For a guy who can't play a lick of music, Jim Florentine embodies the spirit of a Rock and Roll Comic. He tells Marc how he started out as Jammin' Jim, how he wound up as a favorite on Howard Stern, Crank Yankers and as an opener for Andrew Dice Clay, and how he took a tragic episode of his life and found a way to help people get through their own dark times. This episode is sponsored by Legal Zoom, Audible and Adam and Eve.
Scott Conant is an executive chef, a restaurateur and featured judge on one of Marc's favorite shows, Chopped. Scott invintes Marc into his restuarant to talk about putting every bit of himself on the line as a chef, not unlike stand-up comics. And he makes Marc some killer spaghetti. 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 with a $110 bonus offer.
Comedy legend Jonathan Winters passed away on April 11, 2013. Here is Marc's conversation with Jonathan at his home, from Episode 173 of WTF, May 9, 2011.
Rob Schneider makes a stop at the Cat Ranch to tell Marc about starting out as a trombone-playing teen comic, making it to Saturday Night Live, dealing with the fickle nature of Hollywood, becoming a new dad at 49 and discovering peace of mind in Zen practices. This episode is sponsored by Louis CK: Oh My God, the new comedy special on HBO. Also sponsored by LegalZoom and Adam & Eve.
Dean Delray is a newcomer to comedy, but not to life. He has a rock and roll past that led him across the country and overseas, crossing paths with The Rolling Stones, Sammy Hagar, Tom Petty, Jakob Dylan and many others. But as Dean tells Marc, the pull of comedy was too strong to avoid. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and Stamps.com. Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer.
Comedian Jason Stuart has been in the stand up game for about as long as Marc but they've never really crossed paths. Marc and Jason try to figure out why that is, as Jason discusses his young adult struggles with his sexual orientation and his later struggles with the people who would stereotype him. This episode is sponsored by LegalZoom, Audible and Adam and Eve.
It's Live WTF from SXSW. Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me details his adventures in the screen trade. Nate Bargatze paints the full picture of a Deep South wedding. Harmony Korine and James Franco break down Spring Breakers. And an unexpected visitor threatens to turn the whole thing upside down. This episode is sponsored by Matador Records and the new album by Kurt Vile, "Wakin on a Pretty Daze."
Comedian Ari Shaffir tells Marc what it was like to grow up in an Orthodox Jewish household, what led him to part with his faith, how his parents reacted and why he turned to stand-up comedy. Plus, Marc and Ari delve deep into the mythos of The Comedy Store. This episode is sponsored by GoToMyPC from Citrix. Try it free by using the code WTF and access your computer from anywhere at any time.
Adam Parfrey had a profound effect on the brain of young Marc Maron. As the publisher of Feral House books and curator of the Apocalypse Culture series, Adam opened the minds of many unsuspecting readers to the weird, the marginal, the obscene and the mysteries of the world hidden in plain sight. Marc talks with Adam about the connections between Freemasons, Manson, JFK and more. This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Click on the mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial.
Mark Oliver Everett is better known as E, the lead singer, songwriter and all-around creative force behind Eels. E tells Marc about growing up the son of a quantum physicist and how his relationship with his dad was not fully realized until after its intense and tragic end. Plus, E talks about his experiences with Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow and Jimmy Page. This episode is sponsored by HBO's Veep, now on BluRay, DVD and digital download, and by Audible and Adam & Eve.