Demetri Martin’s a master of one-liners. For a little more than a decade, he’s built off that trade, starting with his first big segment of standup on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” then touring and fulfilling stints on “The Daily Show” and writing for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” You could say now he’s a renaissance man of comedy, writing books, launching his short-lived sketch show “Important Things with Demetri Martin,” acting in “Contagion” and “Taking Woodstock,” penning and selling screenplays and other TV concepts.
However, this week, he’s circled back into being the quick, clever standup comedian for the moment — and wouldn’t you guess, it’s called “Demetri Martin. Standup Comedian,” aired on Comedy Central and out now on CD/DVD. It’s his first since 2007’s equally dry-titled “Demetri Martin. Person,” and it contains the drawing segment and musical interludes that have snuck their way into his usual act. Whatever that is.
But the “Standup” version will last just this little while, as Martin finishes another screenplay and book, the latter due in March, dubbed “Point Your Face at This.”
Below is an abridged conversation with the comedian and writer, who’s still studying to find a balance.
You can buy a fat bundle to of “Standup Comedian” on DVD, CD and a T-shirt and print here.