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.
Johnny Knoxville shows up to the garage with his hand in a splint, which is appropriate for the guy behind Jackass and Bad Grandpa. Marc talks to Johnny about where his prankster nature comes from and why he’s compelled to risk his safety for the best stunts. Johnny also talks about the moving tributes paid to his late friend Ryan Dunn. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting from Citrix. Try It Free by entering the promo code WTF.
Comedian Jim Breuer is more open and candid about his time at Saturday Night Live than any former SNL alum who has been in the garage. Jim also provides Marc with a big missing piece about a pivitol moment in Marc’s life. Plus, Jim shares the stories behind two heartbreaking lost opportunities of his career and explains how a meeting with Bill Cosby gave him the inspiration to pave his own way in comedy. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom, Audible and Adam & Eve.
Marc rekindles his old friendship with Moon Zappa, the actress-writer-comedian and daughter of Frank Zappa, who has a lot to reflect on with Marc as they both enter similar times in their lives. Also, Daniel Nazer of the Electronic Frontier Foundation gets on the phone to update everyone on the latest news regarding the fight to save podcasting from patent trolls. 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.
Simon Majumdar considers himself a good cook but will not consider himself a chef. He talks with Marc about the distinction between the two terms and how that distinction has played into his life as a food critic and a judge on The Next Iron Chef. Plus, Simon shares the one sentence that he believes paved the way for his entire career. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting by Citrix. Try it free now using the offer code WTF.
Natasha Lyonne shares her story with Marc, and what a story it is. In addition to a tremendously accomplished acting career, Natasha emerged from the other side of a harrowing experience with addiction. She tells Marc how she was able to make it out alive and where her life has gone from there. 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.
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was instrumental in helping Marc through a dark time in his life, thanks to the music of Josh’s old band Kyuss. Similarly, Josh explains how he dragged himself out of the darkness by returning to music after a true life or death situation. Josh and Marc also talk about comedy, the creative process, ZZ Top, and life in the desert. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, Squarespace, LegalZoom and Adam & Eve.
Laura Dern is the garage to talk with Marc about her impressive career. Laura explains the reason she always gravitated toward risky, challenging projects like her collaborations with David Lynch, as well as the inspiration she found at a young age from her parents and their peers. Plus, Marc lobbies hard for a resurrection of Laura’s show, Enlightened. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial.
Joey Diaz provides another first for WTF: He’s the first guest to begin a career in comedy while he was in prison. Joey and Marc catch up in the garage, where Joey divulges a backstory filled with drug dealing, gun running, burglary and other assorted felonies, and Marc tries to remember what he did one time to really get Joey riled up. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, HuluPlus, Audible and Adam & Eve.