Comedian Don Barris was the first guy Marc met when he moved to Los Angeles in the 80s. Don had a pretty insane journey to get into show business and he shares with Marc a chaotic history at The Comedy Store. The two of them look back on the mythology of the club and how they both made it out on the other side. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom, Squarespace and Adam & Eve.
Musical virtuoso John Cale gives Marc details on the formation of The Velvet Underground, the creation of The Stooges’ first album and many other seminal moments in rock history. Plus, John tells Marc why he was disappointed in The Velvet Underground reunion and why his latest project has roots in hip hop. 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 with a $110 bonus offer.
Judy Gold and Marc share a bond that only two contemporary comedians who both love women can share. In her long awaited trip to the garage, Judy tells Marc about her struggles to fit in as a teen, the tragic story of her first time, breaking into comedy by way of Secret Santa, and being a gay rights activist. This episode is sponsored by Adult Swim. Check out new episodes of Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV:: every Thursday at midnight on Adult Swim.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and Marc meet up at The Mansion, the famous recording studio in Laurel Canyon. They talk about the evolution of the band, as well as Thom’s solo projects and collaborations with other musicians. Plus, Thom reveals his most important influences and explains why he gets so much pleasure out of noise. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting. The fast and easy way to meet and collaborate - wherever, whenever.
Marc returns to his roots in Boston for a live WTF at The Wilbur Theatre with Dan Crohn, Sue Costello, Rick Jenkins, George McDonald, Teddy Bergeron and DJ Hazard. Old friends are reunited, new relationships are forged, and everyone remembers what it was like when they were first starting out in Beantown. This episode is sponsored by Hulu Plus, LegalZoom, Audible and Adam and Eve.
Alternative hip-hop artist Mike Eagle is in the garage to give Marc a little education about rap music, then and now. Mike talks about listening to ‘90s indie rock while all the other kids were listening to hip-hop and how it shaped his musical sensibility, and he tells Marc how his development as a rapper was a lot like the process of comedians at the UCB. 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 with a $110 bonus offer.
Marc finds a kindred spirit in Jonah Hill - another guy who grew up with a desire to make people around him laugh, annoying his teachers in the process. Jonah talks about how being a cutup led to opportunities in acting, which led to more dramatic roles, which led to an Oscar nomination, and he explains why Superbad made it more difficult for him to take other roles. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom and Adam & Eve.
Douglas Rushkoff’s new book “Present Shock” has Marc questioning his codependent relationship with technology, particularly social media. Douglas and Marc talk about the pace and access of technology and what that means for our lives. Also, Scott Aukerman sneaks into the garage on the dawn of a new season of Comedy Bang! Bang! on IFC. 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.
Nick Cave grew up in Australia watching the same American TV sitcoms that Marc was watching halfway across the globe. But while Marc’s influences led him to comedy, Nick’s led him to writing music, lyrics, books, film scores and screenplays. He talks with Marc about his time as frontman of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and all the opportunities that sprung from there. This episode is sponsored by Hulu Plus, Comedy Central and Audible.
David Sedaris has been in the memoir writing game for a bit longer than Marc, so he comes bearing notes and advice regarding Marc’s latest book. They also discuss the differences between how they perform for crowds, why they both have fears of everyday things, and how they deal with family members in their memoir writing. This episode is sponsored by Shout! Factory presenting the new collection Richard Pryor: No Pryor Restraint. We’re also sponsored by LegalZoom and Warby Parker.
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong created one of the most successful comedy duos of all time. They sit down with Marc in the garage to explain how Cheech and Chong got started. They also discuss their decades long relationship, which led to them angrily breaking up and culminated in a much-needed reunion. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, LegalZoom, Adam & Eve and Hulu Plus.
Before the dawn of WTF, Marc embraced being described as “an Iggy Pop Woody Allen.” Once WTF took off, Marc repeatedly said one of his dream guests was Iggy Pop. Now with 400 episodes in the can, Marc talks to that dream guest and finds out if “Iggy Pop Woody Allen” is still an apt description. 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 with a $110 bonus offer.
In remembrance of the late, great James Gandolfini, Marc revisits this story from Episode 250 of WTF with comedian Frank Santorelli.
Kristen Schaal is a perfectly charming guest in the garage. But that’s not the posture she adopted for her recent comedy special. She tells Marc why she deliberately constructed the most awkward television special possible, as well as how her career changed after Flight of the Conchords, and what it means when casting directors ask for “a Kristen Schaal type.” This episode is sponsored by LegalZoom, Audible, Adam & Eve, and Hulu Plus.
Danny Lobell hosted the first comedy podcast in history, so he has a lot of notes to compare with Marc on his visit to the garage. Danny also talks with Marc about the transition in his life that affected his comedy and why he feels his belief in God is at odds with the comedy world. 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.