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Episode 1023 - David Letterman


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David Letterman started out doing the very thing that scared him to death - getting up in front of strangers and trying to make them laugh. Now after wrapping up a legendary and influential career as late night host, Dave talks with Marc about his early days at The Comedy Store, his enjoyment of the longform interviews he’s doing for Netflix, and his focus on the hard work of becoming a better person. Dave also reveals his favorite thing about his old show and the one comic he always thought was the funniest, despite everything else that happened between them. This episode is sponsored by Turo and Starbucks Tripleshot Energy.

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Episode 1055 - Chaunté Wayans

September 19th, 2019


Chaunté Wayans has a last name that adds a lot of pressure to a comedy career. She also happens to be the niece and cousin of many famous comedians with that last name. That’s one reason she stayed away from comedy when …

Episode 1054 - June Diane Raphael

September 16th, 2019


June Diane Raphael knows people are likely to mispronounce her last name (it’s RAY-feel) but she’s ok with it. She has other things on her mind right …

Episode 1053 - Danny Huston

September 12th, 2019


Danny Huston felt somewhat doomed when it came to show business. His father John and grandfather Walter were legendary Hollywood figures and his …

Episode 1052 - Bruce Dern

September 9th, 2019


When Bruce Dern showed up at The Actors Studio, Lee Strasberg told him he was going to be their Frankenstein Monster and Elia Kazan told him “you’re …

Episode 1051 - Edi Patterson

September 5th, 2019


When Marc first saw Edi Patterson on Vice Principals, he knew she was the kind of performer who can’t possibly stifle who she is. It turns out her raw, comedic intensity was born in Texas oil-refining country, where she …

Episode 1050 - Dale Beran

September 2nd, 2019


Unlike Marc, Dale Beran was immersed in internet culture for most of his life. He considered himself an artistic, creative person with aspirations to …

Episode 1049 - Buddy Guy

August 29th, 2019


Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy had many insecurities about performing and they didn’t really subside until musicians like Eric Clapton and Jeff …

Episode 1048 - Betty Gilpin

August 26th, 2019


Betty Gilpin’s performance on GLOW has brought her critical accolades, Emmy nominations, and personal fulfillment. So why does she feel like she’s …

Episode 1047 - David Shields

August 22nd, 2019


David Shields is always looking to push the form forward, whether it’s by way of his writing, his filmmaking or his thinking. Using collage-style …

Episode 1046 - Patricia Clarkson

August 19th, 2019


Patricia Clarkson came to show business by way of New Orleans, where exposure to all manner of public figures who were equal parts good and bad may explain why she never judges the characters she plays, even if they’re …

Peter Fonda from 2018

August 17th, 2019


From Episode 930, Marc's conversation with actor Peter Fonda about childhood trauma, Easy Rider, and talking George Harrison down from a bad trip. Peter passed away on August 16, 2019.

Episode 1045 - Stephen Root

August 15th, 2019


Stephen Root grew up moving all over the country because of his dad’s job. Being uprooted all the time meant he was shy and quiet without too many friends.  Fortunately, shy, quiet people are good observers. Stephen …

Episode 1044 - Bashir Salahuddin

August 12th, 2019


Bashir Salahuddin is having a moment. He has two new shows out that he co-created and stars in, South Side and Sherman’s Showcase. He’s back in the third season of GLOW. And he’ll be in Top Gun: Maverick next year. But …

Episode 1043 - Greg Kinnear

August 8th, 2019


Greg Kinnear actually bailed on being an actor. Even though he performed in high school plays and hosted his own radio show as a teenager, when he …

Episode 1042 - Walton Goggins

August 5th, 2019


Walton Goggins has played tough guys, weird guys and guys who completely defy description, but to him it’s all just playing pretend. Walton found himself as the center of attention at a young age while he was being …

Episode 1041 - Juston McKinney

August 1st, 2019


Juston McKinney’s story keeps coming back to New Hampshire. It’s where he grew up, where he lost his mother at age six, where his father was a …

Episode 1040 - Kurt Andersen

July 29th, 2019


At some point in the past decade, Kurt Andersen felt like he had to figure out America. Coming from a professional career rooted in satire and troublemaking, Kurt had a pretty good vantage point to examine the tug of …

