Marc Maron: End Times Fun (2020)

Marc Maron’s latest comedy special shows the limits of anti-Trump rhetoric as comedic fodder. It’s not that he’s incorrect in his observations of the American president, it’s that we’ve heard it all before at this point: He’s lazy, racist, sexist, a liar, incompetent, dangerously stupid, etc. And so Maron’s routine – which relies heavily on political indigination and socio-cultural observations – ends up being more of the same that we’ve seen and heard for years. Maron’s loveable curmudgeon persona is on full display here but there’s something seemingly performative about it this time, like it’s a half-hearted stab at being consistent as a performer, and it’s hard not to notice that the special is more humorous than actually funny: It’s like hanging out with your middle-aged stoner friend who leans left without ascribing to any specific political ideology, and listening to a cathartic spiel he needs to get off his chest, and once it’s over, you’ve longed stopped paying close attention. All that to say: This is OK at best, with a few genuinely funny moments here and there, but for the most part, Maron seems to be stuck in a self-imposed cycle of ceaseless whining that’s masquerading as incisive humor, and this is likely for die-hards only.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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