A Post Modern
stand-up comedian and actor. His comedy features a blend of jokes, illustrations, animation, and music. He previously appeared on a recurring segment of The Daily Show
called "Trendspotting," which lampooned youth culture. He starred in his own Comedy Central
series, Important Things With Demetri Martin
, and has a starring role in Ang Lee
's film Taking Woodstock
His work features examples of:
- Captain Obvious: A recurring theme in Martin's comedy is the use of unnecessary labels. For example, the large pad he frequently uses is always labeled "Large Pad" on the front page. His first comedy special is titled These Are Jokes.
- Cleopatra Nose: Of the Greek variety. Lampshaded in the promo for his block with Sarah Silverman where he sings about how they go together like "Greeks and noses".
- Crazy Awesome:
- Deadpan Snarker: Heavy emphasis on the deadpan.
- Distracted by the Luxury
- Fun With Palindromes: He wrote a 224-word palindrome for "If I"
- Fruit Cart: One chapter in his book is set in the point of view of a cart merchant.
- Hey, It's That Guy!/Playing Against Type: In Contagion, he plays a CDC researcher, who mostly exists to play second fiddle to Jennifer Ehle.
- I Have Many Names: What, Hear, Demetrocles, and Da Mici, among others.
- Logic Bomb: The Parodoxotaur It only exists if you don't believe it exists, but it doesn't exist if you do believe it exists.
- Older Than They Look: Martin looks like he should still be in high school (or the early half of college), but he's actually 40.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Oh, hell yes.
- Precision F-Strike: Known to use this at times.
"I was in a card store, and they had cards that said "Get well soon." [Bleep
] that. Get well now.
- Raised Lighter Tribute: "I keep a lighter in my back pocket all the time. I'm not a smoker. I just really like certain songs."
- Something Completely Different: First show: "These Are Jokes", where he simply strums and tells many little gags one after the other. Second show: "If I", an hour-long monologue about palindromes, his stint in law school, and coming to terms with having a lot of useless talents.