Do This Today: Marc Maron (comedy!)

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Marc Maron is playing the Trepany House in Hollywood/Los Feliz tonight. Come see him do standup. Tickets are $8, and you can get them HERE.

Event: Marc Maron
Location: Trepany House, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90027
Time: 8p-10:30ish
Cost: $8 (get tickets HERE)
FIY: There is a free parking lot in the back, so don’t worry about parking.

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Heads-Up: Marc Maron with Judd Apatow

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This is a heads-up post: Marc Maron is participating in a Writers Bloc event with Judd Apatow on May 15th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 and bound to sell out, so get them now if you are interested. This is all happening at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

Event: Marc Maron with Judd Apatow (event)
Location: Saban Theater, 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills
Time: Wednesday May 15, 2013, 7:30pm
Cost: $25 (get tickets HERE)

Do This Today: Matt Groening Interviews Dave Barry

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The Aero Theater is hosting a Live Talks LA event tonight with an evening with Dave Barry and Matt Groening. Matt Groening is the creator of the Simpsons and Dave Barry is a writer of over 35 books, the Tony Award winning play Peter and the Scratcher and even the CBS sitcom “Dave’s World”. It starts at 8pm at the Aero Theatre and tickets are $20.

Event: Live Talks LA: An Evening with Dave Barry in Conversation with Matt Groening (event)
Location: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Time: Thursday Feb 7, 2013, 8pm
Cost: $20 (get tickets HERE)

Do This Today: Marc Maron (comedy!)

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Do you love Marc Maron and his podcast WTF with Marc Maron? Tonight at 8pm Marc Maron and guests Jason Nash, Matt Kirshen, Christina Pazsitzky, Jeff Richards, and Jim Earl will be doing a live taping at the Trepany House (formally the steve Allen Theater). Tickets are $10, and you can get them HERE.

Event: Marc Maron
Location: Trepany House, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90027
Time: 8p-10:30ish
Cost: $10 (get tickets HERE)
FIY: There is a free parking lot in the back, so don’t worry about parking.

Do This Today: Marc Maron Interviews Tim Robbins

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The Aero Theater is hosting a Live Talks LA event tonight with an evening with Tim Robbins in Conversation with Marc Maron. You know Marc from his podcast WTF where he interviews comedians and celebrities in a funny but serious look at life. Tim Robbins you should already know, but he’s famous for Mystic River, Bull Durham, The Player, Bob Roberts, and Shawshank Redemption. This event supports the Actors Gang Theatre, which was founded by Robbins. Feel good about your $20 going toward a good cause.

Event: Live Talks LA: An Evening with Tim Robbins in Conversation with Marc Maron (event)
Location: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Time: 8pm
Cost: $20 (get tickets HERE)

Comedy Wednesday: Marc Maron

Comedy Wednesday: Marc Maron @ Trepany House (formally the Steve Allen Theater)(7/17/12)

I always get so frustrated with my cell phone photos failing me, so for last nights comedy show I thought I’d try an experiment. I think you can tell from the photos below, it failed miserably. If there’s something I’m good at, it’s admitting defeat. I brought my fancy camera to the show. I turned off the volume and flipped the screen inside out so no light or sound was emanating from the camera. There’s nothing worse than being called out in a comedy show so I try to do whatever I can to blend in. The unfortunate part is that I couldn’t tell how my photos were coming out and without a flash I risked them all being blurry. So it was all a guess to me if any of the photos I took actually came out. When I uploaded them blurriness was a problem but mostly the comedians were blocked by heads and the bright lights completely washed them out. I couldn’t zoom, since I could see how the photos looked. It failed, although I’m still working hard to get you the best images and so I’ll keep experimenting. Here’s how the show went.

Last nights show was not Comedy Bang Bang. I decided to take a week off to go see Marc Maron now that he’s back in LA performing at the Steve Allen Theater. I thought I was getting tickets to a live taping of his podcast, but when I arrived and saw the stage and it was not set up for podcasting (no table, chairs or mics).

Marc Maron came out with a stool and told us he deceived us. He decided not to do a podcast taping (of WTF) and instead try out new material. First he brought up Jonah Ray, who was also trying new material. I’ve seen him perform at Comedy Bang Bang before and he was very funny. Tonight was no exception, although you could tell he was visably nervous trying out his new material. Comedians take such a risk getting out on stage and I can’t imagine trying out new material that’s only ever been practiced in front of a mirror. What if it completely fails is it often can? Comedians have to be so fearless and I admire that.

See my crappy photo? What a failure. The sad part is I was thinking “Pat yourself on the back, Bethany, for you have probably found a great solution to a challenging problem,” while I was taking these awful photos.

Next up, Ryan Singer. His name is familiar, but I didn’t recognize his comedy style or apperance. Maybe I’ve seen him at Comedy Bang Bang? I’m not sure. He had some great bits, although his stuff flowed so well together you could tell he’d memorized his routine and wasn’t working off-the-cuff. It’s funny that I respect off-the-cuff humor more than pre-planned humor, which seems counterintuitive. I should probably respect the prepared comedian more than the “winging-it” comedian, but there’s something I appreciate about a comedian effortlessly making jokes on the spot.

After Ryan, MArc came out to do his set. The timing was about 10 minutes for Jonah and Ryan and then an hour and 45 minutes (?) for Marc. I point this out because he did the type of long-form set that you would pay a high-price ticket to see. Why he felt like he had to trick the audience into coming, is confusing to me because he performed a great show. I saw him perform at Comedy Bang Bang last week, so I got to see him take those jokes and really work them out on stage and develop them further. No joke was retold the same way so it felt like all of it was new, despite being some of the same topics.

Marc is another stand-up (like Maria Bamford) where it can take seeing him perform several times to really begin to understand his dark comedy. There are comedians like Tommy Papa, who can do a delightful, very funny, clean set and it only takes seeing them once to get what they’re about. Marc has such a history that you can slowly learn about in each set, and knowing that history adds so much to his jokes. His comedy feels like Marc’s in therapy working out his issues with the audience and there’s something very familiar about his tone. Like you’re the only person he’s talking to and he’s just shooting-the-shit about what has been on his mind.

I highly recommend giving Marc’s podcast a listen. It’s called WTF and he interviews comedians and celebrities about real topics. It’s serious and it’s funny. He’ll be performing more at the Trepany House in the next couple months. Get tickets HERE!