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.
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.
It's a two-part 700th Episode extravaganza. First, Marc and Julia Louis-Dreyfus talk Seinfeld, SNL, Second City, Larry David, Woody Allen, Veep, being a mom and getting older. Then for Part 2, Marc's friend Louis CK stops by to spill the beans on everything that went into making and releasing his series Horace and Pete. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, ZipRecruiter, and Audible.
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.
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.
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.
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 John, as well as 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.
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.
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 SoFi, HBO NOW, Harry’s, and Squarepsace.
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.
Marc’s conversation with Garry Shandling from May 2011. Garry passed away on 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.