America’s greatest living songwriters, came up with such great lyrics, just look to your mailbox. John tells Marc how his days as a mailman provided him time to ruminate on music, which led to his discovery by Kris Kristofferson, his friendship with Steve Goodman, and his encounters with Bob Dylan, Sam Phillips, Bonnie Raitt and others. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Blunt Talk on StarzBlue Apron and Ring.

September 26, 2016

America is plenty familiar with Katie Couric in the role of interviewer. But what about when the roles are reversed? Marc finds out why Katie got into journalism and gets her take on the notable moments of her career, including her live coverage of the 9/11 attacks, her tenure anchoring CBS Evening News, conducting the Sarah Palin interview, and hosting a new podcast. This episode is sponsored by Bandcamp, Easy on Netflix, Stamps.com, Squarespace, and magicJack for Business.

September 22, 2016

It’s Jazz Fest at The Cat Ranch. First, Kamasi Washington tells Marc how an Inglewood kid growing up in the early 90s wound up at the forefront of a modern jazz revolution, including groundbreaking work with Kendrick Lamar and his own massive debut album, The Epic. Then jazz critic and writer Ben Ratliff joins Marc to open minds and change old listening habits, as he explains how to truly enjoy music in the age of unlimited options. This episode is sponsored by Easy on Netflix, Squarespace, Blue Apron, Audible and MagicJack.

 

 
September 19, 2016

Comedian Geoff Tate always found it a little odd that Marc needed to squash so many beefs with other comics because the two of them hit it off so well. Marc and Geoff explore the shared parental connection that helped them relate to each other and also gave birth to a lot of their comedy. Plus, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney stop by as they get ready to launch ‘Oh, Hello’ on Broadway. This episode is sponsored by South Park on Comedy Central, High Maintenance on HBO, Stamps.com; and Squarespace

September 15, 2016

Comedian Chris Garcia thought his upbringing was fairly typical as the son of first-generation immigrants, with stories and experiences that paved the way nicely for a career in comedy. But Chris tells Marc that a recent trip to Cuba and the discoveries made there changed everything he knew about his family, particularly his father. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, MeUndies, ZipRecruiter, and Blue Apron.

September 12, 2016

Actor Ron Perlman is often buried under layers of makeup, whether he’s playing Hellboy or the Beast or some other humanoid oddity. But Ron’s not hiding anything when he joins Marc in the garage, revealing his heartfelt thoughts on the entertainment business and his evolving role in it. Plus, Ron shares a Marlon Brando story to rival the best of them. This episode is sponsored by Basecamp, Squarespace and Stamps.com.

September 8, 2016

Billy Crystal’s early love of show business put him on the path to standup comedy, which in turn got him on TV shows like Soap and SNL. Marc talks with Billy about his own show business footprint, including movies like When Harry Met Sally, Mr. Saturday Night, Deconstructing Harry, and Analyze This, as well as hosting the Academy Awards. Plus, Billy fondly remembers his relationships with icons like Muhammad Ali, Mickey Mantle, Jack Rollins and Robin Williams. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Seeso, Basecamp, and MeUndies.

September 5, 2016

Joseph Arthur faced some of the same struggles as Marc even though he’s a musician and artist, not a comedian. Joseph and Marc talk about the false starts, the friendships with heroes like Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel, and the challenge of feeling okay with how things turned out. Also, author Peter Bebergal talks about magic and music, as he details in his book Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll. This episode is sponsored by The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe, Seeso, Ring, and Casper

September 1, 2016

Whether you know the story of JT LeRoy or not, you certainly haven’t heard an episode of WTF like this. First, Marc talks with filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig about documenting the rise and fall of literary phenom JT LeRoy, a celebrated young man who was later revealed to be the creation of Laura Albert. Then Laura joins Marc in the garage to explain what gave birth to her infamous alter ego and to provide some insight into her life. This episode is sponsored by Seeso, ZipRecruiter, Blue Apron, and Audible.

August 29, 2016

Robert Kelly is at the point in his comedy career where he can’t help thinking about what’s next. He’s on the FX television show Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, he’s touring all over the country, he has a great family, and yet he keeps wondering what happens if it all goes away. Bobby and Marc commiserate over this shared experience as well as the ups and downs of being sober comedians. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Seeso, and Stamps.com.

August 25, 2016

Gad Elmaleh is an mega-successful international comedian and actor. Now he’s basically starting from scratch to perfect his act in America, not in his native French but in English. Marc and Gad talk about the challenge of doing comedy in another language and the universal truths about standup that cross all language barriers. This episode is sponsored by The Tim Ferriss Show, Take My Wife on Seeso, Squaresapce, and Blue Apron.

August 22, 2016

Alan Alda always strives to play someone different. He takes Marc through the many characters he’s created, from Hawkeye to Uncle Pete, and explains how he challenges himself from role to role. Plus, Alan talks about why he created an academic organization that advances science communication. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, Squarespace, Sonos, and Audible.

August 18, 2016

Kristen Wiig is afraid of too many things going well at once, speaking in front of groups of people, and deep water. But she’s not afraid of sharing these things with Marc, as well as the story of how she became a performer after a meeting with Mike the Psychic and how she got on SNL after not getting on SNL. Plus, some talk about Bridesmaids, The Skeleton Twins, Welcome to Me, and Sausage Party. This episode is sponsored by Basecamp, Take My Wife on Seeso, Squarespace, and Zip Recruiter.

August 15, 2016

Werner Herzog is one of the only people who could make a great movie from inside Marc’s garage. With a new documentary about the internet on his mind, the legendary filmmaker talks with Marc about the achievements and follies of humanity. You know, light stuff. Also, Godfrey stops by again so he and Marc can trade insults under the guise of promoting his new special. This episode is sponsored by Spotify Discover Weekly, Squarespace, and Stamps.com.

August 11, 2016

Lauren Lapkus showed up to the garage as herself but she clearly could lapse into one of dozens of characters at any time. Marc and Lauren talk about how she honed her talent for improv, how she missed out on her dream of SNL, how she found a home on Comedy Bang! Bang!, and how she got away with the unthinkable while making Jurassic World. This episode is sponsored by Viceland, MeUndies, Squarespace, and Blue Apron.

August 8, 2016

Seth Meyers didn’t expect to be on Saturday Night Live. Then he didn’t expect to anchor Weekend Update or become the show’s head writer. And then he really didn’t expect to host his own late night talk show. Seth and Marc retrace the steps to figure out how it all happened, complete with some Lorne stories to add to the collection. This episode is sponsored by Viceland, Squarespace, Ring and Stamps.com.

August 4, 2016

Eric Andre and Marc did not like each other. An incident from when Eric first started doing comedy in LA kept him from doing WTF for seven years. Marc and Eric talk about their beef and also dive into Eric’s background in music, his rejection of another career path and his desire to destroy all expectations of talk shows with The Eric Andre Show. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter, Spotify Discover Weekly, Squarespace and Audible

August 1, 2016

Long before Roseanne Barr ran for President, even before she had the number one sitcom in America, she was a giant in the comedy world. Marc and Roseanne talk about her tumultuous early life, her first days doing stand-up, and her memories of The Comedy Store. She also explains how her life in show business prepared her to be a political player in the Green Party. This episode is sponsored by Viceland, Squarespace, Blue Apron, and Casper.

