Comedian and writer Harris Wittels passed away on February 19, 2015. This is Marc’s conversation with Harris, originally posted on September 16, 2013.
Harry Shearer always leaves his mark, whether it’s on The Simpsons or in Spinal Tap or in Christopher Guest’s movies or on his long-running radio show or in his latest performance as Richard Nixon. Harry and Marc talk about those career touchstones as well as his deep connection to New Orleans and the struggles he experienced in two different incarnations of SNL. This episode is sponsored by The Loop Loft, MeUndies.com and Audible.
Conor Oberst is a virtuoso singer-songwriter, known for fronting bands like Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk and Desaparecidos. Now with his first solo album under his belt, Conor sits down with Marc to talk about the intangible nature of writing songs, the difficulty in being compared to Bob Dylan, and the frightening period of his life when a false accusation turned everything upside down. This episode is sponsored by Giuseppe Makes A Movie, Squarespace and Stamps.com.
Live from the LA Podfest, Whitney Cummings deals with codependency, Shelby Fero reckons with being a black sheep, Pamela Adlon doesn’t understand why nipples aren’t allowed on TV, Desi Jedeikin tries to explain what her tweets mean, and Amber Preston surveys the wreckage of a breakup. This episode is sponsored by 1-800 Flowers and NatureBox.
Comedian Cameron Esposito made her mark when a spontaneous moment during an appearance on The Late Late Show put her toe to toe with Jay Leno. Cameron tells Marc about that night and its aftermath, and also discusses what she believes are her responsibilities as an out lesbian in the entertainment industry. This episode is sponsored by 1-800 Flowers and Stamps.com.
92-year-old comedian Marty Allen visits the garage to talk about performing for eight decades and witnessing the evolving landscape of entertainment. Marty tells Marc about his appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, including the night The Beatles were introduced to America. Plus, stories about Elvis, Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Don Rickles and the Hollywood Squares. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron and 1-800 Flowers.
Even though this is Jim Gaffigan’s fifth appearance on WTF, it’s the first time he and Marc actually have a full-length conversation worthy of the garage. Jim talks with Marc about big families, absent dads, clean comedy, Greg Giraldo, working with your spouse, finding your inner voice, and food. This episode is sponsored by Polyvinyl Records, Squarespace and Stamps.com.
Brian Koppelman is a writer, a director, a producer and a podcast host, but his most life-defining event occurred two decades ago in an entirely different field… the music industry. Brian tells Marc about the person who changed everything for him, way before he wrote Rounders, before he directed Solitary Man and before he hosted The Moment. This episode is sponsored by NatureBox and Birchbox Man.
Jimmy Dore was one of the early adopters of the comedy podcast. Marc and Jimmy discuss their podcast origins, Jimmy’s massive Irish family, Bill Hicks, George Carlin, and the perils and rewards of doing political comedy. Plus, Marc gives Nick DiPaolo a call to talk about his new special, Another Senseless Killing. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies.com and Stamps.com.
Actress and comedian Andrea Martin conquered the stage and screen, earning Tony and Emmy awards, performing in the legendary cast of SCTV and publishing her memoir, Lady Parts. But as she explains to Marc, there was one accolade that remained elusive throughout her career: Praise from her father. It’s a situation Marc has no problem understanding, for obvious reasons. This episode is sponsored by Casper and Birchbox.
Despite being a member of the Coppola family, all Jason Schwartzman really wanted was to be in a band. But he tells Marc about the chance occurance that got him cast in Rushmore without any prior acting experience. Jason has more great stories about his past projects, from I Heart Huckabees all the way up through his latest film Listen Up Philip and his new series Mozart in the Jungle. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com and MeUndies.com.
Mike Judge and Marc have a lot to talk about. First of all, they both grew up in Albuquerque. Then there’s Mike’s groundbreaking animated work, which began on a whim and wound up birthing Beavis and Butt-head, King of the Hill and Office Space. There’s also Mike’s cult classic Idiocracy and his latest show Silicon Valley, which Marc loves. We’re going to need a little extra time for this one. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and NatureBox.
At long last, Jeff Garlin is in the garage for a one-on-one with Marc. They talk about how Jeff got paired with Larry David to birth Curb Your Enthusiasm, how Marc and Jeff once pitched a cop show together, and how Jeff found inner peace after getting arrested. Plus, Judd Apatow calls in to talk with Marc about the ghastly Bill Cosby situation. This episode is sponsored by Xero, Stamps.com and Draft Kings.
Director Richard Linklater takes Marc through the unprecedented 12 year process of making his latest film, Boyhood, and goes into detail about Dazed and Confused, Matthew McConaughey, School of Rock, Waking Life, the Austin Film Society and much more. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Xero and Draft Kings.
Director Paul Thomas Anderson joins Marc in the garage for a thorough discussion of each and every one of Paul’s films, including his latest, Inherent Vice. Paul explains his creative process and spills some amazing on-set stories about Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master and more. This episode is sponsored by Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, Xero, Boyhood on BluRay and DVD, and Stamps.com.