Marc Maron has snagged arguably the biggest podcast guest ever of not just his own show, but of any podcast. Monday’s guest on WTF with Marc Maron will be President Barack Obama. The Obama episode is expected to be the biggest WTF episode ever. It may possibly become the most downloaded podcast episode of all time. “This is a big day for our country, for me and for my cats,” said Maron. “I’m calling it the WTF Summit. I hope he’s cool with that.”
It’s also a big day for podcasting. Podcasts, a once-unknown medium, have have risen drastically in popularity over the past five years. Recent research suggests approximately 46 million Americans listen to podcasts. That’s nearly 1-in-5 people. Recent successes of shows like NPR’s Serial have helped explode the amount of people listening to podcasts and advertisers spending money on them.
WTF with Marc Maron is one of the most popular podcasts out there, with over five million downloads each month. The Maron star, who began the podcast in 2009 out of desperation when his career was heading in a less-than-desirable direction, has interviewed comedy’s biggest names including Louis C.K., Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer and the late Robin Williams. In over 600 episodes produced with partner Brendan McDonald, he’s moved on to interview rock stars and movie directors like Mick Jagger and Paul Thomas Anderson. And on Friday, he records with the President.
Marc Maron will not be visiting the White House in Washington, D.C. No, no. President Obama will be heading down to the Cat Ranch. Zach Galifianakis had to set up Between Two Ferns in the Oval Office when he chatted with Obama in his hilarious Funny Or Die video. But the White House reached out to the podcast pioneer to schedule an interview while the President is in Los Angeles for a fundraiser. So what better way to do WTF than to join Maron in the garage?
The episode will be presented without any commercial breaks. Instead, the episode will be very-publicly sponsored by Squarespace.com. Frequent listeners of the podcast know that the show’s host is not shy about hawking various products from Adam & Eve to Audible multiple times throughout a show. The commercial-free episode will almost feel like the old days of the podcast before it became the juggernaut that it is today. Almost, because this time he’ll be talking to the President of the United States.
President Obama’s WTF episode will launch on Monday, June 22. I can only imagine how many times Maron tells the Secret Service guys, “Come on, man. Don’t touch that. Please?”