Important Things with Demetri Martin

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Important Things with Demetri Martin
Created by Demetri Martin
Starring Demetri Martin
Composer(s) Demetri Martin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 17 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Demetri Martin
Jon Stewart
Beth McCarthy-Miller
Garris Stokes
Eric Slovin
Running time 21–23 minutes
Production company(s) Busboy Productions
Original channel Comedy Central
Original release February 11, 2009 (2009-02-11) – April 15, 2010
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Important Things with Demetri Martin is a sketch-variety show that aired on Comedy Central starring comedian Demetri Martin. Each episode examined a single theme, the "important thing", such as timing, power, control and money. All sketches, short vignettes, animated segments and stand-up comedy were loosely related to the theme of the episode. The show was produced by Jon Stewart's Busboy Productions,[1] and contained stand-up, prop comedy and musical comedy by Martin, as well as taped sketches. Jon Stewart took an active role in editing the first few episodes.[2]

Recurring segments[edit]

In addition to Demetri's unconventional style of stand-up comedy, which he has performed for many years, there are several recurring segments on the show including:

Opening Act – In the opening of the show, Demetri Martin greets the audience and brings up the theme/topic of the show. This is followed with a short joke via flashcards. The card generally has play-buttons with a caption under them, which Demetri then reads and decides which one he will choose, usually "Jokes".

Good, Bad, Interesting – Demetri presents a good, a bad and an interesting reaction to topics based on everyday life situations.

This is... – Often used as a transition, this segment features a single humorous concept related to the show's topic in which one or more cast members will act out.

Important Things Things – An infomercial narrated by Demetri in which imaginary products related to the show's topic are advertised for sale. The products are often comically impractical or unnecessary like the "Burning-Hand Potholder" featured in the Strategy episode.

Demetrocles/Da Mici – In this segment, Demetri presents a humorous concept related to the show's topic as an ancient philosopher much like Socrates or Plato or an inventor like Da Vinci.

Other Jokes – This segment consists of other jokes about the topic that weren't included in the Opening Act.

New Expressions – In this segment Demetri is approached by a series of people that talk about different situations. Demetri responds to each person with an original saying/expression that applies to the situation.


Season 1: 2009[edit]

No. Title Original air date Production
1 "Timing" February 11, 2009 101
2 "Power" February 18, 2009 102
3 "Brains" February 25, 2009 103
4 "Chairs" March 4, 2009 104
5 "Safety" March 11, 2009 105
6 "Coolness" March 18, 2009 106
7 "Games" March 25, 2009 107

Season 2: 2010[edit]

No. Title Original air date Production
8 "Attention" February 4, 2010 201
9 "Ability" February 11, 2010 202
10 "Strategy" February 18, 2010 203
11 "Money" February 25, 2010 204
12 "2" March 11, 2010 205
13 "2 Part 2" March 18, 2010 206
14 "Lines" March 25, 2010 207
15 "Nature" April 1, 2010 208
16 "Space" April 8, 2010 209
17 "Control" April 15, 2010 210



The Comedy Central show premiered on Wednesday February 11, 2009 and attracted 2.4 million viewers, making it the best cable series show since Chappelle's Show drew 2.5 million views in 2003.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The show has received generally positive reviews from critics, and currently has a 71/100 rating on, based on 8 reviews.[4]


During a comedy show at College Park, Maryland on October 28, 2010, Demetri Martin confirmed that Comedy Central had not picked up the show for a third season. [5]


  1. ^ "Stewart stamp on 'Martin'". October 3, 2007. Retrieved February 16, 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Jon Stewart producing new Comedy Central show". Reuters. October 3, 2007. 
  3. ^ "'Demetri Martin' definitely important". Variety. December 2, 2009. 
  4. ^ Important Things With Demetri Martin
  5. ^ KPCS: Demetri Martin #107 Cancellation Confirmed

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