July 28, 2016

Comedian Brian Scolaro is back to pick up where he left off 627 episodes ago. The last time, Brian and Marc barely scratched the surface of how they met. This time they get into everything, including Brian’s childhood love of The Marx Brothers, how he used comedy as troublemaking while growing up, what he learned from working with the disabled, and what lessons he took away from the crap-shoot that is network television. This episode is sponsored by Roast Battle on Comedy Central, Squarespace, Viceland, and Blue Apron.

July 25, 2016

Before Jane Lynch stole scenes in Best in Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Glee, Party Down, and everything else she’s ever been in, she was told she would never make it at one of the country’s biggest comedy institutions. Jane and Marc talk about shaking off that ill-fated prediction and finding success as a comedic performer of the highest order. This episode is sponsored by Basecamp, Seeso, Spotify Discover Weekly and Squarespace.

July 21, 2016

Writer Chuck Klosterman is always thinking. That’s a good thing because his latest book is called “What If We’re Wrong?” and you don’t want someone who doesn’t think raising that question. Marc and Chuck break down the ideas in the book by going all the way back to Chuck’s childhood and leading up to present day to find out if things are better or worse now. Their conclusions are not as bleak as you might think. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Seeso, Audible, and Ring.

July 18, 2016

James L. Brooks is responsible for something you love. Probably many things. Marc talks with the prolific writer-director-producer about all of it – The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Taxi, Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets, The Simpsons and more. They also talk about how Jim dealt with writer’s block, what he considers his worst professional experience, and why he and Jack Nicholson had to send the crew home one day to make things right. This episode is sponsored by Viceland, ZipRecruiter, and Stamps.com.

July 14, 2016

Amber Tozer is a comedian who wants out. She tells Marc about her move away from standup after years of sobriety, a semi-successful bootleg mattress hustle, attempted lesbianism, and a quest for the guidance of Tony Robbins. And upon the release of her memoir, Amber reminds Marc of an incident he was involved in that is buried deep within his subconscious. This episode is sponsored by Spotify Discover Weekly, MeUndies, Squarespace, and Vice Principals on HBO.

July 11, 2016

Actor Paul Dano has chosen interesting, off-beat roles since he was a teenager. He tells Marc the reasoning behind those choices, as they talk about his indelible work in Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, Prisoners, Love and Mercy, Youth, and his latest, Swiss Army Man. Also, Marc’s buddy Adam Goldberg stops by and, as usual, talks about everything. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, Squarespace, Blue Apron and Stamps.com.

July 7, 2016

Comedian John Caponera was one the Comedy Store comics who left a real impression on young Marc Maron. John and Marc catch up in the garage and talk about the grind of the road, corporate gigs, comedy on cruise ships, and raising a family while doing this crazy job. Plus, Adam Devine from Workaholics stops by to talk about the new movie he and Marc are in, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter, Wiener-Dog, Spotify Discover Weekly and Blue Apron.

July 4, 2016

It’s not really Independence Day without Jeff Goldblum. Instead of spending the holiday fighting aliens, Jeff sits down with Marc in the garage to discuss Robert Altman, Wes Anderson, Pittsburgh, the Meisner technique, The Fly, Jurassic Park, Carl Sagan, becoming a new father and saving the world. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Wiener-Dog, Audible and Casper.

June 30, 2016

Marc dives deep into genre waters when he welcomes madcap director Joe Dante into the garage. They talk about art school, Roger Corman, Piranha, minimal budgets, Gremlins, Innerspace, and more. But first, a master of modern horror also stops by the garage. John Carpenter tells Marc why he wanted to make scary movies and why he now wants to make music with his son. This episode is sponsored by Mr. Robot on USA network, Atlasssian, Blue Apron and Weinerdog from IFC films.

June 27, 2016

People think they know John C. Reilly. There’s something about his performances that seem so familiar, even though he doesn’t like to reveal much about himself personally. Marc tries to pull the curtain back a bit, talking with John about Chicago, clowns, Laurel and Hardy, Boogie Nights, Sean Penn, improv, Will Ferrell and more. Also, Brett Gelman stops by to talk about his insane new Adult Swim special. This episode is sponsored by Wiener-Dog from IFC Films, SquarespaceMinistry of Supply and Warby Parker.

June 23, 2016

Deon Cole didn’t think he would become a comedian when he was growing up on the South Side of Chicago. But now with a new comedy special, acting roles on two hit TV shows and continued success on Conan, Deon tells Marc how it all went down. Also, Dweezil Zappa returns to discuss the struggle he’s up against as he heads out on a new tour. This episode is sponsored by Atlassian, Spotify Discover Weekly, Ministry of Supply and Audible.

June 16, 2016

Chelsea Handler is embarking on a brave new world with a weekly talk show on Netflix. But Marc wants to find out if this Chelsea is really any different than the last Chelsea. Awkwardness ensues. Plus, Jen Kirkman stops by to talk about her new book and figure out how she’s grown since her last WTF appearance, nearly seven years ago. This episode is sponsored by Another Period on Comedy Central, Squarespace, Zip Recruiter, Blue Apron and Starry Station

June 9, 2016

Cartoonist and writer Daniel Clowes brings the world of underground comics into Marc’s garage. They talk about the great comic artists who paved the way, the difficulty in translating some graphic novels to film, and the similarities between creating comics and performing standup. Plus, filmmaker Ezra Edelman stops by to talk with Marc about his documentary OJ: Made in America. This episode is sponsored by Starry Station, MeUndies, Audible.com and ZipRecruiter.

June 6, 2016

George C. Wolfe’s is a giant of American theater, directing, producing and writing some of the most important works of the last 25 years. Fresh of seeing George’s latest musical, Shuffle Along, Marc finds out what George wants audiences to take from the experience of live theater. Plus, Daniel Nazer from the EFF stops by to update Marc on the fight against the podcast patent troll and what needs to happen next. This episode is sponsored by Starry Station, Squarespace, Stamps.com, Casper and the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express.

June 2, 2016

Comedian Joe Wong grew up in China. Then he came to America and learned how to be a standup comic. Now he’s back in China, helping to shape the Chinese comedy scene and starring in his own TV show. Joe talks with Marc about overcoming language barriers and cultural differences with laughs. Also, Doug Stanhope returns for a breezy, humorous chat about what it was like for Doug to help his mom kill herself. This episode is sponsored by Silvercar, ZipRecruiter, Seeso and Squarespace.

May 30, 2016

Comedian Chris Gethard and Marc bond over their New Jersey upbringings, but Chris has Marc beat when it comes to unbelievable stories from growing up in the Garden State. They also talk about Viagra, public access TV and dashed dreams of sitcom glory. Also, Marc chats with comedian Quincy Jones, who didn’t let a cancer diagnosis stop his push to do his own comedy special, which he has now done for HBO. This episode is sponsored by Carnivore Club, American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card, Silvercar and Audible.

