Michael Shannon cuts a pretty intimidating figure on stage and screen. The combination of his Southern upbringing and his early-career immersion into the Chicago theater scene probably accounts for much of his intensity. Michael and Marc talk about his experiences with creators like Tracy Letts, William Friedkin, and Jeff Nichols, and they delve into what occupies Michael's mind when he's not acting. This episode is sponsored by LifeAfter from GE Podcast Theater, Sonos, ZipRecruiter, and Squarespace.
Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain wrote a book that changed Marc's life. On the 20-year anniversary of 'Please Kill Me: An Uncensored Oral History of Punk,' Legs and Gillian tell Marc why they wrote it in the first place and why it still resonates two decades later. Also, Marc's neighborhood buddy Andre Royo stops by to talk about his new independent film Hunter Gatherer. This episode is sponsored by The Rolling Stones's Blue and Lonesome, Squarespace, LifeAfter from GE Podcast Theater and Panoply, and MeUndies.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is not only the creator of Hamilton and In The Heights, he's also a long-time WTFer. So he's well prepared to get into everything with Marc during a visit to the garage, including his multicultural upbringing, his early exposure to both hip hop and musical theater, his reasons for making Hamilton, and what "Weird Al" Yankovic has to do with all of it. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, Sonos, Stamps.com, and Audible.
Marc Maron presents a definitive collection of stories about Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, as told by past WTF guests. Hear Lorne Stories from Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poelher, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, Norm Macdonald, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, Molly Shannon, Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Andy Samberg, Will Forte, Dan Vitale, Mike Myers, Chris Parnell, John Mulaney, Jenny Slate, Harry Shearer, Kenan Thompson, Penelope Spheeris, and Michaela Watkins. This episode is sponsored by Sting's 57th and 9th, the new documentary Gimme Danger, and Seeso.
Talent manager Shep Gordon had no real interest in pop music. He was a young hippie making money dealing drugs to rock stars. Shep tells Marc how he transitioned into a life of management and production with an eclectic group of clients including Alice Cooper, Ann Murray, Teddy Pendergrass, Raquel Welch, and a bunch of celebrity chefs. Also, Marc reflects on the 2016 Presidential Election. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Sonos, Warby Parker and Blue Apron.
On the eve of the U.S. Presidential Election, you owe it to yourself to hear this conversation between Marc and journalist Sam Quinones. Sam's travels in Mexico and his curiosity about the epidemic of opiate addiction in America led him to discover how cheap heroin production, pain management proliferation, impeccable marketing and unfettered capitalism combined to create a crisis that is at the heart of modern American dysfunction. This episode is sponsored by Sonos, Stamps.com and Squarespace.
Endless Boogie was never supposed to become a band. It was made up of some guys who worked at Matador Records, one in particular who loved to collect old vinyl. Frontman Paul Major and guitarist Jesper Eklow tell Marc what it took to put the mother of all jam bands together and how the band's style is influenced by Paul's nearly obsessive practice of collecting rare LPs. This episode is sponsored by the new documentary 'Gimme Danger,' Squarespace, Audible.com, and Casper.
In the history of WTF, Lorne Michaels is talked about more than any other person. Now he is finally a guest. The man behind SNL goes through it all, from the reason he started the show back in 1975 to the reason he keeps doing it. Meanwhile, Marc tries to get some closure on the meeting he had with Lorne 20 years ago that has haunted him ever since. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, ZipRecruiter, Fandango, Stamps.com and Audible.
From the minute the Presidential motorcade pulled away, Marc began recording his reaction to the momentous event that just occurred in his garage. Hear Marc's ongoing reflections in the aftermath as well as a discussion with WTF producer Brendan McDonald about how this happened in the first place. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com, Squarespace, Comedy Central, and Vegas.com.
Marc welcomes the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the garage for conversation about college, fitting in, race relations, gun violence, changing the status quo, disappointing your fans, comedians, fatherhood and overcoming fear. And yes, this really happened. This episode is presented without commercial interruption courtesy of Squarespace. Go to MarcMeetsObama.com to see behind-the-scenes photos and captions.