Comedian Paul Gilmartin and Marc find themselves in a wormhole of self-doubt and passive aggression as they delve into the mental health and pathology of stand-up comics. Plus, Marc’s buddies Ryan Singer and Geoff Tate stop by to discuss a late night television conundrum. This episode is sponsored by Independent Lens, Comedy Central and Adam and Eve.
This is no parody, this is the real deal. “Weird Al” Yankovic graces the garage at The Cat Ranch for a conversation with Marc about his three decades in entertainment and the unique connection he has with audiences, including their ability to lift him up during the most difficult time in his life. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio microphone and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial.
Diablo Cody won an Oscar for her first screenplay but people still doubted her achievements. She talks with Marc about her development as a writer and how she managed to silence her loudest critics with Young Adult. This episode is sponsored by Independent Lens featuring the Oscar-nominated documentary Hell and Back Again. Also sponsored by Comedy Central and by Audible.
Marc Maron. Tom Scharpling. Just a couple of dudes trying to figure things out, one podcast at a time.
Big Jay Oakerson did not take the traditional path into comedy. Of course, being a bouncer for stag party strippers and a dress-up Elmo for children’s birthday parties isn’t the traditional path into anything. Jay regales Marc with his wild road stories and chronicles the rise and fall of his infamous closing bit. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio microphone and enter WTF for a no risk trial and bonus offer.
Bill Maher is one of the drivers of political conversation in America but he still sees himself, first and foremost, as a comic. Marc talks with Bill about his beginnings in comedy, the reason he’s always been interested in having a take on the news, and atheism. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the microphone and enter WTF for a special offer.
Singer-songwriter Nick Lowe joins Marc for a talk about life in music. Nick dishes a bit about Elvis Costello and Johnny Cash before giving the Cat Ranch microphones a real workout with a top-shelf acoustic performance. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Audible and Berries.com, where you can enter WTF as the offer code for a Valentine’s Day deal.
Veteran TV writer and showrunner Bill Lawrence talks to Marc about his success in creating shows like Spin City and Scrubs after getting fired from major sitcoms of the 90s. But will he change the title of his current show, Cougar Town? This episode is sponsored by Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. Also, for special Valentine’s Day deals, go to AdamandEve.com and ProFlowers.com and use WTF as the offer code.
Matt Graham has quite an amazing history. He and Marc crossed paths in the Boston comedy scene and Matt went on to be a respected comedy writer, a professional Scrabble player, a professional poker player, and an almost-college basketball player at the age of 40. But that only scratches the surface. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF for a special offer.
Marc got his start doing comedy in Boston and now he’s back doing a Live WTF. All the guests on the show are comedy legends in Boston and, at some point in the past, Marc opened for all of them. It’s a murderer’s row of Boston comics - Kenny Rogerson, Mike Donovan, Jimmy Tingle, Tony V and Frank Santorelli. This episode is sponsored by Magners. Go to the Magners Facebook page for more comedy from Magners.
Marc heads over to Hollywood Boulevard for a chat with Jimmy Kimmel. They discuss Jimmy’s upbringing in Las Vegas, his tales of survival in local morning radio, his love of pranks and his mindset when he pulled one of the most famous televised pranks in history on Jay Leno. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic on the homepage and enter WTF for special offers.
Paul Feig, creator of Freaks and Geeks and the director of Bridesmaids, brings it to the garage for a candid conversation about comedy, his origins, Christian Science, the Golden Globes and a daunting issue he’s lived with for most of his life. This episode is sponsored by Real Time with Bill Maher, Comedy Central and Adam and Eve.
Ralphie May brings the Deep South into the Cat Ranch. He tells Marc how he survived comic hazings, a harrowing car crash, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison and Last Comic Standing to become one of the most popular headliners in the country. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click the radio mic and enter WTF for a special trial offer.
Fred Stoller broke into comedy during the boom period of the 1980s. He worked with up-and-comers like Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld. He was on every television show that would feature stand-ups. By 1993, he quit. Fred talks to Marc about the struggle of being and remaining Fred Stoller. This episode is sponsored by Real Time with Bill Maher, Comedy Central, and Adam and Eve.
Todd Glass returns to the garage for a very different conversation than the one he and Marc shared the last time. It’s an honest, open discussion unlike any other heard on WTF. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click the radio mic and enter WTF for a no-risk trial offer.