Marc Maron's Stand-Up Special 'From Bleak to Dark' Set to Debut on Vinyl

The special originally premiered on HBO and is now streaming on MAX.

By: Jun. 11, 2024
Marc Maron's Stand-Up Special 'From Bleak to Dark' Set to Debut on Vinyl
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Craft Recordings is proud to announce a vinyl release for Marc Maron’s acclaimed HBO stand-up special, From Bleak to Dark. Available for pre-order today and set to debut on July 26th, the legendary comedian, actor, and podcaster’s fifth stand-up special (and first for HBO), which premiered on HBO and is now streaming on MAX, found Maron getting more personal than ever.

In the years between his last special, 2020’s Marc Maron: End Times Fun (Netflix) and From Bleak to Dark, Maron’s world was turned upside down. Between a global pandemic, political upheaval, and the sudden loss of his partner, there certainly wasn’t much to laugh about. Yet, Maron – who has amassed millions of fans for his stark honesty, pathos, and cynicism (both on stage as well as through his landmark podcast, WTF with Marc Maron) – was well-equipped to tackle the most difficult moments of his life through humor.

Written and performed by Maron and filmed in front of a live audience at New York City's Town Hall, the hour-long special finds the comedian covering a wide breadth of material – from the perils of aging and the superiority of having cats over children to antisemitism and faith. In some of comedy’s most disarming and candid moments, Maron speaks about the death and grief while opening up about re-establishing his complicated relationship with his father, who suffers from dementia.

Produced by Avalon (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Starstruck) and executive produced by David Martin, Kelly Van Valkenburg, and Maron, From Bleak to Dark received wide acclaim upon its premiere. Margaret Lyons at The New York Times praised, “What’s most potent here is the sense of consideration, of evolution, and Maron incorporates his redrafting process into the act itself. The special is indeed both bleak and dark, and it is also viciously funny.” Richard Roeper at The Chicago Sun-Times hailed that the special “shed[s] light on the human condition every joke along the way,” while Vulture’s Kathryn VanArendonk called it, “A moving illustration of the other version of Maron: trying to see the good, even if it’s in defiance.” Matt Wilstein at The Daily Beast called it “Masterful,” adding “From Bleak to Dark proves that the riskiest thing you can do as a comedian is look inward and find a way to laugh through the pain.”

Speaking to the release of From Bleak to Dark digital album, Maron says “This special is the best work I’ve done. I can see the full arc of my evolution as a person and as a comic in this hour. It’s funny. Heavy funny.”

To date, Maron has released five stand-up specials, including the above-mentioned End Times Fun, which was nominated for a 2021 Critics’ Choice Award, as well as 2017’s Marc Maron: Too Real (Netflix), 2015’s More Later (Epix) and 2013’s Thinky Pain (Netflix). He also has four comedy albums: Not Sold Out, Tickets Still Available, Final Engagement, and This Has to Be Funny. In 2009, Maron found international fame with his perennial top-ranking podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. Receiving over 100 million listens annually, WTF has found Maron interviewing such icons as US President Barack Obama, Keith Richards, and Kate Winslet. His interview with the late comedian and actor Robin Williams, meanwhile, was the first one-on-one podcast episode to be inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry. As an actor, Maron starred in the Netflix series Glow, as well as his scripted series, Maron, which aired for four seasons on IFC. His other acting credits include roles in To Leslie, Joker, Respect, Spenser Confidential, Sword of Trust, and Stardust. He also portrayed “Mr. Snake” in the Dreamworks animated feature, The Bad Guys, and “Lex Luthor” in DC League of Super-Pets – both of which reached No.1 at the box office.

Click here to pre-order Marc Maron: From Bleak to Dark on LP and stream/download the digital album

2024 Tour Dates:

June 21: Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

June 22: Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre

September 20: Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

September 21: Phoenix, AZ – Orpheum Theatre

October 3: Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre

October 4: Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre

October 5: Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall

October 6: San Antonio, TX – Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

October 19: Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater

October 24: Joliet, IL – Rialto Square Theatre

October 25: Skokie, IL – North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

October 26: Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe

November 8: Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre

November 9: Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre


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