Comedian and actor Chris D’Elia always seemed mysterious to Marc when he was waiting backstage at the comedy clubs. Turns out Chris was just cripplingly insecure. Marc and Chris talk about what it takes to overcome your fears, especially at a place like The Comedy Store. Also, Marc delivers an update to provide some closure on a past WTF guest. This episode is sponsored by Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden, Casper Mattress and MeUndies.com.
Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons and prolific television writer/producer, passed away on March 9, 2015. This is Marc’s conversation with Sam, originally posted May 16, 2013.
Dan Zanes is one of the most popular musical acts in the country for young children. Marc is a huge fan, too, but that’s because of Dan’s old band The Del Fuegos. Dan and Marc talk about how he went from rock and roll almost-stardom to being a family favorite. Also, Marc talks with singer-songwriter and WTF fan Chris Mansfield about the breakout album for his band Fences. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and Stamps.com.
Rob McElhenney was fed up with being a struggling actor, so he grabbed a couple friends and made a TV show. Marc talks with Rob about the unlikely success of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and how Rob is now on the cusp of once again redirecting the course of his career, this time as the director of his own big budget Hollywood film. This episode is sponsored by Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden and Blue Apron.
A legendary wrestler, a best-selling author, an advocate for abuse victims, a father of four and a part-time Santa Claus, Mick Foley has led a distinctive life. He even has a past history with Marc, who sits down with Mick in the garage to catch up and to find out more about the person behind the battle scars. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and Stamps.com.
Kevin Allsion found life after The State with his storytelling show RISK! In the garage at The Cat Ranch, Marc gets a full load of Kevin’s stories that track all the way back to his very early sexual awakening right up until his recent BDSM exploration. Plus, Kevin throws in some stories about The State for good measure. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Birchbox Man and Me Undies.
Author and journalist Nick Tosches is often called one of America’s greatest living writers. Marc considers him to be an indispensible tour guide through the darkness in life. Nick talks with Marc about his work, including his influential biographies of Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis and Sonny Liston, but more importantly, Marc gets Nick’s unvarnished take on the way we live now. This episode is sponsored by NatureBox and Stamps.com.
Comedian and writer Harris Wittels passed away on February 19, 2015. This is Marc’s conversation with Harris, originally posted on September 16, 2013.
Harry Shearer always leaves his mark, whether it’s on The Simpsons or in Spinal Tap or in Christopher Guest’s movies or on his long-running radio show or in his latest performance as Richard Nixon. Harry and Marc talk about those career touchstones as well as his deep connection to New Orleans and the struggles he experienced in two different incarnations of SNL. This episode is sponsored by The Loop Loft, MeUndies.com and Audible.
Conor Oberst is a virtuoso singer-songwriter, known for fronting bands like Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk and Desaparecidos. Now with his first solo album under his belt, Conor sits down with Marc to talk about the intangible nature of writing songs, the difficulty in being compared to Bob Dylan, and the frightening period of his life when a false accusation turned everything upside down. This episode is sponsored by Giuseppe Makes A Movie, Squarespace and Stamps.com.
Live from the LA Podfest, Whitney Cummings deals with codependency, Shelby Fero reckons with being a black sheep, Pamela Adlon doesn’t understand why nipples aren’t allowed on TV, Desi Jedeikin tries to explain what her tweets mean, and Amber Preston surveys the wreckage of a breakup. This episode is sponsored by 1-800 Flowers and NatureBox.
Comedian Cameron Esposito made her mark when a spontaneous moment during an appearance on The Late Late Show put her toe to toe with Jay Leno. Cameron tells Marc about that night and its aftermath, and also discusses what she believes are her responsibilities as an out lesbian in the entertainment industry. This episode is sponsored by 1-800 Flowers and Stamps.com.
92-year-old comedian Marty Allen visits the garage to talk about performing for eight decades and witnessing the evolving landscape of entertainment. Marty tells Marc about his appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, including the night The Beatles were introduced to America. Plus, stories about Elvis, Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Don Rickles and the Hollywood Squares. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron and 1-800 Flowers.
Even though this is Jim Gaffigan’s fifth appearance on WTF, it’s the first time he and Marc actually have a full-length conversation worthy of the garage. Jim talks with Marc about big families, absent dads, clean comedy, Greg Giraldo, working with your spouse, finding your inner voice, and food. This episode is sponsored by Polyvinyl Records, Squarespace and Stamps.com.
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.