WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

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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…
WTF Uncovered #5 - Live at Now Hear This
Dec 23, 2016 • 42 min
It’s not entirely accurate to say this episode has never been heard by anyone before. About 700 people were in the room at the Now Hear This podcast festival in Anaheim this past October to hear Marc and his producer Brendan McDonald reveal the…
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…
WTF Uncovered #4 - The Lost Marc and Tom Show
Dec 16, 2016 • 45 min
Every so often Marc gets together with Tom Scharpling of The Best Show to figure out life’s big questions. They record these conversations and release them as The Marc and Tom Show. This one was recorded almost four years ago and was never…
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…
WTF Uncovered #3 - Jerry Lewis
Dec 9, 2016 • 32 min
In September 2016, Marc recorded a conversation with the legendary Jerry Lewis. Until now, no one has heard it other than those in the room. This was supposed to be a full-length episode of WTF, but the interview was compromised and there were no…
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…
WTF Uncovered #2 - Maria Bamford
Dec 2, 2016 • 27 min
We go back into the WTF Shoebox Vault to find another unaired pilot for The Marc Maron Show in Los Angeles from 2006. This time the guest was comedian Maria Bamford, the sidekick was still Jim Earl, and the investigative reporter was Eddie Pepitone….
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…
WTF Uncovered #1 - Patton Oswalt
Nov 25, 2016 • 28 min
This limited series dives deep into the WTF Vault (aka a shoebox under producer Brendan McDonald’s bed) to present lost Marc Maron material that has never been heard by anyone else. In this episode, hear an unaired test show Marc and Brendan created…
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…
758 - Shep Gordon
Nov 10, 2016 • 105 min
Talent manager Shep Gordon had no real interest in pop music. He was a young hippie making money dealing drugs to rock stars. Shep tells Marc how he transitioned into a life of management and production with an eclectic group of clients including…
757 - Sam Quinones
Nov 7, 2016 • 98 min
On the eve of the U.S. Presidential Election, you owe it to yourself to hear this conversation between Marc and journalist Sam Quinones. Sam’s travels in Mexico and his curiosity about the epidemic of opiate addiction in America led him to discover…
756 - Paul Major & Jesper Eklow (Endless Boogie)
Nov 3, 2016 • 73 min
Endless Boogie was never supposed to become a band. It was made up of some guys who worked at Matador Records, one in particular who loved to collect old vinyl. Frontman Paul Major and guitarist Jesper Eklow tell Marc what it took to put the mother of…
755 - Roger Waters
Oct 31, 2016 • 94 min
Roger Waters wrote songs that changed rock and roll, organized them in ways that changed how albums were made, and performed them in ways that changed how concerts were staged. The Pink Floyd frontman tells Marc why he only now feels…
754 - Ron Howard
Oct 27, 2016 • 115 min
Ron Howard knows the key to longevity in show business. He should, considering his evolution from child actor to sitcom star to award-winning director to highly respected producer. Ron divulges that key to Marc, and also talks about his experiences…
753 - Sarah Jessica Parker
Oct 24, 2016 • 84 min
Sarah Jessica Parker started her acting career at age 11 working with Harold Pinter on Broadway. That would be enough for most people, but it only got better from there. With a new show on HBO called ‘Divorce,’ Sarah Jessica and Marc talk…
752 - Ritch Shydner / Anthony Bourdain
Oct 20, 2016 • 101 min
Comedian Ritch Shydner is a true road warrior who made his reputation during the comedy club boom of the 1980s. Ritch talks with Marc about diving into the deep end of stand-up comedy, getting out entirely, and then coming out of retirement after more…
The Marc and Tom Show #4
Oct 18, 2016 • 65 min
It’s been almost four years since the last Marc and Tom Show. After countless hours helping each other figure out what’s going on, they’re now facing something different: What happens when you might be winning? What’s happens after…
751 - David Crosby
Oct 17, 2016 • 101 min
David Crosby readily admits that he probably shouldn’t be alive. Drug addiction, alcoholism and health issues have taken their toll but have not knocked David out. He’s still making music and going out on tour, but he had a little time to talk with…
750 - Margo Price
Oct 13, 2016 • 93 min
Singer-songwriter Margo Price entered the garage on a wave of acclaim and notoriety that is rare for an artist with only one album. But Margo’s country music bona fides are not in doubt. Despite her modest origin as a young Midwestern…
749 - Larry Clark
Oct 10, 2016 • 99 min
Larry Clark does not consider himself a photographer and he explains to Marc why he doesn’t. But that didn’t stop a young Marc Maron from being drawn to Larry’s raw, unflinching photos and his uncompromising art. Larry talks with Marc about…
746 - John Prine
Sep 29, 2016 • 80 min
If you’re wondering how John Prine, one of America’s greatest living songwriters, came up with such great lyrics, just look to your mailbox. John tells Marc how his days as a mailman provided him time to ruminate on music, which led to his…
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…