10 Things With Comedian Demetri Martin – Q&A Via The World Wide Web

October 20, 2010 by Chris Grosso

Demetri Martin has been one busy man since his first appearance on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend in 2001. He has writtne for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and had his own Comedy Central Presents special. He was a correspondent on The Daily Show with John Stewart, has released a CD/DVD titled These Are Jokes and appeared onthe  HBO series Flight Of The Conchords. Most recently he starred in Ang Lee’s film Taking Woodstock and currently has his own show on Comedy Central called Important Things With Demetri Martin. Demetri was kind enough to take some time away from a movie he’s currently filming and do a little Q&A with The Indie Spiritualist.


10 Things With Demetri Martin

TIS: Is it excessively annoying when asked about leaving law school for comedy over, and over, and over again?

DM: I don’t like being asked the same question so many times, but I don’t mind it that much if it helps me get people to come to my shows.

TIS: In the beginning of your Person. comedy special, you mention you are skateboarder. Can you tell me what kind of boards you ride/rode and what skaters influenced you?

DM: I’ve had many different boards over the years. I had a lot of Powell & Peralta boards (Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, Per Wielander, Lance Mountain models) and Vision ones too (various Mark Gonzales decks). I had a couple of freestyle boards when they used to make those (Rodney Mullen deck, etc.). More recently, I’ve been skating long boards. I was influenced by Rodney Mullen, Mark Gonzales, Neil Blender and the Bones Brigade.

TIS: You’re obviously an important and interesting man. In your words, what do you attribute said importance and interest too?

DM: My ability to answer a question in which I am being subtly mocked. *NOTE: I am a big fan of Demetri’s and meant this question to be playful. Since the interview was Q&A via email, I’m not exactly sure how he took it.

TIS: Who’s making you laugh currently?

DM: Anyone who falls down but doesn’t get hurt too badly.

TIS: Who’s not making you laugh currently?

DM: Sick people.

TIS: You’re quite the multi-talented musician. What inspired you to take up the particular instruments you play (Piano, Guitar, Harmonica, etc) and are you self taught?

DM: I started playing music because I wanted to score a one-man show that I wrote. I am self-taught. I’m trying to learn how to play better. I don’t know that many chords.

TIS: Who is Demetri Martin Rock and/or Rolling to these days?

DM: Those in need.

TIS: Have you worked with anyone who has made it difficult for you to keep a straight face while filming?

DM: Jon Benjamin made me laugh a lot of times when we were filming Important Things.

TIS: Your father was a Greek Orthodox Priest. How was that growing up, and do you think it skewed your perception of religion/spirituality at all?

DM: It was great. I feel lucky that he was my dad. I don’t know if it skewed my perception of religion or spirituality. I don’t think it did.

TIS: Can you tell me something completely random about yourself that most people don’t know?

DM: Sure.

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Chris Grosso is a writer, public speaker, mental health youth group facilitator, and author with Simon & Schuster. He also writes for Revolver Magazine, Fangoria, and has spoken at a bunch of fancy-schmancy festivals and conferences (as well as even more events that were significantly less than fancy-schmancy). Chris's podcast, The Indie Spiritualist, is hosted on Ram Dass's Be Here Now Network.
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