Some people might argue that he’s the funniest comedian in America, but no one would argue that he isn’t one of the most strange, unpredictable and unique comedians performing today. He is a regular on “The Daily Show,” host and creator of “Important Things with Demetri Martin,” author, poet, musician and comedian. Demetri Martin will be bringing his talents to UAA on March 3rd at 7:30 p.m. with his special “Demetri Martin: What’s Your Major?”
As a student of Mitch Hedberg, Eddie Izzard, and Stephen Wright, Martin’s comedy veers back and forth between the absurd and the profound as he discusses things we take for granted in our society. His shows feature songs, poems, one-liners, and extensive use of notepads and illustrations. Martin’s comedy can occasionally feel absurd and disjointed, but he makes up for it in his masterful use of the English language and overflowing creativity. In his 2005 New York Times Best Seller “This is a Book,” he wrote a 224-word palindrome poem “Dammit I’m Mad” which covered hope, the nature of sin, and rat urination.
“He’s so unbelievably original, I’m really into stand-up comedy and I haven’t seen anyone as weird and obscure and hilarious as Demetri Martin,” said Robert Hockema, political science major. ”I am super excited that the concert board brought him to Anchorage.”
“We expect it to sell out fast.” said Kayleigh Brandt, Vice Chair of Concert Board.
“For students it’s going to be $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and for the general public tickets are going to cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door. The exclusive UAA student only pre-sale is going on this Thursday, Jan. 14, from noon-2 p.m. in the Student Union,” said Brandt.
For everyone else, tickets will be on going on sale Friday, Jan. 15.
Brandt spoke with The Northern Light about the decision to book Martin.
“We actually were contacted by Demetri Martin, who was looking to book colleges for his all-college tour,” said Brandt. “Concert Board contemplated, looked into his work and we mutually agreed on Demetri. He’s very talented and has quite a fan base.”
Getting national acts up to UAA requires a little bit more work than just saying yes to an artist, though.
“We do our research into how many tickets he’s sold in other venues, and where he’s toured before and we look into his act,” said Brandt. “We’ll look into things like how popular they are at the current moment, put out student surveys to see who’s interested in what kind of comedians, and it’s usually pretty easy to find out what students are into. For TJ Miller, a large part of it was because of his role on Silicon Valley (Erlich Bachman) and the popularity of that show.”
The announcement about Demetri Martin coming to UAA was announced last December on Facebook. Immediately fans started showing interest. For some, this is sure to be an enjoyable evening out.
“He’s very funny, very smart and very, very weird,” said Travis Klover, computer sciences major. “Tickets are just fifteen bucks? Let’s go.”
For others, this is a chance to explore a whole new genre of comedy.
“It’s always cool if you haven’t heard of someone, to go check them out, maybe bring a group of friends and make it a night out, “ said Brandt.
For still others, this is a once in a lifetime chance to see one of their favorite comedians.
“I got into Demetri Martin when I was in middle school, and I thought he was super weird and super funny, but after watching some of his stand up shows he really grew on me. He’s kind of a genius,” said Hockema.
Martin’s unique performance are sure to leave UAA a happier, more thoughtful, and far stranger.
Martin will appear at 7:30pm in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. Pre-sale tickets will be sold in the Student Union from 12 to 2 p.m. on Jan. 14. Students are required to take 3 or more credits and present a student ID to participate in the sale. Limit two tickets per person.
Concert Board meets every Friday of the school semester from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Student Life and Leadership Office. Meetings are open to the public and Concert Board welcomes feedback and suggestions at these meetings.