Listen to Austin 360 Radio

Moontower: Demetri Martin at the Paramount

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Tony Atkins

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 24, 2014

Wednesday night was an undoubtedly great night for comedy in Austin as the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival kicked off in style. In what ended up being a great comedy night all over town, it was an especially great night at the Paramount Theater where Demetri Martin kicked off the first headlining show of the fest.

Over a thousand fans came out to see Martin do his thing on Wednesday and he delivered. As soon as he took the stage, it was nonstop laugher from wall to wall. The now 40-year-old Martin came with his time-tested and patented laid-back delivery and the crowd ate it up. It seemed as if just about every bit were off the top of his head.

Martin took to the classic relationship jokes to get the set going early on by putting a different spin on certain love scenarios. “We always use the jumbotron for engagements and things like that, but what if we used the jumbotron for things like breaking up with someone?” said Martin.

“Hey baby, I’m going to get us a hot dog but while I’m away, you, you pay attention to that screen.”

One of the most well-received parts of Martin’s show was when he compared humans having pets to hostage situations. “When people lose their pets, they often put up signs for lost animals saying something like ‘lost cat.’ I’m just not sure if that cat shares that thought,” said Martin. “That cat would instead probably put up a sign saying ‘I’m a free cat, don’t try to find me.’”

What made Martin’s performance special on Wednesday night was his ability to interact with the crowd and come up with jokes on the fly. If there were a joke that wasn’t as well-recieved, Martin would effortlessly pull something funnier out to follow-up with. He was so spontaneous that near the end of the show, he asked the crowd what did they want to talk about. The crowd, for some reason, responded with cage fighting, powder alcohol and his old TV show “Important Things with Demetri Martin.” He delivered good jokes for all three on the spot and the kept the momentum going during his set.

After wrapping up his tradional standup bit, Martin did a segment from his show called “Good, Bad or Interesting” as an encore which many attendees seemed to be very fond of.

Overall, Demetri Martin looked very sharp on Wednesday night. The crowd seemed really engaged and Martin definitely kicked off Moontower 2014 in a big way.