WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

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813 - Griffin Dunne / Bill Burr
May 22 • 92 min
Griffin Dunne caught the acting bug at a young age and had early success with movies like American Werewolf in London and After Hours. But tragedy struck when his career was ascendant and his whole family channeled grief into…
Chris Cornell from June 2014
May 18 • 63 min
From Episode 502, this is Marc’s conversation with Chris Cornell, musician, singer and songwriter from the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. Chris Cornell passed away on May 17, 2017.
812 - AJ Mendez Brooks / Fred Stoller
May 18 • 99 min
As AJ Lee, she was a larger than life superhero who won the WWE women’s wrestling championship three times. But as AJ Mendez Brooks, she spent most of her life coping with mental illness. AJ tells Marc why she decided to open up about her struggles…
811 - Joel Hodgson / Jonah Ray
May 15 • 107 min
Joel Hodgson took his Midwestern sensibility, his interest in theater of the absurd, his standup comedy experience, and his robot assembly skills, put them together and created the beloved comedy institution Mystery Science Theater 3000. Joel takes…
810 - Kevin Bacon
May 11 • 100 min
Kevin Bacon started his career with an awkward experience on the set of Animal House. Then his fear of becoming a major star after Footloose led him to self-sabotage. It wasn’t until he rejected Hollywood’s idea of being a leading man and…
809 - John Michael Higgins / Maria Bamford
May 8 • 101 min
John Michael Higgins is instantly familiar to audiences after seeing him in the Christopher Guest movies and Pitch Perfect and so many other films and TV shows. But he and Marc discover in the middle of their conversation that they actually…
808 - Wendi McLendon-Covey / Al Madrigal
May 4 • 98 min
Wendi McLendon-Covey may have found success with The Goldbergs and Bridesmaids but the Hollywood lifestyle was never her thing. As she tells Marc, Wendi lived at home with her parents until she was 26, worked at a hotel in Anaheim while she was…
807 - Mark Mothersbaugh
May 1 • 91 min
Although Mark Mothersbaugh co-founded Devo, he didn’t think it was a band at first. To Mark and his bandmates, Devo was an art movement. Mark sits down in the garage to talk about his upbringing in Akron, attending Kent State…
806 - Mark Lanegan / Mac DeMarco
Apr 27 • 95 min
Mark Lanegan is the soft-spoken elder statesman of the ’90s Seattle grunge scene. Marc Maron talks with the former frontman of Screaming Trees and finds out how Mark went on to collaborate with a wide variety of artists, from Guns N’ Roses…
805 - Walter Hill
Apr 24 • 105 min
Poor health kept Walter Hill out of the Army in the ’60s, but that twist of fate led him into filmmaking during the tumultuous end of that decade. Walter tells Marc about being there for the major shift in cinema during the ’70s, making his…
804 - Amanda Peet / W. Kamau Bell
Apr 20 • 100 min
Marc is a fan of Amanda Peet when she’s playing funny, quirky characters, like in Togetherness or Brockmire, and when she’s cold-hearted and mean, like in Changing Lanes or Syriana. He finds out in person if those two sides of Amanda come to…
803 - Baron Vaughn / Moshe Kasher
Apr 17 • 98 min
Baron Vaughn knows that growing up without a father and sharing a bunk bed with grandma can ignite the comedy spark. He tells Marc about being a latchkey kid watching cable TV and drawing inspiration from the black…
802 - Michael Chiklis / Kurt Braunohler & Lauren Cook
Apr 13 • 91 min
It turns out Michael Chiklis and Marc went to Boston University at the same time, but soon after school Michael got cast as John Belushi in the movie Wired, which almost ended his career on the spot. Michael talks about how he…
801 - Anne Hathaway / Aimee Mann
Apr 10 • 100 min
Marc tries not to fanboy out too much with Anne Hathaway in the garage. While he attempts to keep it together, they talk about her path from party girl to motherhood, the lessons gleaned from messed up relationships, dealing with the aggressive…
800 - Jeff Ross
Apr 6 • 102 min
For the 800th episode of WTF, Marc welcomes back the show’s very first guest, Jeff Ross. Just as WTF evolved since that first episode in 2009, Jeff evolved from the Roastmaster General to a comedian using his talent as a put-down artist in order…
799 - Jason Zinoman / Hank Azaria
Apr 3 • 101 min
New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman is the one person analyzing comedy from the most prominent journalistic platform in the world. So naturally Jason and Marc would want to talk about the nuts and bolts of creating…
798 - Paul Beatty / Jackie Kashian
Mar 30 • 95 min
