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Demetri Martin Soothes The Winter Blues

By Edited Mar 22, 2016 3 10

I know some of you are thinking this guy needs a haircut...

Demetri Martin
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A comedian, artist, and musician all at the same time...

Flipping through the channels one night, I caught a snippet of Demetri Martin standing beside an easel. In black marker, he drew a simple chair. Casually, he made low-key observations (which were hilarious) about odd uses for the chair and then began strumming his guitar.

Immediately, he reminded me of a young Ray Romano (in appearance).

Soon I noticed he didn't use any profanity in his skit which I prefer. And he cleverly played the harmonica at the same time as his guitar while making witty remarks about everyday life.

Brilliant, I thought . . he had this shaggy hair "Beetles" look about him (which endeared him to my older friends) and this cutting edge style of one-liners that reminded me a bit of Steven Wright. And his material was fresh - all things that the college crowd could relate to as well.
But his use of music added another dimension to his performance - as did his childlike drawings.
Demetri Martin at the LA Times Stage
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Academically gifted...

When I researched Demetri Martin's background a little bit, I wasn't surprised to learn that he graduated from Yale university and was accepted at Harvard. Comedians are some of the smartest cookies on the planet. It's the fact that he studied Law at NYU (on a full scholarship) that I found astounding.
Law. Something I imagined to be the most humorless career. Goes to show you, funny people come from all walks of life.
Since I tend to get a little blue around this time of year (which oddly coincides with my holiday bills arriving), I wanted to revisit Demetri Martin's work as a pick-me-up.
Sure enough, the first season of his comedy show Important Things with Demetri Martin lifted my spirits. It's two and a half hours worth of the most hilarious quips I've enjoyed in a long time.


Check out this short (2:07 sec) video snippet of ideas Demetri Martin had for a comedy special:

Demetri Martin: Rejected Comedy Special Ideas

Demetri Martin can play a multitude of musical instruments too. You may recognize him for his work on The Daily Show and his hilarious TV series Important Things with Demetri Martin too. He's appeared in films - including a 2009 release titled Taking Woodstock. Demetri Martin has won numerous awards and even authored some books.

Important Things with Demetri Martin: Season 1
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Treat yourself (or someone you love) to an afternoon of laughter. Demetri Martin appeals to everyone - and pretty much every age group. I especially enjoyed season one - but season two and his books are also available on Amazon when you click and scroll down a bit. If you suffer from the winter blues (like me), grab your cat, have some chocolate, and watch this DVD.


Jan 29, 2014 7:59am
This IS one of America's best comics!! Good work in profiling him!! And the "Important Things" show was hilarious (I miss it)!!
Jan 29, 2014 9:36am
Yeah, it's a shame the show only ran for two seasons. Hopefully, we'll see more of Demetri in other ventures. Thanks for dropping by, Deb told me you are one of the "best writers and people on InfoBarrel."
Jan 29, 2014 8:00am
Oh, and he kinda DOES look like a young (and much funnier) Ray Romano.
Jan 29, 2014 9:37am
I think it's his posture and his nose (a little bit) that reminded me of Ray Romano.
Jan 29, 2014 9:22am
I prefer comedians who do not resort to foul language. That's why I like folks such as Sinbad and Louie Anderson. I will have to check-out Demetri Martin. Oh, and another thing, law is definitely not a humorless career. I worked with a number of attorneys and my husband is a lawyer, and they are some of the smartest and funniest folks I know. These guys (and gals) often use humor to deflate stress. Great article, Rose!
Jan 29, 2014 9:45am
You know, people are/were surprised to find healthcare people with a sense of humor. You are right - it does relieve stress. I'll never pre"judge" (pun intended) lawyers again (my humblest apologies to your hubby and every attorney out there). Thank you for your support Deb, Rose
Jan 29, 2014 11:07am
As an ex-P.I., I've run into my share of funny lawyers (both female and male--in their line of work you hafta laff!)
Jan 29, 2014 11:06am
One of Demitri's greatest gifts is that thing he does where he ambidextrously writes/draws with both hands AT THE SAME TIME!! It's an amazing talent!
Jan 29, 2014 1:50pm
Sure is . . and yet he sort of 'hides' his brilliance and comes off as the average Joe. (Sorry to anyone named Joe . . I am Canadian, after all).
Jan 31, 2014 7:46pm
The kind of comedian who makes you think. Think he's crazy! Funny and talented.
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