May 26, 2016

Playwright Stephen Karam received his first Tony nomination about an hour before sitting down with Marc to talk about his experiences in the New York theater community, the way he writes himself into all of his characters, and the shock of having his play The Humans on Broadway next to Phantom of the Opera. Plus, Marc’s old “assistant” Josh Brener stops by to talk about his new movie Welcome to Happiness and the new season of Silicon Valley. This episode is sponsored by the American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card, Squarespace, Audible, and Silvercar.

May 23, 2016

Marc welcomes singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom to the garage, sadly without her harp, although it probably wouldn’t fit. Joanna tells Marc how her musical style evolved from composing pieces influenced by American classical music to collaborating with some of the industry’s most unique producers. She also talks about the benefits of being married to someone who makes comedy for a living. This episode is sponsored by Silvercar, MeUndies, Stamps.com, and Squarespace.

May 19, 2016

Terry Reid is one of the most talented singers and rock musicians who never had a massive break, but he doesn’t seem to sweat it. Terry tells Marc great stories from throughout his expansive career in the music business and he sets the record straight about the rumor that he turned down a spot in Led Zeppelin. Plus, Marc reaches out to his friend Jim Norton, who is having a problem connecting with people. This episode is sponsored by Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, Squarespace, Preacher on AMC and Silvercar.

May 16, 2016

Natasha Leggero is ready to embark on a standup tour with her husband just in time for the premiere of her TV show’s second season. Things may be going well now but, as Natasha tells Marc, it wasn’t always like that. In fact, a fateful trip to Australia with a mysterious stranger altered her course, and it really could have gone either way. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Silvercar, MeUndies, and Preacher on AMC.

May 12, 2016

Sturgill Simpson has all the makings of a classic country star, complete with an upbringing in coal country, a job on the railroad, and the stamp of approval by country music legends. But as Sturgill tells Marc, he’s not interested in being country’s savior. He just likes making music, especially for his son. Also, Marc plays a little teaser clip of his upcoming interview with John C. Reilly, in which they talk about John’s crazy new futuristic movie The Lobster. This episode is sponsored by Preacher on AMC, Squarespace and Blue Apron

 

May 9, 2016

Clark Gregg is well known in the Marvel Universe as Agent Coulson from The Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But as Marc finds out, Clark long ago established himself as a serious actor with The Atlantic Theater Company under David Mamet’s guidance. Clark talks with Marc about his thoughtful evolution as an actor, writer and director. Also, Marc’s old buddy Dan Pashman stops by for a little friendly sparring over food-related issues. This episode is sponsored by Silvercar, ZipRecruiter, Squarespace, and Stamps.com

May 5, 2016

Ali Wong wants you to know what “leaning in” is like for a working stand-up comic who also happens to be a new mother. Marc talks with Ali about her new life as a mom and her continuing life as a road comic who is bucking conventions on the stage and in the writers’ room on the show Fresh off the Boat. Their conversation features something that has never happened on WTF. This episode is sponsored by Seeso, Squarespace, Desert Trip, Casper, and 1-800 Flowers.

May 2, 2016

Garry Marshall went from writing jokes for comedians in a
deli to creating culture-changing television shows and directing
blockbuster movies. Garry takes Marc through his entire show
business career, from The Tonight Show to Happy Days to Pretty
Woman, right up to his latest film, Mother’s Day. Also, Marc’s
friend Mike Eagle stops by to talk about his new album, Hella
Personal Film Festival. This episode is sponsored by Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping, Blue Apron,
1-800 Flowers
and Stamps.com.

April 28, 2016

Rob Reiner has been around show business his entire life, which
might explain why he’s excelled in so many different areas. Rob
shares stories with Marc about Groucho Marx, the Smothers Brothers,
All in the Family, Albert Brooks, This Is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me,
The Princess Bride, his dad, his mom, Jack Nicholson, Larry David
and the creation of Seinfeld, all the way up to his new film,
Being Charlie, which he made with his son. This episode is
sponsored by Squarespace, Framebridge, and 1-800 Flowers.

April 25, 2016

Steve-O probably could have died several times while making Jackass. But that’s nothing compared to the amount of life-threatening danger he faced in real life. Now sober and full of clarity, Steve-O tells Marc talk about his lifelong quest for attention, how it led to his downfall, and how he pulled himself up by embracing his past. This episode is sponsored by Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, Squarespace, and MVMT Watches

April 21, 2016

It’s a surprise Part 2 of the 700th Episode, as Marc’s friend and past WTF guest Louis CK stops by to spill the beans on everything that went into making and releasing his series Horace and Pete. Louis and Marc go over every aspect of the creation, production and distribution of this new project that defies categorization and rattles expectations.

April 21, 2016

In Part 1 of WTF’s 700th episode, Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes a break from playing the President and stops by the garage, where she and Marc share notes on meeting the actual President. They also talk about Seinfeld, SNL, Second City, Larry David, Woody Allen, Veep, being a mom and getting older. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, ZipRecruiter, and Audible

April 18, 2016

Susan Sarandon achieved tremendous success as an actor, but one career accomplishment remains elusive. She tells Marc about this major goal and why she is willing to split it with Bruce Springsteen. They also talk about her impressive filmography, her thoughts on evolving as an actor, and why Bernie Sanders restored her faith in humanity. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, HBO NOW, Squarespace, and Stamps.com.

April 14, 2016

David Simon is the creator of arguably the greatest television show in history. He cemented his reputation as a hard-nosed, truth-seeking journalist. But when David walks into the garage, he’s a lot like Marc: A guitar-loving Jewish kid who still thinks he’s going to screw things up. David and Marc spend over an hour talking about The Wire, Homicide, Treme, Baltimore, newspapers, politicians, the Talmud, and the truth. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Framebridge, and Blue Apron.

April 11, 2016

Comedian Nikki Glaser and Marc share a bond that might be deeper than love: They share an eating disorder. Nikki and Marc talk about how they’ve both struggled, where they’ve found support, and what they needed to fix elsewhere in their lives in order to make progress. Also, Marc tries to help Nikki extricate herself from what might be an abusive relationship… with her therapist. This episode is sponsored by SlingTV, MeUndies, Squarespace, and Stamps.com.

April 7, 2016
John Lurie has a creative fire that rages without end. But sometimes he can’t avoid burning himself. John talks with Marc about his many artistic pursuits, including jazz, acting, scoring films and painting. John also goes into detail about making his show Fishing with smelling like fish throughout the shooting of The Last Temptation of Christ. And, oh yeah, whatever you do, don’t call him ‘dude.’ This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Seeso and Audible

 

April 4, 2016

Sam Rockwell has become such a memorable actor in films and on stage because he really likes to prepare. On the release of his latest film, Mr. Right, Sam and Marc talk about doing good work and why that sometimes means saying no to a paycheck. Also, Richard Linklater returns to talk about his new movie Everybody Wants Some!! which he was just finishing up the last time he was in the garage. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Zip Recruiter, Casper Mattresses, and Stamps.com

March 31, 2016

Writer Quinn Cummings does not let her Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress define her. After all, she was only 10 when it happened. Quinn tells Marc why she rejected acting after her early success and why she prefers to write. They also talk about homeschooling, avoiding marriage and how Quinn became a patent-holding inventor. This episode is sponsored by SoFiHBO NOWHarry’s, and Squarepsace.

