Actor-writer-director Jon Favreau was at the forefront of the improv comedy scene. But instead of being the next great sketch comedian, he wound up being the director of blockbuster movies like Iron Man and Elf. Jon tells Marc how he got into one of Hollywood’s most exclusive circles and how he almost didn’t make his breakthrough movie, Swingers. This episode is sponsored by Pro Flowers and Adam and Eve. Use the offer code WTF at the checkout for great savings.
Irish comedian Dylan Moran and WTF host Marc Maron try not to confuse their last names. Dylan tells Marc about doing comedy around the world, as well as bringing it to the masses through TV shows like Black Books and movies like Shaun of the Dead. Plus, Dylan reveals which WTF regular is one of his favorite American discoveries. This episode is sponsored by Pro Flowers. Enter WTF for a special deal on mini Christmas trees. Also sponsored by Audible and Adam and Eve.
It’s Live WTF from the Riot LA Alternative Comedy Festival. Andy Dick shows up with a very Andy Dick entourage. Chris Garcia proves you can find humor in anything. Ron Lynch remembers giving Louis CK his first gig. Lance Bangs describes the most shocking thing he saw while shooting Jackass. Plus, Jim Earl and Eddie Pepitone close things out as only they can. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial.
Comedian Mike Lawrence does not take comic books lightly. He tells Marc about his lifelong devotion to comics, how they helped mask the pain of a broken home and how he escaped to standup comedy after a prolonged career at McDonald’s. This episode is sponsored by Pro Flowers and Shari’s Berries. Click on the links and use the promo code WTF for great savings. Also, check out comedycentral.com/standup for hours of archived standup clips.
Jay Mohr puts his name on it when he sits down in the garage for a chat. The comic-actor-podcaster tells Marc why he needed to be disappointed in order to be happy with his career and explains why he twice committed the ultimate transgression for a comedian. 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.
Budd Friedman is the man behind the club that spawned modern comedy, the Improv. Budd joins Marc in the garage to go through the advent of the comedy club to the boom of the 80s and the bust afterward, with every major comedian of the past 40 years crossing Budd’s path. This episode is sponsored by GoToMyPC from Citrix. Access your computer from anywhere, anytime. Click on the Try It Now button and enter WTF to start a free trial.
Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis makes a trip to the garage for a rare interview and acoustic performance. Marc looks to figure out the genesis of early Dinosaur Jr. albums which had such an impact on him and J provides some background into his upbringing in Amherst as the son of a singing dentist. 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 catches up with comedian Ed Crasnick, one of the few people who can rival Marc in his neurosis. But things are changing for Ed. He tells Marc about his visit to a shaman and the emotional awakening that led him to a style of comedy grounded in helping people rather than just making them laugh. This episode is sponsored by Audible and Adam and Eve.
Filmmaker Todd Solondz is used to challenging his audiences. Marc can relate. The two of them talk about the struggle to maintain a career outside of the mainstream and why Todd considers his movies like Happiness and Welcome to the Dollhouse to be comedies. Plus, Todd reveals what movie he most hopes his films resemble. This episode is sponsored by Shari’s Berries. Use the offer code WTF to get a great deal for the holidays.
Keith Malley and Chemda Khalili are two of the earliest pioneers of podcasting. Their hit show Keith and the Girl paved the way for WTF. Marc welcomes them to the garage to talk about religion, sexuality and relationships. Also, Marc checks in with his old buddy Dave Attell to see how things are going with Dave’s adult movie passion project. This episode is sponsored by Adam and Eve and by Shari’s Berries. Use the promo code WTF at both locations for special offers.
Professional wrestler Colt Cabana has a lot more in common with Marc than you might think. They both yearned to perform at a young age, they both make their livings on the road and they’re both successful podcasters. Marc and Colt talk about the similarities between comedy and wrestling, as well as art, life, expression and being Jewish. 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.
No reason to be nervous. Author Daniel Smith stops by the garage to chat with Marc about anxiety. Daniel compares some of the details in his comic memoir Monkey Mind to some of Marc’s own struggles with the anxious bug and pinpoints the exact moment he realized anxiety was dominating his life. This episode is sponsored by Legal Zoom, Audible and Adam & Eve.
In comedy history, Shelley Berman is a big deal. He was the first comic to win a Grammy and the first comic to play Carnegie Hall. Marc visits the show business veteran at his home to talk with Shelley about discovering his comedic voice, his second career as a teacher and the person who became an obstacle to his success. 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.
It’s a killer Live WTF from Los Angeles unlike any other Live WTF, mostly because this one has Moby in it. Not to be upstaged by a Grammy winner, TJ Miller, Aries Spears, Dave Hill, Jake Fogelnest, Mike Bobbitt and Jim Earl bring the goods. And, as always, Marc brings the tension. This episode is sponsored by LegalZoom and Comedy Central.