Comedian Bob Marley hits Fredericton

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An east coast funny man will be making a stop in Fredericton on Thursday.

Bob Marley is known for his appearances on late night talk shows and Comedy Central. He will be performing his show at the Fredericton Inn. Proceeds are going towards the STU women’s hockey team.

“I have no personal ties to the team,” said Marley. “But I’m a huge hockey fan so all things hockey are good to me.”

Marley has been cracking up audiences for over two decades. Despite the goofiness attributed to it, comedian will tell you that his career is anything but easy.

“It’s definitely harder to do stand up now than 20 years ago,” Marley said.

This rings true, especially considering the string of controversies notable comics such as Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams have been involved in as of late. Marley prefers to avoid controversy and take his act down a different route.

“I don’t usually have any trouble with content because I work clean and I’m not trying to upset anyone or make a statement that pushes the boundary too hard,” Marley said. “It’s a subjective type of performing. People may or may not take offence to something someone says and you just can’t control that.”

There will always be comics who prefer to toe the line between public acceptance and public outcry, Marley has a history of keeping his head down and his plate full.

Three years ago Marley entered the Guinness Book of World Records with the longest continuous stand up routine, clocking in at 40 hours of non-stop stand up comedy. His record was later beaten by David Scott, but Marley is no glory-hog.

“It was fun and we raised a lot of money for The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital but I’ll take the plaque and go sit down,” Marley said.

Marley is showing no signs of slowing down. He is releasing a new album in November, just finished shooting a pilot with fellow comic Jim Breuer and is making stops all along the east coast in the meantime. While Marley has never performed in Fredericton before he has nothing but good things to say about his northern neighbours.

“Canadian comics are hilarious,” Marley said.

“They are more offbeat and naturally funny. It doesn’t seem to be all about business to them which is nice. The crowds are great in Canada, too. They want you to be good. All my stuff works in both countries. There’s slight nuance that may not translate but the gut of the joke still works.”

Marley will be performing at the Fredericton Inn on Sept. 19. The show starts at 8 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

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