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Marc Maron at Hilarities 

When: Thu., Aug. 25 2011
Most comedians spend years on the road, slogging their way across stages while trying to build a rep. Marc Maron took more than his share of that medicine, but technology offered him an alternative. You can now join the 20 million fans who have downloaded Maron's WTF? podcasts on iTunes — making the comic, if not an overnight sensation, then at least enviably au courant. Filled with nuggets like, "In most cases, the only difference between depression and disappointment is the level of your commitment," Maron's routine is by turns smart, angry, and bitterly funny. (How smart is he? The liner notes for his just-released CD, This Has to Be Funny, were written by NPR darling Ira Glass. Maybe that's why Rolling Stone called him "one of the funniest people of 2011.") On the off chance you've missed both the podcasts and his appearances on Conan, Letterman, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, or The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, you can catch Maron at Hilarities this weekend for six 21-and-over appearances. Tonight's show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20; snag them by phone or online. — Max Hayden 2035 East Fourth St.; 216-736-4242; pickwickandfrolic.com.

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