Marc was blown away by author Paul Beatty’s celebrated novel The Sellout and wanted to know how a writer can turn a stew of ideas about identity, race, pride, language and representation into a provocative and hilarious book. Paul visits the…
797 - Paul Shaffer
Mar 27 • 88 min
Paul Shaffer takes Marc down the path that turned a piano-playing kid from Canada into a keyboard-for-hire who became the bandleader for the famous Toronto production of Godspell. And from there, the dominoes fell, as Paul joined the SNL…
796 - Reza Aslan
Mar 23 • 84 min
Religious scholar Reza Aslan has spent his life studying the facts and misconceptions about belief and the evolutionary reasons people need to believe in something larger than themselves. Beginning with his family fleeing a religious…
795 - Paul Rust / Dax Shepard
Mar 20 • 108 min
Actor and writer Paul Rust knew how to be funny as a kid growing up in Iowa and struggling with OCD. But he tells Marc it was his knack for taking intense, borderline-unspeakable risks on stage when he got to LA that caught the attention of…
794 - Louis Theroux
Mar 16 • 77 min
Filmmaker Louis Theroux once tried to make a documentary featuring Marc but he never used the footage. Marc’s been puzzled by that ever since, but when you look at the subjects of many Louis docs - addicts, criminals, hate mongers, pornographers -…
793 - Kevin Nealon
Mar 13 • 91 min
Kevin Nealon is trying a new approach to life in order to be less of a people pleaser and to allow himself some anger from time to time. But Kevin is able to keep that anger at bay while he tells Marc about heading to LA during the ’70s…
792 - Fred Melamed / Andy Kindler
Mar 9 • 104 min
Fred Melamed is instantly familiar, not only because of his scene-stealing performances in the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man and Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite, but because he is an indelible New York character. But that familiarity came with…
791 - Eugene Levy
Mar 6 • 87 min
Eugene Levy brings more than five decades of comedy history from north of the border into the garage. He tells Marc about his early days as a college student in Canada hanging out with Martin Short, Ivan Reitman, and Catherine O’Hara,…
790 - Jennifer Coolidge
Mar 2 • 86 min
Whether you see her in Christopher Guest’s movies or on 2 Broke Girls or as Stifler’s mom, Jennifer Coolidge is always a unique comic presence. She tells Marc how she put her wild New York City cocaine days behind her to come to LA and join the…
789 - Raoul Peck
Feb 27 • 89 min
Filmmaker Raoul Peck spent more than a decade putting together the documentary I Am Not Your Negro, a powerful film illuminating the words and life of writer and social critic James Baldwin. But as Marc learns in this conversation, Raoul’s…
788 - Norah Jones / Pete Holmes
Feb 23 • 93 min
Singer-songwriter Norah Jones can float between multiple genres of music with ease, whether its jazz or standards or country or acoustic pop. That’s not surprising when you consider how she was influenced by her Texas roots, her early piano playing,…
787 - Trae Crowder / Lena Dunham
Feb 20 • 91 min
Comedian Trae Crowder does not shy away from his Southern upbringing, in which he saw economic devastation and drug abuse lay waste to several generations around him. But in defiance of the stereotypes some might assign to him, Trae finds…
786 - Will Arnett
Feb 16 • 94 min
Unfolding world events are messing with Will Arnett and Marc as they sit in the garage, but they won’t let the existential terror stop them from tracking Will’s path and finding out how growing up in Toronto, getting kicked out of school,…
785 - Ryan Adams
Feb 13 • 100 min
Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams knows there’s a stark difference between the way he views the work throughout his career and the popular perception of it. Whether it’s his years in Whiskeytown or his song New York, New York becoming a…
784 - Steve Jones / Jed Maheu
Feb 9 • 94 min
If Steve Jones was going to start a band after a troubled upbringing filled with petty crime, it makes sense that the band wound up being the Sex Pistols. Steve takes Marc through the formation of the band, the rocket ride to the top and the…
783 - Bill Paxton / Dylan Brody
Feb 6 • 101 min
If Bill Paxton hadn’t suffered from rheumatic fever when he was growing up in Texas, he might not be in show business. Bill tells Marc some great stories about some of his most memorable work in things like Weird Science, Aliens, Big Love and his…
Marc Spitz from January 2014
Feb 5 • 78 min
From Episode 466, this is Marc’s conversation with author, playwright and music journalist Marc Spitz, conducted in two parts. Marc Spitz passed away on February 4, 2017.
