Rose Byrne is everywhere. With two new movies coming out, Adult Beginners and Spy, and a laundry list of big hits in recent years, she still had some time to chat with Marc about her journey from Australia to Hollywood and all the stops along the way. Also, WTF friend Kevin Pollak is back with a debrief about his new documentary Misery Loves Comedy, which happens to feature Marc. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Xero, Draft Kings and Stamps.com.
Spoon frontman Britt Daniel tells Marc what it was like growing up in Texas as a sensitive kid who liked The Cure. Britt and Marc also trace the path of young heartbreak that preceded the formation of Spoon. Also, Jon Ronson returns to the garage to talk about his new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, NatureBox and Draft Kings.
Sit on it (“it” being your most relaxing podcast-listening seat) and enjoy this conversation between Marc and Henry Winkler. Although he’s embedded in popular consciousness as The Fonz, Henry tells Marc how he finally feels like the real Henry Winkler is coming to the surface, after a career of acting, directing, producing and now writing children’s books. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Blue Apron, Draft Kings and Stamps.com.
After The Rolling Stones called into the show on two consecutive episodes, record producer and engineer John Agnello gives Marc an idea of what happens on the other side of the studio glass. Plus, Maz Jobrani returns to WTF almost five years after his first appearance to talk about his new memoir, “I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV.” This episode is sponsored by Silicon Valley on HBO, Next Issue and Draft Kings.
Amber Tamblyn’s life as a child actor was in her mind when she wrote Dark Sparkler, a collection of poems about departed Hollywood starlets. Marc talks with Amber about her obsession with the book’s subjects, her show business upbringing, her acting career and her husband, David Cross. Plus, Marc gets a phone call from one of his heroes, Keith Richards, as The Rolling Stones launch their new tour. This episode is sponsored by the new film Ex Machina, Blue Apron, Draft Kings and Stamps.com.
Cartoonist Drew Friedman is a true student of comedy. Marc talks with Drew to find out how this attachment to comedians started and why Drew has spent a good part of his life illustating funny people. Also, Marc invites his friend (and Rolling Stones superfan) Dean Delray over to the garage as they await a phone call from the one and only Mick Jagger. This episode is sponsored by the new film Ex Machina, Xero, NatureBox and MeUndies.
Michael Imperioli leads a much different life from the one led by his iconic television character Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos. Michael and Marc talk about what it’s like to have played a role that left such an indelible mark and how his career as a writer, director and actor has taken shape since the show’s final episodes. This podcast is sponsored by Comedy Central, Draft Kings, and Stamps.com.
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth put her life story into the book Girl In A Band. But Marc wants to know what Kim’s life is like today, after decades in the visual art world, after the dissolution of a pioneering band, after marriage, after parenting. What’s next? Maybe the two of them can even give each other pointers on dating. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Slack and Next Issue.
Filmmaker Joe Swanberg is a true independent in every sense of the word. Marc looks at Joe’s most recent films, Happy Christmas and Drinking Buddies, to understand Joe’s approach to his art. Also, Joe talks about shooting on film, the kind of movies he thinks should win Oscars, why he seeks out certain actors and what his version of a major studio film would look like. This episode is sponsored by Draft Kings and MeUndies.com.
John Doe was there at the beginning. When American punk rock was taking shape, his band X was at the forefront. John talks with Marc about being a young poet who fled Baltimore to immerse himself in the LA punk scene, where he experienced the rise and fall, and then the rise again. Somehow he wound up with roles in dozens of films and TV shows along the way. This episode is sponsored by Next Issue, Comedy Central and the new film While We’re Young.
Alex Karpovsky and Marc are enemies on the fourth season of the HBO series Girls. But in this conversation, they bond instantly over OCD, separation anxiety, karaoke and gratitude. Alex also talks with Marc about the films he’s written and directed, and about the early morning hangover that introduced him to Lena Dunham. This episode is sponsored by Next Issue and Stamps.com.
Comedian and actor Chris D’Elia always seemed mysterious to Marc when he was waiting backstage at the comedy clubs. Turns out Chris was just cripplingly insecure. Marc and Chris talk about what it takes to overcome your fears, especially at a place like The Comedy Store. Also, Marc delivers an update to provide some closure on a past WTF guest. This episode is sponsored by Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden, Casper Mattress and MeUndies.com.
Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons and prolific television writer/producer, passed away on March 9, 2015. This is Marc’s conversation with Sam, originally posted May 16, 2013.
Dan Zanes is one of the most popular musical acts in the country for young children. Marc is a huge fan, too, but that’s because of Dan’s old band The Del Fuegos. Dan and Marc talk about how he went from rock and roll almost-stardom to being a family favorite. Also, Marc talks with singer-songwriter and WTF fan Chris Mansfield about the breakout album for his band Fences. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and Stamps.com.
Rob McElhenney was fed up with being a struggling actor, so he grabbed a couple friends and made a TV show. Marc talks with Rob about the unlikely success of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and how Rob is now on the cusp of once again redirecting the course of his career, this time as the director of his own big budget Hollywood film. This episode is sponsored by Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden and Blue Apron.