When it comes to making music, high standards were set for Dweezil Zappa at a very young age. His father made more than 80 albums in his lifetime, which provided Dweezil with a lot of influences but created some roadblocks, too. Dweezil tells Marc that his own musical journey not only made him a better artist, it brought him closer to his late father. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, MeUndies, MVMT, Audible and Schitt's Creek on PopTV.
Comedian Bonnie McFarlane has a backstory like no other guest on WTF. That's probably because no other guest grew up in circumstances that could be described as Canadian Little House on the Prairie. Bonnie tells Marc why she left the Great White North to get into comedy, how she met and married comedian Rich Vos, and why she still has trouble telling her neighbors what she does for a living. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Zip Recruiter, Squarespace and Stamps.com.
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger doesn't need to convince Marc she's at the top of her game. He's watched her put in the work for years, during nightly shows at The Comedy Store and on the road where she grinds it out as a touring comic. But despite Iliza's confidence as a stand-up, she still has some horror stories about show business, particularly her ill-fated stint on The View. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, MVMT watches and Casper Mattresses.
Scott Ian is a founding member of Anthrax and one of the most respected metal guitarists in the world. But despite being in one of the four bands that brought thrash metal into the mainstream, Marc finds out that Scott's musical awakening was spurred by Elton John and that he's part of a storybook romance that wouldn't be out of place in a pop song. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, SoFi, Squarespace and Stamps.com.
Director William Friedkin is a consummate storyteller, which explains why he tells such an entertaining story of his own life, rooted in three recurring themes: faith, fate and film. Within that story, William tells Marc about the making of The French Connection and The Exorcist, the failure and resurgence of his film Sorcerer, and his reasons for never wanting to do a second take. This episode is sponsored by Ruby Receptionists, Zip Recruiter, and Squarespace.
You know Borat. You know Bruno. You know Ali G. But you probably don't know much about Sacha Baron Cohen. The man himself sits down with Marc in the garage to talk about what goes into bringing such rich comedic characters to life, why he was drawn to comedy in the first place, and what's next, with his new movie The Brothers Grimsby on the horizon. This episode is sponsored by Audible, Squarespace, Stamps.com, MeUndies and SoFi.
Herb Alpert had enormous success as a musician and recording artist before becoming a massively influential recording industry executive when he co-founded A&M Records. Herb's talks to Marc about the past and explains why he's still recording music, touring and playing that famous trumpet. Also on the show, Mark and Jay Duplass stop by to talk about the new season of Togetherness on HBO. This episode is sponsored by Broad City on Comedy Central, SoFi, Squarespace and Blue Apron.
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer got Broad City off the ground when they were fed up with not getting their shot. In that way, they have something in common with Marc and WTF. Abi and Ilana join Marc in the garage to talk about the birth of their hit show, plus some talk about New York City, drumming, digital media stars, the UCB, and Amy Poehler. This episode is sponsored by Seeso, Squarespace, Portlandia on IFC and Stamps.com.
Comedian Ben Hoffman's latest venture into country music seems inevitable. As an out-of-place Jewish kid in Kentucky, he found an escape by becoming a comedic actor and writer. But Ben tells Marc that career ups and downs, not to mention OCD and crippling anxiety, pushed him back to his good ol' boy roots and prompted him to create Nashville sensation Wheeler Walker, Jr. This episode is sponsored by Audible, 1-800 Flowers and Squarespace.
Pete Correale and Marc probably didn't intend for their conversation to turn into an unabashed celebration of stand-up comedy, but that's what happened when these two comics sat down in the garage. They take a warts-and-all look at the profession they both love, including their feelings about life on the road, grinding it out in the clubs and watching other comedians work. This episode is sponsored by Zip Recruiter, 1-800 Flowers, Squarespace, and Adam & Eve.