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Comedian Bob Marley announces fundraiser for Scarborough Lacrosse!
Comedian Bob Marley will do a one night benefit show for Scarborough Lacrosse boosters on May 2, 2010 at the Comedy Connection in Portland, ME. “We are very grateful for the generosity and support from both Bob Marley and his manager Oliver Keithly. Scarborough Lacrosse faces ongoing financial challenges as a result of school budget cuts. Programs like this show will be a tremendous help and a lot of fun for the whole family” said Scarborough Lacrosse booster Bill Staszko.
Bob Marley excels in bringing distinctly New England flavor and culture to comedic light. Bob Marley got his first snow plow this past year. He’d done plenty of plowing in his youth growing up in Maine, but this was the first time he’d actually owned a plow. As soon as a good storm hit that winter, he was out pushing snow around at 2:30 in the morning, much to the chagrin of his wife, who soon came out on the porch and started shouting at him.
“She’s yelling, ‘What’s that music?’ And I was like, ‘That’s plowin’ music. It’s Ted Nugent, ‘Cat Scratch Fever’,’” Marley said.
The title of Marley’s most recent CD, “Drop It Haahd,” refers to his newfound plowing wisdom. Like with much of his comedic material, he riffs on New England’s distinctive winter vernacular.
“‘Drop It Haahd’ is referring to a plow on a plow truck. You grab your fishstick and you drop it haahd and then you do some pushin’,” he said. “There’s a lot of things like that that resonate with people from New England.”
Marley grew up in Bangor, Maine, just a couple of miles down the street from Stephen King’s house. He later moved to Waterville and then to Portland before attending the University of Maine at Farmington. His upbringing instilled him with a uniquely New England sense of humor and a fascination with regional accents.
Marley started doing standup while in college and moved to Boston after graduating to pursue his comedy career. There he fell into a crowd of fellow budding comedians, including Dane Cook, Bill Burr and Robert Kelly. He said the atmosphere was characterized more by camaraderie than competition.
But at heart, Marley is still a lifelong “Mainah.” Much of his comedy revolves around life in Maine, although he tones down his New England references when performing in warmer climes. “I’ll give them a little flavor of it here and there, but I don’t go into it in depth like I do in New England,” he said. “Anyplace where it’s relatively cold, they basically get it.”
He finds inspiration for new material on a near daily basis. The key to maintaining a sharp comedic edge is to stay active and try new things. “I’m always out doing crazy stuff or stupid stuff, and that’s how I end up with material,” he said.
For instance, he recently went ice fishing and snowmobiling with an old friend in Maine. His friend explained that you must first drill a hole in the ice with an auger to determine whether it’s thick enough to hold your weight. “I’m like, ‘Dude, isn’t it a little bit late after we’ve cut a big hole in the ice to determine whether it’s thick enough?’”
Marley also draws comedic inspiration from his family. He describes his parents as typical New England folk who are anal retentive about the thermostat (when impersonating his father, he adopts a hilarious cranky-old-man-running-out-of-oxygen voice). Another common topic is his wife and three children, aged 9, 5 and 3. At times, his performances are like therapy sessions. He goes in front of the crowd and complains about his marriage—which doesn’t always sit well with his wife.
Marley’s standup routine at the Comedy Connection on May 2nd will be a little more family-friendly, although not entirely appropriate for young children. He rated his act as a PG-13 show.
“I don’t drop any F-bombs. It’s fairly clean. But I’m not gonna be up there juggling or anything.”
Comedian Bob Marley will take the stage at 6 p.m. on May 2nd at the Comedy Connection, Commercial Warf Street, Portland, ME 04101, phone 207-774-5554. Tickets are $20. Visit http://bobmarleycomedyshow.eventbrite.com/