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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Uncomfortable laughs on this painfully real, adult comedy.

TV IFC Comedy 2013
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It's difficult to describe to someone who hasn't seen Maron exactly what the show is about. It's a guy, and he does this podcast, see, and he has comedians on, and then in between he does, um, stuff. In the entertainment world, this is not what is known as "high concept." A movie or show that is high concept has a plot that can be described in a sentence. But life? It's not high concept. And so Maron, which spins comic gold out of such inanities as buying a bird feeder or rationalizing a dietary excess as a "cheat day," is realistic in its non-high-conceptness. It's just funnier than reality.

The type of viewer who likes the uncomfortable laughter sparked by shows like Louie or Curb Your Enthusiasm will enjoy Maron. It's the kind of funny that sometimes shouldn't be funny at all, or it's funny with an edge of pain, like the scenes with Maron and his destructive, defensive dad (Judd Hirsch, great to see you again!). Just as in life, some of the biggest laughs come from situations that are funny because they're absurd and awful. But they're not happening to you, so you can just enjoy watching.

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