Simon Majumdar considers himself a good cook but will not consider himself a chef. He talks with Marc about the distinction between the two terms and how that distinction has played into his life as a food critic and a judge on The Next Iron Chef. Plus, Simon shares the one sentence that he believes paved the way for his entire career. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting by Citrix. Try it free now using the offer code WTF.
Natasha Lyonne shares her story with Marc, and what a story it is. In addition to a tremendously accomplished acting career, Natasha emerged from the other side of a harrowing experience with addiction. She tells Marc how she was able to make it out alive and where her life has gone from there. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was instrumental in helping Marc through a dark time in his life, thanks to the music of Josh's old band Kyuss. Similarly, Josh explains how he dragged himself out of the darkness by returning to music after a true life or death situation. Josh and Marc also talk about comedy, the creative process, ZZ Top, and life in the desert. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, Squarespace, LegalZoom and Adam & Eve.
Laura Dern is the garage to talk with Marc about her impressive career. Laura explains the reason she always gravitated toward risky, challenging projects like her collaborations with David Lynch, as well as the inspiration she found at a young age from her parents and their peers. Plus, Marc lobbies hard for a resurrection of Laura's show, Enlightened. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial.
Joey Diaz provides another first for WTF: He's the first guest to begin a career in comedy while he was in prison. Joey and Marc catch up in the garage, where Joey divulges a backstory filled with drug dealing, gun running, burglary and other assorted felonies, and Marc tries to remember what he did one time to really get Joey riled up. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, HuluPlus, Audible and Adam & Eve.
Curt Kirkwood, founder and lead singer of the influential rock band the Meat Puppets, is the only WTF guest to survive a plane crash. Curt tells Marc about how that incident, as well as his obsession with almost every genre of music, shaped his life and his artistic output. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting with HD Faces. Click on the Try It Free button and use the offer code WTF.
Fresh off a Lifetime Achievement Award, television institution Monty Hall talks with Marc about his life and career. Monty takes Marc through his upbringing in Winnipeg, his genre-jumping work on the radio, and the process that led to creating Let's Make a Deal and making television history in the process. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom, Audible and Adam & Eve.
Most people remember Robert Wuhl from his performances in blockbuster movies like Batman and Bull Durham or from his HBO show Ariiss, but the bedrock of his career is stand-up comedy. Robert tells Marc how his success is linked to Rodney Dangerfield, The Dating Game, the Academy Awards and American history. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and by Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial.
Comedian Baratunde Thurston wrote the book "How To Be Black" but he struggled with that how-to for a good deal of his life. Baratunde tells Marc about coming of age after his father was killed, finding himself stigmitized by going to Harvard, and developing his own identiy in the tech world, which led to a job with The Onion. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom, Audible and Adam & Eve.
Parks and Recreation writer Harris Wittels is allergic to cats, but he sucked it up and sat in Marc's garage at the Cat Ranch anyway. Harris tells Marc how he got his start in comedy, what made Sarah Silverman want him to work on her show, and why he got to a point where he could no longer deal with his most infamous creation - the Humblebrag. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and by Stamps.com.