Comedian Alan Bursky is like a dark Zelig passing through modern standup. As Marc finds out in their conversation, Alan played a pivotal role in birth of The Comedy Store and in the lives of several major comics. Plus, writer and classic showbiz expert Kliph Nesteroff stops by to talk about legendary producer George Schlatter. And Marc pays tribute to the comic duo Otto and George. This episode is sponsored by LegalZoom, Stamps.com and the WNYC App.
Ivan Reitman finds himself in the garage days just days after his son Jason sat down for his own WTF. The elder Reitman sheds some more light on the relationship with his filmmaker son and provides Marc with a detailed overview of his impressive career in show business, leading up to his latest film Draft Day. This episode is sponsored by GrubHub, LegalZoom and Lumosity.
Filmmaker Jason Reitman was determined to carve his own path in Hollywood despite being the son of a phenomenally successful filmmaker. Jason tells Marc about the choices he made along the way and why he gravitated toward projects like Thank You For Smoking, Juno and Up In The Air. This episode is sponsored by Nice Laundry, the WNYC app, GoToMeeting and Stamps.com.
Comedian Karen Kilgariff is no longer the person Marc remembers from their days in San Francisco, which is a good thing because back then she was battling some real demons. Karen tells Marc about the twists her career has taken since then and sings some songs to boot. Also, Bob Saget pops into the garage to compare notes on memoir writing with Marc. This episode is sponsored by Lumosity, NatureBox and Audible.
Comedian Todd Barry and Marc go way back. So far back that Todd was one of the very first guests on WTF. A lot has happened to them in the last five years, so now is as good a time as any for the two of them to take stock and catch up. Also, Marc gives another old friend a call to find out what he’s been up to since the last time they talked. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, the WNYC App, Trunk Club and Stamps.com.
It took Lewis Black 50 years to break through to mainstream audiences, but his passion was on the page for most of his life, specifically in the form of playwrighting. Find out what Lewis was doing before he became known for his sizzling rage and caustic insights on The Daily Show and in his stand-up comedy. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, the WNYC App, Silicon Valley on HBO, and Lumosity.
How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor first met Marc about nine years ago, fresh off landing the role of Ted Mosby. Now Josh sits down in the garage on the same day that his long-running series comes to an end. Marc and Josh talk about his personal and professional evolution over those nine years, as well as the many things that define him beyond his time on a hit sitcom. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting from Citrix and by Stamps.com.
Continuing the through line from the last episode, Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood tells Marc about the history of Southern Rock, particularly the strain that grew out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Hear why David Hood, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jason Isbell play such important roles in that genre as well as in Patterson’s life and career. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, everything you need to create an exceptional website.
For a young guy, singer-songwriter Jason Isbell has already been down the road and back again. Marc finds out about Jason’s upbringing in rural Alabama, his days as a member of Drive-By Truckers, and how sobriety gave new life to his career. This episode is sponsored by NatureBox and GoToMeeting by Citrix.
Comedian Dan Vitale was a one-and-done cast member on a season of Saturday Night Live in the mid-80s. But to Marc, Dan was always someone to be admired for his raw and aggravated style of stand-up. Dan visits with Marc to explain what happened along the way, how he got so close to the brass ring, and how it slipped out of reach. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and LegalZoom.
Marc has a soft spot for comedian Duncan Trussell thanks to a gesture of kindness at The Comedy Store. Now, in the garage, Marc gets a clearer picture as to why Duncan is such a nice guy. Duncan gives the details of the spiritual quest that helped him cope with the most difficult time in his life. This episode is sponsored by Harry’s, the best way to get a clean shave, and by Sirens on USA Network.
“People expect me to either defend or explain my generation but, because I feel 75 inside myself, I’m not really the right candidate for the job.” That’s what Girls creator Lena Dunham tells Marc when she visits the garage. Instead of carrying the burdens of an entire generation, Lena and Marc talk about modern art, feminism, filmmaking, dating and a morbid fascination with death. This episode is sponsored by PillPack, Sirens on USA Network, Stamps.com and LegalZoom.
Annabelle Gurwitch and Marc are dealing with being on the other side of 50 in different ways. The comedic actress and author returns to the garage to tell Marc how she’s coping with being a mom to a teenage boy, why she’s feeling excluded from the culture and what she’s doing to find solace. This episode is sponsored by Sirens on USA Network, Warby Parker, Audible and Comedy Central.
You may know Kevin McDonald as a member of the influential comedy group Kids in the Hall. But if you’re like Marc, you’re not aware that there’s an Academy Award-winning filmmaker from Scotland named Kevin Macdonald. This is the story of how Marc wound up talking to both of them in the garage, which was definitely NOT the plan. This episode is sponsored by Sirens on USA Network, LegalZoom and Stamps.com.
Billy Connolly brings his powerful charisma and propulsive storytelling to the garage. Find out how a working class lad from Glasgow, Scotland became a comic-actor-musician who dined with the Queen. Also, Adam Carolla drops by the garage to talk about the latest efforts to save podcasting from predatory patent trolls. This episode is sponsored by Sirens on USA Network, Squarespace and GoToMeeting by Citrix.