Marc Maron | The Vic | Stand-Up | Chicago Reader

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When: Sat., June 6 2015

Marc Maron has never kept his private life private. Between his podcast (WTF with Marc Maron) and his TV show (Maron) he leaves little to the imagination when it comes to his personal struggles and shortcomings with family, girlfriends, and colleagues. In the 2013 Netflix special Thinky Pain, Maron exposed more than ever—about his self-destructive nature and his inability to let himself be happy—proving that truth often begets the best comedy. At times Maron’s stand-up feels more like a one-man therapy session, as he talks through the pitfalls of his 25-year career, how little league encapsulates all of his father issues, and his application of less-than-healthy relationship strategies: “I don’t really know if someone loves me if I can’t make them cry.” If that’s true, I must really like Maron because some of his most sincere observations have brought me close to tears. In the years since the special Maron has reached new levels of professional success with two seasons of his well-reviewed TV show and the bestselling memoir Attempting Normal. His personal life, however, hasn’t fared so well: in the span of a year Maron got engaged, broke off the engagement, and suffered a nervous breakdown about turning 50. Now he’s 51 and returning to Chicago to film a new special, which will surely employ the same magic formula of honesty, cynicism, and “that’s-sooo-true” laughs that make Maron’s brand of comedy uniquely his. —Brianna Wellen

Price: $35

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