Gad Elmaleh is an mega-successful international comedian and actor. Now he's basically starting from scratch to perfect his act in America, not in his native French but in English. Marc and Gad talk about the challenge of doing comedy in another language and the universal truths about standup that cross all language barriers. This episode is sponsored by The Tim Ferriss Show, Take My Wife on Seeso, Squaresapce, and Blue Apron.
Alan Alda always strives to play someone different. He takes Marc through the many characters he's created, from Hawkeye to Uncle Pete, and explains how he challenges himself from role to role. Plus, Alan talks about why he created an academic organization that advances science communication. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, Squarespace, Sonos, and Audible.
Kristen Wiig is afraid of too many things going well at once, speaking in front of groups of people, and deep water. But she's not afraid of sharing these things with Marc, as well as the story of how she became a performer after a meeting with Mike the Psychic and how she got on SNL after not getting on SNL. Plus, some talk about Bridesmaids, The Skeleton Twins, Welcome to Me, and Sausage Party. This episode is sponsored by Basecamp, Take My Wife on Seeso, Squarespace, and Zip Recruiter.
Werner Herzog is one of the only people who could make a great movie from inside Marc's garage. With a new documentary about the internet on his mind, the legendary filmmaker talks with Marc about the achievements and follies of humanity. You know, light stuff. Also, Godfrey stops by again so he and Marc can trade insults under the guise of promoting his new special. This episode is sponsored by Spotify Discover Weekly, Squarespace, and Stamps.com.
Lauren Lapkus showed up to the garage as herself but she clearly could lapse into one of dozens of characters at any time. Marc and Lauren talk about how she honed her talent for improv, how she missed out on her dream of SNL, how she found a home on Comedy Bang! Bang!, and how she got away with the unthinkable while making Jurassic World. This episode is sponsored by Viceland, MeUndies, Squarespace, and Blue Apron.
Seth Meyers didn't expect to be on Saturday Night Live. Then he didn't expect to anchor Weekend Update or become the show's head writer. And then he really didn't expect to host his own late night talk show. Seth and Marc retrace the steps to figure out how it all happened, complete with some Lorne stories to add to the collection. This episode is sponsored by Viceland, Squarespace, Ring and Stamps.com.
Eric Andre and Marc did not like each other. An incident from when Eric first started doing comedy in LA kept him from doing WTF for seven years. Marc and Eric talk about their beef and also dive into Eric's background in music, his rejection of another career path and his desire to destroy all expectations of talk shows with The Eric Andre Show. This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter, Spotify Discover Weekly, Squarespace and Audible.
Long before Roseanne Barr ran for President, even before she had the number one sitcom in America, she was a giant in the comedy world. Marc and Roseanne talk about her tumultuous early life, her first days doing stand-up, and her memories of The Comedy Store. She also explains how her life in show business prepared her to be a political player in the Green Party. This episode is sponsored by Viceland, Squarespace, Blue Apron, and Casper.
Comedian Brian Scolaro is back to pick up where he left off 627 episodes ago. The last time, Brian and Marc barely scratched the surface of how they met. This time they get into everything, including Brian's childhood love of The Marx Brothers, how he used comedy as troublemaking while growing up, what he learned from working with the disabled, and what lessons he took away from the crap-shoot that is network television. This episode is sponsored by Roast Battle on Comedy Central, Squarespace, Viceland, and Blue Apron.
Before Jane Lynch stole scenes in Best in Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Glee, Party Down, and everything else she's ever been in, she was told she would never make it at one of the country's biggest comedy institutions. Jane and Marc talk about shaking off that ill-fated prediction and finding success as a comedic performer of the highest order. This episode is sponsored by Basecamp, Seeso, Spotify Discover Weekly and Squarespace.