HODINKEE Radio: Episode 94: Jeff Garlin

HODINKEE Radio: Episode 94: Jeff Garlin

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I am super excited about this week’s episode. I’ve been a huge fan of Jeff Garlin’s work for about two decades, since I first started watching Curb Your Enthusiasm with my dad back around 2000. You might also know him for his stand-up comedy or maybe as the patriarch on ABC’s The Goldbergs, but however you know Jeff, you’ll know he’s a seriously funny guy. And on this week’s episode, Jeff does not disappoint.

Jeff and I were introduced a while back by a mutual friend in the Leica photography community. Jeff is a passionate photographer – he had a show at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles earlier this year called A Big Bowl of Wonderful – and we hit it off immediately. It turns out we have a lot in common beyond photography too. We both love music, we both love comedy (alright, he’s got a serious edge on me there), and we’re both inveterate collectors of the things we’re passionate about. Jeff got into watches relatively recently, due to an interesting backstage conversation with another comedy legend, but I’m going to let you hear that story directly from him in the show itself. 

It’s not too often these days that we dedicate a whole episode to a single guest, but Jeff and I could barely stop talking at the one-hour mark, and I really didn’t want to leave anything on the cutting room floor. We cover a lot of ground too, everything from why we like purging our collections after amassing them, how we draw connections between the things we’re passionate about in different ways, and how Jeff approaches the different kinds of work he does, from acting to stand-up to photography.

We hope you enjoy Episode 94 of HODINKEE Radio. Check out the show notes below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Wrist Check

Jeff’s go-to watch is this awesome TAG Heuer Monaco with the caliber 12 chronograph movement. He likes that the watch can be dressed up or down and that he doesn’t have to baby it – plus, the dial is super legible which helps when he’s keeping track of time on stage doing stand-up. This is one of those times when I think the right person and the right watch have serendipitously found one another. This watch is a classic, but with modern updates. It’s high quality, but unpretentious. It’s going to be just as cool 50 years from now as it was 50 years ago when the Monaco was new on the scene.

Show Notes

By The Way

The Goldbergs Trailer

Big Bowl Of Wonderful

Finding Vivian Maier

Boogie Chillen by John Lee Hooker

The Last Dance


The Old Town Ale House

Our Man In Chicago

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Fuck Cancer

Jeff’s New Website


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