Comedian Brian Scolaro is back to pick up where he left off 627 episodes ago. The last time, Brian and Marc barely scratched the surface of how they met. This time they get into everything, including Brian's childhood love of The Marx Brothers, how he used comedy as troublemaking while growing up, what he learned from working with the disabled, and what lessons he took away from the crap-shoot that is network television. This episode is sponsored by Roast Battle on Comedy Central, Squarespace, Viceland, and Blue Apron.
Before Jane Lynch stole scenes in Best in Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Glee, Party Down, and everything else she's ever been in, she was told she would never make it at one of the country's biggest comedy institutions. Jane and Marc talk about shaking off that ill-fated prediction and finding success as a comedic performer of the highest order. This episode is sponsored by Basecamp, Seeso, Spotify Discover Weekly and Squarespace.
Writer Chuck Klosterman is always thinking. That's a good thing because his latest book is called "What If We're Wrong?" and you don't want someone who doesn't think raising that question. Marc and Chuck break down the ideas in the book by going all the way back to Chuck's childhood and leading up to present day to find out if things are better or worse now. Their conclusions are not as bleak as you might think. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Seeso, Audible, and Ring.
James L. Brooks is responsible for something you love. Probably many things. Marc talks with the prolific writer-director-producer about all of it - The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Taxi, Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets, The Simpsons and more. They also talk about how Jim dealt with writer's block, what he considers his worst professional experience, and why he and Jack Nicholson had to send the crew home one day to make things right. This episode is sponsored by Viceland, ZipRecruiter, and Stamps.com.
Amber Tozer is a comedian who wants out. She tells Marc about her move away from standup after years of sobriety, a semi-successful bootleg mattress hustle, attempted lesbianism, and a quest for the guidance of Tony Robbins. And upon the release of her memoir, Amber reminds Marc of an incident he was involved in that is buried deep within his subconscious. This episode is sponsored by Spotify Discover Weekly, MeUndies, Squarespace, and Vice Principals on HBO.
Actor Paul Dano has chosen interesting, off-beat roles since he was a teenager. He tells Marc the reasoning behind those choices, as they talk about his indelible work in Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, Prisoners, Love and Mercy, Youth, and his latest, Swiss Army Man. Also, Marc's buddy Adam Goldberg stops by and, as usual, talks about everything. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, Squarespace, Blue Apron and Stamps.com.
Comedian John Caponera was one the Comedy Store comics who left a real impression on young Marc Maron. John and Marc catch up in the garage and talk about the grind of the road, corporate gigs, comedy on cruise ships, and raising a family while doing this crazy job. Plus, Adam Devine from Workaholics stops by to talk about the new movie he and Marc are in, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter, Wiener-Dog, Spotify Discover Weekly and Blue Apron.
It's not really Independence Day without Jeff Goldblum. Instead of spending the holiday fighting aliens, Jeff sits down with Marc in the garage to discuss Robert Altman, Wes Anderson, Pittsburgh, the Meisner technique, The Fly, Jurassic Park, Carl Sagan, becoming a new father and saving the world. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Wiener-Dog, Audible and Casper.
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.