PORTLAND – Born and raised in Maine, comedian Bob Marley has been cutting a path to the top of the stand-up comedy industry for more than 15 years. For the past eight weeks, he has been in Toronto filming “All Saints Day,” the sequel to “Boondock Saints.”

This holiday season, Marley will be back in Maine preparing for six holiday shows from Dec. 26 through New Year’s Eve at Merrill Auditorium. He regularly pops into the Comedy Connection to fine-tune material for his new show. When not on stage this December, Marley might be found at the Maine Mall talking with Mainers and signing CDs or one of his many new UPTA CAMP items.

This year’s new release, a CD/DVD combo called “Big Mouth Bob,” hit stores last month. The CD contains 45 minutes of stand-up comedy from last year’s Merrill Auditorium shows; the DVD features a full-length live show at the Comedy Connection this past June. The combo has an hour-and-a-half of new material, including footage from Marley’s Fan Appreciation Ski Day at Shawnee Peak last March.

In “All Saints Day,” Marley brings back the always funny and incredibly wrong Detective Greenly, this time in a much larger role than in “Boondock Saints.” The sequel also includes favorites from the first movie – Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus (as the McManus brothers) and Billy Connolly (as The Darkman) – and new female lead Julie Benz (Rita on Showtime’s ‘Dexter’).

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