Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller is someone who movie studios trust with millions of dollars in production costs. Naturally, Marc wants to know how Nick got that way. He suspects Nick's Harvard education has a lot to do with it, much to Marc's chagrin as someone who went to nearby Boston University and spent his own college career on the outside looking in. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.
Parenthood star Dax Shepard first caught Marc's attention as the barely functional simpleton named Frito in Idiocracy. And while he's had an expansive acting career, starting at Punk'd and leading up to his latest movie This Is Where I Leave You, Dax's life has been defined by his family, his sobriety and his cars. Lots of cars. And lots of racing in those cars. This episode is sponsored by FanDuel and Stamps.com.
Kathy Griffin stops by for a true throwback WTF episode. It's a throwback because Kathy and Marc spend the first 10 minutes defusing past tension and figuring out the root of their problem. Then with that out of the way, they talk about the alternative comedy scene, Kathy's struggles to fit in with the stand-up crowd and her unlikely breakthrough as a reality TV star. This episode is sponsored by Prosper, Blue Apron and Kevin Smith's new movie Tusk.
When Anna Kendrick was 10 years old, she convinced her parents to drive her from their home in Maine to New York City for auditions. That decision has paid off with a pair of huge award nominations, roles opposite some of the world's biggest movie stars and a multi-platinum hit song. Anna and Marc talk about the many highlights of her young career and why she's always worried that none of it is real. This epiosde is sponsored by Matador Records, Kevin Smith's new film Tusk, Stamps.com and Comedy Central.
Jay Bakker was thrust into the world of televangelism as the son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. When their empire came crashing down, Jay struggled to survive the wreckage. He tells Marc about his journey and where it has brought him today. Also, filmmaker Jordan Brady stops by to talk about his new documentary, I Am Road Comic. This episode is sponsored by No No: A Dockumentary, Blue Apron and Warby Parker.
Mac McCaughan from Superchunk is also the founder of one of the biggest and most prolific indy music labels in the country - Merge Records. Mac and Marc talk about the creation of Merge and the evolution of Mac's own musical output. Also, comedian Carol Leifer drops by to talk about her new memoir, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Crying. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Prosper, Draft Kings and Merge Records.
When singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock looks back at the roots of his prolific career, he sees a little Bob Dylan, a little Syd Barrett and a little Doctor Who, to name a few influences. Robyn talks with Marc about his first band The Soft Boys, his mixed feelings about reunions, the fears and compulsions that keep him going, and the elusive nature of originality. This episode is sponsored by Pond5, Squarespace, Blue Apron and Draft Kings.
Wanda Sykes is one of the funniest people alive. But Marc remembers Wanda when she was first starting out in the New York comedy clubs and says she was a completely different performer back then. Wanda tells Marc how she found her confidence and became more honest, in both her act and her life. Plus, Wanda explains what happened during her encounter with the President and First Lady. This episode is sponsored by Pond5, Comedy Central and Stamps.com.
In a way, Ty Segall has the life Marc always wanted. Still in his mid-20s, Ty already has eight solo albums, as well as others with various bands, and rubs shoulders with rock legends while making music with his long-time friends. That probably explains why Marc is so excited to get a modern rock lesson from Ty, covering pyschedelia, noise rock, no wave and modern punk. Ty also explains his DIY approach to creating albums, which is not unfamiliar to a podcaster like Marc. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron and Prosper.
Comedy writer Alec Sulkin found success on Family Guy and the movie Ted. But as he explains to Marc, the road to good TV writing jobs is long and winding, filled with connections, coincidences, injustice and nepotism. Alec explains how he made it through the long slog, got past the disappointment of his own show getting canceled, found personal popularity on Twitter and subsequently got himself in hot water. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, UnTuckIt, Prosper and Stamps.com.