Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Comedian Demetri Martin appears at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Saturday, April 23rd at 8PM and his first book comes out on April 25th.

Demetri Martin’s first book, THIS IS A BOOK BY DEMETRI MARTIN, (out April 25th)  is the renowned comedian’s hilarious foray into prose comedy. In these pages, Martin expands on the sensibility he’s developed on stage as an award-winning stand-up comedian and on television as a writer-performer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and his own Comedy Central series, Important Things with Demetri Martin.

Featuring narrative essays, short stories, and conceptual pieces (such as “Protagonists’ Hospital,” where doctors treat only the shoulder wounds of Hollywood action heroes) as well as Martin’s signature drawings, absurdities, and one-liners, THIS IS A BOOK delivers sharp jokes, colorful characters, and interesting surprises.

Martin takes readers to places as far-off as Ancient Greece (“Socrates’s Publicist”) and the distant future (“Robot Test,” where everyone must take a test to prove that they are not robots). He recounts a lonely man’s visit to a strip club in the form of a five-hundred-word palindrome (“Palindromes for Specific Occasions”). And he examines the human condition (“Human Cannonball Occupational Hazards”) and the competing world-views of divergent groups (“Optimist, Pessimist, Contortionist”).

Martin’s material is varied, but his unique voice and brilliant mind will keep readers in stitches from beginning to end, much as he does with his audiences live onstage.

Tickets for Demetri Martin at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Saturday, April 23rd at 8PM are $32 and available at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, Northampton Mass. by phone at 413-586-8686 and online at IHEG.com.

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