782 - Joe DeRosa / John Hodgman & Jesse Thorn
Feb 2 • 102 min
Marc had prejudged comedian Joe DeRosa. He thought he was a Philly tough guy who wouldn’t want to have anything to do with a guy like Marc. Now that they’re friends and realize how similar they are, they can commiserate about the insecurities and…
781 - Robbie Robertson
Jan 30 • 98 min
Robbie Robertson is in the garage to give Marc the full lowdown on the history of The Band, from its origins as a backing group to its final bow with The Last Waltz. Robbie talks about being with Bob Dylan when he went electric and dealing with the…
780 - Jonathan Daniel / Nick Thune
Jan 26 • 108 min
How did an ’80s glam metal bassist become one of the most prominent music managers in the industry, representing Sia, Weezer, Train, Courtney Love, Fall Out Boy, Lorde, and many others? Marc hears one of the most unlikely stories of show…
779 - Martin Landau
Jan 23 • 87 min
Martin Landau is an Oscar-winning actor with a lifetime of work on film, TV and stage. But he’s also one of the foremost educators on his craft. Martin takes Marc through his early days in New York City at The Actors Studio studying…
778 - Martha Kelly / Bruce Talk with Pashman
Jan 19 • 93 min
Comedian Martha Kelly told Zach Galifianakis she cannot act. That didn’t stop Zach from casting her as one of the leads on his show Baskets, but Martha’s insecurity plagued her throughout life and, as she tells Marc, probably had…
777 - John Larroquette
Jan 16 • 85 min
John Larroquette knows that people still identify him most strongly with Night Court, and he’s okay with that. John believes things would have been different if he hadn’t made his character, Dan Fielding, endearing beneath his cynical exterior….
776 - Roger Corman / G.J. Echternkamp
Jan 12 • 109 min
Roger Corman made hundreds of films and gave huge opportunities to filmmakers who became the best Hollywood has to offer. Now, at 90 years old, Roger joins Marc to look back at his career of high concepts and low budgets. Plus,…
775 - James Hetfield
Jan 9 • 85 min
Before James Hetfield formed Metallica, his musical awareness was shaped in equal parts by classical music, Aerosmith and the desire to kill disco. James talks with Marc about the band’s continued growth, his recovery from not only addiction but…
774 - Martha Plimpton / Laurie Kilmartin
Jan 5 • 89 min
Martha Plimpton says she learned how to act on the job. She talks with Marc about her childhood roles in movies like The Goonies, how those paved the way for her work on Broadway, and what she does to overcome crippling stage…
773 - Bruce Springsteen
Jan 2 • 75 min
Marc leaves the cozy confines of the garage and heads to New Jersey (where else?) to talk with The Boss. Just two Jersey guys hanging out, talking about dads, depression, fear, fulfillment and the future. Bruce tells Marc how and why he…
772 - David Bromberg
Dec 29, 2016 • 76 min
Singer-songwriter David Bromberg is a human bridge between at least a half-dozen different styles of music. David and Marc talk about the pivotal evolution of modern music, as folk transitioned into rock, and all the people David worked with over the…
771 - Sammy Shore
Dec 26, 2016 • 74 min
Marc makes a pilgrimage to Las Vegas for a sit-down with Sammy Shore, a comic with a long show business life that doesn’t quite have the ending he planned on. Sammy tells Marc about starting his career as Shecky Greene’s partner, becoming the opening…
770 - Derek Trucks
Dec 22, 2016 • 79 min
A lot of former child stars have been in the garage, but Derek Trucks wasn’t so much a child star as he was a prodigy. At the age of nine, Derek was a guitar wizard. He talks with Marc about avoiding the pitfall of becoming a novelty act and…
769 - Annette Bening
Dec 19, 2016 • 86 min
Annette Bening attributes her longevity in acting to stopping when she wanted. She talks with Marc about being able to put the brakes on her career when dealing with the responsibilities of parenting. They also talk about privacy, winning…
