Douglas Rushkoff’s new book “Present Shock” has Marc questioning his codependent relationship with technology, particularly social media. Douglas and Marc talk about the pace and access of technology and what that means for our lives. Also, Scott Aukerman sneaks into the garage on the dawn of a new season of Comedy Bang! Bang! on IFC. 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.
Nick Cave grew up in Australia watching the same American TV sitcoms that Marc was watching halfway across the globe. But while Marc’s influences led him to comedy, Nick’s led him to writing music, lyrics, books, film scores and screenplays. He talks with Marc about his time as frontman of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and all the opportunities that sprung from there. This episode is sponsored by Hulu Plus, Comedy Central and Audible.
David Sedaris has been in the memoir writing game for a bit longer than Marc, so he comes bearing notes and advice regarding Marc’s latest book. They also discuss the differences between how they perform for crowds, why they both have fears of everyday things, and how they deal with family members in their memoir writing. This episode is sponsored by Shout! Factory presenting the new collection Richard Pryor: No Pryor Restraint. We’re also sponsored by LegalZoom and Warby Parker.
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong created one of the most successful comedy duos of all time. They sit down with Marc in the garage to explain how Cheech and Chong got started. They also discuss their decades long relationship, which led to them angrily breaking up and culminated in a much-needed reunion. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, LegalZoom, Adam & Eve and Hulu Plus.
Before the dawn of WTF, Marc embraced being described as “an Iggy Pop Woody Allen.” Once WTF took off, Marc repeatedly said one of his dream guests was Iggy Pop. Now with 400 episodes in the can, Marc talks to that dream guest and finds out if “Iggy Pop Woody Allen” is still an apt description. 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.
In remembrance of the late, great James Gandolfini, Marc revisits this story from Episode 250 of WTF with comedian Frank Santorelli.
Kristen Schaal is a perfectly charming guest in the garage. But that’s not the posture she adopted for her recent comedy special. She tells Marc why she deliberately constructed the most awkward television special possible, as well as how her career changed after Flight of the Conchords, and what it means when casting directors ask for “a Kristen Schaal type.” This episode is sponsored by LegalZoom, Audible, Adam & Eve, and Hulu Plus.
Danny Lobell hosted the first comedy podcast in history, so he has a lot of notes to compare with Marc on his visit to the garage. Danny also talks with Marc about the transition in his life that affected his comedy and why he feels his belief in God is at odds with the comedy world. 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.
Enjoy a doubleheader of musical goodness. In back-to-back interviews, musicians Marshall Crenshaw and Thomas Dolby share their similar career trajectories with Marc. Both had huge hit songs in the ‘80s, both became disillusioned with the record industry, and both found new success by playing on their own terms. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Adam & Eve and Hulu Plus.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are fresh off the premiere party of their new movie when they visit the garage. They talk to Marc about how their creation of the Superbad script at age 13 started them on the path to major Hollywood careers. Once they got those careers, they learned what not to do after being dealt some failure. This episode is sponsored by GoToMyPC from Citrix. Access your computer anytime, anywhere. Click on the Try It Free button and enter the code WTF.
The Replacements were a seminal indie rock band of the ‘80s and bassist Tommy Stinson remembers what it was all like. Tommy tells Marc about firing his brother from the band they founded together, working with disparate lead singers, from Paul Westerberg to Axl Rose, and why he’s focusing his current attention on relief efforts in Haiti. This episode is sponsored by Hulu Plus, SquareSpace, LegalZoom and Audible.
Kevin Christy is a comedian, artist, designer and actor. And he does all of them well. Kevin talks with Marc about juggling all of his talents, earning his acting chops in dozens of television commercials, and getting back on stage after a personal tragedy. 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.
Phil Hendrie has been behind a microphone for forty years. Marc invites the radio iconoclast to share the microphones at The Cat Ranch as they discuss the changing nature of radio, the future of podcasting, Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and the secrets behind the on-air magic tricks Phil uses to create his show. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, LegalZoom and Audible.
American icon John Fogerty is not slowing down. But in the midst of releasing his latest album, he gets the WTF treatment. John talks with Marc about the origins of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the genesis of some of his most famous songs and the reason he found peace after decades of acrimony over the handling of CCR’s music. 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.
Music legend Billy Bragg stops by the garage, guitar in hand. He talks with Marc about the punk and folk roots of his career as well as the events that led to his political activation. He also talks about his collaborations with Pete Seger, Arlo Guthrie and Wilco. Plus, Marc sets the record straight on Michael Ian Black. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, LegalZoom and Adam & Eve.