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Timing perfect for DVD of Demitri Martin's Comedy Central show

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 5th 2009 11:02AM
Important Things with Demetri MartinWhen I first previewed Important Things with Demetri Martin, I was hoping it would get good enough ratings to allow Martin to stick around and explore a little bit. I've enjoyed him as a stand-up comedian, both live and on his Comedy Central specials.

Important Things was the perfect vehicle for Martin, showcasing his absurdist deadpan, allowing him to work with some talented friends like John Oliver, Jon Benjamin, David Cross, and Amanda Peet, and even letting him play a musical number or two.

Overall, the show was offbeat enough that it was far from a sure thing the show would gain an audience. If anything, I thought it would build if it were given the chance. Turned out the debut had the highest ratings of any premiere since Chappelle's Show.

Comedy Central wasted no time in signing up for a second season, before Martin got too busy promoting the new Ang Lee film Taking Woodstock, in which he is the lead, or writing and acting in upcoming films like Will and The Moon People, which are in various stages of development, and starring in Steven Soderberg's now-dead adaptation of Moneyball.

The DVD of season one of Important Things is hitting shelves September 8, just as Martin's profile is perhaps at its highest. The DVD includes all seven episodes of the show, plus some bonus sketches and outtakes (one of the best of which is Martin filling time in front of his studio audience singing an improvised folk tune).

Watching the episodes again, my assessment is much the same. It's a smart series with some great sketch premises (I especially enjoy the parking space argument between Martin and Benjamin), and I like the pacing between the taped and live material. I'm looking forward to seeing season two, and seeing how the show's audience develops.

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Deme is very good, and I think Comedy Central is ahead of the curve with him.

Who had heard of Zach Galifianakis when his first special aired eight years ago?

September 06 2009 at 7:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We tried his show twice. He reminds me of a comedian from the 1980s with a variety show - like Will Shriner - but I can't figure out who or why I find his comedy so insipid. There's something very middle-of-the-road about him (like Dane Cook).

Tried. Just don't like his style.

September 05 2009 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to YouFaceTheTick's comment

If the commercials are enough to turn me off, then I simply can't TRY to like something. I absolutely hate seeing his face on commercials, especially those freecreditreport.com commercials he does 24 hours a day.

September 05 2009 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Demetri Martin is not the guy from the freecreditreport.com commercials. That guy's a French Canadian actor, Demetri's an American comedian.

I enjoy Martin's standup and liked the show a lot. Sounds like there are some decent extras on the dvd, so I might have to pick it up.

September 08 2009 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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