Author Steve Almond shows Marc that writers can be just as tortured and self-doubting as comedians. The two of them discuss the highs and lows of a writer’s creative process. Plus, Marc finds out he has a new disorder and he gets a very adult phone call from an old friend. This episode is sponsored by Adam & Eve and Audible.
The last time Marc spoke with a prop comic, it didn’t end well. But things are different this time when Marc heads to Casa de Carrot Top in Las Vegas. Carrot Top reveals the origins of his act, examines his feelings about the way he’s treated by other comics, and gets reflective about Bill Hicks and George Carlin. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio microphone and enter WTF for a no-risk trial and a bonus offer worth $110.
Hannibal Buress’ life in comedy has taken him from his hometown of Chicago to the streets of New York City. Literally the streets. He talks about being voluntarily homeless while trying to make it as a stand-up, having awkward experiences with predominantly black audiences, and getting sweet gigs on SNL and 30 Rock. This episode is sponsored by Adam and Eve. Use WTF at the checkout for a special offer.
After 218 episodes, it takes a lot for a guest to surprise Marc with his candor and sensitivity in a Cat Ranch interview. Norm Macdonald is able to do just that as he discusses his career accomplishments and the darker side of his personality that threatened everything he had achieved. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio microphone and enter WTF for a no-risk trial and a bonus offer worth $110.
Marc found a Gallagher who won’t walk out on him mid-interview. Instead, comic and actor Jack Gallagher talks with Marc about the Boston comedy scene in the 80s, his recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the challenges of raising a son with autism. This episode is sponsored by Adam and Eve. Use WTF at the checkout for a special offer.
Leo Allen and Marc commiserate over bedbugs, Mike Lawrence wonders if he is Marc’s illegitimate child, Julie Klausner convinces Marc he’s not a faux-sensitive hipster, Sam Seder airs his list of grievances with Marc, and Amy Sedaris challenges Marc’s nerves. Recorded at The Bell House in Brooklyn. This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com. Click on the radio microphone and enter WTF to receive a bonus offer worth $110.
Instead of making meth in Marc’s garage, Bryan Cranston has a conversation about what led him to the role of Walter White in Breaking Bad. Along the way he almost became a cop, he was briefly wanted for murder, and he went broke making a labor of love. Plus, Bryan teases Marc with some tidbits about the Breaking Bad season finale. This episode is sponsored by Adam and Eve.
Despite Marc’s wishes to the contrary, Jon Hamm is not much like Don Draper at all. In a Cat Ranch chat, Jon reveals why he hung around a lot of alternative comedy shows in the 90s, why he hasn’t done any leading man roles in Hollywood films, and why he can’t get worked up over being labeled a sex symbol. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click the radio mic and enter WTF for a free trial and $110 welcome package.
Bay Area comedian Will Franken performs as many different characters on stage, but in Marc’s garage he’s largely himself. Will and Marc try to figure out what’s underneath the desire to perform as someone else. Plus, Will recalls his pre-requisite tension with Marc and how it made him look at himself differently. This episode is sponsored by Stitcher and by Comedy Central.
Episode 213 - Artie Lange, Nick DiPaolo, Nick Griffin, Joe Mande, Wayne Koestenbaum, Elna Baker, Morgan Spurlock, Ira GlassMon, September 26, 2011
Ira Glass cops to a drunken blackout, Morgan Spurlock reveals his failed cartoon idea starring Marc, Elna Baker divulges Mormon secrets, Wayne Koestenbaum defines humiliation, Joe Mande gets combative on Twitter, Nick Griffin has dating problems, Nick DiPaolo has bachelorette problems, and Artie Lange surprises everyone. Taped at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
Chris Hardwick is not the man Marc thought he was. The Nerdist joins Marc in the garage to explain his roots in nerd-dom, why the show Singled Out was such a weird fit for him, and his understanding of why Marc had the wrong impression of him. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and by Stitcher Radio.
Marc was with Lisa Lampanelli on the night she became a comedy superstar. While smoking cigars together at the Cat Ranch, Marc and Lisa trace her path through comedy and find out why she’s at her most comfortable when she’s tearing somebody a new one. This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can get a free audiobook download when you sign up for a free trial.
Brendon Walsh comes off as a mild-mannered son of a fireman from Philadelphia. But behind that humble backstory is a comic who loves to pull a good prank. He talks with Marc about some of the best ones he’s gotten over on people. Plus, Marc revisits an early WTF conversation with expert prankster Jon Benjamin. This episode is sponsored by Stitcher Radio. Click here to sign up and for a chance to win an iPad2.
Just in time for the new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton join Marc to talk about the one-in-a-million origin story of their show. Plus, Charlie recalls how the trajectory of his career was altered by Jason Biggs and Glenn wastes no time trampling over an important boundary in Marc’s house. This episode is sponsored by Stitcher Radio. Click here and use offer code WTF to enter to win an iPad 2.
Victor Varnado talks albinistic comedy. Jeremy Hotz helps make sense of Canadian Jews. Nina Conti gets honest with a monkey. Mike Britt lets his jokes get in the way of his marriage. And Mike Ward explains just what is up with French people. Recorded at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. This episode is sponsored by AdamandEve.com - use the offer code “WTF” for a special offer.