Important Things With Demetri Martin: Season 1 (2009)

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Important Things With Demetri Martin

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Demetri Martin shines in Important Things, delivering cerebral comedy, multifaceted sketches, and a sensibility that is both inoffensive and pleasant.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2009

The opening episode of Demetri Martin's quirky sketch comedy/stand-up hybrid show focuses on issues of timing, with excerpts from Martin's own standup, and pertinent sketches concerning things like a guy who shows up way too early for a rave, and the intensity of poetry competitions.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2009

Martin focuses on issues of power, with excerpts from his own standup and pertinent sketches concerning the different ways that power plays a role in modern life.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2009

Martin focuses on issues surrounding the brain, with excerpts from his own standup, and pertinent sketches concerning things like memorization, and great works of literature.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2009

Martin focuses on issues surrounding chairs, with excerpts from his own standup and pertinent sketches concerning the places we sit, some of them featuring ninjas.

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Air date: Mar 11, 2009

Martin focuses on issues of safety, with excerpts from his own standup and pertinent sketches concerning things like health class, and S&M relationships.

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Air date: Mar 18, 2009

Martin focuses on the idea of being cool, with excerpts from his own standup and pertinent sketches regarding marriage proposals and dungeons.

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Air date: Mar 25, 2009

Martin focuses on the concept of games, with excerpts from his own standup and pertinent sketches concerning things like athletics and recreation.

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Critic Reviews for Important Things With Demetri Martin Season 1

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The best and most obvious example of his abilities is Comedy Central's short-lived Important Things With Demetri Martin, a multi-faceted showcase for the comedian's minimalistic yet cerebral comedy.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…
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Demetri Martin is a comic mind that needs room to roam. Fortunately, that's precisely what this new project -- a studio-stand-up/taped-skits/animated-bits/musical-ditty hybrid -- offers.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

It's cerebral -- Martin is a full-bore nerd, a law school dropout who writes palindromes and makes puzzles -- a kind of comedy of semiotics, exploiting the ambiguities and loopholes in words and symbols. (Which is to say, it's a form of philosophy.)

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

In any case this is fragile stuff, probably best appreciated in small doses, and fey touches - like the graphic at the beginning of the show introducing him as "Demetri Martin: Person" - walk a wobbly tightrope between cute and annoying.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

"Important Things" carries a smart sensibility and a swagger that prove consistently endearing.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Episode two - this time the premise is "power" - is a substantial improvement. The sketches, including a bit about fighting over a parking space, are more inspired and better executed.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…
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Martin's schtick is gentle and inoffensive, with nary a dick joke in sight. The overall effect is pleasant, but it grows a tad tepid over time.

Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Animation, musical numbers, long-form sketches, commercial parodies and oddball segues suggest that the show's star has a solid writing staff behind him and reveal his knack for ridiculous physical comedy.

Sep 19, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The impressive thing about Important Things with Demetri Martin isn't just how well it translated Martin's stage show; It's like a TV representation of all of Martin's quirks, comedic tics, and his unique brand of obtuseness.

Sep 19, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

His style is low-tech (and often low-key), with a subtle nod to retro sensibilities ... and it is funny.

Sep 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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