Demetri Martin at Northeastern University on April 11, 2007
May 25, 1973 |
New York City, New York,
|Genres||Surreal humor, musical comedy, wit/wordplay, observational comedy, sketch comedy, alternative comedy, deadpan comedy|
|Subject(s)||Everyday Life, American Culture, Random Subjects|
|Spouse||Rachael Beame (June 2012–present)|
|Notable works and roles|| · These Are Jokes
· Demetri Martin. Person.
· Correspondent on The Daily Show
· Himself/Various on Important Things with Demetri Martin
· Elliot Tiber in Taking Woodstock (2009)
· Standup Comedian
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.
Demetri Martin was born on May 25, 1973 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. He has a younger brother Spyro.
Martin graduated from Yale University in 1995. During his time at Yale, he wrote a 224-word poem about alcoholism as a project for a fractal geometry class, which became a well known palindromic poem. While at Yale, he was a member of the Anti-Gravity Society, whose members juggle objects on Sunday evenings on Yale's Old Campus.
Although he was accepted into Harvard Law School, he went to New York University School of Law after he received a full scholarship. He became bored of law school and left to become a stand-up comedian.
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.
Starting 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. A piece about social networking featured his profile on MySpace. 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.
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. After CBS was shown the pilot for the series, they decided not to air it. On October 2, 2012, Martin released his second comedy album entitled Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian.
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. 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.
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.
According to a July 2011 interview on the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, Demetri had a short-lived marriage with Jen, a woman 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.
- 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
|2002||Late Show with David Letterman||Himself||guest|
|2002||Analyze That||Personal Assistant||credited as "Demitri Martin"|
|2003||Jimmy Kimmel Live||Himself||guest|
|2003||Last Call with Carson Daly||Himself||guest|
|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||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|
|2013||In a World...||Louis|
|2015||House of Lies||Ellis Hightower|
- This Is a Book, April 2011, ISBN 978-0446539708.
- Point Your Face At This, March 2013
Awards and nominations
|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|
- "Demetri Martin: The joker in the pack". The Independent (London). August 17, 2004.
- "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.
- Schwab, David (August 29, 1994). "Off to College". The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey).
Demetri said his major regret is that he will be graduating at the end of the school year. He said he's thinking of taking a year off or even trying to become a standup comic. 'I'd rather avoid the real world as long as possible - I am going to law school - and continue to party,' he said, flashing a broad smile.
- "Demetri Martin's Palindrome". Yale University. Mathematics Department. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- Armstrong, Stephen (October 19, 2003). "If it's hip to be square, then comedian Demetri Martin must be the coolest man on the planet". The Sunday Times (London, England).
- Gold, Arnold (September 2, 1992). "The Fun of Testing Gravity". New Haven Register (New Haven, Connecticut). p. 1.
- "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast - Episode 195 - Demetri Martin". Wtfpod.com. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
- Stoner, Rick (May 4, 2004). "Harvard graduate changing the face of comedy". Badger Herald (Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin).
Although his success in comedy came quick, achieving is nothing new to Martin, as the second-generation Greek-American grew up as an academic prodigy in an upscale New York suburb. After graduating high school as the valedictorian, Martin enrolled at Yale and graduated with grades that landed him a scholarship at NYU. While at law school, Martin became bored with the life of class by day and library by night and decided to spice things up. He began to neglect his studies and attend class in bizarre fashion, one time suiting up in a full gorilla costume. As his interest in comedy grew, Martin began to debate dropping out of school. His parents encouraged him to stay in school, but Martin's father told Demetri to do what he was most passionate about. His father died shortly there after in 1994, and Martin then decided to give comedy a chance. What has ensued so far has been a remarkable start in the comedy field thanks to a perspective that the world has never seen before.
- O'Connell, Alex (August 21, 2003). "Is the rest of the world any better?". The Times (London, England). p. 5.
- Martin, Demetri (May 25, 2004). "Diary: A Weeklong Electronic Journal". Slate. Retrieved February 24, 2007.
- "Demetri Martin Bio". Comedy Central. Retrieved March 7, 2008.
- "News Team: Demetri Martin". The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Comedy Central. Retrieved February 24, 2007.
- "News Team". The Daily Show. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
- "The Flight of the Conchords" The Third Conchord (2007) - Full cast and crew
- Itzkoff, Dave (June 2, 2009). "Another 'Important' Season for Demetri Martin". The New York Times. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
- Gardner, Chris (March 27, 2006). "'Will' Fills D'Works Bill". Variety. Retrieved February 24, 2007.
- "Demetri Martin To Star, Write, Produce Own CBS Show". October 19, 2010.
- "Demetri Martin's CBS Show Not Happening". March 11, 2011.
- Martin, Demetri. "Facebook". Retrieved August 2, 2012.
- Josh, Bell. "Demetri Martin Standup Comedian album review". The Spit Take. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
- "Comedian Demetri Martin's 'Important' TV Show Fails at Funny". The Daily Texan. February 20, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2010.[dead link]
- Huang, Keith (May 5, 2005). "Word Games". Gelf. Retrieved February 24, 2007.
- "Will Ferrell Rider". The Smoking Gun. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
- The Adam Carolla Show, 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
- McDonough, Kevin (April 5, 2002). "'Dateline' follows Las Vegas murder probe". Chattanooga Times Free Press (Chattanooga, Tennessee).
- "TV Today". The Philadelphia Inquirer. April 8, 2003. p. D5.
- "Pour a Bowl of Milk and Pull Up Cat Bed". The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut). May 30, 2003. p. D10.
- 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
- Interview Believer Mag