It’s weird to make a decision where everyone in your life disapproves, pretty vocally and directly. They said, "You've got one year left. Just do it." I had a full scholarship so I didn’t have to pay for it. They asked, "Why don’t you just get the degree so you can have it?" And I said, "You don’t understand. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do and now I know. I have the answer and it’s dumb to waste any more time.
He is also known for showing his ambidextrous talents in performances. His hobbies include constructing palindromes.
From 2003 to 2004, Martin was a writer 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 traditional stand-up comedy fashion. In the second segment, he used humorous drawings as visual aids, which would serve either as the punchline or a background. During the third segment, he played a guitar and put on a pseudo-play where he would strum his guitar while talking; some of his comedian friends dressed as fairies and dragons and acted according to the story he was telling, detailing the magical land where the jokes he told came from. Martin's mother and grandmother also appeared.
Since late 2005, he has been credited as a contributor on The Daily Show, on which he hosts a segment called "Trendspotting." He has used this segment to talk about so-called hip trends among youth such as hookahs, wine, guerilla marketing and Xbox 360. A piece about social networking featured his profile on MySpace. On March 22, 2007, Demetri made another appearance on The Daily Show talking about the Viacom lawsuit against Google and YouTube.
He has recorded a comedy CD/DVD entitled These Are Jokes, which was released on September 26, 2006. This album also features Saturday Night Live member and personal friend Will Forte on the track "Personal Information Waltz."
He has cited comedian Steven Wright as an important influence. Both use deadpan one-liners in their acts.
Demetri returned to The Daily Show on March 22, 2007, as the new Youth Correspondent, calling his segment "Professional Important News with Demetri Martin". He recently starred in a Fountains of Wayne music video for "Someone to Love" as Seth Shapiro, a character in the song. He also starred in the video for the new Travis single "Selfish Jean" where he wears multiple t-shirts with lyrics written on them.
According to his website, Martin is in the process of publishing a book of drawings.
Jon Stewart's Busboy Productions is also slated to air a new TV series featuring Martin titled Important Things with Demetri Martin, premiering in the "second half of 2008". Variety , however, suggests that the series is in production for 2009.
|2009||Taking Woodstock||Elliot Tiber||lead role|
|2009||Moon People||lead role, also writer|
|2009||The Post Grad Survival Guide||Ad Exec|
|2008||The Rocker (film)||Kip (a music video producer)|
|2008||Kids in America||Goldman Sachs Employee||supporting role|
|2007||Flight of the Conchords (TV series)||Demetri||Season 1, Episode 12|
|2004||Himself||short film, also writer|
|2003||If I||Himself||British television special, also writer|
|2002||Analyze That||Personal Assistant||mistakenly credited as "Demitri Martin"|
|2006||Barry Award||Dr. Earnest Parrot Presents Demetri Martin||Won||Award for best show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival|
|2005||Writers Guild of America Award||Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series||Won||Shared with Mike Sweeney (head writer), Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Andy Blitz, Kevin Dorff, Daniel J. Goor, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Allison Silverman, Robert Smigel, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg|
|2004||Emmy Awards||Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program||Nominated||Shared with Mike Sweeney (head writer), Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Andy Blitz, Kevin Dorff, Daniel J. Goor, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Allison Silverman, Robert Smigel, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg|
|2003||Perrier Comedy Award||If I...||Won||At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival|