Martin entertains in comedy show
“If you want to know how the world really sees you, it would be the second thing somebody says to describe you to someone else.”
Comedian Demetri Martin shared this and many other observations with the students filling Graham Chapel during the Social Programming Board’s spring comedy show Monday night.
“This was the first comedy show we did as Social Programming Board, so we really wanted to make sure we had someone we were really confident would put on a show that a lot of students would like,“ comedy director of SPB, freshman Brian Benton said.
“[Martin] just seemed like someone who would appeal to a lot of students because the comedy he does is a lot smarter—one-liners, a lot of things students at Wash. U. can relate to,” he added.
The show featured many of Martin’s staples, such as drawing-based jokes and the “Good, Bad, Interesting” segment used on his canceled television show “Important Things with Demetri Martin.” Although Monday’s show was only open to Washington University students, Martin also held a public show at The Pageant on Sunday night.
Students anticipating the free show formed a line which wound past the Bunny and reached Olin Library by 6:55 p.m., although Graham Chapel’s doors did not open until 7:00 p.m. By the time the show began, Graham Chapel was just under capacity, according to Benton.
“[My friends and I] knew who Demetri Martin was before, so we were excited,” freshman Kelly Young said.
Levi MacDougall, a writer for “Important Things” who is touring with Martin, opened the show with a half-hour performance.
“Whenever I’m feeling lonely, I’ll go down to the arrivals gate [at the airport] and I’ll sneak into a hug,” MacDougall said. “You get beat up a lot.”
Following MacDougall’s performance, Martin took the stage to cheering and applause. His performance lasted about an hour.
Although some of Martin’s jokes, such as his remarks on fog machines, had been used in previous shows, he also poked fun at some aspects of Washington University, describing the architecture style as “fake old.”
“It must be really expensive to go here. It is, look at all these fake old buildings!” Martin said, imagining a possible conversation about the university.
The 39-year-old Martin later referenced the age gap between himself and the audience.
“You lucky little f—ers still have the metabolism of superheroes,” Martin said, after explaining how tired he became after eating pancakes.
“My advice: eat a lot of pancakes while you’re in college,” he added.
Students appeared to enjoy the show, with laughter and applause punctuating both MacDougall and Martin’s jokes.
“I thought Demetri Martin was really funny, especially when he had the drawings,” freshman Megan Shepley said, referring to the large sketchpad that Martin used during his show to make visual jokes.
The show was followed by a reception at which students could have books signed or take a picture with Martin.
Note: Brian Benton is a staff photographer for Student Life.