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.
Marc Maron: Boston Comedy Festival’s Comedian of the Year award
You've reached the limit of 10 free articles a month
Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.
- High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
- Convenient access across all of your devices
- Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
- Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
- Less than $1 a week