768 - Billy West
Dec 15, 2016 • 93 min
Comedian Billy West is a master of voices and one of the preeminent voiceover artists working today. Billy tells Marc about his need to escape into characters while growing up in a chaotic home. It was a retreat from reality that led to…
767 - Casey Affleck
Dec 12, 2016 • 85 min
Casey Affleck says he doesn’t want fame or stardom. So how’s he handling it now that the spotlight keeps getting hotter? Casey talks with Marc about growing up in Massachusetts, maturing as an actor, living in the public eye, having kids, dealing with…
766 Shane Mauss
Dec 8, 2016 • 89 min
Comedian Shane Mauss saw his career gathering steam only to stall out and make him feel like opportunities were passing him by. Then an accident that left him with two broken feet coincided with another journey. One that involves…
765 - Dana Carvey
Dec 5, 2016 • 107 min
As Dana Carvey puts it, he gave a Heisman to fame, essentially putting himself on the sidelines of showbiz for 15 years. Dana and Marc talk about the string of events that happened after SNL and Wayne’s World that prompted Dana to reevaluate what’s…
764 - The Handsome Family / Sam Pollard
Dec 1, 2016 • 92 min
Gothic folk duo The Handsome Family meet up with Marc while he’s in Albuquerque to talk about American roots music, carnival sideshows, meeting your heroes, and dealing with bipolarity. But first, documentary filmmaker Sam Pollard joins Marc in the…
763 - Joe Matarese
Nov 28, 2016 • 81 min
Comedian Joe Matarese has struggled with bouts of rage, anxiety and paralyzing indecisiveness. As he tells Marc, Joe is correcting these problems through medication, therapy, help from his wife, and inspiration from one particular…
762 - Scott Fagan
Nov 24, 2016 • 91 min
Singer-songwriter Scott Fagan created a beautiful album in 1968, called South Atlantic Blues. But things didn’t go the way they were supposed to. Scott talks with Marc about why the album and his career fizzled, how they were both resurrected,…
761 - Michael Shannon
Nov 21, 2016 • 78 min
Michael Shannon cuts a pretty intimidating figure on stage and screen. The combination of his Southern upbringing and his early-career immersion into the Chicago theater scene probably accounts for much of his intensity. Michael and Marc talk…
760 - Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain / Andre Royo
Nov 17, 2016 • 88 min
Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain wrote a book that changed Marc’s life. On the 20-year anniversary of ‘Please Kill Me: An Uncensored Oral History of Punk,’ Legs and Gillian tell Marc why they wrote it in the first place and why it still resonates…
759 - Lin-Manuel Miranda
Nov 14, 2016 • 100 min
Lin-Manuel Miranda is not only the creator of Hamilton and In The Heights, he’s also a long-time WTFer. So he’s well prepared to get into everything with Marc during a visit to the garage, including his multicultural upbringing, his early…
Lorne Stories - A WTF Special Presentation
Nov 11, 2016 • 120 min
Marc Maron presents a definitive collection of stories about Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, as told by past WTF guests. Hear Lorne Stories from Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poelher, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, Norm…
653 - Lorne Michaels
Nov 9, 2015 • 118 min
In the history of WTF, Lorne Michaels is talked about more than any other person. Now he is finally a guest. The man behind SNL goes through it all, from the reason he started the show back in 1975 to the reason he keeps doing it. Meanwhile, Marc…
614 - The President Was Here
Jun 25, 2015 • 76 min
From the minute the Presidential motorcade pulled away, Marc began recording his reaction to the momentous event that just occurred in his garage. Hear Marc’s ongoing reflections in the aftermath as well as a discussion with WTF producer Brendan…