Fair warning: Mike Watt’s story of a near-death experience is not for the squeamish. The good news is he survived. One of history’s greatest bass players, Mike tells Marc about forming the rock bands Minutemen and Firehose, helping reunite Iggy and the Stooges, coming to terms with the death of his best friend, and writing three rock operas to help deal with personal crises. This episode is sponsored by Mr. Robot on USA Network, Uber, Trunk Club and SimpliSafe.
Constance Zimmer kicked off her busy summer with a role on the new season of Maron and followed it up with two movies and a new TV show. Constance talks with Marc about getting acting roles in her 40s, an experience which is not what she expected. Plus, the two of them swap notes on how to perform sex scenes, and Constance talks about being in the high-testosterone world of Entourage. This episode is sponsored by Mr. Robot on USA Network, Blue Apron, Stamps.com and Audible.
Comedian Kurt Metzger is currently a staff writer on Inside Amy Schumer, which is a far cry from his first TV writing job on a game show hosted by Marc. Kurt tells Marc how he broke out of his life as a Jehovah’s Witness, became a comedian, and found himself embroiled in an online controversy about his comedy. This episode is sponsored by Uber, Blue Apron and MeUndies.
Haley Joel Osment not only survived being a child actor, he was one of the most celebrated child actors of all time. Haley and Marc talk about the massive run of success he had during his youth, why he left Hollywood, and why he came back. Also, Marc’s good friend Jerry Stahl stops by to discuss Jerry’s second chance at fatherhood. This episode is sponsored by Xero, Uber, NatureBox and Stamps.com.
Kevin Corrigan is a prolific character actor and a quintessential New York guy. So it makes sense that there’s a lot of Scorsese worship in this episode. Kevin also talks to Marc about growing up in the Bronx, the importance of music in his life, and how he feels about an acting career where he is often called upon to play the friend, not the lead. This episdoe is sponsored by Squarespace, the new documentary Eat Drink Laugh and SimpliSafe.
In Living Color changed the face of sketch comedy and Tommy Davidson was one of the main faces. He talks to Marc about how the show came to be, what got him into standup, and how he almost didn’t live to the age of two. Also, radio legend Phil Hendrie drops by to talk with Marc about the new frontier of audio. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, Audible and Trunk Club.
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.