Eugene Mirman: Brooklyn resident (and Russian immigrant) Eugene Mirman is a really great guy and comedian. After escaping the clutches of communism, he grew up in Lexington, MA (where the American revolution began through no fault of Eugene’s). He attended Hampshire College and designed his own major of Comedy — doing a one-hour standup act as his thesis. People made fun of him for it, because they were majoring in practical things, like playwriting and semiotics.
Since college, Mr. Eugene Mirman has appeared on television, which is still a relevant medium for another few years. Some examples include: his own half hour special on Comedy Central, appearances on Conan O’Brien, a recurring role on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, MTV, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Home Movies, Lucy, Daughter of the Devil and the Adult Swim live action series Delocated.
In 2009 he was named the Best New York Comedian by The Village Voice and named one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade by Paste Magazine. He’s also one of 2009’s “Hot” Twitter-ers according to Rolling Stone Magazine (and also Delta Sky Miles Magazine — but, really, according to Rolling Stone mostly).
Mr. Mirman tours the US regularly, headlining shows all across America (and at times the UK and Canada). He’s toured as part of Patton Oswalt’s Comedians of Comedy, and opened for bands such as Yo La Tengo, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Cake, and more. Eugene also co-hosts a traveling variety show with John Wesley Harding (Wes and Eugene’s Cabinet of Wonders) which features musicians, writers, poets and comedians. It’s a lot of fun, you should come sometime.
In 2004, Eugene released his first comedy album, Suicide Squeezes’ The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman (named one of the best comedy albums of 2004 by Time Out and one of the best standup albums of the last decade by The Onion). In 2005 Eugene and Bobby Tisdale released Invite Them Up, a 3CD/1DVD compilation on Comedy Central Records of their charming now defunct East Village alt-comedy staple (also named by The Onion as one of the best albums of the last decade). Eugene’s most recent albums are available from Sub Pop records, including En Garde, Society! and God Is a Twelve-Year-Old Boy with Asperger’s.
Wait! Eugene is also the author of The Will To Whatevs, an outlandish self-help guide to modern life for Harper Collins in 2009.
There’s lots more, but who cares, right? Are you really going to be any more impressed to find out that Eugene once did one of those crappy VH1 talking heads things, was a suspected arsonist on the hour long drama Third Watch (holy shit! No way!?) or played a spokes-potato on Food Network during potato weekend in 2002? Probably not. But you should know that Pete Townshend (from The Who!) e-mailed Eugene in 2001 to say he liked Eugene’s Marvelous Crooning Child. That’s great.
Marc Maron: MARC MARON
For over fifteen years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio and television. A legend in the stand-up community, he has appeared on HBO, Conan, Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Real Time, The Green Room, two Comedy Central Presents specials and almost every show that allows comics to perform. He has appeared on Conan O’Brien more than any other comedian (a record 48 times and counting). Marc’s book based on his solo show, The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah, is available on amazon.com. He is currently writing his memoirs for a new book to be released by Spiegel and Grau in the coming year. Marc’s first three CDs, ‘Not Sold Out’, ‘Tickets Still Available’ and ‘Final Engagement’ are comedy cult classics while his newest album, ‘This Has To Be Funny’ (Comedy Central Records), which was recorded live in Brooklyn, was named #1 Comedy Album of 2011 by LaughSpin.com and named in The Onion’s Best Comedy Albums of 2011.
His podcast “WTF with Marc Maron,” featuring compelling monologues and in-depth interviews with iconic personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Louis CK, Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain, Judd Apatow and Ben Stiller, premiered in September 2009 and is a worldwide phenomenon with over 53 million downloads and counting. The show regularly hits #1 on the iTunes charts, was named the #1 Comedy Podcast by LA Weekly as well as The AV Club, and has been called a “must-listen” by Vanity Fair and New York Times, among many others. Select WTF episodes began airing on public radio stations across the US in June 2010. A limited edition collection of the first 100 episodes of “WTF with Marc Maron” with video from Live WTF recorded in Brooklyn is available as a two-disc DVD box set on aspecialthing Records.
Marc’s half hour scripted series MARON was picked up by IFC for ten episodes (air date tba). Marc is included in TIME Magazine’s 100 short list of the Most Influencial People 2012. He was nominated for two Comedy Central 2012 Comedy Awards: Best Comedy Podcast and Best Comedy App. He also travels the world performing sold out stand up shows as well as Live WTF stage shows, and was given the honor of delivering the Keynote Address at the 2011 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.
“The Charlie Rose of comedy podcasts” – The National Post
“One of the best comedians in the country” – LaughSpin.com
“one of the darkest, funniest, most influential figures in comedy today” – Rolling Stone
“Maron isn't just a remarkable interviewer in his DIY Internet operation, he's also a one-of-a-kind stand-up comic.” – LA Times
Marc Maron featured in New York Times - http://nyti.ms/u2HDUl
Marc Maron performs on Conan - http://teamcoco.com/video/marc-maron-mouth-cancer
Marc Maron’s keynote speech at Just For Laughs Festival 2011 - http://bit.ly/nbxq5m
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