If you're wondering how John Prine, one of America's greatest living songwriters, came up with such great lyrics, just look to your mailbox. John tells Marc how his days as a mailman provided him time to ruminate on music, which led to his discovery by Kris Kristofferson, his friendship with Steve Goodman, and his encounters with Bob Dylan, Sam Phillips, Bonnie Raitt and others. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Blunt Talk on Starz, Blue Apron and Ring.
America is plenty familiar with Katie Couric in the role of interviewer. But what about when the roles are reversed? Marc finds out why Katie got into journalism and gets her take on the notable moments of her career, including her live coverage of the 9/11 attacks, her tenure anchoring CBS Evening News, conducting the Sarah Palin interview, and hosting a new podcast. This episode is sponsored by Basecamp, Easy on Netflix, Stamps.com, Squarespace, and magicJack for Business.
It's Jazz Fest at The Cat Ranch. First, Kamasi Washington tells Marc how an Inglewood kid growing up in the early 90s wound up at the forefront of a modern jazz revolution, including groundbreaking work with Kendrick Lamar and his own massive debut album, The Epic. Then jazz critic and writer Ben Ratliff joins Marc to open minds and change old listening habits, as he explains how to truly enjoy music in the age of unlimited options. This episode is sponsored by Easy on Netflix, Squarespace, Blue Apron, Audible and magicJack for Business.
Comedian Geoff Tate always found it a little odd that Marc needed to squash so many beefs with other comics because the two of them hit it off so well. Marc and Geoff explore the shared parental connection that helped them relate to each other and also gave birth to a lot of their comedy. Plus, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney stop by as they get ready to launch 'Oh, Hello' on Broadway. This episode is sponsored by South Park on Comedy Central, High Maintenance on HBO, Stamps.com; and Squarespace.
Comedian Chris Garcia thought his upbringing was fairly typical as the son of first-generation immigrants, with stories and experiences that paved the way nicely for a career in comedy. But Chris tells Marc that a recent trip to Cuba and the discoveries made there changed everything he knew about his family, particularly his father. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, MeUndies, ZipRecruiter, and Blue Apron.
It's a surprise Part 2 of the 700th Episode, as Marc's friend and past WTF guest Louis CK stops by to spill the beans on everything that went into making and releasing his series Horace and Pete. Louis and Marc go over every aspect of the creation, production and distribution of this new project that defies categorization and rattles expectations.
In Part 1 of WTF's 700th episode, Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes a break from playing the President and stops by the garage, where she and Marc share notes on meeting the actual President. They also talk about Seinfeld, SNL, Second City, Larry David, Woody Allen, Veep, being a mom and getting older. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, ZipRecruiter, and Audible.
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.