Episode 1039 - Tom Dreesen

July 25th, 2019


Now that Tom Dreesen has 50 years in show business under his belt, he wants to enjoy life. He’s earned it because he’s already experienced enough for five lifetimes. Tom takes Marc all the way back to when he was a kid …

Episode 1038 - Geena Davis

July 22nd, 2019


Geena Davis says the biggest thing she had to learn as she made her way through show business was how to speak up for herself. This was particularly …

Episode 1037 - Alex Ross Perry

July 18th, 2019


Not only did director and writer Alex Ross Perry work in a video store while he was learning to become a filmmaker, his first film crew was made up of his friends and co-workers at the video store and they remain his …

Episode 1036 - Sean Lennon

July 15th, 2019


Sean Lennon admits that he was naïve about his family legacy when he began a career in music. He also admits that when he received bad reviews for …

Episode 1035 - Nahnatchka Khan

July 11th, 2019


When Nahnatchka Khan started developing Fresh Off The Boat for TV, she knew it was an undertaking that no one had tried for more than 20 years: A network sitcom with an Asian-American cast. And it was a premise that …

Episode 1034 - David Lee Roth

July 8th, 2019


You only need to hear David Lee Roth talk for a few seconds to understand why he is the consummate rock and roll frontman. Diamond Dave takes Marc on …

Episode 1033 - Jamie Lee

July 4th, 2019


Jamie Lee started her career in close proximity to comedy, but not actually doing it. She was working in PR at Comedy Central and found herself around a lot of comics in a professional capacity. It wasn’t long before …

Episode 1032 - Stephen Dorff

July 1st, 2019


Stephen Dorff started acting in movies before he was a teenager, but the sudden and tragic death of his brother made him contemplate leaving the business altogether. Stephen tells Marc why he stuck it out and how he …

Episode 1031 - Brent Butt

June 27th, 2019


Even though Brent Butt grew up in rural Saskatchewan, his path to comedy is similar to American comics, except it was exclusively Canadian. He was a directionless youth who was taken in by comedy on Canadian TV, he …

Episode 1030 - Stephen Colbert

June 24th, 2019


Before Stephen Colbert knew what he wanted to do with his life, all he wanted was to be Hamlet. Not to play Hamlet, but to be Hamlet. That’s how he …

Episode 1029 - Steve Sweeney

June 20th, 2019


When Steve Sweeney was growing up in Boston, the last thing he expected to become was an entertainer. He rubbed elbows with career criminals in Charlestown but somehow wound up doing summertime productions of …

Episode 1028 - Eve Ensler

June 17th, 2019


When Marc read Eve Ensler’s new book The Apology, he knew he had to speak with her right away. Not just because it was a harrowing, beautifully …

Episode 1027 - Jamie Denbo

June 13th, 2019


Jamie Denbo’s life and career would not be the same were it not for her job at a Renaissance fair. Her future in comedy, improv, acting, and now …

Episode 1026 - Mavis Staples

June 10th, 2019


As Mavis Staples turns 80 years old, she continues to perform and record with young musicians and producers across musical genres, just as she’s done …

Episode 1025 - Perry Farrell

June 6th, 2019


Perry Farrell is the creative force behind Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros, and the Lollapalooza festival, but while talking with Marc, it’s clear …

Episode 1024 - John Turturro

June 3rd, 2019


When you talk with John Turturro, it’s quickly apparent that he’s a student of history. But John says that type of education really only happened for …

Episode 1022 - Timothy Olyphant

May 27th, 2019


In the last decade or so, Timothy Olyphant realized that a lot of his interests when he was younger were either impractical, ill-fitting or not very …

Episode 1021 - Duff McKagan

May 23rd, 2019


Duff McKagan weathered the storm of rock and roll excess and now finds himself with a loving family, sobriety, a reunited band, and a new solo album. …

Episode 1020 - Lisa Kudrow

May 20th, 2019


Of course Lisa Kudrow talks with Marc about Friends. But first they discuss several other topics Lisa knows well, including genealogy, global …

Episode 1019 - Kyle Mooney

May 16th, 2019


A fateful moment in Kyle Mooney’s life was when his high school hip hop group went up in flames. Quite literally. All his equipment was destroyed in …

Episode 1018 - Anjelica Huston

May 13th, 2019


If there was one constant in Anjelica Huston’s early life and career, it was the pressure to prove herself. Anjelica tells Marc about the benefits …

