Comedian Martin entertains old, new fans at TCU show


The story has been updated.

Comedian Demetri Martin received a standing ovation from more than 1,000 TCU students, faculty members and guests after an hour-long show on Friday night.

Performing in the Brown-Lupton University Union as part of a series of comedians brought to TCU by theEnd, Martin told everything from one-liners to puns to observational jokes.

Martin’s humor included riffs on prune juice, word choice and technology, all delivered with his trademark deadpan delivery.

While the large notepad he often brings to doodle on during his show was absent, Martin brought out a guitar and a harmonica near the end of the show to play while he delivered his final jokes.

The former winner of the Perrier Comedy Award for “Best One-Man Show,” Martin came to TCU as part of his “Persistence of Jokes” tour.

Martin is a former writer for “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and former host of his own television show, “Important Things with Demetri Martin.”

His audience reaches nationwide, and many TCU students had been waiting to see him for quite some time.

“I’ve been a fan since high school,” said Tariq Al-Farra, a TCU alum. “He’s so witty, and he’s so smart.”

While some had been fans previously, other attendees were seeing Martin for the first time.

“I’d actually never heard of him until I came here,” said Laila Abdeljalil, junior biology major. After seeing the show, Abdeljalil was impressed by the sheer number of jokes Martin threw out.

“He’s hilarious,” she said. “He just had so many jokes.”

Martin’s opening act, Canadian comic Levi MacDougall, performed a 30-minute set that was well-received by the crowd.

TheEnd will next bring singer/songwriter Mary Lambert to TCU. Lambert will perform in the BLUU Ballroom on Jan. 30 at 10 p.m.