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Marc Maron

Marc Maron is starting to be seen as comedy’s king of anxiety. It’s an unlikely honorific, yet in that field, is a highly esteemed, if appropriately wobbly, crown—one that’s been worn at times by Woody Allen, Rodney Dangerfield and, much earlier, Jack Benny.

But that crown is one Maron has worked hard to reach for in more than a decade and a half, through several books, Comedy Central specials, late-night television appearances and, most singularly, his WTF podcast. Recently recording its 300th episode, the show has reached the rank of No. 1 comedy podcast on iTunes, and was the website’s No. 3 top podcast overall in 2009. The show is made up of “WTF”-inducing incidents retold in the light of comedic distance, as well as interviews with comics and other entertainment celebs; he is perhaps best known for his querying Carlos Mencia about the latter’s alleged joke stealing.

This week marks his return to the west-side comedy venue after February 2011’s debut, in which Utahns got to witness his neurotic personality firsthand, including jokingly(?) hitting on a cocktail waitress. Why do people in vast numbers tune in to something based on a permanent existential crisis? The charm of Maron’s approach to comedic storytelling is that his anecdotes come from his personal experience, and his ability to reveal himself is in its own way fearless, with subject matter that ranges from a dysfunctional childhood to the pain of divorce. He gives voice to the uncomfortable experiences we all can relate to, creating a kind of catharsis. (Brian Staker)

Date: Aug 11, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Phone: 801-463-2909
Address: 2194 West 3500 South, Salt Lake City, 84119
Where: Wiseguys Comedy West Valley