March 28, 2016

Audiences have watched Ethan Hawke grow up on screen. But he’s also grown as a writer, a director, a stage actor and more. Ethan talks to Marc about the challenge of playing drug-addled trumpet player Chet Baker and also tells some great stories about Boyhood, Training Day, Dead Poets Society and that time he got put through a wall by Peter Berg. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Seeso, Audible, and Stamps.com.

March 25, 2016

Marc’s conversation with Garry Shandling from May 2011. Garry passed away on March 24, 2016.

March 24, 2016

Comedian Al Lubel stopped being a lawyer in order to start doing stand-up. But he never stopped putting himself on trial. Al tells Marc how his desperate search for an identity was coupled with a never-ending barrage of crippling self-judgment, even after he won Star Search and became a favorite of late night talk show hosts and fellow comedians. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, SlingTV, SeatGeek and Squarespace.

March 21, 2016

If you look at Todd Rundgren’s body of work, you might think it’s the product of a dozen different people in various fields of the music industry. But it’s just one guy. Todd talks with Marc about his many projects, including his own music and his work with The Band, Meat Loaf, XTC and others. Plus, Todd explains how he came up with Bang the Drum All Day quite literally in his sleep. This episode is sponsored by HBO NOW, Squarespace, Audible and Zip Recruiter.

March 17, 2016

For longtime WTF listeners, comic Ryan Singer is a continuing presence throughout the history of the show. But this is the first time he goes in depth with his friend Marc, getting into Ryan’s deep-seated Catholic roots, his scuffles in the comedy world, and lots and lots about cigarettes. They probably talk too lovingly about cigarettes. It’s a problem. This episode is sponsored by SlingTV, SoFi, Blue Apron and Portlandia on IFC.

March 14, 2016

Michael Rapaport thought he was going to be a professional basketball player. That didn’t happen, but Michael happily surprised himself with an acting career that saw him working alongside childhood heroes and legendary directors. Michael and Marc talk about all of it, even if Michael gets sidetracked thinking about sitting where the President once sat. This episode is sponsored by This Is Not Happening on Comedy Central, SoFi, Stamps.com and Squarespace.

March 10, 2016

When it comes to making music, high standards were set for Dweezil Zappa at a very young age. His father made more than 80 albums in his lifetime, which provided Dweezil with a lot of influences but created some roadblocks, too. Dweezil tells Marc that his own musical journey not only made him a better artist, it brought him closer to his late father. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, MeUndies, MVMT, Audible and Schitt’s Creek on PopTV.

March 7, 2016

Comedian Bonnie McFarlane has a backstory like no other guest on WTF. That’s probably because no other guest grew up in circumstances that could be described as Canadian Little House on the Prairie. Bonnie tells Marc why she left the Great White North to get into comedy, how she met and married comedian Rich Vos, and why she still has trouble telling her neighbors what she does for a living. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Zip Recruiter, Squarespace and Stamps.com

March 3, 2016

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger doesn’t need to convince Marc she’s at the top of her game. He’s watched her put in the work for years, during nightly shows at The Comedy Store and on the road where she grinds it out as a touring comic. But despite Iliza’s confidence as a stand-up, she still has some horror stories about show business, particularly her ill-fated stint on The View. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, MVMT watches and Casper Mattresses

February 29, 2016

Scott Ian is a founding member of Anthrax and one of the most respected metal guitarists in the world. But despite being in one of the four bands that brought thrash metal into the mainstream, Marc finds out that Scott’s musical awakening was spurred by Elton John and that he’s part of a storybook romance that wouldn’t be out of place in a pop song. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, SoFi, Squarespace and Stamps.com.

February 25, 2016

Director William Friedkin is a consummate storyteller, which explains why he tells such an entertaining story of his own life, rooted in three recurring themes: faith, fate and film. Within that story, William tells Marc about the making of The French Connection and The Exorcist, the failure and resurgence of his film Sorcerer, and his reasons for never wanting to do a second take. This episode is sponsored by Ruby Receptionists, Zip Recruiter, and Squarespace.

February 22, 2016

You know Borat. You know Bruno. You know Ali G. But you probably don’t know much about Sacha Baron Cohen. The man himself sits down with Marc in the garage to talk about what goes into bringing such rich comedic characters to life, why he was drawn to comedy in the first place, and what’s next, with his new movie The Brothers Grimsby on the horizon. This episode is sponsored by Audible, Squarespace, Stamps.com, MeUndies and SoFi.

February 18, 2016

Herb Alpert had enormous success as a musician and recording artist before becoming a massively influential recording industry executive when he co-founded A&M Records. Herb’s talks to Marc about the past and explains why he’s still recording music, touring and playing that famous trumpet. Also on the show, Mark and Jay Duplass stop by to talk about the new season of Togetherness on HBO. This episode is sponsored by Broad City on Comedy Central, SoFi, Squarespace and Blue Apron

February 18, 2016

Herb Alpert had enormous success as a musician and recording artist before becoming a massively influential recording industry executive when he co-founded A&M Records. Herb’s talks to Marc about the past and explains why he’s still recording music, touring and playing that famous trumpet. Also on the show, Mark and Jay Duplass stop by to talk about the new season of Togetherness on HBO. This episode is sponsored by Broad City on Comedy Central, SoFi, Squarespace and Blue Apron

February 15, 2016

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer got Broad City off the ground when they were fed up with not getting their shot. In that way, they have something in common with Marc and WTF. Abi and Ilana join Marc in the garage to talk about the birth of their hit show, plus some talk about New York City, drumming, digital media stars, the UCB, and Amy Poehler. This episode is sponsored by Seeso, Squarespace, Portlandia on IFC and Stamps.com.

February 15, 2016

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer got Broad City off the ground when they were fed up with not getting their shot. In that way, they have something in common with Marc and WTF. Abi and Ilana join Marc in the garage to talk about the birth of their hit show, plus some talk about New York City, drumming, digital media stars, the UCB, and Amy Poehler. This episode is sponsored by Seeso, Squarespace, Portlandia on IFC and Stamps.com.

February 11, 2016

Comedian Ben Hoffman’s latest venture into country music seems inevitable. As an out-of-place Jewish kid in Kentucky, he found an escape by becoming a comedic actor and writer. But Ben tells Marc that career ups and downs, not to mention OCD and crippling anxiety, pushed him back to his good ol’ boy roots and prompted him to create Nashville sensation Wheeler Walker, Jr. This episode is sponsored by Audible, 1-800 Flowers and Squarespace.

February 8, 2016

Pete Correale and Marc probably didn’t intend for their conversation to turn into an unabashed celebration of stand-up comedy, but that’s what happened when these two comics sat down in the garage. They take a warts-and-all look at the profession they both love, including their feelings about life on the road, grinding it out in the clubs and watching other comedians work. This episode is sponsored by Zip Recruiter, 1-800 Flowers, Squarespace, and Adam & Eve.

February 4, 2016

Cindy Crawford was unquestionably the most famous model in the world during the 1990s. She survived and prospered far beyond the typical career duration of a model by determining early on that if the industry was going to use her, she needed to use it back. Cindy and Marc talk about the days when the Supermodel ruled the culture, the changes in her life since becoming a mother, and the shifting perceptions of middle age. This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker, Squarespace, 1-800 Flowers, and Casper.

