An unconventional stand-up comedian
Demetri Martin is a Standup Comedian, writer, producer, actor and musician. Martin is best known for his work as a stand-up comedian, being a contributor on “The Daily Show” and his Comedy Central show “Important Things with Demetri Martin”.
He is an unconventional stand-up comedian, as he uses one-liners and drawings on a “large pad”, as well as accompanying his jokes with music on either guitar, harmonica, piano, keyboard, glockenspiel, toy bells, ukulele, or tambourine, sometimes all at once.
In 2001, Martin caught his first big break in stand-up comedy when he appeared on Comedy Central’s stand-up showcase “Premium Blend”. At the 2003 Edinburgh Festival Fringe he won the Perrier award with his show “If I….” the show was turned into a BBC television special in 2004.
From 2003 to 2004, he wrote for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”. In 2004, Martin had his own Comedy Central Presents stand-up special, which was divided into three parts. In the first segment, he performed in traditional stand-up comedy fashion, in the second segment, he used humorous drawings as visual aids, which would serve either as the punchline or a background and during the third segment, he played a guitar and put on a pseudo-play where he would strum his guitar while alternating between playing harmonica and talking; some of his comedian friends dressed as fairies and dragons acted according to the story he was telling, detailing the magical land from where his jokes came, his mother and grandmother also appeared.
In late 2005, he was credited as a contributor on The Daily Show, on which he appeared as the named “Senior Youth Correspondent” and hosted a segment called “Trendspotting”. He used this segment to talk about so-called hip trends among youth such as hookahs, wine, guerilla marketing and Xbox 360.
On March 22, 2007, Martin made another appearance on The Daily Show, talking about the Viacom lawsuit against Google and YouTube. He is no longer a Daily Show contributor as of 2014.
On September 2006, his CD/DVD titled “These Are Jokes” was released. In 2007, he starred in a Fountains of Wayne music video for “Someone to Love” as Seth Shapiro, a character in the song. He also starred in the video for the Travis single “Selfish Jean”, in which he wears multiple T-shirts with lyrics written on them.
On September 2, 2007, Martin appeared on the season finale of the HBO series “Flight of the Conchords”. He appeared as a keytar player named Demetri.
He also had a part in the movie The Rocker (2008) starring Rainn Wilson. Martin played the part of the videographer when the band in the movie was making their first music video. In 2009, Martin hosted and starred in his own television show called Important “Things With Demetri Martin” on Comedy Central and in June, it was announced his show had been renewed for a second season. The second season premiered, again on Comedy Central, on February 4, 2010.
Prior to completing work on his second season, Martin starred in the comedy-drama film “Taking Woodstock”(2009), directed by Ang Lee, which premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. In the film Martin plays Elliot Tiber, a closeted gay artist who has given up his ambitions in the city to move upstate and help his old-world Jewish family run their Catskill Mountains motel. The film is based on the book written by Tiber.
On April 25 2011, Martin released his first book, titled “This Is a Book”. He also played a small role in the 2011 film “Contagion”.
The famous comedian was born on 25 May 1973 in New York. His mother Lillian is a nutritionist and his father Dean C. Martin was a Greek Orthodox priest. Martin graduated from Yale University in 1995, during his time there, he wrote a 224-word poem about alcoholism as a project for a fractal geometry class, which became a well known palindromic poem.