RED BANK: BASIE’S STAR-STUDDED STANDUP

KevinJamesmarcMaronTop-of-their-game comedy kingpins Kevin James (Saturday; two shows) and Marc Maron (Sunday) bring their crowd-tested mojo to the stage of the Count Basie Theatre on a busy weekend of laughs.

So you’ve just made serious news-cycle headlines by booking the President of the United States on your garage-based podcast. Or, you’ve watched as your big-screen starring vehicles have racked up nearly a billion bucks in worldwide box office. If your name is Kevin James or Marc Maron, however, you’ll never truly ditch the itch to return to the live-audience roots that set it all in motion — and this weekend, the Count Basie Theatre hosts two of the hottest names in comedy, as they keep their very different standup skills honed before appreciative crowds at the area’s premier theater-scale Chuckle Hut.

This Saturday, June 27 finds the amiable star of TV’s King of Queens (and cinematic franchises that include Paul Blart, Mall Cop and Grown Ups) leaving the Segway in the wings and treading the Basie boards for a pair of shows that spotlight the largely family-friendly, New York working-dude brand of observational humor that’s formed the foundation of his phenomenal showbiz run. continues to Tickets to the 7:30 pm show ($49 – $89) are still available here. Then take it here for tix to Saturday’s 9:30 pm event, or take it around the bend for something completely different.

Rolling into Red Bank with a politically charged, satirically spiced-up brand of mic-mirth that couldn’t be more different than that of King Kevin — and blazing on the momentum generated by his recorded conversation with President Obama earlier this week — Marc Maron returns to Red Bank for the first time since re-energizing his career via his WTF with Marc Maron Podcast, and the IFC cable sitcom based on his recent adventures as “an angry, drunk, self involved, twice divorced compulsive mess” who found the perfect channel for his comic worldview. The LA-based comic who came to prominence through dozens of appearances on the Conan O’Brien chatfests for a single 8 pm show on Sunday, June 28, presented (as are the James shows) by AM Productions and offering tickets ($32) can be right here.