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Demetri Martin} is not your average standup comedian. In the style of contemporaries like Eugene Mirman} and Zach Galifianakis}, Martin stretches the boundaries of the form into something resembling a form of Borscht Belt performance art, as if Laurie Anderson}'s primary influences had been Steven Wright} and Peter Sellers}. Incorporating musical instruments, props and video into his otherwise standard onstage act, Martin's primary onstage persona is that of a naïve youngster reminiscent of '80s cult comic Emo Phillips}, but not nearly so deliberately annoying. Born in New York City in 1973 (although he looks about 19 with his trademark John Lennon} circa Rubber Soul} shaggy pudding bowl haircut) into a close-knit Greek Orthodox family, Martin graduated from Yale University but dropped out of law school at NYU to pursue comedy. After his 2003 one-man show "If I..." won an award at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival, one of the world's best showcases for alternative comedians, Martin spent a period on the writing staff at Late Night With Conan O'Brien} while preparing his first TV comedy special. That 2004 special, Comedy Central Presents: Demetri Martin}, featured acting roles by Martin's mother and grandmother; his grandmother also plays a featured role in Martin's first CD and DVD, These Are Jokes}, released in September 2006. Also in 2006, Martin scored a major TV gig on Comedy Central}'s The Daily Show}, as part of the same infusion of fresh faces that included John Hodgman} and Dave Gorman}; Martin's role is that of the giddily clueless "trend reporter," a loving sendup of cliches about The Daily Show}'s average college-aged viewer. ~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide

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