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    Marc Maron’s comic roots in Boston clubs

    Marc Maron has done a little of everything since graduating from Boston University in 1986. He did voice work on “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,” had a cameo in the film “Almost Famous,” hosted a radio show on Air America and a short-lived TV show on Comedy Central, and now does a popular podcast, “WTF With Marc Maron.”

    But Maron says his real job — first, last, and always — is stand-up comedy.

    “At the core of it all, that’s what I do,” says Maron. “And now I can even sell a few tickets.”


    He certainly drew a crowd Friday at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, where he hyped his new book, “Attempting Normal,” by reading, telling jokes, and answering questions from fans. It was not a typical book signing.

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    “I like to get the funny going,” he told us beforehand.

    Although he’s from New Jersey and lives in LA, Maron considers himself a product of Boston’s fertile comedy scene, having performed in the clubs here after college. He rattles off many friends and influences from those days, including Teddy Bergeron, DJ Hazard, Steven Wright, Lenny Clarke, Don Gavin, Chuck Sklar, Janeane Garofalo, and Louis C.K.

    “Boston was a functioning comedy city, one of a few in the country, that enabled comics to make a living in the area,” he says. “It’s a community of gypsies and weirdos. We all know each other.”

    These days, Maron is best known in some circles for his podcast, which features a lot of comics and musicians. Recent guests include Iggy Pop, Cheech and Chong, David Sedaris, John Fogerty, Marshall Crenshaw, and Thomas Dolby.


    He said it was good to be back in Boston, and especially at the Brattle, where he once saw Spalding Gray perform his one-man show, “Swimming to Cambodia.”

    “When I come back, I try to walk around, piece together parts of my past,” says Maron. “I lived in Somerville before it got cool.”

    Somerville is cool?

    “OK,” he said. “I guess I mean gentrified.”