Podcast: Comedian Jeff Garlin


Today we welcome a special guest to the B&H Photography Podcast: actor and comedian Jeff Garlin. Jeff Garlin is well known as a stand-up comedian and, of course, as a star of the hit television shows, The Goldbergs and Curb Your Enthusiam. About fifteen years ago, he turned a love for photography, for the work of the masters—Alfred Eisenstadt, Jim Marshall, Mary Ellen Mark, to name a few—into his own photographic practice, and we are all the beneficiaries of his engaged eye.

In March, Garlin debuted his series, “A Big Bowl of Wonderful,” at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles, and we talk to him about how this series of portraits of his co-stars and friends in the television community—many taken on set or backstage—developed over a long curve, one founded in respect for the medium and applied with a simple stratagem: see something interesting and frame it in the most creative way possible. With that in mind, we talk about trusting your gut, not overthinking a shot, being comfortable with your subjects, but also about gaining the confidence to take photos, especially of those you know and respect.

Garlin also talks about his affinity for Leica, especially the M system, about the difference between actors and comedians, and talking photography with Jeff Bridges. We also ask him about his role as executive producer on the film, Finding Vivian Maier. This really is a photography lover’s conversation, summed up best by one of Garlin’s comments: “I’m taking a picture because it brings me joy.”


Guest: Jeff Garlin

Photograph © Jeff Garlin

John Mulaney © Jeff Garlin
John Waters © Jeff Garlin
Larry David © Jeff Garlin
Sarah Silverman © Jeff Garlin
Richard Lewis © Jeff Garlin
JB Smoove © Jeff Garlin
Richard Kind © Jeff Garlin
Brian Cranston and Jonathan Banks © Jeff Garlin
Trevor Noah © Jeff Garlin
Wendy McClendon-Covey © Jeff Garlin
"Jesus at the Comedy Store" © Jeff Garlin


Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves


This is now my favorite episode! I love Curb and Jeff was so great and honest! 

Thank you Fernando for the comment...  I really appreciate his straightforward approach to photography.

I am very excited about this podcast as a budding photographer. There are many interesting episodes.

Thank you so much Sylvia....that really is great feedback, we want these conversations to inspire photographers, especially those starting out....  

Thanks Fred. Interesting comment.     Do appreciate the listen.  Are from the photography side or the comedy side?