Comedian, author and podcaster Greg Fitzsimmons is back on the show, his first time on Marc’s home turf. The last time they chatted it got a little heated. This time they’re looking to bury the hatchet. But they’ll take a few swings at each other with it first. And Marc realizes why he loves to make Greg laugh. This episode is sponsored by Men of a Certain Age on TNT.
The executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher reveals how informal living room chats were turned into two successful television shows. He’ll also tell Marc what led him to realize that stand-up wasn’t for him and he’ll get into why the last 20 years of his life have revolved around Tolstoy, Dickens and Thomas Jefferson. Plus, Marc gets bullied into meditating and reveals the three words that can liberate one’s soul.
Don’t worry if you were a little hungover on New Year’s Day. Comedian Bobby Lee has a story to share that puts most embarrassing substance-abusing anecdotes to shame. Plus, Marc rings in the New Year with advice from German spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. This goes about as well as you would guess. This episode is sponsored by Men of a Certain Age on TNT.
To close out 2010, WTF presents some great segments that never made it into the podcast until now. Dan St. Germain regales a live WTF audience with an embarassing cocaine story. Toby Huss describes what it’s like working with Werner Herzog. Eddie Pepitone has a heart to heart with Marc in the garage. Dr. Steve analyzes the mind of a bully. And Jim Gaffigan is Jim Gaffigan.
Marc might not forgive most other comics for beating him in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, but he’s forgiven Carlos Alazraqui, probably because Carlos is such an interesting guy. He talks with Marc about his history as a voice actor, how the Taco Bell chihuahua bought him a house and how he deals with his rage issues. Plus, Marc’s house doubles as a metaphor for his life.
As the year comes to an end, WTF brings the house down with another live show at the UCB Theare in Los Angeles. Erin Foley comes clean about coming out, Jon Daly introduces us to Bill Cosby-Bukowski, Jim Earl shares his Cafe Diaries, and Eddie Pepitone has the last word, but not before Dr. Steve tries to help him solve some issues.
What’s a nice Midwestern gal like Jackie Kashian to do when sitting across from Marc Maron in his garage? Why, open up a vein, of course. She’ll share her stories of parental tragedy, chronic back pain and life lessons from Bill Cosby. Plus, Marc has a problem with his cat Boomer, which might have a larger meaning in his life.
Nearly 20 years ago, Marc and Blaine Capatch arrived in San Francisco, ready to jumpstart that city’s hibernating comedy scene. A lot has happened to Blaine since then, including a friendship with Bill Hicks, a writing gig on the Price is Right, and burlesque Mexican wrestling shows. Hear Marc and Blaine catch up and take a long, hard look at their place in the world of comedy.
Doug Benson has been on live episodes of WTF and Marc has known him for about 20 years. But - surprise! - Marc never really sat down to have an extended conversation with the host of Doug Loves Movies. He finds out what Doug is all about beyond Super High Me and The Marijuana-Logues. And he promises not to repeat The Blender Story. Seriously, he won’t repeat it.
You met Mike DeStefano briefly in the last episode. Now you get the total Mike experience as Marc sits down with him to discuss the extraordinary circumstances that led to Mike becoming a comic. Plus, it’s been a while since Marc has called his dad. It might be a good time for it considering Marc forgot his dad’s birthday.
Janeane Garofalo returns to the show for a heart-to-heart with Marc about their shared beliefs and why those beliefs tend to get them into trouble. Also, a sample of Mike DeStefano from a recent Live WTF to help prepare you for full-on Mike coming up in Episode 130. Plus, Marc contemplates a new career strategy.
The 40 Year Old Boy Mike Schmidt is a fellow podcaster as well as a fellow can’t-get-out-of-his-own-way-er. He talks with Marc about self-sabotage, quitting stand-up, dealing with rage, dealing with obesity, and dealing with dreams that may not come true. Also, Marc celebrates a breakthrough in modern psychology.
Aziz Ansari takes a break from being one of the hottest stars in comedy to drop in at the cat ranch. Potential problem: He’s allergic to cats. He’ll talk with Marc about growing up in the Deep South (with a deep Southern accent) and the pressures of measuring up to his comedy idols. Plus, Marc returns from a trip to his mom’s house. What baggage came back with him?
Find out what life is like as the head writer of a late night comedy show from A.D. Miles, the guy in charge of the writers’ room at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Marc also talks with A.D.‘s old partner and current Jimmy Fallon writer Bobby Tisdale. Plus, a Thanksgiving blessing from the founder of this WTF feast.
Get ready for a whole lot of weirdness. Bizarro comedy legend Charles Fleischer (he of Roger Rabbit fame) stops by for one of the strangest appearances ever on WTF. Plus, Australian warmth from Brendon Burns, hilarious passive aggression from Andrew Daly, and remembrances for the dearly departed from Jim Earl round out this live show at UCB LA.