If you want insight on a comic, ask another comic. So we did. Here's what Mary Lynn Rajskub, a.k.a. Chloe from Fox's 24, who was in town doing standup last week, had to say about four of the Oddball Festival comedians.
Marc Maron: Marc Maron dated a friend of mine and she was so in love with him — it was this passionate love affair, forbidden somehow and really poetic. He was always like this dark prince, like intelligent and passionate, and I was very intimidated by him, even to the point when I did his podcast. He's mellowed so much. I think he's a lot happier than he's ever been. But a lot of people have talked about just either being in a fight with him or being angry at him or being intimidated by him. I definitely fell into the camp of being intimidated with him because he was somebody I looked up to early on as being so confident and having these long rants.
Chris Hardwick: I think I missed my window because I was going through a breakup — Chris and I talked about this on his podcast — and he actually asked me out and I turned him down. I was like, 'I can't do this right now.' We could've dated for a while, I could've gotten to know Chris in more depth, but that time has passed. Chris was always super nice, super cool.
Louis C.K.: Louis C.K. is someone I actually knew through Sarah Silverman. Sarah was my roommate and she was really close to him in New York. He was always the consummate comic's comic forever. Everybody knew about him and respected him.
Aziz Ansari: I remember Aziz before he broke out. It was with (comedian and actor) David Cross … years ago. I just remember (being) at a bar, where spontaneous dancing broke out. Aziz is just one of those guys where I was like, 'Oh yeah, that's Aziz, I see him at the bar.' A few years passed, and he's blown up.
Jimmy Geurts, Times staff writer