Lake Bell is an actor, a writer, a director, and a mother. She tells Marc how all four of those things came to be, including what it took to get her own movie made, how she got connected with the comedy community, and what complications arose while making the movie No Escape. Plus, Jessie Askinazi and Rose McGowan stop by to talk about their #YesAllWomen fundraiser and auction. This episode is sponsored by SimpliSafe, Parachute and Draft Kings.
It’s been 14 years since Peter Bogdanovich made a movie, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down. The man who burst on the scene with The Last Picture Show is busier than ever and he joins Marc in the garage to reflect on a life in show business, starting with his early foray into theater to his friendship with Orson Wells to his latest movie She’s Funny That Way. This episode is sponsored by Crash Test on Vimeo, Review on Comedy Central, Casper Mattresses, SimpliSafe and Blunt Talk on Starz.
Still in his mid-20s, Jerrod Carmichael already has a reputation in comedian circles as a comic who has the goods. Marc talks with Jerrod about his rapid rise, which includes an HBO special directed by Spike Lee and a new NBC sitcom called The Carmichael Show. Jerrod explains how he stays grounded through all of it and why he still has an impulse to make things messy. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Blunt Talk on Starz and Stamps.com.
Robert Rodriguez has been making movies on his own terms since he was 12 years old. Before Spy Kids and Machete and Sin City, he famously made his first feature, El Mariachi, for $7000. And, as Robert tells Marc, it’s possibly all just a prelude to the new television network he created. Plus, writer Jonathan Ames stops by to talk about his latest show and how he’s adjusting to Los Angeles. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted, Blunt Talk on Starz and Parachute.
Before John Ridley won the Academy Award for writing 12 Years a Slave, he was a stand-up comic. Marc talks to John about the times they crossed paths in comedy clubs and why John needed to leave comedy behind so he could move forward as a writer, a filmmaker and television show creator. Plus, Marc announces a new partnership for WTF. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Blunt Talk on Starz, and Stamps.com.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes steps away from the anchor chair and into the garage to talk with Marc about life outside of cable news. Chris explains how his upbringing shaped his political conscience and how his career in journalism fine-tuned his sense of empathy. He also reveals what he really wanted to do before going into news and why he hasn’t given up that dream. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Squarespace and Blunt Talk on Starz.
Filmmaker Lynn Shelton works outside the Hollywood system. About 1,000 miles outside the Hollywood system, in fact. Lynn talks to Marc about living in Seattle while being a working director for film and television. She also discusses the creative evolution in her life that took her from writing to acting to photography to editing to making feature films. This episode is sponsored by Automatic, Stamps.com and SimpliSafe.
Jason Bateman wondered if he was done with acting. After finding success at a very young age, Jason thought about hanging it up. He talks with Marc about his career rebirth, from Arrested Development to his latest movie, The Gift. Plus, Marc’s friends Bobcat Goldthwait and Barry Crimmins stop by to talk about Bob’s new documentary Call Me Lucky, which is about Barry. This episode is sponsored by No One Needs To Know by Kevin O’Brien, Parachute, Difficult People on Hulu and NatureBox.
Filmmaker Harmony Korine and Marc give it a second try after a fairly awkward live WTF episode a few years ago. Without Eddie Pepitone and James Franco to distract them, Harmony and Marc have a long chat about making movies, pushing boundaries, shooting on film, David Blaine, Werner Herzog and the 20th anniversary of Harmony’s breakout movie, Kids. This episode is sponsored by Mr. Robinson on NBC, The End of the Tour, SimpliSafe and MeUndies.com.
Sometimes people ask Sinbad if he’s “still got it.” But as he proves to Marc, you can’t lose funny. And Sinbad’s been funny for a long time, from his time as a cutup in the military through his career as an actor and standup comedian. Sinbad tells Marc how it all went down. They also discuss how difficult it is for Sinbad to deal with the revelations about Bill Cosby after regarding him as a friend and mentor for decades. This episode is sponsored by Difficult People on Hulu, Squarespace and Parachute.
Jason Segel was drawn to acting because of a quote from The Muppets. Now that he’s been on a hit TV series, starred in several successful movies, and helped resurrect those very Muppets, what’s next? Jason talks to Marc about the changes in his life, the debt he owes Judd Apatow and the challenge of playing David Foster Wallace. This episode is sponsored by the new movie The End of the Tour, BoJack Horseman on Netflix, ZipRecruiter and Stamps.com.
Wyatt Cenac and Marc go way back. But despite two WTF appearances, Wyatt never sat down with Marc for a full conversation in the garage until now. Wyatt talks about the loss of his father, the struggles with his mother, his pursuit of SNL that led him to the wrong side of the country, and his unexpected arrival at (and departure from) The Daily Show. This episode is sponsored by Review on Comedy Central, BoJack Horseman on Netflix, The Jim Gaffigan Show on TV Land and Zip Recruiter.
Sir Ian McKellen turns the garage into a master class as he tries to help Marc develop a better understanding and appreciation for Shakespeare. Along the way, they talk about what it was like growing up during World War II, why he felt liberated as an actor when he came out, what he likes best about his role in “Mr. Holmes,” and the real reason he keeps agreeing to play Gandalf. This episode is sponsored by Bojack Horseman on Netflix, MeUndies, SimpliSafe and Stamps.com.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has a reputation as one of the nicest showrunners in Hollywood. It’s a deserved reputation based on this incredibly friendly conversation in the garage with Marc. They talk about Albuquerque, the South, used books, film vs video, George Lucas, The X-Files, meeting Bryan Cranston and spinning off Saul Goodman. This episode is sponsored by Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free, Blue Apron, SimpliSafe and The Jim Gaffigan Show on TV Land.
The Walking Dead creator and writer Robert Kirkman gives Marc a crash course in the comic book industry and explains how he got started in the business by self-publishing out of his home in Kentucky. Plus, Marc’s old buddy Bob Fingerman heralds the return of his comic series Minimum Wage which features an illustrated version of Marc Maron. This episode is sponsored by The Jim Gaffigan Show on TV Land and by Stamps.com.