Mike and Molly's Billy Gardell took the long road from stand-up comedy to television success. After years as a hardworking road comic, it was only when Billy's life was at it's lowest point - thanks to addiction, a crumbling marriage and a career he thought had bottomed out - that Billy got the big break that had eluded him all those years. This episode is sponsored by Vimeo, Stamps.com and Catch a Contractor on Spike.
Marc and Brendan talk about some of their all time favorites, episodes 126, 128, 130, 132, 133, 136, 138, 145, 146, and 149, which includes the first meeting of Marc and Tom Scharpling and the infamous Gallagher episode.
One of the comics Marc has always wanted on WTF is Ron White. He gets his chance in the garage when Ron sits down to talk about his early life in the military, his hazy days breaking into the business, his eventual escape to Mexico and his involvement from start to finish of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which made him one of the biggest stars in comedy. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Pro Flowers and Squarespace.
This episode is all about soap. Soap and religion and schizophrenia and firefighting foam and psychedelics and the drug wars and civil disobedience and the never-ending struggle to improve the way we live. But mostly soap. Marc talks with David Bronner about his grandfather's famous creation, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap. David provides the details about Emanuel Bronner's life and the legacy of a product that still mystifies millions of consumers. This episode is sponsored by Shari's Berries, Stamps.com and ProFlowers.
Marc reveals a secret about his interviewing style in the garage and talks with Brendan about episodes 108, 114, 117, 118, 123 and 124. Plus, Marc and Brendan give their biggest tips to those thinking about starting a podcast.
When Langhorne Slim was first starting out as a singer-songwriter, his first appearance on live radio was with Marc. Now, more than eight years later, both Marc and Langhorne Slim are a little older and a little wiser during this chat in the garage. It turns out they share a similar process of discovering material and they have likeminded vulnerabilities when it comes to performing. And there's also a great story about a chance encounter with Bruce Springsteen. This episode is sponsored by Pro Flowers and Shari's Berries.
Marc and Brendan detail the best bits from another batch of episodes in the WTF Premium archives, including off mic details from episodes 80, 86, 90, 98 and 100.
Comedian and writer Morgan Murphy dealt with several life challenges on the way to a successful career as a television writer. One of those challenges was Marc Maron. Morgan and Marc reckon with what went on between them, and Morgan details the rocky road she traveled as a young writer heading toward gigs on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Two Broke Girls. This episode is sponsored by ProFlowers, Stamps.com and Shari's Berries.
Music journalist Marc Spitz touched a raw nerve with Marc, thanks to his memoir "Poseur." The two Marcs share more than a name. They share a compulsion for the drugs, the grit and the rock and roll allure of New York City before the new millennium. Spitz says it all led to a character he created for himself while working as a writer for Spin Magazine - a character that was almost his undoing. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Audible and Squarespace.
Comedian Simon Amstell is British but has a shockingly large amount in common with Marc. They both have complicated relationships with their Jewishness, they both encountered problems being honest about their families, they both struggled with early jobs in television. Heck, they both even hosted the same game show. Simon and Marc discuss these similarities and one big difference. This episode is sponsored by NatureBox and by Stamps.com.