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When: Mon., April 1, 4 p.m. 2013

Martin's observational comedy is mostly candid and considerate—he's not one to pack jokes with tension in order to hammer home a punch line. Instead he accompanies himself on acoustic guitar for a portion of his act, strumming along in a comfortable key as he muses on the allure of fog machines and why telemarketers can't ever call in sick ("Hey, it's me, I can't work today" / "Well, you called me"). Even now, having grown in popularity (and with a lead role in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock behind him), Martin gives an onstage performance that retains a feeling of coziness, similar to what it's like to laugh at a friend's astute doodles on coffee shop napkins. Levi MacDougall opens. Kevin Warwick


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