“I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies. Now I’m good at everything.” This classic Demetri Martin joke is subtle, understated and the kind of funny that hits you in the guts leading to copious big belly laughs. If you’re into that kind of thing (and who isn’t really?) catch Demetri Martin as his Mini Mega Tour hits Indianapolis. Martin takes the stage in the Egyptian Room at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis downtown on Thursday, April 21 at 8:00 pm.
Featured on Comedy Central, this actor, comedian and musician is best known for his show “Important Things with Demetri Martin.” However, before he became the titular character of his very own comedy show, Martin got his start like every other comic: slogging jokes in any venue possible. Martin’s first television appearance was in 2001 on Comedy Central’s stand-up showcase “Premium Blend.” Two years later in 2003, he won the prestigious Perrier award for his show “If I…” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (the world oldest and largest Fringe theatre festival, think our very own IndyFringe Theatre Festival on steroids).
With his wild success at in Edinburgh, Martin became an American invasion in the United Kingdom. He secured his own British television special in 2004. During that time, he also wrote for the popular “Late Night with Conan O’Brein,” back when Conan was still on NBC, before the channel ruined their late night reputation for excellence. Martin’s European acclaim coupled with his success at “Late Night” garnered the attention of Comedy Central once more.
His very own stand-up special on “Comedy Central Presents” premiered in 2004. Martin is a veritable renaissance man of comedy, dividing his comedy special into three parts. First he performed straight stand up. Second, he used drawings as visual aids for his comedy. Third, he strummed his guitar singing and talking jokes to a tickled audience. Martin finally gained a solid following in the Untied States, following his special.
He even began contributing to “The Daily Show with John Stewart” in 2005. He become the “Senior Youth Correspondent” hosting a segment called “Trendspotting,” in which he talked about “hip” trends among America’s youth. These included wine, hookahs, guerrilla marketing and Xbox 360. Work began to seriously flow for Martin following his “Daily Show” appearances. Martin scored gigs on “The Flight of the Conchords” and the films “The Rocker” and “Taking Woodstock.” He even recorded a celebrated CD DVD called “These Are Jokes.” This April, Martin plans to release his first book called “The is a Book.”
His unconventional stand-up style is famous for wordplay, one liners, drawings and music. Don’t miss his performance Thursday, April 21 at the Old National Centre near the Indianapolis cultural district, Mass Ave. Tickets range from $32.50 to $35.00.
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Thursday, April 21 at 8:00 pm
Tickets: $32.50 to $35.00
Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
502 North New Jersey Street