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Chasing The American Dream

October 30, 2006

THESE ARE (HIS) JOKES

"If you can’t tell the difference between a spoon and a ladle, then you’re probably fat.”

“Job requirements for being a bouncer, 1) be an asshole, 2) stand by the door.”

“People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. I don’t understand this cliché. Nobody should throw stones. In fact, if the glass house was on fire, then people in glass houses SHOULD throw stones.”

Demetri Martin’s humor is different. I like different. For those of you who have been around awhile, I liken his mundane dry approach to Steven Wright. It’s an intelligent humor which makes you think a bit before your brain kicks in triggers the laugh. And that makes sense because Demetri is a former Yale college student who opted for humor over graduation.

At first glance, you’d think Demetri was in his 20s, but he’s in his early 30s now. Maybe it’s his Beatlesque hairdo combined with his jeans and t-shirt that makes him appear so young. Whatever the case may be, he definitely has a young following. I was lucky to catch him on Conan O’Brien a couple of times and really liked his humor. He used to write for Conan amongst other comedians and has now taken his act on the road.

He played in a small venue with no more than 1,000 people in Ft. Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse. The mood and the feel were good. I sat there people watching and listening to early Beatles songs playing over the speakers. The crowd was mixed; 8 to 80 dressed in everything from t-shirts and sneakers to dinner jackets and flowing gowns. The small stage was simple and had a chair, a guitar, a keyboard, Demetri’s trademark “foot bells,” and a large pad on an easel which had “large pad” written on it.

During Demetri’s 90-minute act, he gave us a “lecture” on his observations and life’s “findings.” He told us jokes and observations while playing a non-descript chord with his guitar and harmonica and his keyboard. He kept the crowd entertained and laughing throughout the show. And what I liked about it was the fact that the act was relatively clean. Demetri didn’t illicit cheap laughs from saying the F-Bomb over and over again. He’s got a CD out now. It’s called, ”These are Jokes.” I’d recommend it. Take a listen to a snippet of his act and see what you think. I have a feeling this guy is going to become a household name in comedy very soon, if not already.


1 Comments:

  • ....8 to 80 dressed in everything from t-shirts and sneakers to dinner jackets and flowing gowns.
    I love that about SoFla! You never know what you're going to see.

    Thanks for the review. Demetri sounds like the kinda comedy I like.
    Speaking of Steven Wright...that's where I got the idea for the title of my old blog. He has a joke that goes, "the human body is made up of 98% water. We're that close to drowning." Ha!

    By Blogger catsteevens, at 1:18 PM, October 31, 2006  

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