The tables are turned on one of the world’s greatest interviewers, when Marc sits down with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross in front of a live audience at the BAM Opera House in Brooklyn. The voice of NPR and the mind of WTF go deep into Terry’s past to examine the life of a person who is so familiar to millions and still very much a mystery. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, NatureBox, Blue Apron and Casper.
For many people, including Marc, David Byrne has served as a tour guide through a new frontier of creativity. The frontman for Talking Heads sits down with Marc to talk about forming the preeminent new wave band of the 20th century and then branching out on his own to create work in theater, film, ballet, opera and, most recently, the world of competitive color guard performances. This episode is sponsored by the new film Ex Machina and by Stamps.com.
Richard Lewis and Greg Proops have been in the garage before, but whenever they stop by for a chat, it makes sense to turn the mics on and roll tape. They always have a lot to say. First, Greg tells Marc about his experiences doing his podcast all over the world. Then, Richard Lewis braves a unique car ride to get to The Cat Ranch in order to offer a pep talk of sorts to Marc. This episode is sponsored by NYT Now, Comedy Central, Trunk Club, and Me Undies.
Kenan Thompson was on his way to a pitch meeting at Saturday Night Live when he stopped by Marc’s hotel room to talk about The Mighty Ducks, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, and Lorne Michaels’ handlebar moustache. Plus, Marc has a chat with Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster about the massive new box set that chronicles 14 years of their comedy. This episode is sponsored by NYT Now, Vinyl Me, Please, NatureBox, and Stamps.com.
For the 600th episode of WTF, Marc goes back to someone who was there at the beginning. Sam Seder and Marc retrace the path of their contentious friendship, which reached its combative apex right before WTF was created. Also, a surprise guest who is staying in the hotel room next to Marc drops by for an impromptu chat. This episode is sponsored by the new movie The D Train, Trunk Club, 1-800 Flowers and Warby Parker.
Indie film superstar Parker Posey talks with Marc about her life so far, from being born “the size of a beer can” to recently contemplating whether she should leave the movie business. Plus, Parker offers her take on working with directors like Woody Allen, Richard Linklater and Christopher Guest. And also her dog pees on Marc’s floor. This episode is sponsored by the new film The D Train, Blue Apron, 1-800 Flowers and Stamps.com.
Artist Robert Williams is on Marc’s Mount Olympus of Mind-Blowers. Robert talks with Marc about his numerous career highlights, including his work for Zap Comix, his founding of Juxtapoz magazine, his banned album cover for Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction and more. Plus, Marc’s buddy Nate Bargatze stops by the garage to talk about his new special. This episode is sponsored by the new movie The D Train, Xero, Draft Kings and 1-800 Flowers.
You’ve seen Zach Woods in Silicon Valley, The Office, Veep and In The Loop, but Marc saw him doing improv at the UCB Theater and was blown away. Zach tells Marc why improv is the one thing in life that makes him feel truly comfortable. Zach also explains how the trajectory of his career was quite possibly altered forever by oral surgery. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Draft Kings and Harry’s.
Songwriter Blake Mills might not be comfortable with being called a “guitar wizard” but that doesn’t stop Marc from unapologetically slapping that title on him. Blake tells Marc how the sight of Kurt Cobain with a guitar led him down the path to becoming a solo recording artist, an accomplished producer, and an accompanist for a plethora of fellow musicians. This episode is sponsored by Draft Kings, Me Undies and Vinyl Me, Please.
Rose Byrne is everywhere. With two new movies coming out, Adult Beginners and Spy, and a laundry list of big hits in recent years, she still had some time to chat with Marc about her journey from Australia to Hollywood and all the stops along the way. Also, WTF friend Kevin Pollak is back with a debrief about his new documentary Misery Loves Comedy, which happens to feature Marc. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Xero, Draft Kings and Stamps.com.
Spoon frontman Britt Daniel tells Marc what it was like growing up in Texas as a sensitive kid who liked The Cure. Britt and Marc also trace the path of young heartbreak that preceded the formation of Spoon. Also, Jon Ronson returns to the garage to talk about his new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, NatureBox and Draft Kings.
Sit on it (“it” being your most relaxing podcast-listening seat) and enjoy this conversation between Marc and Henry Winkler. Although he’s embedded in popular consciousness as The Fonz, Henry tells Marc how he finally feels like the real Henry Winkler is coming to the surface, after a career of acting, directing, producing and now writing children’s books. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Blue Apron, Draft Kings and Stamps.com.
After The Rolling Stones called into the show on two consecutive episodes, record producer and engineer John Agnello gives Marc an idea of what happens on the other side of the studio glass. Plus, Maz Jobrani returns to WTF almost five years after his first appearance to talk about his new memoir, “I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV.” This episode is sponsored by Silicon Valley on HBO, Next Issue and Draft Kings.
Amber Tamblyn’s life as a child actor was in her mind when she wrote Dark Sparkler, a collection of poems about departed Hollywood starlets. Marc talks with Amber about her obsession with the book’s subjects, her show business upbringing, her acting career and her husband, David Cross. Plus, Marc gets a phone call from one of his heroes, Keith Richards, as The Rolling Stones launch their new tour. This episode is sponsored by the new film Ex Machina, Blue Apron, Draft Kings and Stamps.com.
Cartoonist Drew Friedman is a true student of comedy. Marc talks with Drew to find out how this attachment to comedians started and why Drew has spent a good part of his life illustating funny people. Also, Marc invites his friend (and Rolling Stones superfan) Dean Delray over to the garage as they await a phone call from the one and only Mick Jagger. This episode is sponsored by the new film Ex Machina, Xero, NatureBox and MeUndies.