Marc’s last trip to Scotland was supposed to be his last. Now he returns for another helping of endless pork products and generous Glaswegians. Also, a sit-down with comic Dov Davidoff who talks about his junkyard upbringing, his foray into the swinger lifestyle, and his sympathies with Vincent van Gogh.
Marc wants to help you kick your addictions (unless your addiction is this podcast). Comic Rob Delaney shares his own bottoming-out story and encourages you to laugh at his pain. Then Marc gets some couch-time (actually, garage-time) with Almost Dr. Steve to help deal with “the bug.”
Expect a little bit of fear and a whole lot of loathing when Marc spends the weekend in Las Vegas. He’ll talk with mythic comic and Vegas resident Ron Shock about the long and winding road to Sin City and the last days of Bill Hicks. Plus, he’ll visit an unlikely showbiz mecca in a search for some entertainment inspiration.
The biggest names in comedy are helping Marc with this special show. It’s the largest roster of all-star guests we’ve had so far, and we’re not going to spoil any of the surprises here. Okay, we’ll let you know that Eugene Mirman will be dropping by, but we’re keeping the rest under wraps. Enjoy this murderer’s row of comedic minds.
Stuck in a deep cultural malaise, Marc turns to some intellectual heavyweights to break him out of it. Vanity Fair columnist James Wolcott tries to help Marc figure out if he’s getting dumber. Plus, Marc talks with his friend Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask, about the nature of genius. And after all of that, we’ll ruin everything by talking about the Oscars.
Glenn Wool. Is he Canadian? Is he British? Still not sure, but he’s funny. Glenn and Marc sit down to talk about comedy in the Great White North, in Jolly Old England, and everywhere in between. Plus, Marc gets an unexpected visit from Sam Seder, who has a bone to pick with a past guest of WTF.
Live from UCB Los Angeles, it’s Ladies Night. Marc welcomes Laurie Kilmartin and Jackie Kashian to the WTF live stage. They talk cheating, old-age sex, and comedy killers. Plus, remembering the dearly departed with Mort Mortenson. And bringing it all home with Eddie Pepitone. Taped 2/19/10.
Marc gets the comic’s take on the immigrant experience from Kumail Nanjiani. He’ll talk about what it’s like to do comedy that can get you killed, whose comedy he considers racist, and why his in-laws call him Borat. Plus, Marc asks for some help in overcoming his fear of traveling abroad.
Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small rocks out in the cat garage. Also, Marc’s dad returns to dispense some more career advice. Plus, Marc tells the story of the time he bombed worse than ever before or after, and the consequences that resulted.
Marc admits to being intimidated by Margaret Cho and then asks her to sit and talk with him for 50 minutes. Shouldn’t be too awkward. Hear Margaret tell the story of the first time she heard about Marc and why she was led to believe he was a sex criminal. Also, Marc pitches a new cartoon that should give Pixar a run for its money.
Comedians W. Kamau Bell and Dwayne Kennedy stop by to talk about the race thing. That should take one or two minutes. Also, Almost Dr. Steve gives Marc some more couch time in an attempt to help Marc solve his intimacy problems.
Matt Walsh, one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, gives Marc a lesson in improv. Also, Marc details his one and only meeting with Lorne Michaels. Plus, a serious WTF moment in trying to protect one’s own identity. And a licensed medical marijuana dispenser explains the rules of the game.
Marc finds out that he has a lot more in common with blue-collar comedian John Caparulo than he expected. They talk classic cars, performance anxiety, and pooped pants. Plus, Marc tries to figure out why he’s been feeling so happy lately. And also, a cautionary tale of internet aggression.
How is the stand-up comedy circuit similar to the sex industry? Marc gets the answer from writer/stripper/badass Antonia Crane. Also, charity worker Michael Garvey outlines a unique way to assist homebound people. Plus, Marc frets his haircut.
Seattle. It’s a perfect place for Marc. There’s rain, lots of coffee, and underground comic books. Marc stops by Fantagraphics Books and talks with award-winning artist Peter Bagge about the comics that changed Marc’s life. To cap things off, Marc visits an old girlfriend. In a welding factory.
Another month, another live show from the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles. Joining Marc are podcast titan Jimmy Pardo (fresh off the final episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien), Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Jeff Garlin and, on the ukulele, the phenomenally talented Kate Micucci. Plus, the calming presence of Eddie Pepitone. Taped 1/22/10.
Most people know Dave Attell as a creature of the night, but here he has a poolside chat with Marc in broad daylight. What will all the sunshine do to their particularly non-sunny dispositions? Plus, another installment of No ThIs Crap About Jew Stuff.
