Josh Tilman has gone by many identities, performing as J Tilman, or as the the drummer for The Fleet Foxes, or in his current incarnation as Father John Misty. He talks with Marc about the evolution of his songwriting and the mythmaking that is necessary in the world of popular music. He also discusses his upbringing in a strict religious household and how it led to his musical awakening. This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker and Audible.
Marc wasn’t familiar with comedian Billy Braver, mostly because Billy Braver quit show business before Marc became a comic. Billy joins Marc in the garage to talk about the process that took him from being a rising comic in Los Angeles to becoming a car salesman. Billy also explains how, after being out of the game for decades, he plans to get back into the business. This episode is sponsored by The Spoils of Babylon on IFC.
Things seem to happen to writer-director Jason Woliner earlier than most people. He was a well-compensated actor who went broke before he got out of his teens. He was married and divorced in his 20s. And by the time he was in his 30s, he already had a hand in developing shows like Human Giant, Delocated and Eagleheart. Jason talks to Marc about these milestones and more when they sit down in the garage. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and HuluPlus.
When Hank Azaria was on the show, he told Marc about his therapist, Phil Stutz, and said Marc needed to talk to him. So Marc did. Phil Stutz is often called a “Hollywood Power Therapist” or some other euphemism when he’s profiled in the media, but Marc finds a complicated guy behind the press clippings. Phil talks with Marc about being a prison psychiatrist, developing a new approach to therapy and coping with Parkinson’s disease. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting.
Marc considers Allan Havey to be one of the great club comics in America. Maybe that’s why he was so intimidated by Allan when they used to cross paths in the 80s and 90s. Allan sits down with Marc to talk about some of the other paths he crossed - JFK, Ted Bundy, mobsters - before finding success as a talk show host at the dawn of Comedy Central and becoming a stand-up with a lasting influence on many of today’s comics. This episode is sponsored by Pro Flowers and Shari’s Berries.
Live from Bumbershoot 2013 in Seattle, Marc hunkers down with a fantastic foursome. Jon Wurster reveals what it was like to play drums for Katy Perry. Mike Vecchione commiserates with Marc over father issues. Scott Aukerman tries to figure out when he and Marc started being nice to each other. And as the show hurtles toward the finish line, Kyle Dunnigan is in danger of getting bumped. Will he make it? 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.
Yakov Smirnoff is the only guest who ever had to submit his material to the Soviet Ministry of Jokes. He has a lot less pressure in the garage talking with Marc about coming to America, landing a job at The Comedy Store, rocketing to stand-up stardom in the 80s and watching it all crumble away along with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Then hear the surprising way Yakov reinvented himself in comedy, as well as in life. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries and Adam & Eve.
Will Ferrell shares the full story of his rise to comedy superstardom, from his days trying to make it as a stand-up comic to his “graduate work” with The Groundlings to his standout run on SNL to his unstoppable movie career. Plus, Will provides inside stories about some of his most popular projects, like Anchorman, Eastbound and Down, and Old School. 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.
Marc continues his quest to speak with every member of The State by inviting Ken Marino into the garage. Ken spills some behind-the-scenes stories about The State, as well as other fan-favorites like Wet Hot American Summer, Party Down and Burning Love. But Ken isn’t all about comedy. He also reveals his expertise on subjects like plumbing and clam digging. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, Audible and Adam & Eve.
More than 100 episodes later, indie rock legend Lou Barlow is in the garage for a follow-up to Marc’s talk with Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis. Lou gives his side to the initial break-up of Dinosaur Jr and talks about the formation of his other bands, Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion. Lou also gets into some of the roadblocks in his personal life leading up to his latest album. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial.