It took me a stupidly long time to find Demetri Martin. Luckily @PirateLeer, a Twitter pal of mine whom I have never met, convinced me that he was worth checking out. She has really, really good taste.
Demetri Martin is a Person. He is also a stand-up comedian, television presenter, and actor. He is probably best known for his brilliant Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin, which ran for two seasons in 2009-2010 (and is WELL worth watching). The show is kind of a mish mash of stand-up, sketches, and other bits (ex. where Demetri ambidextrously draws cartoons). It is witty and clever, and is awesome in a similar way to how Flight of the Conchords is awesome. Demetri’s stand-up consists of one-liners, with a heavy emphasis on wordplay. His observations are often simple but brilliant. In the past few years, Demetri has been getting more and more into movies. Last year, he starred in indie flick Taking Woodstock, and has numerous writing and acting projects in the pipeline.
Some good/bad Samaritan put all of his show If I on YouTube. This show won the Perrier Award (aka Main Award aka the one Bo Burnham didn’t win this year) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2003. (He also won the MICF Barry Award in 2006 for Dr. Earnest Parrot Presents Demetri Martin.) Here’s part 1:
An excellent map: The World According to Stereotypes (stupid penguins!)