Eavesdrop on the first real meeting between Marc and comedian Chelsea Peretti. They’ll be co-hosting a pilot for Comedy Central later in the month and this is the first time they get to spend any actual time together. Plus, Marc has a confession about some inappropriate behavior in his car.
Portland-born, Chicago-bred comic Matt Braunger talks about his improv roots, broken hearts, and what the hell Braunger could possibly mean in German. Plus, Marc finally breaks down and sees Avatar. We’ll get his in-the-moment reaction when he reviews the film in the movie theater parking lot along with Kyle Kinane.
Comedian Bill Burr and Marc discuss the finer points of street fighting, dentistry, capitalism, and dog-induced crotch injuries. Get yourself settled. This may take a while. Also, it’s the debut of the new WTF Theme Music.
Howard Kremer made it this time and he brought along his hip-hop alter ego, Dragon Boy Suede. He drops some knowledge and spin some tunes direct from the garage. Also, Marc meets Darryl Loomis, a teen counselor who has an innovative youth drug prevention program.
Dave Pullano was trying to break into show business when he started working as the receptionist for Miramax Films. That job wound up giving him his start as a Hollywood writer but, as he tells Marc, it took a big lie to get his big break. Also on the show, comedian Howard Kremer, although we hear he’s been having trouble showing up on time.
Adult film star Dana DeArmond joins Marc in the garage to talk about the reality of the biz and to offer tips on what you should and shouldn’t do if you ever meet a porn star in public. Plus, Marc talks to his therapist, Dr. Steve, to find out if he has a porn addiction.
Back at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles, Marc brings out the big guns for a special holiday show. Sarah Silverman will serenade you, Paul F. Tompkins will laugh at you, and Jerry Minor will make you question your faith. Plus, Eddie Pepitone lays his vengeance upon thee and Jim Earl recites a special Christmas poem. Taped 12/18/09.
What’s a man who doesn’t even own a computer doing on a podcast? Comedian Todd Glass and Marc delve into their mutual technophobia. They also try to figure out what they would spend $5 million on. Plus, motivation speaker Kevin LeValley tells Marc about his new campaign called Lighten Up America.
Steve Rannazzisi - you may not be able to say his last name, but you’ll definitely be able to laugh at his stories about being on FX’s The League, having a Roman Catholic priest for a brother, and how he got started in show business at the age of 13. Plus, Marc dips back into the listener e-mailbag.
Marc made a new friend in Atlanta: comedian Kyle Kinane. They’ll both try to make sense of the random scribblings in their joke notebooks and Kyle will detail the spiritual moment he had in The Worst Bathroom in Chicago. Plus, Marc reunites with someone he hasn’t seen since third grade.
Comedian Andy Kindler and Marc do some soul searching and male bonding as they discuss their careers, Jay Leno, selling-out and tweeting. Plus, Marc reviews the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert, which unearths some difficult revelations.
Eddie Brill puts his talents as the booker of The Late Show with David Letterman on display when Marc asks him to critique his set. Not to be outdone, Marc tries his hand at critiquing Eddie’s act. Plus, more fun from Florida as Marc asks his mom about her eating habits. Also, Marc takes a listener to task for betraying the Brotherhood.
Marc sits down with the man of many voice-overs, Jon Benjamin, to find out about telephone pranks gone wrong and what it was like to have Sam Seder as a bully. Plus, a trip back in time with one of the classic road comics of the 1980s, stand-up legend Come On Now.
Marc and comedian Jen Kirkman discuss her gig on Chelsea Lately, panic attacks on airplanes, and the perils of casual sex. Plus, one of the biggest names in contemporary Latin radio graces Marc with his presence and offers advice on being a better broadcaster.
The Divine Ms. G returns to debate the finer points of art, childbirth and ice cream. Also, it’s another highly Semitic installment of No This Crap About Jew Stuff. Plus, Marc crowns a new champion of WTF Moments, courtesy of one particular listener.
Maria Bamford! Chris Hardwick! Whitney Cummings! Doug Benson! Jim Earl! Eddie Pepitone! It’s a show so big, only the stage of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles could contain it. Which is weird because it’s not a very big stage. Taped in front of a live audience on Nov. 15, 2009.
Wyatt Cenac from The Daily Show and Marc come up with a solution to the partisan bickering on cable news. It involves bloodletting. Plus, Dr. Maron is back for some more wellness tips and parenting advice. And Marc invents a phrase that he hopes you’ll be repeating over and over again.
Marc and Doug Stanhope sit down for their first-ever conversation to mull over the possibility of going off the grid. Plus, Janeane Garofalo drops by to join in the conversation, complete with a Rashomon-like retelling of a violent encounter Marc had with a club-goer in the mid-90s.
