Demetri Martin

Demetri Evan Martin (born May 25, 1973) is an American comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer and humorist. Martin is best known for his work as a stand-up comedian, being a contributor on The Daily Show and for his Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin.

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Comedic style
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Discography
  • 6 Filmography and television work
  • 7 Written works
  • 8 Awards and nominations
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links
Early life[edit source | edit]

Demetri Martin was born to a Greek American family in New York City, New York, and grew up in Toms River, New Jersey. He is the son of Lillian, a nutritionist, and Dean C. Martin, now deceased, a Greek Orthodox priest. Martin graduated from Yale University in 1995. Although he was accepted into Harvard Law School, he went to New York University School of Law after he received a full scholarship.

Career[edit source | edit]

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 British television special in 2004. From 2003 to 2004, Martin wrote for Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In 2004, Martin had his own Comedy Central Presents stand-up special. His special was divided into three parts. In the first, 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. 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. Martin's mother and grandmother also appeared.

Since late 2005, he has been credited as a contributor on The Daily Show, on which he has appeared as the named "Senior Youth Correspondent" and on which he hosts a segment called "Trendspotting". He has used this segment to talk about so-called hip trends among youth such as hookahs, wine, guerilla marketing and Xbox 360. A piece about social networking featured his profile on MySpace. On March 22, 2007, Demetri made another appearance on The Daily Show, talking about the Viacom lawsuit against Google and YouTube.

He has recorded a comedy CD/DVD titled These Are Jokes, which was released on September 26, 2006. This album also features Saturday Night Live member Will Forte and stand-up comedian Leo Allen. Martin returned to The Daily Show on March 22, 2006, as the new Youth Correspondent, calling his segment "Professional Important News with Demetri Martin". 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, he hosted and starred in his own television show called Important Things With Demetri Martin on Comedy Central. Later 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. Martin has stated that Important Things will not return for a third season. 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. Martin played a small role in the 2011 film Contagion.

Martin sold his movie concept Will to DreamWorks, and is expected to play a key supporting role. He will play the lead in the film Moon People, a pitch that he sold to Columbia Pictures. He also signed a blind script deal with CBS in October 2010 to produce, write, and star in his own television series.[10] After CBS was shown the pilot for the series, they decided not to air it.[11] On October 2, 2012, Martin released his second comedy album entitled Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian.[12][13]

Comedic style[edit source | edit]

Martin is known for being an unconventional stand-up comic. 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.[14] He has cited comedian Steven Wright as an important influence (both use deadpan one-liners in their acts) and he is also a fan of Bill Cosby.[15]

Martin plays instruments on stage and has music playing in the background of his performances as a way of preventing any editing of his performances to better fit for television.[16]

Personal life[edit source | edit]

According to a July 2011 interview on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, Demetri had a short-lived marriage with Jen, a girl he knew from high school. They began dating after high school, and got married when he was in NYU Law School and she was attending NYU Medical School. This relationship was further analyzed in his one-man show Spiral Bound. Demetri remarried June 1, 2012 to long-time girlfriend Rachael Beame in Santa Monica, CA.

He is extremely allergic to nuts and peanuts.[17]

Martin moved to Santa Monica, California in 2009.[18]

