Originally published as a two-part episode in October 2010, this conversation between Marc and Louis C.K. was chosen by Slate as the #1 podcast episode of all time. It is presented here for the first time as a single, uninterrupted episode.
Jenny Slate is making it happen on her own terms, whether it's her standup, her children's character Marcel the Shell, or her movie projects like Obvious Child. Jenny and Marc talk about how a difficult year at SNL helped her take control of her creative endeavors and learn not to stifle her joy of living. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Comedy Central, Shari's Berries and Pro Flowers.
The last time comedian Ian Edwards was WTF, Marc embarrassed himself in spectacular fashion. Now Ian is in the garage for a less cringeworthy conversation about his early life in Jamaica and a stand-up career that started in a Burger King drive thru. Plus, Chris Rock calls Marc to talk Top Five, a movie with and about comics. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com and Earthquaker Devices.
Chrissie Hynde was just an unabashed rock and roll music fan from the Midwest before a journey to England turned her into a genuine rock star and the face of The Pretenders. Chrissie tells Marc about her early influences, including biker culture, underground comics and FM disc jockeys. Plus, she explains why The Pretenders wouldn't have happened without Lemmy. This episode is sponsored by Prosper and Audible.
Legendary producer Norman Lear is responsible for shows that not only changed television, but altered the culture at large. At 92 years old, Norman joins Marc in the garage to reflect on his early life and the path that led him to All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and so much more. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Cards Against Humanity, Casper and Stamps.com.
Rhett Miller was tagged with the "alt" label early in his career, as in alt-country. But as Rhett explains to Marc, he was actually emo before emo was a thing, and that brooding, angst-filled teenager in Texas fought through some truly dark times in order to emerge as an accomplished singer-songwriter. This episode is sponsored by A Merry Friggin' Christmas, Draft Kings and Prosper.
With her wit and kind nature, Julia Sweeney proves she can make an irresistibly entertaining conversation out of topics like death, cancer, loss of faith, divorce, alcoholism, insecurity and, of course, SNL. Plus, food talk in advance of Thanksgiving with Marc's old friend Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful and author of Eat More Better. This episode is sponsored by Untuckit.com, The Frame, Xero and Draft Kings.
Bret Easton Ellis is still the guy who wrote Less Than Zero, American Psycho and Lunar Park, but he's also way different than that guy from decades ago. Bret and Marc compare notes on evolving with age and trying to keep it all together. Plus, Marc's old buddy Mick Foley drops by to talk about his new life as Santa Claus, as documented in the new movie I Am Santa Claus. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, The Frame, Draft Kings and Xero.
John Mulaney pays a visit to the garage while certain things in his life are in a state of flux. For one, the status of his TV show is up in the air and his next job is unknown. Marc talks to John about the balancing act between unexpected success, like writing for SNL and getting a sitcom produced by Lorne Michaels, and unpredictable failure. This episode is sponsored by The Frame, Hello Ladies: The Movie, Stamps.com and Prosper.
Allie Brosh is the creator of the popular comic Hyperbole and a Half, which is more than just extremely funny. It's been called one of the best contemporary portraits of depression. Allie and Marc talk about the ongoing struggle for sufferers of depression and how it forces Allie to channel her creativity. Also, Joel McHale drops in with some stories about his new movie A Merry Friggin' Christmas. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Squarespace and Draft Kings.