EXCLUSIVE: Seems Barack Obama is coming to L.A. this week for more than just Hollywood cash. After big-bucks fundraisers at Chuck Lorre and Tyler Perry’s not-inconsiderable Pacific Palisades and Beverly Hills pads on Thursday, the leader of the free world is going to spend a little bit of time on Friday morning in a garage in Highland Park doing a podcast. Of course, the fact that the garage is the HQ of the widely downloaded WTF With Marc Maron probably sweetens the appeal for the President, who is making his debut on the show.
The plan is that before Obama jumps on Air Force One on June 19 to head up to San Fran for more Democratic Party fundraisers, the pop culture-conscious POTUS will swing by the comedian’s garage studio in the morning for a just over one-hour sit-down. The White House reached out to Maron’s team a couple of weeks back to set up the interview, sources tell me. The commercial-free podcast with the President is set to be posted online June 22. As is fitting the office, and like most of the WTF episodes, Obama will be Maron’s only guest for Friday’s taping. Having teased something “massive” coming up the past few days, Maron will announce the presidential visit on Thursday’s podcast, which hits the Internet very early this AM.
Oh, also, you’ll want to listen to tomorrow’s @wtfpod first thing in the morning. Unless you like things being spoiled.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) June 17, 2015
One of the most popular podcasts around, WTF With Marc Maron has been downloaded well over 100 million times from iTunes and other platforms since the stand-up comic launched it with producing partner Brendan McDonald in 2009. Past WTF guests include Lena Dunham, Louie C.K., Transparent creator Jill Soloway, Chris Rock, Bob Odenkirk, Mindy Kaling, author Nick Tosches, and Zach Galifianakis.
In many ways the interview on WTF seems similar to when Obama appeared on The Hangover star’s Funny or Die mock talk show Between Two Ferns in early 2014 – an unconventional outlet for a President to reach a younger demographic. The intentionally awkward chat between Obama and Galifianakis was a direct and ultimately successful way of promoting enrollment among young adults in his signature Obamacare program. No word on what Maron or the president will be chatting about on WTF.
Also no word when Hillary Clinton, who is in town herself again for a trio fundraising events on Friday, will be making her inaugural WTF appearance. Maybe WTF could become for the 2016 presidential campaign what Larry King on CNN was to the 1992 race. You in, Jeb? Trump?