The Hippo


Jun 2, 2020








Bob Marley

Camp-A-Palooza with Bob Marley

When: Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, Gilford
Tickets: $20-$30 at

Happy camper
Bob Marley returns to Meadowbrook

By Michael Witthaus

 Seeing Bob Marley perform outdoors in summer is kind of like a Jimmy Buffett concert — with tick jokes. 

“This is more of an event,” the Maine comic said of his Camp-A-Palooza II show, coming Aug. 9 to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook. “We did a gig that had a whole Hawaiian theme, hula dancer, I rode in on a jet ski. … It just makes it fun.”
Marley learned a few things from the first go-round in 2013. 
“It’s becoming more of a festival compared to last year,” he said, noting that there will be an Irish band singing drinking songs beforehand, a barbershop quartet in the midway and additional comics. “Me and three others — it doesn’t mean my set’s going to be shorter, it just means we’ll have more variety in the show. We’ve got some surprises in there, of course.”
What won’t change is the freshness of Marley’s act, which he said is loaded with new material, like the aforementioned tick bite bit. 
“You know, as long as things keep happening to me, I keep writing them down,” he said. “I got bit by a tick, and I was initially concerned, but then I thought, well, I imagine this will be funny at some point. … A story about a tick is going to fit in great with this Camp-A-Palooza thing, because it’s sort of a PSA.”
The comic’s kids continue to be a source of laughs.  
“My two boys are 10 and 7 and they’re awesome, but they walk around with these inspirational Nike shirts,” he said. “This morning one’s wearing this shirt that says, ‘I’m All Hustle and Muscle.’ I say, ‘Can you take the trash out?’ He’s like, ‘Oh my god, Dad!’ He complained about it for 20 minutes. I’m like, ‘What’s on your shirt? What happened to the ultimate warrior?’”
Continuing the sports theme, Marley riffs on soccer. 
“The ref has little cards that he pulls out — no other sport has a warning. In ice hockey, if you do something wrong, you go to jail. They publicly embarrass you, announce the crime and how much time you’re going away for. In soccer, he pulls out a yellow card and looks at them like, ‘C’mon, I’m serious’ — and then he goes right to red, which is such passive-aggressive behavior … from ‘Please don’t do that’ to ‘That’s it, you’re done!’”
As one would expect of a comedian who holds the Guinness World Record for longest continuous standup, Marley is having a busy season. 
“I’m doing a Massachusetts tour called Down the Cape,” he said. “When I lived there, everybody and their mother would go down the Cape in the way they go upta camp in northern New England.”
Doing as many shows as possible while it’s warm is basically self-defense, Marley said. 
“We’ve got to get it in while we can because it was so brutal last winter. … It’s documentable how horrible it was,” he said. “We’ve only got a little bit of time to grab this summer.”
He hopes the second year of Camp-A-Palooza is a harbinger of tradition down the road. 
“I like to have a big event to get people out here, that’s what I tell friends of mine,” he said. “They’re like, ‘Well, how is this different than a regular show?’ And I say it’s because of the atmosphere and the outdoor venue, and there’s tons of beer and great food and it’s really festive.” 
As seen in the July 31, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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