Demetri takes Perrier crown
Gary Le Strange is best newcomer
His show If I... , which celebrated his geekiness included a 224-word palindrome, juggling and a poem made up only of the words on a beer bottle.
For his prize, Martin, a 30-year-old Yale dropout, wins £7,500 and the chance to perform in London's West End.
But it is not his first comedy accolade. He scooped a jury award at this year's Aspen Comedy Festival.
Perrier award director Nica Burns said: "Completely unknown here prior to the Festival, Martin beat a shortlist of unparalleled breadth of style and content in a hotly debated vote."
Martin triumphed over favourite Adam Hills, the Australian comic who has been nominated for three years in a row.
Posted: 24 Aug 2003