Episode 1017 - Anna Konkle & Maya Erskine

May 9th, 2019


Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine, co-creators and stars of the middle school-based comedy PEN15, met and bonded in college. But they knew their most …

Episode 1016 - Dennis Quaid

May 6th, 2019


Dennis Quaid believes in the benefits of familiarity. In fact, he attributes his career to it. Multiple generations of audiences know him for …

Episode 1015 - Irwin Winkler

May 2nd, 2019


After fifty years in Hollywood producing some of the most popular movies of all time, Irwin Winkler says the question he still gets asked the most …

Episode 1014 - Jane Fonda

April 29th, 2019


Jane Fonda is still acting and is still an activist, two constants in her entire adult life. But as she tells Marc, Jane spent a lot of her life …

Episode 1013 - Bryan Callen

April 25th, 2019


Bryan Callen always wished he could be a tough guy. Maybe it was the influence of his Marine father or maybe it was the snippets of American culture …

Episode 1012 - Brené Brown

April 22nd, 2019


Brené Brown’s degree in social work and her research into conditions like empathy and vulnerability led to one of the most viewed TED Talks of all …

Episode 1011 - Mark Arm / The Pashman Cometh

April 18th, 2019


Mark Arm was there at the beginning of a Seattle music scene that became a national phenomenon. But all Mark ever thought he and his bandmates were doing was entertaining themselves. Mark talks about how he grew up in …

Episode 1010 - Christina Hendricks

April 15th, 2019


Christina Hendricks can relate if you had a lousy time in high school. Between moving around a lot to her goth fashion style and music choices to her …

Episode 1009 - Bruce McCulloch

April 11th, 2019


Bruce McCulloch’s characters and disposition on The Kids in the Hall would lead you to conclude he’s somewhat shy, sensitive and kind. And while that …

Episode 1008 - Vincent D'Onofrio

April 8th, 2019


The last time Vincent D’Onofrio saw Marc it was at a standup show where Marc got tackled on stage by a disgruntled audience member. A lot has changed for both of them since then. You know Marc's story. But Vincent says …

Episode 1007 - T Bone Burnett

April 4th, 2019


Growing up in Texas, young Joseph Henry Burnett first experienced musical transportation while listening to records of Cole Porter and Ella …

Episode 1006 - John Lithgow

April 1st, 2019


John Lithgow can go from playing the sweetest characters you’ll ever see to truly deranged psychopaths, sometimes within the same movie. He’s good at …

Episode 1000

March 11th, 2019


To celebrate the milestone of 1000 episodes, Marc and WTF producer Brendan McDonald reflect on how they got here, why they created the show in the …

Episode 995 - Mandy Moore

February 18th, 2019


Mandy Moore has already gone through several career phases in her young life, from teenage pop star to animated voice artist to dramatic actress. But her latest phase, as matriarch Rebecca Pearson on This Is Us, came …

Episode 982 - Seth MacFarlane

January 3rd, 2019


Seth MacFarlane can host award shows, create button-pushing animated shows, and sing standards in symphony halls, but nothing changes the fact that he’s an introvert by nature. Seth tells Marc why he’s always enjoyed …

Episode 951 - Kristen Bell

September 17th, 2018


Kristen Bell had an experience as a guest on WTF that not many others get to enjoy: Marc made her a meal beforehand. So with a full stomach, Kristen …

Episode 948 - Sir Paul McCartney

September 6th, 2018


Marc talks with Paul McCartney about, well, a lot: The Beatles and Stones rivalry that wasn’t, his current relationship with Ringo, the influence …

Episode 939 - Jay Leno

August 6th, 2018


Jay Leno came up as a comic's comic, a performer recognized by other comedians as one of the best in the game. He also became one of the most …

Anthony Bourdain from 2011

June 8th, 2018


From Episode 233, this is Marc's conversation with Anthony Bourdain, conducted in 2011. Anthony died on June 8, 2018, at age 61.

Episode 614 - The President Was Here

June 25th, 2015


From the minute the Presidential motorcade pulled away, Marc began recording his reaction to the momentous event that just occurred in his garage. …

Episode 613 - President Barack Obama

June 22nd, 2015


Marc welcomes the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the garage for conversation about college, fitting in, race …

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