Mac McCaughan from Superchunk is also the founder of one of the biggest and most prolific indy music labels in the country - Merge Records. Mac and Marc talk about the creation of Merge and the evolution of Mac’s own musical output. Also, comedian Carol Leifer drops by to talk about her new memoir, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Crying. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Prosper, Draft Kings and Merge Records.
When singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock looks back at the roots of his prolific career, he sees a little Bob Dylan, a little Syd Barrett and a little Doctor Who, to name a few influences. Robyn talks with Marc about his first band The Soft Boys, his mixed feelings about reunions, the fears and compulsions that keep him going, and the elusive nature of originality. This episode is sponsored by Pond5, Squarespace, Blue Apron and Draft Kings.
Wanda Sykes is one of the funniest people alive. But Marc remembers Wanda when she was first starting out in the New York comedy clubs and says she was a completely different performer back then. Wanda tells Marc how she found her confidence and became more honest, in both her act and her life. Plus, Wanda explains what happened during her encounter with the President and First Lady. This episode is sponsored by Pond5, Comedy Central and Stamps.com.
In a way, Ty Segall has the life Marc always wanted. Still in his mid-20s, Ty already has eight solo albums, as well as others with various bands, and rubs shoulders with rock legends while making music with his long-time friends. That probably explains why Marc is so excited to get a modern rock lesson from Ty, covering pyschedelia, noise rock, no wave and modern punk. Ty also explains his DIY approach to creating albums, which is not unfamiliar to a podcaster like Marc. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron and Prosper.
Comedy writer Alec Sulkin found success on Family Guy and the movie Ted. But as he explains to Marc, the road to good TV writing jobs is long and winding, filled with connections, coincidences, injustice and nepotism. Alec explains how he made it through the long slog, got past the disappointment of his own show getting canceled, found personal popularity on Twitter and subsequently got himself in hot water. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, UnTuckIt, Prosper and Stamps.com.
Bob Mould shook up alternative music in the ‘80s and ‘90s with his influential bands Husker Du and Sugar. But Bob seems willing to shake up his own life at every turn, too. Bob tells Marc how he took advantage of sudden opportunities that set his life down different paths, like becoming a writer for pro-wrestling, composing The Daily Show theme song and coming to terms with his true identity. This episode is sponsored by Merge Records, Squarespace and Doctor On Demand.
Robin Williams passed away on August 11, 2014. This is Marc’s conversation with Robin from April 26, 2010, as well as Marc’s reflections about the great comedian and actor.
Bob Newhart is an American institution thanks to his incredibly funny and popular television shows. But the way Marc sees it, Bob Newhart is one of the most important stand-up comedians ever. Marc talks with the legend about the comedy albums that turned Bob into an overnight sensation and changed the game for American comedy. This episode is sponsored by Katt Williams: Priceless on HBO, Boyhood from IFC Films, Squarespace and Stamps.com.
Actor Pat Healy is coming off a string of acclaimed performances in challenging films like Compliance and Cheap Thrills. But how do those complex roles compare with another from his past? That role being the roommate of Marc Maron’s ex-wife. Pat and Marc talk about those strange days when their lives intersected, as well as Pat’s earlier years at the vaunted Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Plus, Pat busts out a killer Werner Herzog impression. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron and Prosper.
Authors of The Humor Code, psychologist Peter McGraw and journalist Joel Warner, traveled around the world to find out what makes things are funny. They stop by the garage to share their findings and conclusions with Marc, including a scientific theory of humor. Plus, Eddie Pepitone drops in to get Marc up to speed on his life and his latest projects. This episode is sponsored by Doctor on Demand, Prosper and Audible.
Claire Danes always had a Plan B. In fact, throughout her life, Claire could have taken several alternate career paths. But whether it was because of My So-Called Life or Temple Grandin or Homeland or something else, Claire kept coming back to acting. She tells Marc what it was like to find success at such a young age, why she briefly left it all behind, and what happened when she finally got to work with her hero. This episode is sponsored by Prosper and Harry’s.
Comedian and actor Adam Ferrara is enjoying his gig as host of the car show Top Gear, which is surprising because he’s never been good at fixing cars. But he tells Marc there’s one major reason it’s the perfect job for him. Adam and Marc also share their memories of horrible road gigs and the Boston comedians that welcomed Adam into the fold. This episode is sponsored by the free online game World of Tanks.
Wayne’s World. Austin Powers. Shrek. Mike Myers doesn’t just make comedy. He makes worldwide sensations. Mike tells Marc how a working class kid from Toronto made his way through the improv ranks to land on SNL and how his phenomenal career set the table for a profoundly personal project, the documentary Supermensch. This episode is sponsored by World of Tanks, LegalZoom and Stamps.com.
Denny Tedesco has been on a quest to tell a story for 18 years. His father, Tommy Tedesco, was a member of The Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians who went unrecognized while recording some of the biggest records in history. Denny tells Marc the story of The Wrecking Crew as well as his own struggle to get the documentary made. Plus, Marc recounts the worst day of his life in a story he has never told before. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and by Audible.
A lot of things in Leonard Maltin’s life were unexpected. He never expected to become a ubiquitous American film critic. He didn’t expect to be entrenched in show business after spending his formative years revering it. And he definitely didn’t expect to become a comedy podcast legend. Leonard and Marc talk about how these unlikely things came to be. This episode is sponsored by LegalZoom, UnTuckIt, Prosper and Stamps.com.