Yakov Smirnoff is the only guest who ever had to submit his material to the Soviet Ministry of Jokes. He has a lot less pressure in the garage talking with Marc about coming to America, landing a job at The Comedy Store, rocketing to stand-up stardom in the 80s and watching it all crumble away along with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Then hear the surprising way Yakov reinvented himself in comedy, as well as in life. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries and Adam & Eve.
Will Ferrell shares the full story of his rise to comedy superstardom, from his days trying to make it as a stand-up comic to his “graduate work” with The Groundlings to his standout run on SNL to his unstoppable movie career. Plus, Will provides inside stories about some of his most popular projects, like Anchorman, Eastbound and Down, and Old School. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.
Marc continues his quest to speak with every member of The State by inviting Ken Marino into the garage. Ken spills some behind-the-scenes stories about The State, as well as other fan-favorites like Wet Hot American Summer, Party Down and Burning Love. But Ken isn’t all about comedy. He also reveals his expertise on subjects like plumbing and clam digging. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, Audible and Adam & Eve.
More than 100 episodes later, indie rock legend Lou Barlow is in the garage for a follow-up to Marc’s talk with Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis. Lou gives his side to the initial break-up of Dinosaur Jr and talks about the formation of his other bands, Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion. Lou also gets into some of the roadblocks in his personal life leading up to his latest album. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial.
Thanksgiving. A perfect time to be thankful for all that stand-up comedy has to offer. Marc and comedian John Heffron give you the nitty-gritty on virtually everything it takes to make a living as a stand-up comic. In addition to the tricks of the trade, John tells Marc about the way he’s been able to carve out a place for himself in stand-up comedy, including an ill-fated stint as Danny Bonaduce’s sidekick. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom, Audible and Adam & Eve.
It turns out Larry King is a stickler for time, which means this WTF gets off to a rocky start. Is Marc able to turn things around? There’s lots to talk about with Larry - his relationship with Jackie Gleason, being a father again at 80, interviewing presidents. Will Marc and Larry be able to overcome an early miscommunication so they can get to the good stuff? This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting. Get started today by clicking the Try It Free button and using the promo code WTF.
Director Edgar Wright is in the garage to tell Marc how his lifelong obsession with television and movies of every stripe led him to developing a distinctive style for his movies like Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim and The World’s End. Also, Edgar reveals how his mother’s conspiracy theories about the Freemasons running Edgar’s childhood town spawned the plot of Hot Fuzz. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting by Citrix. Try it free right now using the offer code WTF.
CM Punk’s fans know him as The Best In The World and his status as one of the top stars in professional wrestling backs up that claim. He joins Marc in the garage to talk about his unorthodox rise to the pinnacle of his profession, the moment of total honesty that changed his career, and why he shares Marc’s loathing for preparation. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.
Barry Crimmins is a peerless political satirist, but he’s also the founder of one of the most important clubs in the Boston comedy scene. Marc talks with Barry about shaping political activism into a comedy act, as well as the deeply traumatic events in his life that gave rise to his political worldview and his comedy. This episode is sponsored by “Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles” on HBO, Saturday, November 23. Also sponsored by LegalZoom and Adam & Eve.
Mike, Pete and Pete from the rock group The Figgs cram into the garage, instruments in hand, for a little talking and a little jamming. The guys tell Marc what has kept them together for 20 years, how a car commercial gave them a second wind, and why they keep grinding it out when their lives have taken them all in very different directions. This episode is sponsored by Merge Records, HuluPlus and Audible.
Illeana Douglas plays Marc’s good friend on “Maron” but here in the garage they’re really just getting to know each other. Illeana tells Marc about kicking off her acting career in films like Goodfellas and Cape Fear, what she learned from her relationship with Martin Scorsese, and why she gave up on stand-up comedy. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial.
Fire up that Hammond organ because rock and roll Hall of Famer Booker T. Jones is at the Cat Ranch. Marc talks with Booker T. about the sound he created at Stax Records and the many hit songs he wrote while working with a who’s who of music royalty. Also, Marc’s buddy Jerry Stahl drops by the garage to talk about his new novel, Happy Mutant Baby Pills. This episode is sponsored by LegalZoom, Warby Parker and Adam & Eve.
Seth Meyers kicks the tires on this whole hosting-an-interview-show thing. Big Jay Oakerson wrestles with an awkward encounter of the thrid kind. Tig Notaro reflects on surviving the toughest period of her life. Trevor Noah explains what it’s like to deal with comedy stemming from apartheid in South Africa. Eddie Izzard searches for a universal language. Live from Just For Laughs Montreal. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com.
Marc’s TV mom, Sally Kellerman, joins him in the garage to talk about her career in show business and how some of the biggest names in Hollywood history played roles in her life. In between stories about Robert Altman and Marlon Brando and Henry Kissinger and Rodney Dangerfield, Sally tells Marc about figuring out she had an addiction and what made her quit this drug of choice. This episode is sponsored by Canon and the Project Imagination Film Festival.
Elijah Wood and Marc bond over their respective vinyl collections before launching into a wide-ranging conversation about movies, fame and privacy. Elijah tells Marc about his experiences making The Lord of the Rings, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Ice Storm and other films that shaped the culture. Plus, Elijah spares no detail in describing what it was like for him to do stand-up comedy for the first time. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, Adam & Eve, Squarespace and LegalZoom.