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.
Playwright Stephen Karam received his first Tony nomination about an hour before sitting down with Marc to talk about his experiences in the New York theater community, the way he writes himself into all of his characters, and the shock of having his play The Humans on Broadway next to Phantom of the Opera. Plus, Marc's old "assistant" Josh Brener stops by to talk about his new movie Welcome to Happiness and the new season of Silicon Valley. This episode is sponsored by the American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card, Squarespace, Audible, and Silvercar.
Marc welcomes singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom to the garage, sadly without her harp, although it probably wouldn't fit. Joanna tells Marc how her musical style evolved from composing pieces influenced by American classical music to collaborating with some of the industry's most unique producers. She also talks about the benefits of being married to someone who makes comedy for a living. This episode is sponsored by Silvercar, MeUndies, Stamps.com, and Squarespace.
Terry Reid is one of the most talented singers and rock musicians who never had a massive break, but he doesn't seem to sweat it. Terry tells Marc great stories from throughout his expansive career in the music business and he sets the record straight about the rumor that he turned down a spot in Led Zeppelin. Plus, Marc reaches out to his friend Jim Norton, who is having a problem connecting with people. This episode is sponsored by Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, Squarespace, Preacher on AMC and Silvercar.
Natasha Leggero is ready to embark on a standup tour with her husband just in time for the premiere of her TV show's second season. Things may be going well now but, as Natasha tells Marc, it wasn't always like that. In fact, a fateful trip to Australia with a mysterious stranger altered her course, and it really could have gone either way. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Silvercar, MeUndies, and Preacher on AMC.
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.