February 1, 2016

Mike Binder’s career evolved in unforeseen ways since he first started doing stand-up on TV when he was 18. After being a staple in the glory days of The Comedy Store, Mike tells Marc how doing comedy led to writing some early screenplays, which opened the door for him to become a full-time film director, TV show creator and thriller novelist. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Adam and Eve, Stamps.com, and Squarespace.

January 28, 2016

Peter Guralnick’s childhood love affair with the Blues led him on a life-long journey through the history of rock and roll. Peter shows Marc why he is considered one of American music’s preeminent writers and historians, dropping knowledge about some of his most famous subjects, from Sam Cooke to Elvis Presley to Sam Phillips, the man who fundamentally changed music in the United States. This episode is sponsored by Zip Recruiter, Squarespace, and Audible.com.

January 25, 2016

Michael Moore says he’s angrier than he’s ever been about the state of things. But Marc senses something softer in Michael’s personality these days. The filmmaker and activist sits down with Marc in the garage to discuss where that anger comes from, why he’s made a conscious choice to channel those feelings in a new direction, and how this all plays out in his latest film, Where To Invade Next. This episode is sponsored by Chelsea Does on Netflix, Seeso, and Stamps.com.

January 21, 2016

Cultural critic and writer Cintra Wilson has always made Marc’s head spin. She takes him back to her wild and woolly days in San Francisco and gets him up to speed on her most recent project, a cross-country exploration of American fashion. Plus, Zach Galifianakis stops by to talk about his new series Baskets, which he co-created with Louis CK. Zach and Marc also compare notes on their respective interviews with President Obama. This episode is sponsored by Idiotsitter on Comedy Central, HBONOW, Audible and Squarespace.

January 18, 2016

Crispin Glover knows you might think he’s crazy. As he tells Marc, he sees madness as being good for art. They talk about what that perception has meant for his acting career, including the lawsuit that stemmed from Back to the Future and the roles he’s taken in big budget movies like Charlie’s Angels. Crispin also talks about the final installment in his own soon-to-be-completed trilogy of films. This episode is sponsored by Childrens Hospital on Adult Swim, Squarespace, Audible and Stamps.com.

January 14, 2016

Garrett Morris is the first original member of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players to sit down in the garage. Garrett tells Marc how he made it to SNL despite being homeless, addicted to cocaine and cursed by his grandmother. He also gets into his career post-SNL and explains how he survived being shot by a would-be mugger. This episode is sponsored by Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, Portlandia on IFC, ZipRecruiter, Blue Apron and Colony on USA Network

January 11, 2016

Writer-director Charlie Kaufman takes Marc through his impressive filmography, including Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Synecdoche, NY. But they also go back to when Charlie was a panic-stricken writer on TV shows like Get a Life and The Dana Carvey Show. Then Charlie and Marc are joined by Duke Johnson, Charlie’s co-director on his new film Anomalisa. This episode is sponsored by David Bowie’s Blackstar, MeUndies, Seeso and Stamps.com.

January 11, 2016

Writer-director Charlie Kaufman takes Marc through his impressive filmography, including Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Synecdoche, NY. But they also go back to when Charlie was a panic-stricken writer on TV shows like Get a Life and The Dana Carvey Show. Then Charlie and Marc are joined by Duke Johnson, Charlie’s co-director on his new film Anomalisa. This episode is sponsored by David Bowie’s Blackstar, MeUndies, Seeso and Stamps.com.

January 7, 2016

Todd Haynes has been messing with Marc’s mind for decades. Well, his films have. The writer-director sits down in the garage to go over it all, from his Barbie doll biopic about Karen Carpenter to his identity-bending Bob Dylan film to his latest love story, Carol. Plus, Marc gives Sarah Silverman a call to congratulate her on her SAG Award nomination. This episode is sponsored by Colony on USA Network, Warby ParkerSquarespace, and Todd Margaret on IFC.

January 4, 2016

David Spade kicks of 2016 in the garage, talking with Marc about growing up with guns, becoming a father unexpectedly, turning the corner at SNL after years of struggling, getting to know and love Chris Farley, and hitting the road to do stand-up again. Plus, David explains how he narrowly avoided becoming a Hollywood tragedy during a terrifying night at his home. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Blue Apron, Casper and Stamps.com.

December 31, 2015

Bill Burr returns to WTF for the first time in six years. He talks with Marc about big banks, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, playing drums for Slash, and his new animated series on Netflix, F is for Family. Also, Marc bids farewell to Lemmy and looks back at a year of great conversations, including highlights from President Obama, Terry Gross, Keith Richards and more. This episode is sponsored by The Jerry Springer Podcast and Audible.com.

December 28, 2015

Author and journalist Neil Strauss became the story after he wrote the enormously popular and controversial book, The Game. He got so deep into the world of pick-up artists and the seduction community, he struggled to find the truth about his own identity and personal relationships. Neil and Marc sit down in the garage to talk about what Neil learned from the experience. This episode is sponsored by Colony on USA Network, Squarespace, and SimpliSafe.

December 24, 2015

Singer-songwriter Bob Forrest has a hell-and-back story befitting the 666th episode of WTF. Bob tells Marc how he became a drug counsellor after struggling with addiction while leading the band Thelonious Monster. He also explains why he felt Celebrity Rehab was desperately needed and why he worked with Dr. Drew to create it. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, The Jerry Springer Podcast and SimpliSafe.

December 21, 2015

Horatio Sanz didn’t always plan on becoming a comedian or an SNL cast member for eight seasons. Initially he wanted to be a CIA special agent. Marc talks with Horatio about the sudden change in career path and how it eventually led to the start of the UCB Theater. Horatio also explains why he decided to kick the hornet’s nest a little after he was gone from SNL. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Star Wars Card Trader, 1-800 Flowers, and MeUndies.

December 17, 2015

Eric Bogosian leads several creative lives, as a stage performer, a film actor, a playwright, a screenwriter, a novelist and now a non-fiction writer. Eric takes Marc on the journey from his breakout play Talk Radio through his absorbing new history book Operation Nemesis and explains the tricks to keeping all the balls in the air: Have fun, keep things interesting, and don’t plan to make money because those plans usually fail. This episode is sponsored by Zip Recruiter, NatureBox, 1-800 Flowers and Blue Headphones.

December 14, 2015

Super-producer Brian Grazer joins Marc in the garage for an incredible conversation about what it takes to get stuff done in Hollywood. Brian is responsible for dozens of the most beloved movies and television shows of the past three decades, everything from Splash to Empire. He and Marc talk about the intersection of creativity and commerce, and why the most important part of the equation is usually curiosity. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Fandango, and Stamps.com.

December 10, 2015

Director Danny Boyle takes Marc through his impressive and versatile filmography, from Shallow Grave and Trainspotting to Slumdog Millionaire and Steve Jobs. And while all of Danny’s films are vastly different, he says redemption is at the core of all of them, which might explain why Danny almost became a priest. This episode is sponsored by The Message podcast, Adam & Eve, Blue Headphones and Fandango.

