Where would we all be without Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers? It's hard for Marc to imagine his life without them and it's hard to imagine Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers without Benmont Tench. Marc talks to the Heartbreaker's co-founder and keyboardist about the signature sound he helped develop, the friendship he started with Tom Petty when they were both little kids, and the music he's made with countless other legendary artists. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, ProFlowers and Shari's Berries.
Actor Jared Harris has developed a reputation as a true chameleon in film and television. Jared talks with Marc about emerging from the long shadow of his legendary father, Richard Harris, with wildly different performances in such varied projects as Mad Men, Lincoln, Happiness and his new film The Quiet Ones. This episode is sponsored by HostGator, ProFlowers and Stamps.com.
Stephen Malkmus was the frontman of what Marc believes is one of the best rock bands ever. The two of them talk about the formation of Pavement and why Stephen's music withstands the test of time. They also get into modern art, Keith Richards, fatherhood and Edgar Allan Poe. Lots of Poe for some reason. This episode is sponsored by Qello Concerts, ProFlowers and Shari's Berries.
Judy Greer is beloved for her performances on Arrested Development, Archer and dozens of films and television shows. That's why she titled her book "I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star." Judy tells Marc how she developed her ubiquitous career and why she's been able to maintain a positive outlook throughout all the ups and downs. This episode is sponsored by ProFlowers, Shari's Berries and LegalZoom.
As Marc sees it, Wayne Kramer is responsible for the music that set the stage for punk rock. Co-founder of the seminal rock group MC5, Wayne comes to the garage to talk with Marc about the '60s, jazz, Iggy Pop, the White Panther Party, prison, drugs and a whole lot more. This episode is sponsored by HBO's new late-night comedy series, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and by Lumosity.
Comedian Alan Bursky is like a dark Zelig passing through modern standup. As Marc finds out in their conversation, Alan played a pivotal role in birth of The Comedy Store and in the lives of several major comics. Plus, writer and classic showbiz expert Kliph Nesteroff stops by to talk about legendary producer George Schlatter. And Marc pays tribute to the comic duo Otto and George. This episode is sponsored by LegalZoom, Stamps.com and the WNYC App.
Ivan Reitman finds himself in the garage days just days after his son Jason sat down for his own WTF. The elder Reitman sheds some more light on the relationship with his filmmaker son and provides Marc with a detailed overview of his impressive career in show business, leading up to his latest film Draft Day. This episode is sponsored by GrubHub, LegalZoom and Lumosity.
Filmmaker Jason Reitman was determined to carve his own path in Hollywood despite being the son of a phenomenally successful filmmaker. Jason tells Marc about the choices he made along the way and why he gravitated toward projects like Thank You For Smoking, Juno and Up In The Air. This episode is sponsored by Nice Laundry, the WNYC app, GoToMeeting and Stamps.com.
Comedian Karen Kilgariff is no longer the person Marc remembers from their days in San Francisco, which is a good thing because back then she was battling some real demons. Karen tells Marc about the twists her career has taken since then and sings some songs to boot. Also, Bob Saget pops into the garage to compare notes on memoir writing with Marc. This episode is sponsored by Lumosity, NatureBox and Audible.
Comedian Todd Barry and Marc go way back. So far back that Todd was one of the very first guests on WTF. A lot has happened to them in the last five years, so now is as good a time as any for the two of them to take stock and catch up. Also, Marc gives another old friend a call to find out what he's been up to since the last time they talked. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, the WNYC App, Trunk Club and Stamps.com.