Comedian Ari Shaffir tells Marc what it was like to grow up in an Orthodox Jewish household, what led him to part with his faith, how his parents reacted and why he turned to stand-up comedy. Plus, Marc and Ari delve deep into the mythos of The Comedy Store. This episode is sponsored by GoToMyPC from Citrix. Try it free by using the code WTF and access your computer from anywhere at any time.
Adam Parfrey had a profound effect on the brain of young Marc Maron. As the publisher of Feral House books and curator of the Apocalypse Culture series, Adam opened the minds of many unsuspecting readers to the weird, the marginal, the obscene and the mysteries of the world hidden in plain sight. Marc talks with Adam about the connections between Freemasons, Manson, JFK and more. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial.
Mark Oliver Everett is better known as E, the lead singer, songwriter and all-around creative force behind Eels. E tells Marc about growing up the son of a quantum physicist and how his relationship with his dad was not fully realized until after its intense and tragic end. Plus, E talks about his experiences with Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow and Jimmy Page. This episode is sponsored by HBO’s Veep, now on BluRay, DVD and digital download, and by Audible and Adam & Eve.
Dick Van Dyke made as big an impression on young Marc Maron as he did on so many generations of kids who grew up with his movies and TV shows. So it’s a real treat for Marc to talk with Dick about his career, from Broadway to The Dick Van Dyke Show to his iconic family film roles. 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.
Lynn Shawcroft is a comic who was married to a comic. That comic was Mitch Hedberg. So Lynn’s story is pretty evenly split between comedy and tragedy. She talks to Marc about grief, loss and the deadly disease of drug addiction. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.
The mighty Leslie Jones brings her hilarious wit and athletic prowess to the garage for a chat with Marc. She talks about going to high school with Suge Knight, abandoning her basketball scholarship to pursue comedy, vomiting while bombing at The Comedy Store and finding vindication opening for Katt Williams. This episode is sponsored by GoToMyPC from Citrix. Click the Try It Free button and enter WTF to start a 30 day free trial.
Gina Gershon started life as an authentic Valley Girl before making it in movies like Bound and Face/Off. She tells Marc about her progression from stage to screen and the life-changing journey she went on to find her missing cat. Plus, Marc calls Eddie Pepitone to dole out some apologies. This episode is sponsored by Matador Records and the new album from Chelsea Light Moving. Also sponsored by Audible and Adam & Eve.
John Darnielle, driving force behind The Mountain Goats, tells Marc how a childhood cycle of abuse led him down a dark path of drug use and criminal behavior before he became a psychiatric nurse and an accomplished musician. This episode is sponsored by Merge Records (enter WTF at checkout for 20% off) and by Stamps.com, where you can click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.
Comedian Darryl Lenox survived having a pimp for a father and triumphed over progressive blindness, but it was his own web of lies and trail of deception that almost did him in. Darryl tells Marc how he overcame it all. Plus, Marc asks for your help to stop a major threat to podcasters everywhere. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.
Mike White, the creator of Enlightened, talks about his triumphs and anxieties in the course of making movies like School of Rock, The Good Girl and Chuck and Buck. Plus, Marc talks with Jeff Schimmel about the documentary he’s putting together on the life of his brother, the great Robert Schimmel. This episode is sponsored by Go To My PC. Try it free by using the code WTF and access your computer from anywhere at any time.
Aimee Mann serenades the Cat Ranch as only she can. Marc and Aimee wander down the path of her life, from a traumatic story of childhood turmoil to early pop success in ‘Til Tuesday to an acclaimed career as a singer/songwriter. This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker, where you can get a discount on prescription glasses by entering WTF. Also sponsored by Comedy Central and Adam and Eve.
Eddie Pepitone is no stranger to WTF listeners. But after hearing him bring the rage-filled laughs on live WTF shows for the past three years, Marc tries to get to the bottom of the real Eddie with help from Steven Feinartz, director of a new documentary feature about Eddie. “The Bitter Buddha” is now playing in select theaters and is available on iTunes here. This episode is sponsored by Audible.
Renaissance man DC Pierson talks with Marc about the many areas in which he excels: writing, directing, rapping, stage acting, screen acting, improv and stand-up. DC and Marc figure out what drives a guy in his 20s to become a jack of so many trades. 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.
The surreal mind of Tom Green comes into focus during a chat with Marc in the garage. Tom talks about the early desire to push his comedy past the breaking point, the danger of being in a high-profile tabloid-friendly relationship, and the cancer fight that changed his life. This episode is sponsored by Pro Flowers and Shari’s Berries. Use the offer code WTF to get special Valentine’s Day deals.
With a little help from Mel Brooks, Marc is able to sit down for a chat with another legend of comedy, Carl Reiner. They talk about Carl’s journey from writing to acting to directing, as well as his collaborative relationships with Sid Ceasar, Dick Van Dyke, Steve Martin and, of course, Mel Brooks. This episode is sponsored by Pro Flowers and Shari’s Berries. Use the offer code WTF to get a special Valentine’s Day deals.