December 7, 2015

Adam Resnick’s career should be the envy of any living comedy writer. He’s written for Letterman, Get a Life, SNL and The Larry Sanders Show. But as Adam tells Marc, he never really wanted to be in show business, a sentiment underscored by his devastating experience directing the movie Cabin Boy, an ordeal that left him questioning his place in the world. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, SimpliSafe, Squarespace, and Stamps.com.

December 3, 2015

Comedian Brian Kiley has been writing for Conan O’Brien’s shows for more than 20 years. But prior to that, he and Marc were doing open mics in Boston and Brian was living with Todd Barry. They revisit the good old days, and the bad ones, too. Plus, Brian Posehn returns to the garage to talk about his leading role in the new movie Uncle Nick. This episode is sponsored by Marc Maron: More Later on EPIX, Adam & Eve, Bombas, ShipStation and NatureBox

November 30, 2015

American icon Gloria Steinem visits the garage to talk with Marc about her journey on the road as an activist and cultural leader. They discuss how the feminist movement has deepened throughout the years while the challenges facing the movement evolved. Plus, Kliph Nesteroff returns to celebrate the release of his long-in-the-making book about the history of comedy in America. This episode is sponsored by the Cracked Podcast, Bombas, Casper Mattress, Stamps.com and Marc Maron: More Later on EPIX.

November 26, 2015

Recorded in front of a live audience at the LA Podfest, Marc pays tribute to the radio legends who helped make it possible for podcasters to operate with complete freedom. Jim Ladd and Frazer Smith are icons of freeform rock radio and they have no shortage of stories, lessons and secrets to divulge about the Golden Age of FM DJs. This episode is sponsored by Topps NFL Huddle, SimpliSafe, Audible and MeUndies.

November 26, 2015

Recorded in front of a live audience at the LA Podfest, Marc pays tribute to the radio legends who helped make it possible for podcasters to operate with complete freedom. Jim Ladd and Frazer Smith are icons of freeform rock radio and they have no shortage of stories, lessons and secrets to divulge about the Golden Age of FM DJs. This episode is sponsored by Topps NFL Huddle, SimpliSafe, Audible and MeUndies.

November 23, 2015

Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan tries his best to demystify the band, but Marc is convinced that Yo La Tengo remains hugely influential in the world of indie rock. Hear Marc make his case while Ira takes it in stride. Plus, Bob Odenkirk stops by and Marc gets David Cross on the phone so they can all talk about the new Netflix series, W/ Bob and David. This episode is sponsored by Audible.com, Zip Recruiter, Fandango, and ShipStation.

November 23, 2015

Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan tries his best to demystify the band, but Marc is convinced that Yo La Tengo remains hugely influential in the world of indie rock. Hear Marc make his case while Ira takes it in stride. Plus, Bob Odenkirk stops by and Marc gets David Cross on the phone so they can all talk about the new Netflix series, W/ Bob and David. This episode is sponsored by Audible.com, Zip Recruiter, Fandango, and ShipStation.

November 19, 2015

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers are two of the best bass players on earth. Now both of them are in the garage, paying tribute to Jaco Pastorius, a bass legend who is the subject of a new documentary that Robert made. Plus, Aziz Ansari also stops to talk about his new series, Master of None. This episode is sponsored by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Squarespace, Fandango and ShipStation.

November 16, 2015

Daniel Radcliffe has his head on pretty straight for someone who was thrust into worldwide superstardom at the age of 10. Daniel stops by the garage to talk about growing up as part of the Harry Potter juggernaut and how he’s chosen projects like Equus, Kill Your Darlings, and Victor Frankenstein to help distinguish himself from everyone’s favorite boy wizard. This episode is sponsored by the Cracked Podcast, SimpliSafe, John Mulaney’s The Comeback Kid on Netflix, and Stamps.com.

November 12, 2015

Fresh off writing his memoir and primed by a high octane espresso from Marc’s kitchen, Elvis Costello is ready to dive into his past and connect the dots on his prolific career. Elvis talks with Marc about forming The Attractions, producing for The Specials, working with Nick Lowe, collaborating with Burt Bacharach, and writing dozens of indelible hit songs. This episode is sponsored by Master of None on Netflix, Nathan For You on Comedy Central, The Message on Panoply, and Warby Parker

November 9, 2015

In the history of WTF, Lorne Michaels is talked about more than any other person. Now he is finally a guest. The man behind SNL goes through it all, from the reason he started the show back in 1975 to the reason he keeps doing it. Meanwhile, Marc tries to get some closure on the meeting he had with Lorne 20 years ago that has haunted him ever since. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, ZipRecruiter, Fandango, Stamps.com and Audible.

November 9, 2015

In the history of WTF, Lorne Michaels is talked about more than any other person. Now he is finally a guest. The man behind SNL goes through it all, from the reason he started the show back in 1975 to the reason he keeps doing it. Meanwhile, Marc tries to get some closure on the meeting he had with Lorne 20 years ago that has haunted him ever since. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, ZipRecruiter, Fandango, Stamps.com and Audible.

November 5, 2015

James Corden knows a thing or two about hosting a talk show. The host of The Late Late Show trades notes with Marc about their respective jobs, and James explains that he got the gig by accidentally pitching it to CBS executives. Marc and James also nerd out over some favorite films and James reveals why he believes there are only two types of actors in the world. This episode is sponsored by the Star Wars Card Trader app, SimpliSafe and NatureBox.com.

 

November 2, 2015

Long before Patricia Arquette won an Oscar, long before she filmed a movie over the course of 12 years, long before she worked with directors like Scorsese, Burton, and Lynch, and long before she delivered a star-making turn in True Romance, she was a kid from a showbiz family growing up on a hippie commune in Virginia. Patricia and Marc get into all of it, including her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Fandango and Stamps.com.

October 29, 2015

Steve Albini had his hands and fingers on the mixing board for some of the greatest albums ever, like Nirvana’s In Utero and the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa. But don’t call Steve a producer. He hates that. As Steve tells Marc, he sees himself as an audio engineer and a musician with his own bands, not as someone who should take credit for other people’s albums. This episode is sponsored by Nathan For You on Comedy Central, Chipotle, and Audible.com.

 

October 26, 2015

It’s likely that Aaron Draplin has more passion about graphic design than you have about anything. Marc visits Aaron at the seat of the empire he created in Portland and finds out how a skater kid from the Midwest worked his way up through Snowboarder Magazine to build his own independent design business from scratch and become the go-to guy for some of the country’s most prominent brands. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, SimpliSafe, and Stamps.com.

October 22, 2015

Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor stops by the garage for one of the more surprising conversations Marc can remember. James holds nothing back as he tells Marc about the ups, the downs, the darkness, the light, and everything else he encountered during his storied music career, leading up to his first new album of original music in 13 years. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Chipotle, Audible and NatureBox.

October 19, 2015

A garage is a pretty comfortable place for Mikal Cronin. He’s been making rock music with his buddies since high school, especially with his longtime friend and collaborator Ty Segall. As he tells Marc, it’s always been a DIY affair. Plus, Patrick Stickles from Titus Andronicus returns to get Marc up to speed on his new rock opera. This episode is sponsored by Merge Records, Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts And Prayers on Netflix, Nathan For You on Comedy Central, and Stamps.com.

