Marc dives deep into genre waters when he welcomes madcap director Joe Dante into the garage. They talk about art school, Roger Corman, Piranha, minimal budgets, Gremlins, Innerspace, and more. But first, a master of modern horror also stops by the garage. John Carpenter tells Marc why he wanted to make scary movies and why he now wants to make music with his son. This episode is sponsored by Mr. Robot on USA network, Atlasssian, Blue Apron and Weinerdog from IFC films.
People think they know John C. Reilly. There's something about his performances that seem so familiar, even though he doesn't like to reveal much about himself personally. Marc tries to pull the curtain back a bit, talking with John about Chicago, clowns, Laurel and Hardy, Boogie Nights, Sean Penn, improv, Will Ferrell and more. Also, Brett Gelman stops by to talk about his insane new Adult Swim special. This episode is sponsored by Wiener-Dog from IFC Films, Squarespace, Ministry of Supply and Warby Parker.
Deon Cole didn't think he would become a comedian when he was growing up on the South Side of Chicago. But now with a new comedy special, acting roles on two hit TV shows and continued success on Conan, Deon tells Marc how it all went down. Also, Dweezil Zappa returns to discuss the struggle he's up against as he heads out on a new tour. This episode is sponsored by Atlassian, Spotify Discover Weekly, Ministry of Supply and Audible.
Neil Young. There's not a lot you need to say in introducing a legendary musician with three dozen studio albums spanning five decades. Neil joins Marc in the garage to talk about his music, his family, his friends, his guitars, his innovations and his new album, Earth. This episode is sponsored by Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons on HBO, the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express, Stamps.com and Squarespace.
Chelsea Handler is embarking on a brave new world with a weekly talk show on Netflix. But Marc wants to find out if this Chelsea is really any different than the last Chelsea. Awkwardness ensues. Plus, Jen Kirkman stops by to talk about her new book and figure out how she's grown since her last WTF appearance, nearly seven years ago. This episode is sponsored by Another Period on Comedy Central, Squarespace, Zip Recruiter, Blue Apron and Starry Station.
Louie Anderson's standup career is unquestionably legendary. But his astounding performance as Christine Baskets has put Louie in an entirely new dimension. Marc and Louie go through it all, from the Midwestern upbringing in a household of 11 kids to getting called over by Johnny Carson to his current TV success. This episode is sponsored by Starry Station, the Blue Cash Preferred Card from Amex, Squarespace and Stamps.com.
Cartoonist and writer Daniel Clowes brings the world of underground comics into Marc's garage. They talk about the great comic artists who paved the way, the difficulty in translating some graphic novels to film, and the similarities between creating comics and performing standup. Plus, filmmaker Ezra Edelman stops by to talk with Marc about his documentary OJ: Made in America. This episode is sponsored by Starry Station, MeUndies, Audible.com and ZipRecruiter.
George C. Wolfe's is a giant of American theater, directing, producing and writing some of the most important works of the last 25 years. Fresh of seeing George's latest musical, Shuffle Along, Marc finds out what George wants audiences to take from the experience of live theater. Plus, Daniel Nazer from the EFF stops by to update Marc on the fight against the podcast patent troll and what needs to happen next. This episode is sponsored by Starry Station, Squarespace, Stamps.com, Casper and the Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express.
Comedian Joe Wong grew up in China. Then he came to America and learned how to be a standup comic. Now he's back in China, helping to shape the Chinese comedy scene and starring in his own TV show. Joe talks with Marc about overcoming language barriers and cultural differences with laughs. Also, Doug Stanhope returns for a breezy, humorous chat about what it was like for Doug to help his mom kill herself. This episode is sponsored by Silvercar, ZipRecruiter, Seeso and Squarespace.
Comedian Chris Gethard and Marc bond over their New Jersey upbringings, but Chris has Marc beat when it comes to unbelievable stories from growing up in the Garden State. They also talk about Viagra, public access TV and dashed dreams of sitcom glory. Also, Marc chats with comedian Quincy Jones, who didn't let a cancer diagnosis stop his push to do his own comedy special, which he has now done for HBO. This episode is sponsored by Carnivore Club, American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card, Silvercar and Audible.