Reviewed byseanfoulkesVote: 9/10/10
I just finished watching this on Netflix. A few months ago a roommateadded HBO GO to the "options" in the living room, and after catching upwith the last few years of surprisingly good HBO programming (BoardwalkEmpire, Trailer Park Boys, and True Detective).
And then one day I saw a comedy series menu thumbnail with the nameMARON in it. It was his HBO series that details a fictionalized versionof his real life late-stage comedy success as a pod-cast recorder inhis garage, bumbling through this all-too-relatable existential singlemale Gen-x crisis (even at age 27, I somehow relate to most of it),played out as though direction for the show came directly from hisstream of consciousness.
I returned to Netflix after a few weeks of not watching much/any TV, Isaw this new stand-up special and, never having seen anything else he'sdone (still haven't gotten around to his pod-cast for some reason),pressed play.
Ninety-some minutes later I feel like I'm an idiot for not followingthis guy for years. His deprecating everyman persona that he's seems tohave just decided "fuck it, i'm just going to make fun of myself bytalking about myself as if i were alone and in the giggly stage beforeteenagers fall asleep." Couple that with the guilt of relating to hisdescriptions of the baggage of his broken-yet-average upbringing, andyou would be hard-pressed to find a modern philosopher that canparaphrase so many abstract bits of your own life in the natural andendearing way that Marc Maron serves it up.
If you loved Calvin and Hobbes as a kid, never became a team captain,tried a drug more than once, and more importantly over-analyzed achapter in your past, than you will most likely feel the same way as Inow do about him.
To summarize: I thought This live show was straight up hilarious, andmultiple levels more complex and resolved than most other workingcomedians today. I think he does an as good, if not better job atrelating to his audience than Louis C.K.
Reviewed byMisterWhiplashVote: 9/10/10
Marc Maron's WTF podcast is one of the essentials out there to listento, and at first the reason is because of the guests of a wide variety(not just comedians, in the years since it's been on he's also hadserious actors like Bryan Cranston and music people like Iggy Pop) -and over time, Maron himself can grow on the open listener. He talksabout himself and things going on in his life in the opening segmentsof the podcast, and sometimes you'll want to skip over these partsbecause of the neurotic takes on life and the past and family andrelationships... other times, it can be very funny and incisive and,for me, Maron has become like one of those radio personalities youcan't turn off. You want to hear what he says next, as neurotic it canget it's always interesting.
Maron's stand-up is like that as well, though there is a focus to it ifyou can pay attention. He appears to just be 'winging-it' in a way,like he just came off the street and is rolling off things in his head.They might be funny, or they might not be so much. But he's really apro, he's been at it since the 80s, and his humor really does work: hetalks about buying obscure records, about the awkward-times on amorning radio show; about the time he spends with his girlfriend andthe frustration that comes (from himself, as he coins a phrase "dudebrood"); and trying to just live life without worry. Which is hard.
Probably the funniest is how he is so self-reflective and can find thehardcore pain in the comedy of his situations... or, no, the other wayaround, maybe, you get the idea. When he tells the story, which he'ssaid many times on his podcast, about failing to catch the baseball, heknows how stupid it was, or that it was just very real. But there'shumor there, there's a humorous side. Or he sees the side of the painand terrors that are/were maybe, not really, as severe as they mighthave seen at the time. He also has a good intimate way of showing thisto the audience, which is a small comedy club sized one, not a stadiumor big arena like a lot of stand-up comedy concert movies. By the endthey, as us, will know Maron a little better, and Maron may knowhimself a little better too.
Or not. All the same, Maron's observations, scathing wit and power topoke and prod himself and find the absurdity in it makes Thinky Pain aworthwhile watch. I certainly want to see more stand-up from him nowthat I've got this taste... though on the other hand, you may wonder ifthere is much more than this. He lays so much here that it's crazy - oreven funnier - to think there's more neuroses to un-Earth.
Reviewed bygavin6942Vote: 8/10/10
Maron has been a frequent guest on the Late Show with David Lettermanand made more than 40 appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien,more than any other standup performer. Despite this, his name is notone I was familiar with. The face I know, but not the name -- how did Ioverlook him?
Others have compared him to Woody Allen, and some of his "culturallyJewish" humor does have that Allen quality. Is he neurotic? Probably(but what comedian do you know is completely sane?).
If nothing else, I learned that prostate cancer hurts the butt cheeks.Now I will not have to go to a local doctor's house and have him puthis finger somewhere uncomfortable.
Marc Maron returns to his old stomping grounds for an intimate special in which he takes stock of himself. More than ever, Maron is raw and hilariously honest as he dissects his own neuroses and self-loathing while providing outrageous anecdotes from his personal life, in which he starts to realize the hurt isn't real, it's just "Thinky Pain."