While we spend the vast majority of time on this site predictably going on about music, we like to mix it up from time to time to talk about some of the other great entertainment options in the city. More often than not, when we switch gears from live music we transition to live comedy. To make that transition even less jarring, we’re prone to recommend comedy that includes musical elements in some capacity.
Enter our recommendation for tonight and tomorrow: comedian, actor, writer, highly-impressive doodler and exceedingly-capable musician, Demetri Martin.
From his time as a correspondent for The Daily Show, to his excellent sketch show Important Things with Demetri Martin, to his comedy specials, Martin is best known for filling Comedy Central with some of best jokes, drawings, sketches and songs you’re likely to see on TV. Though he turns to music far less than, say, one of our other current favorites Reggie Watts, Martin’s use of guitar and keys works remarkably well, veering far from the forced guitar/piano comics who have littered comedy clubs for decades. Instead, Martin plays a variety of instruments at intermittent points through his set to add texture to his act by punctuating key points during his cleverly-worded semi-observational, semi-surreal bits.
Listen to embedded audio below and/or watch the (not embeddable!) high quality video at Comedy Central. After you’re thoroughly amused, head over to STG Presents to snatch up one of the few remaining tickets for Martin’s nearly sold-out shows at the revamped Neptune.
9/30 + 9/30 Demetri Martin @ Neptune Theatre :: Doors at 8 p.m. :: $34 :: All Ages