It’s the exciting conclusion of Marc’s New Mexico Road Trip! Join him as he rekindles his friendship with Dean Hines, a member of Marc’s junior high school band who now possesses the secrets to the universe. Really. Also, Marc will re-live a traumatic moment from his teenage years.
Marc crashes the trailer of Zach Galifianakis on the set of his new movie in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They talk about bigotry against the Greeks, being embarrassed in front of Robert Downey, Jr. and why Sean Penn likes jokes about obese women. Plus, Marc hits the roads of his home state on a quest to make some sense of his past.
Our special music episode! Marc talks with journalist Jack Boulware, whose new book “Gimme Something Better” details the history of the Bay Area punk scene. And guitarist Brett Netson from the indie rock institution Built to Spill stops by the garage to talk about life on the road. Plus, Marc takes inventory of the music that defines him.
Comedian Al Madrigal has some great road stories about working with Mitch Hedberg. But probably more importantly, he reveals the secret of the best grocery store in Los Angeles. Also, Mort Mortenson is back to memorialize the departed with the Weekly Remembrance. Plus, Marc works through his fear of being The Old Dad.
WTF? You’re WTF! It’s our special Email Episode where Marc delves into all your thoughts, criticisms, and WTF moments. Thanks for creating our content for the week! Also, the Marc end of the Greg Fitzsimmons simul-podcast! It’s 17 - not legal yet, but almost there.
Eugene Mirman and Marc Maron + Hitler, high school, Fargo, and lots of Jews = a damn funny podcast. Plus, Marc calls his dad with some distressing news about Dr. Maron’s fast-food restaurant plan. And, the Return of Matthew. If it’s 16, then it’s gonna be sweet.
Live taping from the UCB Theater in Los Angeles (10/16/09). Featuring podcast/public radio wunderkind Jesse Thorn; comedians Dave Anthony, Greg Behrendt, and Craig Anton; long-form improv with Jim Earl; and a moment of uplift with Eddie Pepitone. You can’t handle 15.
Marc welcomes fellow hypochondriac Steve Agee to discuss illnesses, real and imaginary. Also, Steve has some great stories from the set of The Sarah Silverman Program. Plus, Marc engages in a battle of reason with the leader of AngryTownHall.com, Troy Conrad. It’s a baker’s dozen, plus one.
Marc tramps through his drug-addled past with Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight and lots of TV shows that you wouldn’t believe he wrote for. Plus, the WTF Weekly Remembrance with Mort Mortenson. And Marc tells demoralizing stories about his encounters with both Sam Kinison and Rachel Maddow. It’s unlucky 13 and we’re breaking the curse.
Direct from the garage at the Maron Cat Ranch in Los Angeles County! Marc sifts through the detritus of his life in his new work environment. Plus, he’ll decide whether he resents or admires comedian Nick Kroll with help from comedian Nick Kroll. All that and a tension filled story of a defecating cat and an airplane. It’s Episode 12 and we’re officially coast-to-coast!
Ouch. Buddy. Todd Barry makes Marc cry tears of laughter with his stories of doing stand-up in Scotland, playing the Number 7 in Sesame Street, and getting cast in The Wrestler. Also, Marc waits on a call from comedian and fellow podcaster Greg Fitzsimmons. Plus, Marc and Matthew share their most intimate moment yet. Eleven is alive!
Fiction writer Sam Lipsyte is lucky that Marc is one of his best friends. Sam tells us about how the insanity that is Marc’s life often makes it into his novels. Plus, Marc reveals the two most important things he ever learned about from books - circus freaks and sexual intercourse. And Marc needs a little cheering up, so he calls the always-optimistic Eddie Pepitone. We made it to #10!
Many have come close, but comedian Jim Gaffigan did it: He finally pushed WTF over the one hour mark. It was hard not to, what with all the talk about chewing tobacco, joke writing, making movies and, of course, Hot Pockets. Also on the show, Marc talks TV with his buddies Kris and Brendan, the two biggest Mad Men fans he could find. And Matthew gets put in his place, or so Marc thinks. Come on and party like it’s Episode 9.
Caroline Rhea had her own national talk show. But did she get to talk about threesomes with Marc Maron? Hell no. That’s what the internet is for. Also, Marc tells a story of an occurrence that got him a wee bit closer to believing in God. And Matthew has some self-awareness issues. WTF x 8 = This Episode.
Warning to all men: None of your secrets are safe when Marc sits down with fellow comic/divorcee Nick Griffin. They’re sharing their pain and dishing the dirt on how guys like them really feel about relationships. Plus, Marc tries to get technological advice from his mom. And, on the heels of Marc’s Whole Foods crime, we’ve got more law-breaking courtesy of an unexpected guest. SEVEN!