[Updated] The complete library of Bill Hicks’ comedy albums were recently released, and I’ve been listening to them trying to figure out why I don’t get the same buzz from them that I did when I first saw 1991’s Revelations stand-up special. Part of it is the curse of stand-up comedy.
Comedian Marc Maron has made the most of bottoming out. On his “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast, he has been very public about addiction issues, emotional challenges, and professional desperation, the latter coming when he lost his job with the Air America radio network.
I'd hoped that we'd have an interview with songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell before he plays Jazz Fest (Friday, Apr. 25, 3:35 p.m., Samsung Galaxy Stage), but he's going to be out of the country when we'd need to talk, so that's not going to work.
[Updated] On a recent episode of Marc Maron's WTF podcast, comedy impressario Budd Friedman remembers Robert Klein recording his sets on a reel-to-reel tape machine that was the size of a piece of furniture. That part of comedy has become easier. Last night, three comedians from Knoxville, Tennessee played the Howlin' Wolf's Den on the Quit Your Day Job Tour, and they had a portable video recorder and audio recorder set up petitely by the back wall.