Sturgill Simpson has all the makings of a classic country star, complete with an upbringing in coal country, a job on the railroad, and the stamp of approval by country music legends. But as Sturgill tells Marc, he's not interested in being country's savior. He just likes making music, especially for his son. Also, Marc plays a little teaser clip of his upcoming interview with John C. Reilly, in which they talk about John's crazy new futuristic movie The Lobster. This episode is sponsored by Preacher on AMC, Squarespace and Blue Apron.
Clark Gregg is well known in the Marvel Universe as Agent Coulson from The Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But as Marc finds out, Clark long ago established himself as a serious actor with The Atlantic Theater Company under David Mamet's guidance. Clark talks with Marc about his thoughtful evolution as an actor, writer and director. Also, Marc's old buddy Dan Pashman stops by for a little friendly sparring over food-related issues. This episode is sponsored by Silvercar, ZipRecruiter, Squarespace, and Stamps.com.
Ali Wong wants you to know what "leaning in" is like for a working stand-up comic who also happens to be a new mother. Marc talks with Ali about her new life as a mom and her continuing life as a road comic who is bucking conventions on the stage and in the writers' room on the show Fresh off the Boat. Their conversation features something that has never happened on WTF. This episode is sponsored by Seeso, Squarespace, Desert Trip, Casper, and 1-800 Flowers.
Garry Marshall went from writing jokes for comedians in a deli to creating culture-changing television shows and directing blockbuster movies. Garry takes Marc through his entire show business career, from The Tonight Show to Happy Days to Pretty Woman, right up to his latest film, Mother's Day. Also, Marc's friend Mike Eagle stops by to talk about his new album, Hella Personal Film Festival. This episode is sponsored by Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping, Blue Apron, 1-800 Flowers and Stamps.com.
Rob Reiner has been around show business his entire life, which might explain why he's excelled in so many different areas. Rob shares stories with Marc about Groucho Marx, the Smothers Brothers, All in the Family, Albert Brooks, This Is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, his dad, his mom, Jack Nicholson, Larry David and the creation of Seinfeld, all the way up to his new film, Being Charlie, which he made with his son. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Framebridge, and 1-800 Flowers.
Steve-O probably could have died several times while making Jackass. But that's nothing compared to the amount of life-threatening danger he faced in real life. Now sober and full of clarity, Steve-O tells Marc talk about his lifelong quest for attention, how it led to his downfall, and how he pulled himself up by embracing his past. This episode is sponsored by Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, Squarespace, and MVMT Watches.
It's a surprise Part 2 of the 700th Episode, as Marc's friend and past WTF guest Louis CK stops by to spill the beans on everything that went into making and releasing his series Horace and Pete. Louis and Marc go over every aspect of the creation, production and distribution of this new project that defies categorization and rattles expectations.
In Part 1 of WTF's 700th episode, Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes a break from playing the President and stops by the garage, where she and Marc share notes on meeting the actual President. They also talk about Seinfeld, SNL, Second City, Larry David, Woody Allen, Veep, being a mom and getting older. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, ZipRecruiter, and Audible.
Susan Sarandon achieved tremendous success as an actor, but one career accomplishment remains elusive. She tells Marc about this major goal and why she is willing to split it with Bruce Springsteen. They also talk about her impressive filmography, her thoughts on evolving as an actor, and why Bernie Sanders restored her faith in humanity. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, HBO NOW, Squarespace, and Stamps.com.
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.