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.
Actress Melanie Lynskey is always an engaging screen presence, whether in movies like Up in the Air or Heavenly Creatures, or in TV sitcoms like Two and a Half Men. But she probably never thought the gift of a cookie would jumpstart a deeply involved and emotional conversation, as it did when she brought one to Marc’s garage. This episode is sponsored by Togetherness on HBO, Squarespace and Warby Parker.
Close out the year with a WTF that harkens back to the days of old, when Marc and his guests stomped through the wreckage of strained relationships and bad feelings. This time it’s with actor and comedian Jason Nash, who never believed Marc liked him and is not so sure Marc liked his movie, Jason Nash Is Married. This episode is sponsored by Draft Kings.
Larry Grobel has interviewed everyone. As the premiere profile writer for Playboy Magazine, Larry became a renowned chronicler of celebrity and culture. But not unlike Marc, interviewing famous people was not in Larry’s plans. Marc finds out how Larry dealt with his unexpected career shift and learns how Larry’s interviewing technique helped him connect with difficult subjects.
Melissa Etheridge makes Marc’s garage sound better than ever with an amazing conversation followed by a killer live performance. Love, loss, children, parents, cancer, recovery, desolation, vindication - it’s all covered, and then some. Plus, Melissa delivers a garage performance for the ages with a track off her new album, This is M.E. This episode is sponsored by Shari’s Berries.
Adam Goldberg is one of the only WTF guests who can match Marc’s neuroses note for note. He’s also a Renaissance man who continues to hone his skills in photography, songwriting, filmmaking and acting. And, oh yeah, he was thrilled to be gruesomely murdered in Saving Private Ryan. Strap in for this one. This episode is sponsored by Vinyl Me, Please, Comedy Central, Pro Flowers, Berries.
Whether you call her St. Vincent or Annie Clark, all Marc really wants to know in this conversation is how she went from being a guitar-rocking 12-year-old in Oklahoma to one of the most celebrated musicians in the country. Plus, a little tease of Marc’s upcoming interview with Andrea Martin, as she and Marc discuss her new memoir, Lady Parts. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com, ProFlowers and Shari’s Berries.
Originally published as a two-part episode in October 2010, this conversation between Marc and Louis C.K. was chosen by Slate as the #1 podcast episode of all time. It is presented here for the first time as a single, uninterrupted episode.