Discography[edit source | edit]
  • Invite Them Up (2005)
  • These Are Jokes (2006)
  • Demetri Martin. Person. (2007)
  • Important Things with Demetri Martin (2009–2010)
  • Standup Comedian. (2012)
Filmography and television work[edit source | edit] Year Title Role Notes 2002 Analyze That Personal Assistant credited as "Demitri Martin" 2003 If I Himself BBC television special, also writer 2004 Comedy Central Presents: Demetri Martin Himself 2004 12:21 Himself short film, also writer 2004 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself 1 episode, series writer 2007 Demetri Martin. Person. Himself Comedy Central special 2007 "Someone to Love" Seth Shapiro Fountains of Wayne music video 2007 Flight of the Conchords Demetri Season 1, Episode 12 2008 The Rocker Kip (a music video producer) 2009 Paper Heart Himself 2009 Post Grad Ad Exec 2009 Taking Woodstock Elliot Tiber 2009–2010 Important Things with Demetri Martin Himself / Various writer, series creator, executive producer, and composer 2011 Take Me Home Tonight Carlos 2011 Contagion Dr. David Eisenberg 2011 Conan Himself guest 2012 Standup Comedian Himself 2013 In a World... Louis Written works[edit source | edit]
  • This Is a Book, April 2011, ISBN 978-0446539708.
  • Point Your Face At This, March 2013
Awards and nominations[edit source | edit] Year Award For Category Result Other notes 2003 Perrier Comedy Award If I Won At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2004 Emmy Awards Late Night with Conan O'Brien Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program Nominated Shared with Mike Sweeney (head writer), Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Andy Blitz, Kevin Dorff, Daniel J. Goor, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Allison Silverman, Robert Smigel, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg 2005 Writers Guild of America Award Late Night with Conan O'Brien Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series Won Shared with Mike Sweeney (head writer), Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Andy Blitz, Kevin Dorff, Daniel J. Goor, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Allison Silverman, Robert Smigel, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg 2006 Barry Award Dr. Earnest Parrot Presents Demetri Martin Won Award for best show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival References[edit source | edit]
  1. ^ "Demetri Martin: The joker in the pack". The Independent (London). August 17, 2004. 
  2. ^
    • "Sepinwall on TV: 'Important Things with Demetri Martin' Interview". TV & Film. New Jersey Entertainment. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
    • "Article: 'I know men who can far outgeek me'; Demetri Martin is obsessed with word games and maths, and sets himself bizarre challenges. He's also a favourite to win this year's Perrier Award". The Evening Standard. August 21, 2003. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast - Episode 195 - Demetri Martin". Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  4. ^ Martin, Demetri (May 25, 2004). "Diary: A Weeklong Electronic Journal". Slate. Retrieved February 24, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Demetri Martin Bio". Comedy Central. Retrieved March 7, 2008. 
  6. ^ "News Team: Demetri Martin". The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Comedy Central. Retrieved February 24, 2007. 
  7. ^ "The Flight of the Conchords" The Third Conchord (2007) - Full cast and crew
  8. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (June 2, 2009). "Another 'Important' Season for Demetri Martin". The New York Times. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ Gardner, Chris (March 27, 2006). "'Will' Fills D'Works Bill". Variety. Retrieved February 24, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Demetri Martin To Star, Write, Produce Own CBS Show". October 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Demetri Martin's CBS Show Not Happening". March 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ Martin, Demetri. "Facebook". Retrieved August 2nd, 2012. 
  13. ^ Josh, Bell. "Demetri Martin Standup Comedian album review". The Spit Take. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Comedian Demetri Martin's 'Important' TV Show Fails at Funny". The Daily Texan. February 20, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2010. [dead link]
  15. ^ Huang, Keith (May 5, 2005). "Word Games". Gelf. Retrieved February 24, 2007. 
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  17. ^ "Will Ferrell Rider". The Smoking Gun. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  18. ^
    • The Adam Carolla Show (podcast), 13 April 2011, 20 minute mark
    • Horn, John (June 21, 2009). "Demetri Martin, star of 'Taking Woodstock'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 April 2011. "Martin, who recently moved from Brooklyn to West Los Angeles" 
External links[edit source | edit] General
  • Official website
  • Demetri Martin on Myspace
  • Demetri Martin at the Internet Movie Database
  • Interview from November, 2006, in Onion AV Club
  • Interview from October 2006, in The DePaulia
  • Interview by Brian M. Palmer
  • MP3 Audio Interview on The Sound of Young America public radio show and podcast
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    2013, United States, UK release: 13 September 2013

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We Bare Bears Season 1 [DVD] We Bare Bears Season 1 [DVD]
by with Eric Edelstein, Demetri Martin, Bobby Moynihan, Keith Ferguson, Edi Patterson, published by Spirit Entertainment.
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Taking Woodstock [DVD] Taking Woodstock [DVD]
The famous stage where Jimi Hendrix, the Who, and Crosby, Stills and Nash played before a half-million people in 1969 is never closer than a mile or so away in Taking Woodstock. Similarly, some of the familiar live music in Michael Wadleigh's Oscar-winning, 1970 documentary Woodstock is never louder than a distant echo in...
by Ang Lee, with Demetri Martin, Henry Goodman, Edward Hibbert, Imelda Staunton, Kevin Chamberlin, published by Universal Pictures UK.
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The Irish Film Collection [DVD] The Irish Film Collection [DVD]
by Jim Sheridan, Alan Parker, Mike Cockayne, Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn, with Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Peter Postlethwaite, Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Massey, published by Universal Pictures UK.
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In A World... [DVD] [2013] In A World... [DVD] [2013]
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Comedy directed by and starring Lake Bell, who also won Best Screenplay at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival for her work on the movie. Carol (Bell) works as a voice coach and, though her clients often include Hollywood...
by Lake Bell, with Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Ken Marino, Michaela Watkins, published by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
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Important Things With Demitri Martin: Season One [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [NTSC] Important Things With Demitri Martin: Season One [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Important Things with Demetri Martin is a stream-of-consciousness sketch and variety show from comedian Demetri Martin. Each episode focuses on a single topic—chairs, power, games—through the prism of Demetri's unique point of view.
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