David Simon is the creator of arguably the greatest television show in history. He cemented his reputation as a hard-nosed, truth-seeking journalist. But when David walks into the garage, he's a lot like Marc: A guitar-loving Jewish kid who still thinks he's going to screw things up. David and Marc spend over an hour talking about The Wire, Homicide, Treme, Baltimore, newspapers, politicians, the Talmud, and the truth. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Framebridge, and Blue Apron.
Comedian Nikki Glaser and Marc share a bond that might be deeper than love: They share an eating disorder. Nikki and Marc talk about how they've both struggled, where they've found support, and what they needed to fix elsewhere in their lives in order to make progress. Also, Marc tries to help Nikki extricate herself from what might be an abusive relationship... with her therapist. This episode is sponsored by SlingTV, MeUndies, Squarespace, and Stamps.com.
Sam Rockwell has become such a memorable actor in films and on stage because he really likes to prepare. On the release of his latest film, Mr. Right, Sam and Marc talk about doing good work and why that sometimes means saying no to a paycheck. Also, Richard Linklater returns to talk about his new movie Everybody Wants Some!! which he was just finishing up the last time he was in the garage. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Zip Recruiter, Casper Mattresses, and Stamps.com.
Writer Quinn Cummings does not let her Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress define her. After all, she was only 10 when it happened. Quinn tells Marc why she rejected acting after her early success and why she prefers to write. They also talk about homeschooling, avoiding marriage and how Quinn became a patent-holding inventor. This episode is sponsored by SoFi, HBO NOW, Harry's, and Squarepsace.
Audiences have watched Ethan Hawke grow up on screen. But he's also grown as a writer, a director, a stage actor and more. Ethan talks to Marc about the challenge of playing drug-addled trumpet player Chet Baker and also tells some great stories about Boyhood, Training Day, Dead Poets Society and that time he got put through a wall by Peter Berg. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Seeso, Audible, and Stamps.com.
Marc's conversation with Garry Shandling from May 2011. Garry passed away on March 24, 2016.
Comedian Al Lubel stopped being a lawyer in order to start doing stand-up. But he never stopped putting himself on trial. Al tells Marc how his desperate search for an identity was coupled with a never-ending barrage of crippling self-judgment, even after he won Star Search and became a favorite of late night talk show hosts and fellow comedians. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, SlingTV, SeatGeek and Squarespace.
If you look at Todd Rundgren's body of work, you might think it's the product of a dozen different people in various fields of the music industry. But it's just one guy. Todd talks with Marc about his many projects, including his own music and his work with The Band, Meat Loaf, XTC and others. Plus, Todd explains how he came up with Bang the Drum All Day quite literally in his sleep. This episode is sponsored by HBO NOW, Squarespace, Audible and Zip Recruiter.
For longtime WTF listeners, comic Ryan Singer is a continuing presence throughout the history of the show. But this is the first time he goes in depth with his friend Marc, getting into Ryan's deep-seated Catholic roots, his scuffles in the comedy world, and lots and lots about cigarettes. They probably talk too lovingly about cigarettes. It's a problem. This episode is sponsored by SlingTV, SoFi, Blue Apron and Portlandia on IFC.