Some People Go to Bethlehem for a Census, Others Go to See a Comedian

Last weekend, Amy, Arthur, and I went to Bethlehem, PA to see Marc Maron on his Out of the Garage Tour. None of us* had been to Bethlehem before. We came in along a hill packed with small run-down houses that Amy started calling Shantytown. As we were driving on this fifty-degree-and-raining day, I saw a shirtless guy standing in the middle of a side street shouting at, apparently, life, and I thought, Yes, exactly. This is exactly what happens here.

Bethlehem also sports a casino, an amazing vegan bakery, and a Wegmans with a clock tower.

Then it also has an arts complex built in the midst of the abandoned remains of the Bethlehem Steel plant.

I So Totally Wanted to Climb on This

How to Make a Defunct Steel Factory Look Better

So, you know, odd town.

Anyone who spends time with me or reads this blog knows that I reference Marc Maron’s WTF podcast at least once a day and am forever encouraging people to listen to it. I had a somewhat serious interest in comedians before I started listening to the show, and when I listened to my first episode almost two years ago (#163, Conan O’Brien), I was hooked. It’s not just about the comedy for me. WTF has entertained me, and I’ve learned things from it, but it’s also helped me as I’ve been changing my life and coping with a bunch of stuff I never expected to have to cope with, in just the most unexpected ways. I think it’s helped me live my life a little better.

For me, going to see Marc Maron was a big deal, and I’m so glad Amy and Arthur were there, too.

Oh Yeah, That Happened

The show was hilarious. We saw Louis CK perform in Buffalo a few weeks back, and I thought Marc Maron gave a better performance–and that’s saying something, because Louis CK was also great.

My biggest disappointment was that we didn’t get to climb around on the abandoned buildings.

Everything Looms

Maybe next time.

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

*Including Marc. He wrote about his experience here and talks about it at the beginning of episode #380.


  1. Posted April 27, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    That’s great, Adrienne! I would like to catch Marc Maron on one of his future Seattle shows. By the way, I first read “Census” as “Circus,” and thought, “Cool, I’d go to Bethlehem for a circus, as long as it was humane, etc.”

  2. adrienne
    Posted April 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    It was a great show, and the tickets were not that much at all. $25, I think, which is inexpensive for comedy.

    Circuses make me cry. Even when I was a child, I couldn’t understand why anyone liked them.

  3. Posted April 27, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I was thinking along the lines of Teatro Zinzanni, which is all people doing cool things. Let us stay away from traditional circuses.

  4. adrienne
    Posted April 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink


  5. Elizabeth Davis
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    It’s so weird to read this post and see pictures of Amy and Arthur because I went to college with these two lovely people. Small world!

  6. adrienne
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    How funny! Amy and Arthur seriously are The Best.

  7. Posted May 1, 2013 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Yes! So cool to hear that you made the trip to see our pal Marc. Sounds like you had a good time too.

  8. adrienne
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I thought of you when I was there, Travis! You would have enjoyed it.

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