Let me start by saying that Demetri Martin: Person is one of the funniest comedy specials I have ever seen. Martin takes illogical humor to its logical conclusion with his use of props, music, and whimsy. I also loved him as Seth Shapiro in the Fountains of Wayne music video for "Someone To Love," as a guest star on Flight of the Conchords, and as a Daily Show correspondent. So it's safe to assume that I greeted the premiere of his new show, Important Things with Demetri Martin, with high hopes.
Martin's humor is the kind that has to grow on you - sometimes you don't get it right away. Not because it's so complex, but because it's so simple. "I hate meeting babies," he'll say. And wait.
Even with my expectations (or perhaps because of them) it took me a few minutes to warm up to this show. Martin started with a pretty typical stand-up routine, and I found my hand straying to the clicker. But I stuck with it and soon he had moved on to great sketch comedy, hilarious illustrations, and my personal favorite - music. He played the guitar, harmonica, keyboard, tambourine and bells while flipping a chart with a series of increasingly random jokes. Classic.
So don't just give Important Things a chance. Give it about half an hour next Wednesday, 10:30 on Comedy Central. Or check it out online. You won't be sorry.