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, Squarespace, Ministry of Supply and Warby Parker.
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.
Neil Young. There's not a lot you need to say in introducing a legendary musician with three dozen studio albums spanning five decades. Neil joins Marc in the garage to talk about his music, his family, his friends, his guitars, his innovations and his new album, Earth. This episode is sponsored by Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons on HBO, the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express, Stamps.com and Squarespace.
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 Apronand Starry Station.
Louie Anderson's standup career is unquestionably legendary. But his astounding performance as Christine Baskets has put Louie in an entirely new dimension. Marc and Louie go through it all, from the Midwestern upbringing in a household of 11 kids to getting called over by Johnny Carson to his current TV success. This episode is sponsored by Starry Station, the Blue Cash Preferred Card from Amex, Squarespace and Stamps.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.