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Theater & art

Marc Maron: Boston Comedy Festival’s Comedian of the Year award

One of the first paid stand-up gigs Marc Maron remembers doing was at a place called Derby Park in Lowell, but he doesn’t remember it all that well. It’s hard to blame him. At the time, Maron was performing four or five nights a week, opening for more established comedians in venues across New England so numerous and varied that he has trouble distinguishing among them now: Jimmy’s in Dedham. Frank’s in Franklin. Boston’s Tipperary Pub. He had a weeklong residency at a Vermont ski resort. He once got stranded on Nantucket following a set. He performed at Mexican restaurants, bowling alleys, and anonymous bars in Maine.

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