John Darnielle, driving force behind The Mountain Goats, tells Marc how a childhood cycle of abuse led him down a dark path of drug use and criminal behavior before he became a psychiatric nurse and an accomplished musician. This episode is sponsored by Merge Records (enter WTF at checkout for 20% off) and by Stamps.com, where you can click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.
Comedian Darryl Lenox survived having a pimp for a father and triumphed over progressive blindness, but it was his own web of lies and trail of deception that almost did him in. Darryl tells Marc how he overcame it all. Plus, Marc asks for your help to stop a major threat to podcasters everywhere. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.
Mike White, the creator of Enlightened, talks about his triumphs and anxieties in the course of making movies like School of Rock, The Good Girl and Chuck and Buck. Plus, Marc talks with Jeff Schimmel about the documentary he’s putting together on the life of his brother, the great Robert Schimmel. This episode is sponsored by Go To My PC. Try it free by using the code WTF and access your computer from anywhere at any time.
Aimee Mann serenades the Cat Ranch as only she can. Marc and Aimee wander down the path of her life, from a traumatic story of childhood turmoil to early pop success in ‘Til Tuesday to an acclaimed career as a singer/songwriter. This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker, where you can get a discount on prescription glasses by entering WTF. Also sponsored by Comedy Central and Adam and Eve.
Eddie Pepitone is no stranger to WTF listeners. But after hearing him bring the rage-filled laughs on live WTF shows for the past three years, Marc tries to get to the bottom of the real Eddie with help from Steven Feinartz, director of a new documentary feature about Eddie. “The Bitter Buddha” is now playing in select theaters and is available on iTunes here. This episode is sponsored by Audible.
Renaissance man DC Pierson talks with Marc about the many areas in which he excels: writing, directing, rapping, stage acting, screen acting, improv and stand-up. DC and Marc figure out what drives a guy in his 20s to become a jack of so many trades. 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.
The surreal mind of Tom Green comes into focus during a chat with Marc in the garage. Tom talks about the early desire to push his comedy past the breaking point, the danger of being in a high-profile tabloid-friendly relationship, and the cancer fight that changed his life. This episode is sponsored by Pro Flowers and Shari’s Berries. Use the offer code WTF to get special Valentine’s Day deals.
With a little help from Mel Brooks, Marc is able to sit down for a chat with another legend of comedy, Carl Reiner. They talk about Carl’s journey from writing to acting to directing, as well as his collaborative relationships with Sid Ceasar, Dick Van Dyke, Steve Martin and, of course, Mel Brooks. This episode is sponsored by Pro Flowers and Shari’s Berries. Use the offer code WTF to get a special Valentine’s Day deals.
Mel Brooks. Nothing we write here can do this justice. So just listen to Mel and Marc take you through the life of a legend, from his youthful days in Brooklyn and his time served in World War II to his triumphs on the big screen, the small screen and The Great White Way. It’s Mel Brooks. What more is there to say? 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.
Comedian Gary Gulman short circuits Marc’s brain with his rare breed of athletic Semitism. The two of them talk about performing in Boston, the empowering camaraderie of comics, the soul-crushing discouragement of development deals and the power of comedy to soothe heartbreak. This episode is sponsored by GoToMyPC from Citrix. Access your computer from anywhere, anytime. Click on the Try It Free button and enter WTF to start a 30-day free trial.
Lucinda Williams writes music that is raw, honest and emotional. So it’s no surprise she brings the same qualities to a garage chat with Marc. Lucinda explains how she confronts the darker corners of her life through songs and Marc tries to figure out why Lucinda’s music makes him cry. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk Stamps.com trial with a $110 bonus offer.
Author, motivator and biological experimenter Tim Ferriss drops some fitness knowledge in the garage. The man behind The 4-Hour Body and now The 4-Hour Chef shares his fascinating philosophies on wellness, relationships and curiosity. Plus, he tries to help Marc achieve a fitness regimen that isn’t going to drive him insane. This episode is sponsored by Go To My PC from Citrix and by Ting Mobile.
The third time is the charm for John Hodgman after his two other WTF appearances vanished into the great beyond. This time John and Marc talk about growing up nerdy, the need for authentic experiences and John’s difficulty with calling himself a comic. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters explains to Marc how a hand-made sound board altered the course of his life. That sound board is the focal point of Dave’s documentary Sound City and it guided him through some of the pivitol moments, like recording Nirvana’s Nevermind and playing with Paul McCartney. This episode is sponsored by Ting Mobile, Audible and Yo La Tengo’s new album Fade.
Elizabeth Banks joins Marc in the garage for a chat about comedy, college, love, sex, babes, body image and on-screen make-outs, particularly ones involving David Wain. There’s talk about The Hunger Games, Wet Hot American Summer, Zach and Miri, and Oliver Stone, mixed with weighty discussion about surrogate mothers and religious conversion. 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.