New York comedian Demetri Martin, best known for his Comedy Central show, “Important Things with Demetri Martin,” will bring a handful of jokes to the DuPont Theatre.


New York comedian Demetri Martin, best known for his Comedy Central show, “Important Things with Demetri Martin,” will bring a handful of jokes to the DuPont Theatre.

Showtime for Martin’s “Telling Jokes in Cold Places Tour” begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22.

Martin, who incorporates drawings and instruments in his act, discusses the origins of his comedic style, as well as his future plans for 2012.

IF YOU GO
WHAT Demetri Martin’s ‘Telling Jokes in Cold Places Tour’ at DuPont Theatre
WHEN 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22
WHERE DuPont Theatre, 1007 North Market St., Wilmington
COST $35.75
INFO duponttheatre.com or call 656-44


Q What prompted the idea to use instruments and illustrations in your standup routine?
A I started doing standup in New York in the late ‘90s and at that time it was pretty hard, it may still be, but at that time it was pretty hard to get spots in the standup clubs. 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. It was an environment that encouraged experimentation, and in my notebook I write a lot of jokes but I also draw. I think it was probably in ’99 or 2000 when I thought: “Let me try that – maybe I can bring some of my drawings up there.” I tried that and it worked pretty well. Musically I started playing pretty late in life and I’m pretty amateurish.  I can’t do much with instruments, but I did a one-man-show, one of those story shows, and I wanted to score it;  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. 

Q Since “Important Things with Demetri Martin” is available on Netflix, do you think this has introduced your comedy to a new audience?
A I think so. There’s something weird in this era with cable shows. If you’re not “Chappelle’s Show” or “South Park” then I think it’s hard for people to know when [a] show’s airing and what season it’s in. My second season aired and a lot of people didn’t know and didn’t see it. The show went away and then I see people, sometimes, at [standup] shows and they say, “Hey, when’s the next season coming?” And I say, “Oh, it’s been cancelled for a while.” With Netflix it changes the game a little bit.

Q Is it true you’re working on a new cartoon for FOX?
A I’ve done a script for them and that’s due in March. We’re going to shoot a short pilot for an animated show.

Q What’s the name of the show?
A I don’t have a title yet. It’s about a family that lives up in northern California. Hopefully that’ll go; if not it’s cool, I get to make a little cartoon. We’re working with an animation company. I did the initial drawings but there are really good artists who are going to animate it. [Also] I’m working on a book [tentatively titled: “Point Your Face at This.”] It’s a book of drawings and jokes, just like short, little pieces, like one thing per page. That’s due next month, so I got to wrap that up. I’m going to hopefully write a screenplay later in the year: I’m still trying to figure out what it’s about, but once I get that together, hopefully I’ll finish that script. And this tour is leading up to a standup special for Comedy Central and I’ll shoot a new hour [special] in February.