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Demetri Martin (born May 25, 1973) is an Emmy Award–nominated and Perrier comedy award–winning Greek-American comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer, and humorist. Martin is best known for his work as a standup comedian and as a contributor on The Daily Show. Currently, he is hosting his own show on Comedy Central entitled Important Things with Demetri Martin.

Early life

Martin was born in New York Citymarker, New Yorkmarker, the son of Lillian, a nutritionist, and Dean Martin, a Greek Orthodox priest. His family also ran a Greek diner, the Sand Castle, in Beachwood, New Jerseymarker. Martin graduated from Yale Universitymarker in 1995. Despite objections from his family, he dropped out a year before graduating NYU School of Lawmarker to pursue a career in comedy. Regarding the event, Martin has said:

His hobbies include constructing palindromes like "Dammit I'm Mad". He has even made one that is 113 words long which he shared with The Onion's AV Club in 2006.


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 Britishmarker 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 talking; some of his comedian friends dressed as fairies and dragons acted according to the story he was telling, detailing the magical land where the jokes he told came from. 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.

Martin wrote and starred in Clearification, a seven part run of five minute on-line episodes about a man suffering from, and being treated for a condition which causes him to "behave like an ass". The filming was funded by Windows and includes some Vista branding

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 and personal friend Will Forte on the track "Personal Information Waltz".

He has cited comedian Steven Wright as an important influence. Both use deadpan one-liners in their acts.

Martin returned to The Daily Show on March 22, 2007, as the new Youth Correspondent, calling his segment "Professional Important News with Demetri Martin". He recently 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 new 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 small part in the movie The Rocker starring Rainn Wilson. Martin played the part of the videographer when the band in the movie was making their first music video.

Martin starred in the Ang Lee film Taking Woodstock, which premiered at the 2009 Cannes 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 Catskills motel. The film is based on the book written by Tiber.

Comedic style

Martin is known for being an unconventional stand-up comic. He uses extensive wordplay (particularly paraprosdokians), one-liners, drawings on a "large pad", as well as accompanying his jokes with music on either guitar, harmonica, piano, keyboard, glockenspiel, toy bells, or tambourine — sometimes all at once.His style is based on one-liner.

Future plans

Martin sold his movie concept Will to DreamWorksmarker; he 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 will also be appearing in the upcoming film Young Americans, in which he will play a Goldman Sachs employee.

He also had signed on to play Paul DePodesta in the film adaptation of the book Moneyball. The project is now on hold.



Year Title Role Other notes
2002 Analyze That Personal Assistant credited as "Demitri Martin"
2003 If I Himself British television special, also writer
2004 12:21 Himself short film, also writer
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 Young Americans Goldman Sachs Employee supporting role
2009 Post Grad Ad Exec
2009 Moon People lead role and writer
2009 Taking Woodstock Elliot Tiber lead role
2009 Important Things with Demetri Martin Himself / Various lead role, writer, series creator, executive producer, and composer

Awards and nominations

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


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