WTF with Marc Maron
|WTF with Marc Maron|
|Length||60 - 120 minutes|
|No. of episodes||452 (List of episodes)|
|Debut||September 1, 2009|
WTF with Marc Maron is a twice-weekly podcast hosted by standup comedian Marc Maron. The show launched in September 2009. The program primarily consists of interviews with comedians and comedy writers as well as others in the entertainment and radio communities. WTF has featured a number of notable guests, including Janeane Garofalo, Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Mel Brooks, Conan O'Brien, Doug Stanhope, Zach Galifianakis, Steven Wright, Carl Reiner, Jonathan Winters, Norm Macdonald, Patton Oswalt, Bill Burr, Margaret Cho, and Dick Van Dyke, among hundreds of others. The show is produced by Maron's former Air America co-worker Brendan McDonald.
Several episodes of the show have garnered media attention, including much-noted episodes with Dane Cook, Carlos Mencia, and Gallagher. In early 2011, the show began receiving positive press, including articles in The New York Times.
The show's title stems from the Internet slang abbreviation WTF (for "What the fuck?"). WTF launched in September 2009 following the cancellation of Maron's Air America terrestrial radio program Breakroom Live with Maron & Seder. Maron retained his Air America building keycard and, without permission, used their studios to record the first several episodes of WTF.
After the first episodes, Maron moved from New York to California. Most episodes of the show are generally recorded in Maron's home garage, nicknamed "the Cat Ranch," located in Los Angeles. Occasionally shows are recorded in Maron's various hotel rooms (while on the road performing standup), the offices of his guests, or other locations. Every show opens with an audio sample of Maron's only line (in the original theatrical edit) from the film Almost Famous: "Lock the Gates!".
WTF has received generally positive reviews, including positive writeups in the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. On average, it receives over 220,000 downloads per episode - with the show purportedly reaching its 100,000,000th download by 9 December 2013.
- Louis CK gave a two episode interview, in which Marc and Louis revealed that the two of them had had a falling out, and discussed and rekindled their old friendship. While discussing the birth of his daughter, Louis began crying. 
- Carlos Mencia came on and discussed allegations of his plagiarizing other comics. After the interview, Marc said that "something didn't feel right." He did further research, and interviewed comics Willie Barcena and Steve Trevino, who offered accounts of Mencia stealing material. Marc then contacted Mencia, who immediately returned for a follow-up interview. Mencia admitted that during the initial interview, he "had an agenda," and then went on to discuss the allegations and his reputation in a much less guarded, more forthright manner.  
- Marc confronted Dane Cook about accusations of plagiarizing Louis CK and about his tension with Steve Byrne. 
- Marc brought up online accusations against Gallagher about his performing of homophobic material. A fight ensued, in which Gallagher became the first and only guest on the podcast to walk out mid-interview. 
- Todd Glass used his appearance on the podcast to come out of the closet as gay.  
- Todd Hanson gave a detailed account of his suicide attempt in a hotel room in Brooklyn, and spoke about his life-long struggle with depression. 
- Kevin Smith complained about Bruce Willis's lack of involvement in promoting the film Cop Out, which triggered a public feud between the two of them. 
- New York Times article: "The Comic Who Explores Comedy's Darkest Side."
- "Almost Famous (5/9) Movie CLIP - Do You Wanna Buy a Gate? (2000)". Movieclips. 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
- "Marc Maron On Jon Stewart: 'There's Some Tension There' (VIDEO)". HuffPost. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
- Entertainment Weekly. July 2010.
- Weekly email update
- WTF with Marc Maron - official website