True Sketch Comedy (Demetri Martin)

A few weeks ago, an observant friend introduced me to Demetri Martin, an endearing humorist, who takes sketch comedy to a new and unexpected level. An unconventional performer, Martin has paved his way to the forefront of an emerging nerd comedy movement. Though he is widely praised for his extensive wordplay and dry one-liners, he is most notorious for his use of obscure props– a large sketch pad on which he showcases rudimentary drawings, to be exact. What I like best about Martin’s humor is that it strikes a perfect balance between artsy and artful. If you have never seen this comedian in action, you are in for a surprising treat!

Despite appearances, Martin is both well-educated and highly intelligent. He completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University, and went on to enroll at NYU Law School, where he was recruited on a full scholarship. Despite objections from his family, Martin dropped out of law school a year short of graduation to pursue an uncertain career as a stand-up comedian. In a detailed interview with The Believer, he discussed the life-changing decision:

It’s weird to make a decision where everyone in your life disapproves, pretty vocally and directly. They said, ‘You’ve got one year left. Just do it.’ I had a full scholarship so I didn’t have to pay for it. I ignored them. They asked, ‘Why don’t you just get the degree so you can have it?’ And I said, ‘You don’t understand. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do and now I know. I have the answer and it’s dumb to waste any more time.

Just for kicks, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite Demetri Martin quotes below. If you like what you see, be sure to tune in for Important Things with Demetri Martin on Wednesdays at 10:30 EST on Comedy Central. You should also check out his book, Demetri Martin. Person, and his CD, These Are Jokes.They are great!


Demetri Martin Quotes

I like parties, but I don’t like piñatas because the pinata promotes violence against flamboyant animals. Hey, there’s a donkey with some pizzazz. Let’s kick its ass. What I’m trying to say is, don’t make the same Halloween costume mistake that I did. 

I wonder what the most intelligent thing ever said was that started with the word ‘dude.’ ‘Dude, these are isotopes.’ ‘Dude, we removed your kidney. You’re gonna be fine.’ ‘Dude, I am so stoked to win this Nobel Prize. I just wanna thank Kevin, and Turtle, and all my homies.’ 

I think that when you get dressed in the morning, sometimes you’re really making a decision about your behavior for the day. Like if you put on flipflops, you’re saying: ‘Hope I don’t get chased today.’ ‘Be nice to people in sneakers.’ 

About a month ago I got a cactus. A week later, it died. I was really depressed because I was like ‘Damn! I am less nurturing than a desert.’ [Ladies, that’s not true] 

I noticed that there are no B batteries. I think that’s to avoid confusion, cause if there were you wouldn’t know if someone was stuttering. ‘Yes, hello I’d like some b-batteries.’ ‘What kind?’ ‘B-batteries.’ ‘What kind?’ ‘B-batteries!’ and D-batteries that’s hard for foreigners. ‘Yes, I would like de batteries.’

About the author

Yolanda Muchnik is the Founder of Aliveasart. A working professional with a passion for the visual and performing arts, she's got a soft spot for all things creative. In addition to ten years of formal dance training, Yolanda has experience as a graphic artist, a management and strategy consultant, and digital marketer.

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