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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Just for Laughs took over the Yonge & Dundas area of downtown Toronto this weekend. Dundas Square had free stand up playing while Massey Hall and The Winter Garden Theatre had some big names rolling through including Demetri Martin, Russel Peters, Aziz Ansari and Louis CK.

Interesting leading facts: Demetri Martin left his career in law to pursue comedy at the age of 24. He started playing instruments at the age of 29 and is now 37 with an impressive repertoire of instruments – guitar, piano, keyboard and glockenspiel.

We had a chance to check out Demetri Martin host a showcase on Thursday which featured his relaxing style of comedy mixed in among sets from: Tim Minchin, Harland Williams, Gabriel Iglesias, Elon Gold and Tommy Tiernan.

Highlights included Martin’s classic incorporation of guitar and harmonica into his bit. Imagine being super relaxed by some Classical Gas style guitar mixed in with some Bob Dylanesque harmonica playing. Adding some calm, hilarious life observations on it was perfection. And yes Demetri, saying “surprise!” at a surprise party is the least surprising word choice. You nailed it.

Next year, head down to the area and check out some shows this weekend. Also a trip to the bar at the Pantages Hotel can prove to be eventful. During a visit there we bumped into Demetri Martin, Gabriel Iglesias and Sugar Sammy.