October 15, 2015

Mike Epps doesn’t stop. The comedian and actor is one of the busiest people in show business, starring in new TV shows like Survivor’s Remorse and Uncle Buck, making movies like the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic, doing standup around the country, and being a dad. It’s a long way from the young guy who went to prison for selling drugs on the streets. Mike tells Marc how he made it out. Plus, Dan Pashman from The Sporkful is back for the second course. This episode is sponsored by BetaBrand, Chipotle and Fandango

October 12, 2015

Playwright Annie Baker is one of the most original and exciting voices in American theater. She’s already a Pulitzer Prize winner and counts super-producer Scott Rudin as one of her most ardent supporters. But as she tells Marc, Annie just wants to write plays for the type of people who don’t want to go see plays in the first place. This episode is sponsored by SimpliSafe, Chipotle, Stamps.com and Audible

October 8, 2015

Blues legend John Mayall founded one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th Century. John talks with Marc about ushering musicians like Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and John McVie through his band, giving birth to Fleetwood Mac and using music to get himself through the Korean War. Plus, Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast, stops by to argue with Marc about cereal. This episode is sponsored by the new film Steve Jobs, Chipotle and MeUndies.

 

 
October 5, 2015

Peaches defies easy categorization, unless you want to define her as a multi-media event. She takes Marc on her journey, from growing up Merrill Nisker in Toronto through her artistic career as a musician and performance artist. Marc finds out what provokes Peaches and why she enjoys pushing buttons herself. This episode is sponsored by Chipotle, SimpliSafe, Stamps.com and Draft Kings.

September 28, 2015

Writer/director Jake Kasdan inherited some good show business genes from his father. But he’s paved his own way, whether it was through his work on shows like Freaks and Geeks or by writing and directing his own feature films. Jake and Marc discuss if it all played out the way Jake had hoped. Plus, past guest Fred Stoller drops in to explain how things have changed since his last appearance on WTF. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Review on Comedy Central, Stamps.com, Draft Kings, and the new film Steve Jobs.

September 24, 2015

Comedian Nick DiPaolo is a relentless button-pusher, which might be why Marc likes him so much despite all their differences. Marc and Nick reminisce about their early comedy days in Boston, as they both try to figure out whether they’ve changed all that much. Plus, one of Marc’s favorite comedians, Brian Regan, stops by to talk about his new special. He brings along comic Joe Bolster, who has a unique connection with Brian and Marc. This episode is sponsored by Chipotle, SimpliSafe, Audible, and Draft Kings.

September 21, 2015

Marc finally comes face to face with his childhood hero and the results do not disappoint. Keith Richards is rock and roll to many people, including Marc. So it’s no surprise that Marc would talk with Keith about his career arc, the evolution of The Rolling Stones, the solo work including his new album, the drugs, the arrests, the fights, the reconciliations, and the satisfaction of it all. This episode is sponsored by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Squarespace, Stamps.com, Draft Kings and the new film Steve Jobs

September 17, 2015

Marc and Sir Patrick Stewart together in the garage? Make it so. The cultural icon engages with Marc about his life as an actor, from the English stage to the Starship Enterprise, culmintating with his new show Blunt Talk. Sir Patrick also talks about the traumatic events of his childhood and how he turned them into motivation for his activism and charitable work. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Chipotle and Draft Kings.

September 14, 2015

You’ve probably heard something Matt Sweeney recorded, even if you don’t immediately recognize the name Matt Sweeney. As Marc discovers in this conversation, Matt has left his fingerprints all over the last 20 years of rock music as a member of several bands, a sought-after session guitarist, an unlikely A & R man, and a guy who is a lot of fun to be around. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Squarespace, Draft Kings, Stamps.com and Chipotle.

September 10, 2015

Fred Armisen sits down with Marc for a surprisingly revealing chat, especially considering how Fred can completely disappear into the many characters he creates. They talk about Fred’s love of music, his desire to take comedy to uncomfortable places, the biggest perk of being on Saturday Night Live, and the one aspect of his life that always feels like chaos. This episode is sponsored by Chipotle, SimpliSafe, MeUndies and Warby Parker.

September 7, 2015

Bob Guccione, Jr. knows a thing or two about publishing. He’s the founder of Spin Magazine and his father was the man behind Penthouse. Now back at Spin to celebrate its 30th anniversary, Bob talks with Marc about the problems in the publishing industry, the state of journalism in general, and where he thinks he fits into all of it today. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, SimpliSafe, Stamps.com and Draft Kings.

September 3, 2015

Richard Thompson and Lemmy Kilmister seem like they exist at opposite ends of the rock spectrum, but you’ll notice a lot of similarities in this double-header episode. First, Marc talks with Richard about his brand of guitar wizardry and how he keeps the tradition going in his family. Then, Marc and Lemmy talk Motorhead, the Beatles, dads, drugs, Ozzy and what it means to be Lemmy. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Star Wars Card Trader, Draft Kings and NatureBox.

August 31, 2015

Lake Bell is an actor, a writer, a director, and a mother. She tells Marc how all four of those things came to be, including what it took to get her own movie made, how she got connected with the comedy community, and what complications arose while making the movie No Escape. Plus, Jessie Askinazi and Rose McGowan stop by to talk about their #YesAllWomen fundraiser and auction. This episode is sponsored by SimpliSafe, Parachute and Draft Kings.

August 27, 2015

It’s been 14 years since Peter Bogdanovich made a movie, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down. The man who burst on the scene with The Last Picture Show is busier than ever and he joins Marc in the garage to reflect on a life in show business, starting with his early foray into theater to his friendship with Orson Wells to his latest movie She’s Funny That Way. This episode is sponsored by Crash Test on Vimeo, Review on Comedy Central, Casper Mattresses, SimpliSafe and Blunt Talk on Starz.

August 24, 2015

Still in his mid-20s, Jerrod Carmichael already has a reputation in comedian circles as a comic who has the goods. Marc talks with Jerrod about his rapid rise, which includes an HBO special directed by Spike Lee and a new NBC sitcom called The Carmichael Show. Jerrod explains how he stays grounded through all of it and why he still has an impulse to make things messy. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Blunt Talk on Starz and Stamps.com. 

August 20, 2015

Robert Rodriguez has been making movies on his own terms since he was 12 years old. Before Spy Kids and Machete and Sin City, he famously made his first feature, El Mariachi, for $7000. And, as Robert tells Marc, it’s possibly all just a prelude to the new television network he created. Plus, writer Jonathan Ames stops by to talk about his latest show and how he’s adjusting to Los Angeles. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted, Blunt Talk on Starz and Parachute.

August 17, 2015

Before John Ridley won the Academy Award for writing 12 Years a Slave, he was a stand-up comic. Marc talks to John about the times they crossed paths in comedy clubs and why John needed to leave comedy behind so he could move forward as a writer, a filmmaker and television show creator. Plus, Marc announces a new partnership for WTF. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Blunt Talk on Starz, and Stamps.com.

