Comparisons between comedians tend to as incomplete as they are misleading. Much is said about Demetri Martin's Steven Wright-like delivery. They do both speak softly, slowly with hypnotic DJ voices. Their material is oft obscure, and each seems to be a step or two ahead of you. Laughter rises and dips like a wave as understanding sets in upon the audience. But, Demetri Martin is not Steven Wright. You cannot succeed in this era recreating a character made brilliant by a one-of-a-kind genius. Martin brings a surfeit of peripheral talent into his comedy routine. He plays musical instruments, he can draw, and the fact that he is profoundly better looking than Wright ever was hasn't hurt his popularity. As far as a writer and presenter of jokes, I would put Martin up there with the comic legends. Below are 5 of his best.
You simply cannot capture the true genius of a comedian through text. Our gratitude to Comedy Central for introducing us to the likes of Demetir Martin, and making his material easy to find and experience.
Dead Cactus - "About a month ago, I got a cactus, and a week later, it died. I got really depressed because I was like, 'Damn, I am less nurturing than a desert.'" This joke is accompanied by what Demetri labels a "Material Enhancer," is one element of why you absolutely have to see him live.
Preparation - "I got some new pajamas with pockets in them. I used to have to hold stuff while I slept...I keep a lighter in my back pocket all the time. I'm not a smoker, I just really like certain songs."
Camo - "I'm into clothes. One of my favorite clothing patterns is camouflage When you're in the woods it makes you blend in. When you're not, it does just the opposite. It's like, 'Hey, there's an a**hole!'"
Procrastination - "You probably don't get a lot of work done at the bubble wrap factory...I think the worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades...A mobile home with a flat tire is a home."
Insult to Injury - "The easiest time to add insult to injury is when you're signing somebody's cast: 'You're a dick. You deserve this. Also, I'm sorry I broke your leg, jerk.'"