Demetri Martin (born May 25, 1973 in New York City, New York) is an Emmy Award–nominated and Perrier comedy award–winning American comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer, and humorist. Martin is best known for his work as a standup and prop comedian, and as a contributor on The Daily Show. Currently, he is hosting his own show on Comedy Central entitled Important Things with Demetri Martin.
Martin is of Greek descent. He graduated from Yale University in 1995. Despite objections from his family, he dropped out a year before graduating NYU School of Law to pursue a career in comedy. Regarding the event, Martin has said:
He is known for his ambidexterity. His hobbies include constructing palindromes.
In 2001, Martin caught his first big break in stand-up comedy when he appeared on Comedy Central's stand-up showcase Premium Blend. At the 2003 Edinburgh Festival Fringe he won the Perrier award with his show If I.... The show was turned into a British television special in 2004. From 2003 to 2004, Martin wrote for Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In 2004, Martin had his own Comedy Central Presents stand-up special. His special was divided into three parts. In the first, he performed in