August 13, 2015

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes steps away from the anchor chair and into the garage to talk with Marc about life outside of cable news. Chris explains how his upbringing shaped his political conscience and how his career in journalism fine-tuned his sense of empathy. He also reveals what he really wanted to do before going into news and why he hasn’t given up that dream. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Squarespace and Blunt Talk on Starz.

August 10, 2015

Filmmaker Lynn Shelton works outside the Hollywood system. About 1,000 miles outside the Hollywood system, in fact. Lynn talks to Marc about living in Seattle while being a working director for film and television. She also discusses the creative evolution in her life that took her from writing to acting to photography to editing to making feature films. This episode is sponsored by Automatic, Stamps.com and SimpliSafe

August 6, 2015

Jason Bateman wondered if he was done with acting. After finding success at a very young age, Jason thought about hanging it up. He talks with Marc about his career rebirth, from Arrested Development to his latest movie, The Gift. Plus, Marc’s friends Bobcat Goldthwait and Barry Crimmins stop by to talk about Bob’s new documentary Call Me Lucky, which is about Barry. This episode is sponsored by No One Needs To Know by Kevin O’Brien, Parachute, Difficult People on Hulu and NatureBox.

August 3, 2015

Filmmaker Harmony Korine and Marc give it a second try after a fairly awkward live WTF episode a few years ago. Without Eddie Pepitone and James Franco to distract them, Harmony and Marc have a long chat about making movies, pushing boundaries, shooting on film, David Blaine, Werner Herzog and the 20th anniversary of Harmony’s breakout movie, Kids. This episode is sponsored by Mr. Robinson on NBCThe End of the Tour, SimpliSafe and MeUndies.com

July 30, 2015

Sometimes people ask Sinbad if he’s “still got it.” But as he proves to Marc, you can’t lose funny. And Sinbad’s been funny for a long time, from his time as a cutup in the military through his career as an actor and standup comedian. Sinbad tells Marc how it all went down. They also discuss how difficult it is for Sinbad to deal with the revelations about Bill Cosby after regarding him as a friend and mentor for decades. This episode is sponsored by Difficult People on Hulu, Squarespace and Parachute

July 27, 2015

Jason Segel was drawn to acting because of a quote from The Muppets. Now that he’s been on a hit TV series, starred in several successful movies, and helped resurrect those very Muppets, what’s next? Jason talks to Marc about the changes in his life, the debt he owes Judd Apatow and the challenge of playing David Foster Wallace. This episode is sponsored by the new movie The End of the Tour, BoJack Horseman on Netflix, ZipRecruiter and Stamps.com.

July 23, 2015

Wyatt Cenac and Marc go way back. But despite two WTF appearances, Wyatt never sat down with Marc for a full conversation in the garage until now. Wyatt talks about the loss of his father, the struggles with his mother, his pursuit of SNL that led him to the wrong side of the country, and his unexpected arrival at (and departure from) The Daily Show. This episode is sponsored by Review on Comedy Central, BoJack Horseman on Netflix, The Jim Gaffigan Show on TV Land and Zip Recruiter.

June 25, 2015

From the minute the Presidential motorcade pulled away, Marc began recording his reaction to the momentous event that just occurred in his garage. Hear Marc’s ongoing reflections in the aftermath as well as a discussion with WTF producer Brendan McDonald about how this happened in the first place. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com, Squarespace, Comedy Central, and Vegas.com.

June 22, 2015

Marc welcomes the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the garage for conversation about college, fitting in, race relations, gun violence, changing the status quo, disappointing your fans, comedians, fatherhood and overcoming fear. And yes, this really happened. This episode is presented without commercial interruption courtesy of Squarespace. Go to MarcMeetsObama.com to see behind-the-scenes photos and captions.

June 18, 2015

Judd Apatow has a lot going on right now. So when he came over to the garage to talk with Marc about some of his projects, it’s no wonder they kept talking for an hour. Judd and Marc discuss charitable works, the fear of insignificance, and continuing to learn from other funny people. Plus, Marc has a big announcement. This episode is brought to you by TrunkClub, QuickBooks Self-Employed, MeUndies, NatureBox and The Brink on HBO.

June 15, 2015

Godfrey and Marc usually bust on each other in the back of comedy clubs, but this is the first time they’ve sat down for an hour to bust on each other in a garage. When they’re not hurling insults, Godfrey tells Marc about his Nigerian background, his memories of Bernie Mac, his stint as the 7 Up guy, and his new TV show Bullseye. This episode is sponsored by Xero, The Brink on HBO, Stamps, SimpliSafe

June 11, 2015

Fair warning: Mike Watt’s story of a near-death experience is not for the squeamish. The good news is he survived. One of history’s greatest bass players, Mike tells Marc about forming the rock bands Minutemen and Firehose, helping reunite Iggy and the Stooges, coming to terms with the death of his best friend, and writing three rock operas to help deal with personal crises. This episode is sponsored by Mr. Robot on USA Network, Uber, Trunk Club and SimpliSafe

June 8, 2015

Constance Zimmer kicked off her busy summer with a role on the new season of Maron and followed it up with two movies and a new TV show. Constance talks with Marc about getting acting roles in her 40s, an experience which is not what she expected. Plus, the two of them swap notes on how to perform sex scenes, and Constance talks about being in the high-testosterone world of Entourage. This episode is sponsored by Mr. Robot on USA Network, Blue Apron, Stamps.com and Audible

June 4, 2015

Comedian Kurt Metzger is currently a staff writer on Inside Amy Schumer, which is a far cry from his first TV writing job on a game show hosted by Marc. Kurt tells Marc how he broke out of his life as a Jehovah’s Witness, became a comedian, and found himself embroiled in an online controversy about his comedy. This episode is sponsored by Uber, Blue Apron and MeUndies

June 1, 2015

Haley Joel Osment not only survived being a child actor, he was one of the most celebrated child actors of all time. Haley and Marc talk about the massive run of success he had during his youth, why he left Hollywood, and why he came back. Also, Marc’s good friend Jerry Stahl stops by to discuss Jerry’s second chance at fatherhood. This episode is sponsored by Xero, Uber, NatureBox and Stamps.com

May 28, 2015

Kevin Corrigan is a prolific character actor and a quintessential New York guy. So it makes sense that there’s a lot of Scorsese worship in this episode. Kevin also talks to Marc about growing up in the Bronx, the importance of music in his life, and how he feels about an acting career where he is often called upon to play the friend, not the lead. This episdoe is sponsored by Squarespace, the new documentary Eat Drink Laugh and SimpliSafe.

May 25, 2015

In Living Color changed the face of sketch comedy and Tommy Davidson was one of the main faces. He talks to Marc about how the show came to be, what got him into standup, and how he almost didn’t live to the age of two. Also, radio legend Phil Hendrie drops by to talk with Marc about the new frontier of audio. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, Audible and Trunk Club.

May 21, 2015

The tables are turned on one of the world’s greatest interviewers, when Marc sits down with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross in front of a live audience at the BAM Opera House in Brooklyn. The voice of NPR and the mind of WTF go deep into Terry’s past to examine the life of a person who is so familiar to millions and still very much a mystery. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, NatureBox, Blue Apron and Casper