"I like things to be exciting and unexpected. I like when things come out of me that have never come out of me before," says comedian Marc Maron. He thrives on the intellectual high wire, and also on the intensity of a level of honesty few performers dare attempt. Maron's proclivities for riffing and revelations have translated brilliantly into his regular gig as an interviewer and host of the twice-weekly podcast WTF, which has fast become a comedy-nerd fan favorite as well as essential listening within the industry. On the show, Maron uses his own willingness for self-exposure as a tool to convince other comics to drop their acts and open up about their deepest-rooted motivations for pursing comedy and the perils of life on the road. What's as impressive as Maron's ability to articulate his attempt to transcend neurosis, compulsion, bitterness, and doubt is his ability to reliably craft big punch lines and killer comic twists while doing so. With a recent appearance at his old stomping grounds on the Conan O'Brien show, a New York Times profile, a book deal, and an in-the-works TV pilot spun off of his podcast, Maron is reaching incredible new highs more than two decades into an already rich career. 18+; 21+ later shows.
Feb. 10-13, 8 p.m.; Feb. 11-12, 10:30 p.m., 2011