Joey Diaz provides another first for WTF: He’s the first guest to begin a career in comedy while he was in prison. Joey and Marc catch up in the garage, where Joey divulges a backstory filled with drug dealing, gun running, burglary and other assorted felonies, and Marc tries to remember what he did one time to really get Joey riled up. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, HuluPlus, Audible and Adam & Eve.
Curt Kirkwood, founder and lead singer of the influential rock band the Meat Puppets, is the only WTF guest to survive a plane crash. Curt tells Marc about how that incident, as well as his obsession with almost every genre of music, shaped his life and his artistic output. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting with HD Faces. Click on the Try It Free button and use the offer code WTF.
Fresh off a Lifetime Achievement Award, television institution Monty Hall talks with Marc about his life and career. Monty takes Marc through his upbringing in Winnipeg, his genre-jumping work on the radio, and the process that led to creating Let’s Make a Deal and making television history in the process. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom, Audible and Adam & Eve.
Most people remember Robert Wuhl from his performances in blockbuster movies like Batman and Bull Durham or from his HBO show Ariiss, but the bedrock of his career is stand-up comedy. Robert tells Marc how his success is linked to Rodney Dangerfield, The Dating Game, the Academy Awards and American history. 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.
Comedian Baratunde Thurston wrote the book “How To Be Black” but he struggled with that how-to for a good deal of his life. Baratunde tells Marc about coming of age after his father was killed, finding himself stigmitized by going to Harvard, and developing his own identiy in the tech world, which led to a job with The Onion. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom, Audible and Adam & Eve.
Parks and Recreation writer Harris Wittels is allergic to cats, but he sucked it up and sat in Marc’s garage at the Cat Ranch anyway. Harris tells Marc how he got his start in comedy, what made Sarah Silverman want him to work on her show, and why he got to a point where he could no longer deal with his most infamous creation - the Humblebrag. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and by Stamps.com.
Marc is a bit obsessed with legendary rock and roll drummer Hunt Sales. Not only did Hunt play with Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren and David Bowie’s Tin Machine, but his dad was Soupy Sales. Hunt tells Marc about his wild rock career and the show business life he was born into. Plus, Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small pops into the garage to show off his new guitar. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting. Click on the Try It Free button and use the offer code WTF to get started.
Writer, podcaster, advice columnist, activist and all-around good guy Dan Savage joins Marc in the garage for a wide-ranging chat about modern sexuality. From threesomes to monogamous matrimony, Dan and Marc talk about their respective sexual awakenings and how the country as a whole is on the verge of waking up, too. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.
Kathryn Hahn floored Marc with her performance in the new movie Afternoon Delight, so naturally he wanted to have a chat with her in the garage about where she comes from, how a one-line roll in Anchorman changed her career, and how her current acting work differs from her early expectations. Then Jill Soloway, writer and director of Afternoon Delight, joins the conversation to talk about the dark and authentic places she and Kathryn explored in the movie. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting by Citrix. Click on the Try It Free button and use the promo code WTF.
Marc was not familiar with jazz musician Ben Sidran at first, but after their chat in the garage Marc says this is one of his favorite episodes of WTF. Ben tells Marc about his impressive career, with major chapters involving Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Steve Miller Band and some of the most legendary jazz artists in history. Ben and Marc also find kinship over their shared feelings about self-discovery, the need for acceptance and being addicted to creativity. This episode is sponsored by LegalZoom, Warby Parker, Adam & Eve and HuluPlus.
The Week Of Improv Comedy Legends continues with the great Catherine O’Hara. Catherine tells Marc how she honed her comedic instincts in a household of seven children and how those skills came into play while working with some of the biggest forces in comedy. She also talks about her time on SCTV, her very brief time on SNL, and all of those classic films on which she left an indelible mark. This episode is sponsored by Trunk Club, Audible, Adam & Eve and HuluPlus.
Michael McKean goes to 11 in this garage interview with Marc. The actor-comedian-musician spills all the details surrounding This Is Spinal Tap, as well as the reason Lenny and Squiggy made it to television. Plus, Michael explains the circumstances behind his year on SNL and reminisces about his life-long friendship with Christopher Guest. 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.
Comedian Tom Segura is at The Cat Ranch to compare notes with Marc on some of the best and worst aspects of being a touring comic. Tom also tells Marc what it’s like to be married to a standup comic and how they make it work. Also, the members of the band YACHT stop by the garage to unveil their new single, which features Marc Maron on guitar. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom and Adam & Eve.
Maynard James Keenan of Tool is now a celebrated wine maker and he tells Marc how he wound up in his own vineyards after several decades of hardcore rocking with bands like A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. Maynard also explains why he became a fixture within the alt-comedy community of the 90s and how he got to know Bill Hicks. This episode is sponsored by Go To Meeting with HD Faces. Try it free at gotomeeting.com with the offer code WTF.
Simon Pegg gives Marc a much-needed education about the the Power of Nerd Culture. Simon explains how Star Wars changed everything for him and how his projects like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and his new movie The World’s End changed the way he thought of making comedy. This episode is brought to you by GoToMeeting with HD Faces. Try it free at gotomeeting.com with the offer code WTF.