The 34-year-old law school dropout is a different kind of sketch comic, the quirky drawings he presents onstage being this Gotham club fixture’s most notable calling card.
Citing early influences of Steven Wright and Gary Larson, Martin’s observational material fits right into the Data Age. Among the Jersey-bred comic’s most popular bits, for example, is “findings,” a whimsical collection of charts and graphs, delineating, among many other things, what percentage of Hummer owners are douche bags (it’s roughly 15%).
The line charting Martin’s career moved way north earlier this year when Jon Stewart unleashed him with a regular “Trendspotting” segment on “The Daily Show.” That went well enough for Stewart to develop a Comedy Central sketch series around Martin through his Busboy Prods. “Important Things With Demetri Martin” will debut next year.
And in addition to an appearance in Fox Atomic’s upcoming “The Rocker,” Martin recently taped a Comedy Central special, which was just released on DVD.
Point of view
“I was doing a lot of day jobs and temping, and I spent a lot of time in notebooks, doing word games, poems — anything to entertain myself,” says Martin, explaining the evolution his illustrated style. “I realized I should follow up on one of these ideas.”
Adds Fox Atomic production prexy Debbie Liebling: “His appeal to young adults and his intellectual side are exciting.”