Bob Marley

"My parents had no idea there was a reggae singer named Bob Marley," says the comedian with same name. It doesn't cause as much confusion as you might think, though it did recently for the Maine native. "We went to Jamaica, my wife and I," he explains. "I made it a particular point not to do jokes about Bob Marley, but we were staying at a resort, and you have to give your name at dinner so they can charge it to your room. So I gave them my name." The maître d' didn't believe him at first. "Of course they immediately want to smoke marijuana with you. Good thing I didn't say Cass Elliot, they'd have been giving me ham sandwiches." Marley has been doing standup since high school, and his parents hoped he would grow out of it, especially when he got to college. "I was a community health major, so I was originally going to be a health teacher or work in the state health department," he recalls. "But that never panned out. When I told my parents I was going to be a comedian, my mom said, 'Nice, good,' and then she took out her rosary beads." In addition to headlining clubs and theaters, Marley has done some acting. Fans of the cult film The Boondock Saints will recognize him as Detective Greenly. "That was really a lot fun, because Willem Dafoe is such a great guy to work with and he's been nominated three times for an Oscar. I'm looking at him thinking, 'I was at Yuk Yuks in Boise last week.'"18+; 21+ later shows.
Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., June 6, 9:45 p.m.; Sat., June 7, 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: June 5. Continues through June 8, 2014

 
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