Robin Williams passed away on August 11, 2014. This is Marc's conversation with Robin from April 26, 2010, as well as Marc's reflections about the great comedian and actor.
Bob Newhart is an American institution thanks to his incredibly funny and popular television shows. But the way Marc sees it, Bob Newhart is one of the most important stand-up comedians ever. Marc talks with the legend about the comedy albums that turned Bob into an overnight sensation and changed the game for American comedy. This episode is sponsored by Katt Williams: Priceless on HBO, Boyhood from IFC Films, Squarespace and Stamps.com.
Actor Pat Healy is coming off a string of acclaimed performances in challenging films like Compliance and Cheap Thrills. But how do those complex roles compare with another from his past? That role being the roommate of Marc Maron's ex-wife. Pat and Marc talk about those strange days when their lives intersected, as well as Pat's earlier years at the vaunted Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Plus, Pat busts out a killer Werner Herzog impression. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron and Prosper.
Authors of The Humor Code, psychologist Peter McGraw and journalist Joel Warner, traveled around the world to find out what makes things are funny. They stop by the garage to share their findings and conclusions with Marc, including a scientific theory of humor. Plus, Eddie Pepitone drops in to get Marc up to speed on his life and his latest projects. This episode is sponsored by Doctor on Demand, Prosper and Audible.
Claire Danes always had a Plan B. In fact, throughout her life, Claire could have taken several alternate career paths. But whether it was because of My So-Called Life or Temple Grandin or Homeland or something else, Claire kept coming back to acting. She tells Marc what it was like to find success at such a young age, why she briefly left it all behind, and what happened when she finally got to work with her hero. This episode is sponsored by Prosper and Harry's.
Comedian and actor Adam Ferrara is enjoying his gig as host of the car show Top Gear, which is surprising because he's never been good at fixing cars. But he tells Marc there's one major reason it's the perfect job for him. Adam and Marc also share their memories of horrible road gigs and the Boston comedians that welcomed Adam into the fold. This episode is sponsored by the free online game World of Tanks.
Wayne's World. Austin Powers. Shrek. Mike Myers doesn't just make comedy. He makes worldwide sensations. Mike tells Marc how a working class kid from Toronto made his way through the improv ranks to land on SNL and how his phenomenal career set the table for a profoundly personal project, the documentary Supermensch. This episode is sponsored by World of Tanks, LegalZoom and Stamps.com.
Denny Tedesco has been on a quest to tell a story for 18 years. His father, Tommy Tedesco, was a member of The Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians who went unrecognized while recording some of the biggest records in history. Denny tells Marc the story of The Wrecking Crew as well as his own struggle to get the documentary made. Plus, Marc recounts the worst day of his life in a story he has never told before. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and by Audible.
A lot of things in Leonard Maltin's life were unexpected. He never expected to become a ubiquitous American film critic. He didn't expect to be entrenched in show business after spending his formative years revering it. And he definitely didn't expect to become a comedy podcast legend. Leonard and Marc talk about how these unlikely things came to be. This episode is sponsored by LegalZoom, UnTuckIt, Prosper and Stamps.com.
Jack Antonoff won two Grammys with the band Fun. His new project, Bleachers, already has a chart-topping hit. He's written blockbuster pop songs for Taylor Swift and Sara Bareilles. In light of this early success, Jack tells Marc how everything he's done in his career so far has been shaped by one indelible moment, a world-shattering event that informs every decision. This episode is sponsored by Prosper, LegalZoom and Comedy Central.