Marc Maron is looking forward to performing his standup this weekend at the Fort Lauderdale Improv. Because his mom lives in Hollywood, he's familiar with the area. But this will be his first performance at the club, in front of what he believes will be an "eclectic crowd."
The comedian, known for the podcast "WTF With Marc Maron" and his appearances on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," expects to see plenty of colorful fashions in the audience, given South Florida's melting pot of cultures and styles. "It's like, that's an interesting outfit," he jokes. "What Latin American country did you come from?"
Fashion jokes aside, Maron, known for his observational humor and wit, calls his comedic style "fairly honest and revealing." Onstage, he's not the type to poke fun at or heckle an audience. He's more apt to point the finger at himself.
"I talk about my life, and hope that people can identify," Maron says. "I'm not adverse to people laughing at me, because I can be a clown who tells dumb, stupid jokes."
Big things may be happening for Maron in 2013. His scripted series "Maron" was picked up by IFC for 10 episodes, and his new book, a memoir, will be released later this year.
He'll also continue with his homegrown podcasts, which he records with a tripod, a few microphones, and a mixing board, from the garage in his Los Angeles house. "It's not the kind of garage you keep your car in," he says, "but more like a cozy man cave."
Over the years, Maron has interviewed stars such as Ben Stiller, Amy Poehler, Ray Romano, Janeane Garofalo, Norm Macdonald, Jon Favreau and Robin Williams. For his most-recent podcast, set to air Thursday, he interviewed actor Michael Keaton.
The podcast is a way for Maron not only to stay in the limelight, but also to shoot the breeze with his famous friends. "I hope to one day pick the brains of Will Ferrell, Wanda Sykes, Bob Newhart and Iggy Pop."
Marc Maron will perform Friday through Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5700 Seminole Way, in Hollywood. Tickets cost $22. Go to Ftl.improv.com.