Comic Marcus returns to his Ogden roots

May 2 2014 - 5:11pm

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Marcus play's Wiseguys Ogden May 9 and 10.
Marcus play's Wiseguys Ogden May 9 and 10.

People knew Marcus as the funny kid, the one they could call on at a party to make everyone laugh.

Growing up he listened to Bill Cosby records and sang in a band, as was usual among those his age. However, Marcus also performed comedy.

"Every single night for three year straight I was in Ogden ... every single night," said Marcus, who goes by his first name, professionally.

In 2008, the Holladay comedian took second place on the hit television series "Last Comic Standing". To his disbelief, Marcus then begun a five-month tour visiting 35 states where crowds as large as 5,000 people would gather to listen.

"It was insane," he said. "I looked at it as an opportunity to make myself better. I learned how to be funny for 20 seconds, 40 seconds, in front of a camera, writers. I learned from other comics, and how to perform for crowds big and small. It was trial by fire -- get good be good."

Marcus now performs at colleges, theaters and comedy clubs around the country.

"I focus on colleges," he said. "I love the idea you're their relief, their time off, their fun experience. The students are full of hope. They haven't had time to get cynical. It really impresses me to be around young people."

He is the creator of "Ghost Hopping," a self-produced television series that features his experiences ghost hunting as he travels the United States performing comedy. Marcus has visited 42 states and 200 cities.

"It's crazy for just being me," he said. "It's amazing. I'm very grateful."

Now a nationally recognized figure, Marcus will make his way back to Ogden next week to appear at Wiseguys Comedy Club, 269 Historic 25th St.

"Comedy has always been something I can do, had a knack for, but I never thought having it as a job was something 'I' could do, until I met my destiny," Marcus said. "It's an extension of who you are, an amplified version of yourself."

Celebrity impressions are part one of his two-act routine. Marcus will also present musical impressions.

"This is a dynamic approach that no one has done before; a one-of-a-kind show featuring 60 to 75 artist, varying in genre from Frank Sinatra to Jay-Z," he said.

Wiseguys Comedy offers a valuable opportunity for aspiring comedians, Marcus said.

"Ogden has an amazing club that supports local talent and has great energy," he said. "The fans are always ready to laugh, ready for the performer to give a good show ... hope I never let them down."

Contact reporter Morgan Briesmaster at 801-625-4268 or mbriesmaster@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @SE_mbriesmaster.

PREVIEW

  • WHO: Marcus
  • WHEN: 8 p.m. May 9, 10
  • WHERE: Wiseguys Comedy Club, 269 Historic 25th St., Ogden
  • TICKETS: $15/general admission, 801-622-5588 or www.wiseguyscomedy.com

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