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.
Jenny Slate is making it happen on her own terms, whether it’s her standup, her children’s character Marcel the Shell, or her movie projects like Obvious Child. Jenny and Marc talk about how a difficult year at SNL helped her take control of her creative endeavors and learn not to stifle her joy of living. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Comedy Central, Shari’s Berries and Pro Flowers.
The last time comedian Ian Edwards was WTF, Marc embarrassed himself in spectacular fashion. Now Ian is in the garage for a less cringeworthy conversation about his early life in Jamaica and a stand-up career that started in a Burger King drive thru. Plus, Chris Rock calls Marc to talk Top Five, a movie with and about comics. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com and Earthquaker Devices.
Chrissie Hynde was just an unabashed rock and roll music fan from the Midwest before a journey to England turned her into a genuine rock star and the face of The Pretenders. Chrissie tells Marc about her early influences, including biker culture, underground comics and FM disc jockeys. Plus, she explains why The Pretenders wouldn’t have happened without Lemmy. This episode is sponsored by Prosper and Audible.
Legendary producer Norman Lear is responsible for shows that not only changed television, but altered the culture at large. At 92 years old, Norman joins Marc in the garage to reflect on his early life and the path that led him to All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and so much more. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Cards Against Humanity, Casper and Stamps.com.
Rhett Miller was tagged with the “alt” label early in his career, as in alt-country. But as Rhett explains to Marc, he was actually emo before emo was a thing, and that brooding, angst-filled teenager in Texas fought through some truly dark times in order to emerge as an accomplished singer-songwriter. This episode is sponsored by A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, Draft Kings and Prosper.
With her wit and kind nature, Julia Sweeney proves she can make an irresistibly entertaining conversation out of topics like death, cancer, loss of faith, divorce, alcoholism, insecurity and, of course, SNL. Plus, food talk in advance of Thanksgiving with Marc’s old friend Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful and author of Eat More Better. This episode is sponsored by Untuckit.com, The Frame, Xero and Draft Kings.
Bret Easton Ellis is still the guy who wrote Less Than Zero, American Psycho and Lunar Park, but he’s also way different than that guy from decades ago. Bret and Marc compare notes on evolving with age and trying to keep it all together. Plus, Marc’s old buddy Mick Foley drops by to talk about his new life as Santa Claus, as documented in the new movie I Am Santa Claus. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, The Frame, Draft Kings and Xero.