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  • Demetri Martin brings “Telling Jokes in Cold Places Tour” to Del.

  • New York comedian Demetri Martin, best known for his Comedy Central show, “Important Things with Demetri Martin,” will be illustrating plenty of jokes for audiences at the DuPont Theatre.


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  • New York comedian Demetri Martin, best known for his Comedy Central show, “Important Things with Demetri Martin,” will be illustrating plenty of jokes for audiences at the DuPont Theatre.
    Showtime for Martin’s “Telling Jokes in Cold Places Tour” begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22.
    Unique comedy
    Martin, who started doing stand-up in New York in the late ‘90s, is an unconventional comic. He’s known for telling one-liners and using visual aids, as well as accompanying his jokes with music, in which the self-taught musician plays various instruments such as the guitar and harmonica.
    'More comedians than clubs’
    When asked how he developed his unique comedic style, Martin noted it was born out of necessity.
    “At the time it was pretty hard, it still might be, but at that time it was pretty hard to get spots in the standup clubs,” Martin recalled about performing in New York during the late ‘90s.
    “There were more comedians than clubs, so there were alternative rooms, and they were small rooms like in the back of bars and restaurants, little theaters and music clubs. So I’d go up in those rooms, and in those rooms it’s a little different because it wasn’t a traditional comedy-room setting, so you could really experiment and do different kinds of things.”
    The idea for incorporating visual aids in his act came about because Martin would jot down joke ideas in a notepad, the same pad he’d also illustrate in. Hence, he decided to bring some of his drawings onstage to “add a little punch line” to some of his jokes, he said.
    Adding music to his routine originated when he wanted to create the score for one of his performances.
    “I did a one-man-show, one of those story shows, and I wanted to score it,” Martin said. So I got a guitar, a keyboard, a chord book, a harmonica and a four-track at the time. I wanted to record some music. It took me a while; I was practicing for months.”
     

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